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Windows Store found malicious Windows 10 apps may have been downloaded by thousands of people

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To make matters worse, they have nearly 2,000 comments, which means that at least thousands of devices may have been infected.

"However, app ratings can be deceptively exaggerated, so it's hard to know how many users actually downloaded the apps," Symantec said. Most of their apps are disguised as browsers, media players, downloaders, battery optimizationTutorialAnd by threeDevelopmentPersonnel development.

“After further investigation, we believe that all of these applications may be developed by the same person or group,” Symantec said.

Once the application is installed and launched on the user's computer, they download a coin mining JavaScript library for mining Monero. Users will not be notified that their PC is being used for cryptocurrency mining, although the device becomes very slow due to excessive background CPU usage.

All applications are available as progressive web applications (PWA) in the Microsoft Store, and they can also be affected in S mode.Windows10. Ironically,MicrosoftWindows 10 is claimed to be the most secure version of Windows 10 in S Mode because it is limited to running Microsoft Store applications.

Symantec said it has notified Microsoft of malicious applications that have all been removed from the Microsoft Store. However, if you have previously installed any of these applications, you should uninstall them as soon as possible. The eight encrypted applications found in the store are as follows:

Fast-search Lite

Battery Optimizer (Tutorials)

VPN Browser+

Downloader for YouTube Videos

Clean Master+ (Tutorials)

FastTube

Findoo Browser 2019

Findoo Mobile & Desktop Search

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