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5 signs that your phone has malicious software and what to do?


Android smartphones are a major target for cybercriminals, as the malware they develop can cause a lot of problems. While you can sometimes notice that your phone has been targeted with malicious software, such as ransomware that suddenly encrypts phone data, other software can be easily detected because it works in the background and steals your data without you knowing.

That's why you need to take some immediate action if you suddenly notice any strange behavior your phone is doing, in order to protect your data.

First: What are the most prominent signs that your smartphone has been infected with malicious software?

Malware usually finds its way into smartphones because of the user's own behavior, actions such as clicking on attached URL links in texts sent to it, opening attachments to anonymous emails, or downloading applications from unreliable sources are all potential sources of malware intrusion into the phone.

This also means that many users do not realize that their smartphones are infected with malware until it is too late when the phone starts to behave strangely and unusually, and then if you notice one of the following signs it often means that the phone is infected with malicious software.

1. Pop-up ads appear frequently:

Adware is a type of malware that floods your phone or infected apps with annoying pop-up ads that are difficult or impossible to get rid of and won't disappear over time, causing a lot of problems with your phone's experience.

2. Pay financial fees without any justification:

A variety of malware automates certain processes to try to trick users into money, for example, you may automatically send multiple text messages to previously prepared numbers for a fee automatically deducted from the shipping balance.

So if you don't willingly pay for text messages for the services you subscribe to, it's likely that the malware in your phone is doing this work, as this can also create other types of fees that you have to pay, such as consuming your internet data plan, which will increase the fees you must pay to your service provider.

3- Quickbattery consumption:

Of course, smartphone batteries are likely to lose their effectiveness over time, but if you notice that your phone's battery suddenly starts to consume power at high speeds and close to full charge, it often means that you have background spy software to collect your information.

4- The existence of an application that you have not installed before:

The best way to note this is to open the list of applications periodically and check the applications installed in your smartphone, and if you find that there is an unknown application or you are sure not to install it previously do not try to open it but delete it immediately and without hesitation.

5. The phone is broken down or suddenly stopped:

Although there are many reasons why your phone automatically shuts down, such as battery power running out, overheating, or after the operating system is updated, it's suddenly disabled in the same way every time, no matter what you do, or when using the app itself, it often means that it has malware.

Second, what should you do if your phone is hit by malware?

Mostly, if your smartphone is hit by malware, your options to get rid of it remain very limited without the complete loss of data and information in it, yet you can apply one of the following solutions that start with the difficult-to-medium option to the final option.

1. Use the virus testing software:

Sometimes, built-in scanning software in smartphones can help you detect and delete malware, such as Smart Manager — currently called Device Care — in Samsung phones, and you can install a third-party virus scan app, such as Avast Security.

2- Turn the phone on in safe mode:

If you need to keep using your phone or want to look for more indicators, you can restart the phone in safe mode, and do so, press at length the power button until you see the call to restart to safe mode, agree and once you reach safe mode you can search for suspicious apps and delete them immediately.

3- Reset the phone to factory settings:

This option is a final solution because you may lose all your data and information on your phone if you haven't backed up before, and to do so, see an article: How to set up an Android phone before selling it or giving it to anyone.