Concerned that there is hidden malware on your Android smartphone? You can look for three simple signs that something might be wrong with your device. Here's what you need to know. One of the worst things that can happen to your Android phone is that your phone becomes infected with malware. This can have serious consequences for your phone. For example, cyber criminals spying on your personal information or slowing down your new phone.
And as a number of recent warnings from Google and various researchers have shown, malware can even get into the Google Play Store. Fortunately, however, there are some tried and true signs that can tell you when your phone is infected with malware.
The 3 signs that malware is hidden on your Android smartphone:
According to the security company's team Malwarebytes These are some of the most common signs that there is a problem with your phone:
- You'll see ads everywhere - regardless of which app you're using
- You have installed a new app, but the symbol has disappeared and you cannot find the app anywhere in the "app drawer"
- Your phone's battery is suddenly draining much, much faster than usual
If any of these problems occur in your phone, it could be a sign that you have caught malware that is causing malfunction. While not every malicious app tries to steal your credit card information, almost all instances are disruptive and prevent normal use of your phone.
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If you've seen any of these signs, what can you do about it?
Well, there are a few things you can do to rid your smartphone of malicious software. First and foremost, you need to make sure that your smartphone operating system is up to date. Security experts consistently rate an updated version of the operating system as one of the most important measures you can take to protect your device and your online accounts. Even if malware is already lurking on your smartphone, updating to the latest software can fix vulnerabilities. This will block access to any malicious software already on your device.
Next you have to check the permissions that the apps already installed on your smartphone have. You have to look for something unusual here. For example, does a word game app have permission to read and send text messages? Seemingly unnecessary permissions are often a good warning sign, according to researchers.
If you want to remove an app that you no longer use or that has excessive permissions, you should first remove all of those permissions before deleting the app. Some malicious apps grant themselves administrative privileges so that they cannot be deleted without a few additional steps. If you're struggling to remove a particular app, it may be worth doing some research online to find out what worked for others. Also Virus scanner for Android can help you track down and remove malicious software.