Hackers will always find new ways to break the security of your smartphones, to have access to all your data such as images, videos, and even your social media chats such as (WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, etc)
A phone or device affected with malware or spyware will always get slow and drains battery fast, so it’s important for us to know how to prevent such malicious act, by detecting and removing any virus attack on our phones with malware or spywares.
How do hackers infect a phone with malware
The main way hackers use is by creating a malicious app or website to share and convince people to click on it or register, with Their personal details. Hackers convince the user to install the malicious apps on your smartphone. Once it is done, then all the personal information in your smartphone is at risk. So, let’s take a look at how to solve it
How To Remove Malware From Android
It is important to know the normal behavior of your smartphone and to know understand its abnormal behavior in case of Malware attack.
It is obvious that your smartphone will start to malfunction if it’s infected with malware, So understanding the abnormal behavior and normal behaviour is important, so you can make a decision if malware is in it or not.
How to know if a phone is infected with malware
1. Ads and Pop-ups
If you notice that you start getting multiple or frequent ads and pop-ups while using your smartphone, it is quite obvious that some malware have found ways to resides on your smartphone.
These ads and pop-ups can be bind to a certain app or can display while using other system apps as well. You can try to restrict these ads, but they are never going to stop following you. Every time, you will get a new Ads. Pop-ups are also designed very cleverly, as the hackers know how to play with the user’s brain and manipulate you to click on these pop-ups ads.
2. Battery life decreases repeatedly
When malware resides in your smartphone, you won’t be able to see this malware in action. All you can notice is that the battery life of your smartphone is decreasing drastically and always getting hot.
Even though you are running a certain application that requires minimum battery power, yet at that time malware apps keeps running or executing some task in the background.
This will make the battery consumption drain fast. You can check the battery settings to understand this. It will display the battery consumption by all the apps since the last time the device was charged fully and actively running.
4. Sudden Increase in Data Usage
If it shows a certain app that you are not familiar with or don’t remember installing it yourself, consuming high maximum battery usage, then it is definitely a malware that is installed on your smartphone.
When a malware is running or executing tasks in your smartphone, it will needs mobile data to perform some of its tasks, like displaying of ads or In other case it maybe a spyware then it needs data to send the spied information to the hacker over the internet who is the person that created the spyware app.
Also, these malware can be able to download add-ons on thier own without permission of the phone owner for their operations that requires data. So, it is obvious that they will be using data from your ISP provide. When you start observing your daily data is running out, its probably due to the malware residing in your smartphone.
You can monitor your data usage by navigating to the Data Usage Settings. Here you can see certain third-party application that you are un familiar with and consuming most of the data. It is malware, delete immediately.
How to fix a phone infected with malware
Yes if unfortunately your phone or device have been infected with malware all you need to do is just to follow below guide on how to treat and fix such phone from malware or spyware bondages.
1. Using Antivirus or Antimalware
The best of all you can do to fix your phon from malware is to use a trusted antivirus or Antimalware program to clean out your smartphone. The reason I use the word trusted, is because you will see several antivirus programs, that offer services free of cost. Don’t fall for this tricks most of the time this free antivirus software does nothing about the security but in turn, harms your smartphone more than it’s was.
There are various antivirus or Antimalware programs available to choose from. We will see the two best of them here
i. Malwarebytes Security
It is the best application when it comes to malware scanning and cleaning. It scans the smartphone to detect almost all types of malware. Once it finds any malware and adware, it uninstalls and removes all its associated data from your smartphone. It also identifies the app that can provide potential harm to the device.
It provides a free 30-day trial and then comes with a paid, premium version. I must say, this app is worth paying for.
ii. Kaspersky Antivirus
If you are a PC user, you already know about this. It also provides services for the android platform. Kaspersky monitors the working performance of all apps on your phone and scan and detect any malware on your phone, It identifies the malware and removes it from your device to ensure security and also scans the existing apps as well as newly downloaded apps to check if they comes with malware or any other viruses.
2. Factory Data Reset
In most of the case, the Factory Data reset is the best thing you can do for your smartphone’s safety. You will see this option in the settings menu of your smartphone.
When you reset your smartphone, it will wipe out all the data from the smartphone, this includes media on your smartphone along with the malware.
Once the smartphone is reset, you can now adopt safety measures to not let any malware affect your smartphone again with the precautions mentioned.
3. Changing security credentials
When a malware resides in your smartphone, it aims at stealing your personal details. It includes Important Documents, Email conversations, Call logs and the most important your Login Credentials.
So, you must set a backup mechanism to login back to your account in case if you are locked out due to a change in the credentials. If you still have access to your account, then as soon as you clear the malware from your smartphone, you should change the credentials of your account, very important.
Ways to Prevent Android Phone from Malware Infection
- Always download apps from legitimate sites, these include (Google PlayStore, Apkpure) and other reputed app stores
- Using a trusted Antivirus or Antimalware Apps
- Monitoring the application manager and data usage on a regular basics
- Not clicking on any kinds of pop ups Ads.
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