Smartphones have become radicated in our everyday lives. unfortunately along with the ever increasing number of these gadgets.
The number of malware and virus attacks on them has also grown, that’s why you always to check your phone for any of these signs of virus or malware attack on your smartphone or PC.
What is a virus?
A virus is a computer program which can independently transmit itself between computers through networks (especially the Internet) or removable storage devices such as disks, while causing harm to device and data.
Viruses pose a serious danger to modern smartphones, they can cause problems such as :.
- Personal data theft
- Accumulation of Very high phone bills and
- malfunction of different apps.
luckily there are ways to recognize that a virus has infiltrated or entered your phone.
9 signs of virus or malware on Phones and PC.
The battery gets drained much faster than usual:.
Now modern smartphones have a much stronger battery than their predecessors,
some particular models can work for as long as two days on a single charge.
If you begin to notice that the battery of your smartphone depletes or reduces faster than before, then your phone may be infected with a virus or malware.
Most viruses don’t show their presence, they function in the background and that’s what makes your battery run out so quickly.
On the bright side wink, this is a good sign that can help you detect a virus
Unusual call disruptions:.
You may notice unusual or strange calls disruptions during conversations,
this is naturally due to connection problems from your network carrier or a faulty component of your phone.
Bad weather may also affect your phone calls but if this situation repeats time after time it might be a virus.
Many of these viruses have a bad influence on the quality of your phone calls.
You notice mysterious outgoing calls and text messages on your phone:.
you should be suspicious if you start to notice outgoing phone calls you didn’t make or text messages you didn’t send.
if no friend or family member used your phone earlier, the chances are high that your phone is infected with a virus.
some viruses are created specifically to send messages and make calls from a smartphone and this is how they replicate.
so if your friends get spam messages with suspicious links from you, your phone must have caught a virus.
Constant Pop-up ads on your mainscreen:.
Pop-up ads are advertisements which appears fully on your screen when you enter a website.
This is normal for all websites with with ads on it.
But if you notice these pop-up ads on your phone’s main screen or on social media apps, its a sure sign of virus attack on your smartphone.
Many times, constant pop-up ads appearing on the screen are a very sure sign of virus attack on your smartphone.
You may have downloaded an app with an adware virus on your phone without knowing.
If you see any pop-up ad on your screen while using some apps like Facebook, WhatsApp which normally doesn’t have such ads, its a sign of virus attack on your phone.
such pop-ups are often connected with suspicious websites, if you click on a link offered by a pop up ad, a new portion of viruses may enter or infiltrate your phone.
check your latest apps to find out which one brought along the adware.
As soon as you figure out the app with the adware, uninstall it immediately.
Strange apps on your phone:.
a very common sign of a virus is the appearance of unfamiliar or strange apps on your phone.
you know for sure that you haven’t installed them but they do exist in your phone.
it’s simple, mobile viruses tend to install other harmful malware on your device, this helps them to work in tandem and gain more strength in carrying out their plans.
Your phone overheats and hangs:.
Virus infected phones often suffer from overheating.
viruses and worms use your smartphone’s resources putting a serious strain on the phone and battery, as a result it becomes hot to the touch.
you should know that if your device has become too slow and heats up even when you don’t use it much, it’s most likely infected with a virus.
Your smartphone uses much more data than usual:.
You may notice an unusual noticeable increase in your data consumption.
A malware bug may use the data connection of your phone to send out unnecessary informations to third parties and show annoying pop-up ads on your phone which will lead to high data consumption.
luckily you can deal with this problem, Android phones have settings that can help you manage your data usage.
Go to Wireless and networks in the settings menu, then click on data usage and pick set mobile data limit, now adjust the sliders to set your data limit.
There are mysterious bills/airtime usage on your phone:.
Another sure sign of a virus infection on your device is that you may notice highly accrued bills or airtime use, which you didn’t permit.
Some malwares or viruses sends out a large amount of text messages until you’re left with a noticeable phone bill or you may notice that your airtime reduced mysteriously.
Other viruses act more carefully and send one or two messages a month to not raise suspicions.
In addition they may simply uninstall themselves after they’ve punched a hole in your finances.
Pay close attention not only to your phone bills or airtime usage but to all other bills as well.
Strain subscription fees or mysterious charges may indicate that one of your gadgets has gotten infected with a malware or virus.
Frequent program/Apps crashes on your device:.
If a game you’re playing on your smartphone subtly crashes for the first time, it’s suspicious but if this starts to occur repeatedly, something has definitely gone wrong.
