Virus or malware attacks increase as mobile phone usage increases. The best way to avoid infection on a smartphone is to be aware of the symptoms of this Android virus. There are many types of malware, such as Viruses, adware, trojans, spyware, worms, and ransomware. These programs can cause serious damage to Android devices ranging from loss of personal data to loss of money. Viruses and worms can spread from one infected device to another, while adware can publish ads on device screens and try to lure users into clicking on them. Spyware can track user activity and collect sensitive data from cell phones without their knowledge and consent. The following are 5 signs when an Android device may be infected with a virus and how to deal with it:
1. A pop-up appears suddenly
If you see pop-up ads that appear suddenly on the device screen, including when the user is not opening certain applications, it is one sign that the Android device has been infected with malware or adware. The pop-up ad that appears suddenly will link to a website, it can be said that the user has unknowingly installed an application with adware on the device. We recommend that you don’t click on those ads and try to remember the last recently installed apps, they may have brought adware to your device. After that immediately uninstall the application.
2. An increase in data usage
When the device is infected by a malicious bug, it will use the internet data source to show ads or send information out of the Android device secretly. Therefore, if there is a sudden unusual increase in data usage, it is likely that the device has been infected with malware. Go to device Settings and select the Data option to see which apps are using the most data on the smartphone. If the user sees an app that is using internet data unreasonably, uninstall the app immediately.
3. The battery runs out fast
Viruses and malware in smartphones use device resources to trigger infections. Therefore, if there is a sudden drop in battery power, it may be one of the signs that the device has been infected. Users can open Settings and select the Battery option on the smartphone to evaluate and see which apps are using the most battery power.
4. Unexplained phone calls and texts
Viruses can replicate by spreading from one device to another via text, email, etc. If the smartphone is infected, then the device can send strange messages that usually contain links to all of the user’s contacts. To prevent this, users can install an anti-Virus program to scan and clean for Viruses.
5. Device gets hot fast and slow
Viruses and malware on the device use battery resources to spread infection and this has an impact on the temperature of the device which becomes hot quickly. Not only that, smartphones infected with malware also have poor performance and become slow.