Can Android Phones Get Viruses?

Author Natallia Slimani 3.11.2014. | 22:23

 

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We’ve all heard horror stories about super smart computer viruses, destroying gigabytes of information and exposing your private life to the world.

Unfortunately, your Android phone is not immune to malware, or malicious software, either.

So how does your phone get infected?

Ironically, in most cases, you are the one welcoming unwanted software into your device. Remember that cool game you’ve managed to snag for free from a new website? It very well may be a Trojan horse, hiding digital bacteria.

So what do viruses want with your phone?

Most of them are there to steal data. But they may have other goals in mind as well.

–       Collect contact lists, email addresses, passwords and more

–       Record phone/Skype conversations

–       Download other malware to your phone

–       Subscribe to premium services

–       Or take control of the phone in other ways

How to know your Android phone is infected?

In most cases you will notice that things are slowing down and simple operations are taking longer than usual. Your battery may also be running out faster than before and you may notice some system changes.

How to get rid of it?

The first step is obvious. To get rid of the virus on your phone, uninstall the app that caused it. If you are not sure which one it was, uninstall all recently downloaded applications.

For this, go to “Settings” and open “Apps” or “Application Manager”. Select the app you suspect of treason and tap on “Uninstall”.

As an extra precaution and a reliable way to prevent viruses from attacking your Android phone in the future, consider installing a mobile security app, like Avast Free Mobile Security. It will allow you to scan your phone for viruses, detect them early and get rid of them fast.

And don’t forget to only use reputable sources for downloading applications – like Google Playstore or Amazon.

Author Natallia Slimani 3.11.2014. | 22:23
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