Google’s security gets stronger and better with every new update, but that doesn’t mean the risks of getting viruses are zero. It all depends on the things you download.
Some of the things we download are from untrusted sites. Those sites plant malware codes on the apps which steals information, block your phone and many other mischiefs.
Malware is a very dangerous virus, if left in your phone for a long time could cause some irreversible damages that would render your phone completely useless.
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In this post, I’ll tell you what malware is, why it is harmful to your phone and how to stop malware from getting into your phone.
What is Malware?
A malware, also known as “malicious software”, is any software that is intentionally designed to cause havoc on your smartphone or even your computer.
It is introduced to your device when you download an app often offering to give you goodies like cheat codes, money, free working software, etc.
Malware usually slows down your phone, downloads unwanted files without your consent, uses too much of your internet, change settings on your phone and even gets valuable piece information from your phone. They do most of this with an internet connection.
They might introduce ransomware in the long run. A Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that threatens to publish the victim’s data or even block access to it unless a ransom is paid.
Ransomware attacks are normally carried out using a Trojan horse that is disguised as a legit file that tricks the users into downloading or opening when it arrives as an email attachment. However, some find their ways through malware-infected apps and is executed without user interaction.
Malware has been around for a very long time and they keep increasing rapidly every day.
I was once a victim of the malware virus back in 2012 on my Samsung s4. I was browsing the web as usual when I came across an app that claimed it could make me rich overnight without breaking a sweat. Damn, I felt so lucky.
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Just like anyone in my shoes would do, I downloaded it and was so happy because in the night time I will be given some “cheddar cheese” to enjoy myself.
It made me go through endless surveys. Click this, click that, do this, do that. It never seemed to end.
I eventually got tired and out of frustration, I tried to get rid of the app. This was when I started understanding the real situation. It refused to delete and the more I tried to delete it, the more it multiplied.
It downloaded many other malware apps that downloaded many other apps until the phone became useless.
I did what anyone person in my shoe would do. I googled a solution, which eventually worked to an extent.
The phone got a little sanity after the procedure but still downloads once in a while.
Here are some tips on how to stop malware from your phone and also how you can secure it from future threats:
1. Switch Off Your Phone
When you get a hint or any signs at all that your phone has been infected by malware, the first thing to do is to switch off your phone and then think of anything you must have downloaded recently from an unknown source.
The essence of this is to make sure the virus doesn’t spread any further until you discover what might be the cause.
If you can’t really remember what you must have clicked or downloaded, I suggest u get a security app like AVG antivirus and it will show you all security threats to your phone.
2. Switch Your Phone To Safe Mode
Safe mode is a feature that reboots your phone and disables all third-party applications on your phone. You can use it to test your phone performance before and after you download an app.
With this feature, you can find out if your phone is acting normal or if it has a harmful application or game installed on your phone.
To activate it, press and hold your power button for about two seconds until it shows you power options, like switch off, restart, etc.
Click and hold the power off option until it shows the power options click on “safe mode” that’s all. Once done it automatically reboots your phone and activates safe mode.
To reverse this process, simply restart your phone.
If your phone doesn’t support the above method, there is an alternative.
Turn off your phone completely then turn it on again. Immediately it turns on, press and holds both “Volume Up and Volume Down” buttons on your device. Keep holding while the device boots. Once your Android device is done booting, you will see the words “Safe mode” displayed at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
If you tried the safe mode process and it doesn’t do the trick, you can always just turn on airplane mode. Malware functions with an internet connection.
So turning on airplane mode will cut off all connections.
3. Find The App In Your Settings
If you already know the malware-infected apps, it’s best to get rid of it ASAP before it multiplies and causes more damage.
Go to settings>apps then look for any suspicious apps and get rid of them immediately.
In some cases, the malware might have gotten administrator privileges and installed itself as a system application. All you can do is force stop and then disable it.
4. Download Security Apps
You don’t actually need to have malware on your phone before you think of downloading antivirus software.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. It is best to keep an antivirus software installed on your phone to prevent it from future threats.
The security app might also help find out infected apps and files on your phone. If it finds any, it immediately prompts you to get rid of it.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. You don’t need to have malware on your phone before seeking how to stop malware.
Here are some preventive measures to follow on how to stop malware:
- Download an antivirus app.
- Do not download apps from untrusted servers. If possible, download all your apps from Google Playstore because of their play protect security feature.
- Always update your phone.
- If you download outside Google Playstore, upload all file or download link to virustotal.com to scan for malicious software.
Do you have any questions on how to stop malware? Drop the questions in the comment below.
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