Indian Govt Calls These 42 Commonly Used Apps Malicious, Uninstall

UC Browser has been in controversy for a long time now as it was being considered as Chinese spyware. Now it is being reported that Indian government has blacklisted 42 apps for Android and iOS users.

It has been said that these apps are malicious and Chinese spyware, so they must be immediately uninstalled from your smartphone. It has also been advised to make sure that army officers are not using any of these apps.

A report by India Today states that the information has been sent out by the Union Home Ministry after receiving inputs from agencies like the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO).

The advisory says-

“As per reliable inputs, a number of Android/iOS apps developed by Chinese developers or having Chinese links are reportedly either spyware or other malicious ware. Use of these apps by our force personnel can be detrimental to data security having implications on the force and national security.”

It is shocking to see that the list of 42 apps has some names which are really very popular among the smartphone users these days. Have a look at the list here.

1. Weibo

2. WeChat

3. SHAREit

4. Truecaller

5. UC News

6. UC Browser

7. BeautyPlus

8. NewsDog

9. VivaVideo- QU Video Inc

10. Parallel Space

11. APUS Browser

12. Perfect Corp

13. Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab)

14. CM Browser

15. Mi Community

16. DU recorder

17. Vault-Hide

18. YouCam Makeup

19. Mi Store

20. CacheClear DU apps studio

21. DU Battery Saver

22. DU Cleaner

23. DU Privacy

24. 360 Security

25. DU Browser

26. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile

27. Baidu Translate

28. Baidu Map

29. Wonder Camera

30. ES File Explorer

31. Photo Wonder

32. QQ International

33. QQ Music

34. QQ Mail

35. QQ Player

36. QQ NewsFeed

37. WeSync

38. QQ Security Centre

39. SelfieCity

40. Mail Master

41. Mi Video call-Xiaomi

42. QQ Launcher

Meanwhile, TrueCaller has issued a clarification-

A Truecaller spokesperson, in a statement to India Today Tech said-

“In response to certain reports, we would like to clarify that we are a Sweden based company. We are not sure why the app is on this list, but we’re investigating. Truecaller is not a malware, and all our features are permission based and are disabled by default.”

What are your thoughts on it?

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