Is your phone or tablet acting weird? Does the battery drain suspiciously fast? Maybe some apps on your phone have suddenly started crashing. These might be signs of Android malware. It’s no secret that Android devices can be quite vulnerable to various cyberthreats around the web. Fortunately, most Android malware is easy to remove — just read our tutorial below.
While the words virus and malware are often used interchangeably, they do have different meanings. Viruses are programs designed to spread themselves to other devices. Malware includes all kinds of malicious software including viruses, spyware, trojans, adware, and so on.
Usually, you can get malware on your phone by downloading infected apps from unreliable sources. It can be apps from third-party stores, opening phishing emails, using unsecured Wi-Fi, or browsing untrustworthy websites. On rare occasions, some malicious apps can get past Google Play’s filters, so be sure to research the app before installing anything.
Some of the signs of malware on your phone are:
You should keep in mind that some of these symptoms can just mean your device is simply overloaded with junk. Try to get rid of the apps you’re not using and clear your browser and app caches to improve performance.
You can also perform an android virus scan to check if it’s malware. But just like with any other app you’re about to download onto your device, we recommend doing some research so you don’t wind up downloading malware instead!
Getting an Android virus removal app can make things easier, but before downloading more stuff onto your phone, you can try to do it yourself. Here are the steps to remove malware from your phone, but keep in mind that some steps may vary depending on your device:
Some malware is more cunning, so in some cases it will give itself administrator rights. Don’t worry, you can fix this with a few short steps:
Should the malware problems persist, you may need to restore your device to factory settings. Here’s how to do that:
The fact that your phone survived this malware does not mean that the next malicious app on your phone won’t do more damage. Follow these tips in the future to avoid doing any real damage to your device:
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