Are you aware that just like your computer or the PC, the smartphone is also susceptible to unwanted viruses and malware? If you are, it’s time to take precautions and keep away from virus attacks. What if your smartphone already has viruses or malware in it! Is there any way to know that your smartphone has viruses in it already? You may be wondering and mentally auditing your own activities to know what you might have done wrong to get the virus in. Viruses disguise themselves as a system update and on acceptance by the user, it adds your mobile phone to a giant botnet of other infected devices and gadgets that send spam.
The default android browser can let the hackers with malicious intent to steal your online account login details and browsing information. Few apps come as a text message link from a friend as a disguise which you might have clicked and installed. Once installed, this can spread by sending text messages to your other contacts. Viruses and malware may infect your mobile phone in new and novel ways but few of the symptoms and indications detailed below might tell you that your phone is infected with viruses or malware.
1.Decreased battery life
Users who do not engage in higher battery consuming activities have a fair idea of how long the battery could last. When your phone gets infected by adware, malware or viruses it impacts heavily on the life of the battery. Abnormal battery usage can signal the presence of viruses or malware on your Android phone as any of your apparently harmless apps may be a malware which pretends to be a regular application or may try to stay hidden from the phone user.
2.Call drops and disruptions
Call drops or call disruptions during phone conversations can also be another indication of a malware infecting your phone. In such a case you should call your service provider to find out if the dropped calls are happening due to the service provided. If that’s not the case then something or someone may try to eavesdrop your conversations or are engaged in other suspicious activities.
3.Slowdown of your phone
Just like a computer, a virus working in the background may slow down your phone and if you feel that your phone was faster earlier and now it’s getting stuck pretty often, it might be a victim of viruses. The malware running in the background consumes too much of the power of the processor to allow the applications to run smoothly. Checking the CPU load or the Random Access Memory could possibly reveal the presence of a malware that might be actively running in the background.
4.Disproportionate data usage
A virus or a malware that sends spams working in the background is sure to be using a lot of the internet. If you glance at the Data Usage under the Settings of your smartphone you may notice substantial consumption of data and changes in the internet usage. In all these cases the battery consumption is sure to surge higher and a battery monitoring app can tell you which of the apps are consuming the most of the battery.
5.Unidentified apps and phantom notifications
One of the best practices is to check your phone for any unidentified apps that you may not have downloaded. If you are wondering how this can occur, a harmless app that you downloaded may have brought a bunch of malicious apps with it. Keep a vigil on the apps on your phone and remove the ones that you can’t recognize.
You may also receive phantom notifications and when you open them nothing appears. This may also happen due to malware which is also an indication that your phone might be infected.
How to get things back to normal!
Once you discover that an app is responsible for spreading viruses in your phone, the foremost thing to do is to switch the mobile phone to airplane mode which would stop the malware from sending any more information. The next step is to find the app in question under Settings >> Applications and to uninstall it. Of course, you need to uninstall all the apps which are dubious in nature. If any of the malicious apps refuse to get uninstalled, switch your mobile phone to safe mode.
The next step would be to transfer all your photos and files that are not stored in the cloud to a computer through a USB cable. Subsequently, you can go to Settings >> Backup and reset your phone. You should make sure that your app data, settings, and passwords are set to be backed up with Google. If you are sure that your data is backed up, choose the factory data reset options. After the reset is completed you can sign in to your Google account and your data can be restored again to your phone. Subsequently, the apps that are safe and reliable can be reinstalled and you can move your documents and photos from your PC to your phone again