Almost all viruses affect the apps you have on your phone, as a result programs don’t load as they should or a crash unexpectedly.
Another example may be a missing Bluetooth icon or any other icon on the screen. They may not be displayed if your smartphone is infected.
To prevent the interference of a virus, try to update your apps in a timely manner.
Also download a very good antivirus scanner on your phone, For better services, go for paid ones.
Appearance of inexecutable file formats on your Phones(.exe).
This is one of the surest way of detecting a virus or malware especially adware virus on android phones .
Adware/spyware virus which normally causes popup ads are usually saved in hidden directories or folders in your phone.
It is saved as .exe extension. so, the quickest way to know that your phone has a virus is to search for .exe files in your file manager.
It may not show up in search results of some file managers but it normally shows up when you searches it in the universal search section of your default file manager.
.exe files are files saved with .exe extension, .exe is the normal extension for saving programs on PC ,just as .apk is used for saving programs on android.
But if these .exe files are automatically saved on android, it becomes a very powerful malware that can’t be removed by ordinary android anti virus and will keep on showing you popup ads even with data connection off.
So if you search and found these files on your phone or SD card, delete them, if it refuses to delete, move them to the other storage directory on your phone and delete it there.
This is how a friend of mine solved popup ads(adware/spyware virus) issue temporarily on his phone
These are the most common smartphone viruses.
This virus often sticks to an app that looks absolutely harmless at first glance
but as soon as you download this app the malware becomes active and infects your phone.
After you installs the infected app, it can delete all your personal information out from your phone.
A Trojan virus can uninstall apps on your device or make your phone send expensive texts.
Even worse, it can completely paralyze your device.
TWO OF THE MOST FAMOUS TYPES OF TROJAN VIRUS ARE:
- Hummer and skulls – phishing viruses:.
This malware looks like a proper login page but as soon as you enter your account details, third parties get an opportunity to steal your credentials and use this information for their purposes.
Worm virus are usually spread with through text messages.
The most annoying part of this virus is that it doesn’t require any interaction with the user of the infected phone to be activated.
The main goal of this virus is to spread and reproduce itself but it can also contain harmful instructions.
Also known as spyware, you probably won’t know that your device has been infected with this malware since it likes to pretend to be a legitimate app,
but as soon as your phone is infected, this virus starts to collect your personal information including your
- Browsing history and even your preferences
After that, this data is delivered to a third party which most often turns out to be an advertising company.
Adware often comes in the form of seemingly harmless gaming or entertainment apps.
Once on a device, it collects data about you and floods your device with annoying pop-ups and advertisements.
Even more threatening is adware that contains “malvertising code”, which can infect your device with other dangerous forms of malware, or root your device and allow the hacker to steal your personal information.
Adware virus are normally saved as .exe files on your phone’s( check number 10 above for full details on .exe files).
This virus disables a phone and makes its owner pay ransom to regain control over their phone.
some modern malware of this type can get administrator rights and tamper with your security code or pin.
Your phone can contact this virus when you visit insecure or malicious sites, or if you download unreliable apps.
Finally, as you can see, even one virus on your smart phone can cause a whole peck of trouble for you.
That’s why it’s so important to protect your gadgets from getting infected with any virus or malware.
HERE ARE A FEW MORE TIPS TO SECURE YOUR PHONE OR PC FROM VIRUSES:.
- always update your smart phone software for every new update contains new bug fixes.
- Do not install apps from unreliable or unknown sources:.
To disable installations from unknown sourcesOn your Android device,
go to settings >> security >> device administration and search for unknown sources, this setting should be unchecked.
- Don’t allow your phone or PC download any apps until without your full permission.
Before you decide to download an app look at the dialog box where it asks for access to different options, naturally a browser can’t work without internet access and a photo app will want access to your storage,
but if you notice something suspicious among the apps demands, don’t install it.
- Install a good Antivirus software:.
Free built-in programs aren’t bad but they aren’t really effective.
If you use the Internet on a daily basis you should have a professional antivirus app. It’s advised to go for paid antivirus apps, as free ones cannot be fully trusted at times.
Don’t open or download any email attachments before you scan them even if it’s an email from your best friend,
It’s better to use for instance an inbuilt gmail scanner, better safe than sorry.
- Backup your data on a regular basis:.
it will help to restore your information if a virus damages or destroys it.
Read what you see on the screen before you tap it, if a pop up ad appears on your phone the chances are high that it’s the plot of a third party trying to con you into giving away your credentials.
Always be mindful of what you do.
That’s it, so how do you protect your phone from viruses?
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