Signs Indicating Your Android Device May be Infected With a Virus - PC SEEKERS

Signs Indicating Your Android Device May be Infected With a Virus

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According to the Annual Security Threat Report by Quick Heal, mobile ransomware has increased by 450% in 2016 while mobile banking Trojan has shown an increase of 110%.
Following are the signs indicating your android device may be infected with a virus:

1. Your phone makes calls you may have no idea about: Noticed any calls or SMSs made or sent from your phone that you are not aware of? If no one else is using your phone and you notice unexplainable calls made from your phone (or SMSs sent), then you can suspect a possible virus infection. Most mobile viruses are designed to make calls and send SMSs from the infected device.

2. Unexplainable usage of mobile data: Android viruses and other mobile malware act based on the commands they receive from their creator (the attacker). For this, they require an active Internet connection. Internet is also needed for the malware to carry out other activities like stealing user data and sending it to the attacker, displaying fake pop-up ads, and so on. For obvious reasons having a malware hiding on your device means your mobile data usage will increase for a reason that is not known to you. So, if this happens, it is a good sign that your mobile device is infected.

3. Apps you never installed show up on your phone: Most mobile viruses are programmed to install other apps (mostly malicious) on the infected device so that they can work together to mess up your device. If you notice apps you don’t remember installing on your device, then there are high chances that your phone is infected with a virus.


4. Battery drains faster than normal: Android phones now come with better battery life. If your device’s battery is drying faster than usual even with normal usage, take this sign as that of a virus infection. Viruses constantly keep running in the background without giving away their presence and this eats up the battery.

What to do?
1. Never install apps from third-party app stores. Only trust official sources such as Google Play and App Store.
2. Do not click on pop-up ads that come up on your device while browsing websites. Clicking them might take you to an infected website or drop a virus on your phone.
3. Do not click on links or download attachments received from unexpected, unwanted, or unknown emails. Follow this practice even with messages received as an SMS or over WhatsApp.
4. On your Android phone, ensure the ‘Unknown Sources’ setting is checked out. This will prevent third-party, unofficial apps from getting installed on your phone.

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