After Microsoft recently alerted all smartphone users of a new ransomware targeting Android phones, people are scared of such malicious threats wreaking havoc on their smartphones.
Android malware can come in different forms, ranging from spyware that gathers personal information for third parties to ransomware that holds your files hostage and demands you to pay a ransom to retrieve them.
Malware sneaks into Google Play Store or hides in third-party app shops to make its way into your devices. So here are ways you can recognize if your smartphone is infected with a virus sooner than later:
Calls you didn’t make
Have you noticed any calls being made or SMSs being sent from your phone that you’re not aware of? Unless you’ve handed over your phone to someone else, there is no reason for that to happen. This could be a possible virus infection.
Surge in data usage
If your smartphone gets infected with a virus, it doesn’t sit idle. Android viruses and malware act based on the commands given to them by their creator (or the attacker). To do this, they need an active internet connection.
The same internet will also be needed for the virus or malware to carry out activities like displaying fake pop-up ads, stealing the user data and sending it to the creator/attacker, and more. If there is a malware hidden in your device, it means your mobile data usage is likely to increase.
Smartphone battery drains faster
Most smartphones today come with good battery life. Some can even last for as long as two whole days with heavy usage. Viruses tend to keep running in the background and eat up the battery power without giving away their presence. If you notice your device’s battery dying faster than usual, take it as a sign that your mobile may be infected with a virus.
It is normal for smartphones’ performance to dip once they are stuffed with apps. Most of the time, poor performance might not be an indication of a virus infection. It is recommended that you should get rid of any unwanted apps, avoid using live wallpapers, and take necessary steps to optimize the device’s performance. If your phone still lags and doesn’t give the expected performance, then a virus infection can be behind it.
Unfamiliar apps show up
Most smartphone viruses are programmed to install other malicious apps on the smartphone to together dismantle the mobile internally and steal data. If you notice any apps that you don’t remember installing, chances are that your phone has been infected with a virus.