Android is pretty safe now, but every now and then a malware-infected app can slip under the radar. Here is the way to prevent, recognize and remove the malicious software.
Everything You Need To Know About Android Malware
Malware is an umbrella term for all software that is harmful to your Android smartphone. The infected apps try to invade, damage or switch off your phone. Data is also sometimes stolen. It is therefore important to prevent Android malware.
Prevention is better than cure and this age-old advice also applies to malware on an Android phone. No system is 100 percent secure, but when you update apps directly, download the latest Android security patch for your device and only install apps from the Play Store.
Have you ever downloaded an APK file outside the official app store? Or do you ever click on dubious advertisements from websites? Then you run a higher risk of malware. As soon as you notice that your device becomes slower, shows strange pop-ups or advertisements or the battery runs out quickly, the phone may be contaminated. Recognizing Android malware is not that difficult. Removal can be a bit tedious.
Remove Android malware
Usually, your phone infected with malware can still be used. It is, however, important to remove the infected app as quickly as possible. Switch off your device, because this way the program has no chance of causing any further damage. Check to see if you have recently installed a new app: that may be the cause of the problem.
Also, try to google the symptoms. There is a good chance that you will not be the first with the problem and someone on the internet has written a step-by-step guide to get things sorted. It is in any case important to remove the infected app. We do this by starting in safe mode:
Note: Different Android device may have different methods to boot the device in Safe Mode so Google the method for your specific device in case the below mentioned method does not work for you.
- Power off the phone
- Switch the device on again as usual;
- Once it has started up, hold both the volume up and down buttons button;
- Keep holding the ‘Volume up’ and ‘Volume down’ buttons until the device is fully booted.
- You will see the words ‘Safe Mode’ on the bottom left corner of your screen.
By starting a device in safe mode, you cannot use third-party apps, but only the apps that were already installed at the time of purchase. As soon as your phone is switched on again, go to the settings, tap on ‘Apps and notifications’ and go to the list of all applications. Find the infected app and delete the app.
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Protect your phone for the future
Do you think that other apps are also infected, for example, because you were seeing strange advertisements? Therefore, remove these applications, and install them again later if necessary. Once you’re done, turn off the device and restart it in normal mode. Does everything seem normal again? Then you have successfully removed the Android malware.
Now it’s time to prevent further infections. To do this, install a good anti-malware app on your Android phone. We recommend Malwarebytes, which protects you against malware, ransomware and other harmful software. For example, you will be notified as soon as you are about to open a questionable link.