These days, we use our smartphones for everything: work, shopping, movie and food booking, banking, and, of course, interacting with family and friends. Can you fathom how much info these gadgets carry with all of this activity flowing through them? They are goldmines of critical data that may put you in danger if they fall into the wrong hands. With this in mind, it’s time to grasp what is Malware and how to detect and avoid malware on your Android device.
What is Malware?
Malware is an umbrella word for any form of malicious program that is intended to hurt or abuse any configurable service, device, or network. Malicious hackers often employ it to retrieve information that they may exploit to obtain a financial advantage over their victims. That data may include everything from financial information to personal emails and passwords to healthcare records the potential for what type of data can be stolen is virtually limitless.
How to check for malware on Android?
Time needed: 10 minutes.
While it is not always possible to find out for sure whether your Android smartphone has been infected with malware, here are some of the symptoms to look out for
- Data consumption.
You’ve observed an uptick in data consumption.
- Phone bills have increased.
Charges on your phone bill have increased.
- Phone and applications crashing.
Your phone and applications are frequently crashing.
- Pop-up advertisements.
You see pop-up advertisements.
- New applications on your phone.
There are some new applications on your phone.
- The phone is too hot.
Your phone is getting too hot.
If you’ve seen any of these signs, or if you’re using an Android smartphone that’s more than two years old, you should scan it for malware.
It would be best if you were extra careful when:
- Your smartphone has been rooted.
- Your Android operating system is no longer getting updates.
- Despite being compatible, your Android OS has not been upgraded to the newest version.
How to remove malware on Android?
Given below are some of the most popular ways to remove malware from Android.
Remove safe mode
Safe mode enables you to disable any third-party programs and services, providing you with the opportunity to disable malware as well.
Keep in mind that your phone will look different in safe mode if you use any custom launchers.
Don’t worry; your home screen icons will be restored following the Reboot. The only thing that will be influenced is the home screen widgets, which will be deleted. So, before entering safe mode, take a snapshot of your home screen so you can quickly restore devices after returning to normal mode.
The steps to enter safe mode vary depending on the device model; however, the most frequent ones are as follows:
- Continuously hold the power button down until you get the Power off option.
- Hold down the power button until you get the Reboot to safe mode prompt.
- Tap OK, and then wait for your device to resume.
- Go to Settings on your smartphone by clicking the gear-like symbol from the list of applications. When your phone powers up, the Safe Mode watermark will appear at the bottom. This means you successfully booted into safe mode.
- Tap Applications & Notifications or an option with a similar name that manages apps.
- Examine the programme list thoroughly and delete anything suspicious: Uninstall the programme by tapping its name.
- If you come across an unknown dubious app that you can’t get rid of, it’s likely the invader you’re looking for. To begin, deactivate the app by selecting Disable.
- Return to the main Settings page and seek an option that enables you to manage your applications. It is commonly referred to as Device admin applications.
- Locate the invader in the list and deactivate the toggle next to it. The toggle should have now become grey.
- Return to the applications list, pick the possible malware, and then press Uninstall.
- Continuously press the power button one more. Then choose Reboot to return to regular mode.
- If these procedures do not work for your device, go to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clear your downloads
In contrast to iOS, Android OS allows you to download a variety of files from the internet. This is a great function, but it also offers hazards to your device, most notably the possibility of inadvertently downloading malware. It is critical to keep your downloads folder organized and free of suspicious or unneeded items.
If your Android smartphone isn’t responding, freezing, or won’t let you access anything, you’ll need to take more drastic measures.
Remove your redirects and pop-ups from your browser.
If your device continues to be routed to undesirable websites or pop-up advertising continues to appear, you will need to restore your mobile browser to its original settings. This is an action you should only take if all previous attempts to fix the problem have failed. Unlike Windows and Mac computers, Android’s browsers do not provide the ability to restore settings.
Clearing the application data is required to reset browser settings on Android. You will be able to delete all stored caches, site settings, and cookies this way.
Last Updated on October 27, 2021