By Damilola Faustino
It may seem impossible that malware can make its way onto your gadgets. After all, viruses are something that computer owners have to worry about. There’s no way that something like Android malware exists, right? Unfortunately, while there may have been a time where installing antivirus on a phone would have raised eyebrows, things aren’t as simple anymore. Malware developers are always looking for the most prolific technology out there to ensure their attacks hit as many people as possible. As hackers are getting smarter, you have to be conscious about how you use your device to prevent malware. Anyway, it is also important to know if your phone is infected. Here are indications that it is:
Performance begins to drop
If the malware tries to perform somewhat intensive tasks on your phone, you may find that your device begins to slow down as it takes up processing power to do its job. This results in slower loading, apps hanging, and long boot times. It may also cause interruptions and other weird occurrences while making a phone call. It is telling you to beware.
The battery drains faster than usual
Malware sometimes needs to perform a system-intensive task to do its job. This slows down the system, but it also has a secondary effect: all that processing power has to be fuelled by the battery. This results in your device keeping its charge much less than beforehand and requiring more charges across the week than before.
Unexplained data usage
Android malware isn’t there to just annoy and harass you. Sometimes it’s installed so it can perform a specific job its developer wants to perform. This may include communicating with an online server which will involve using your 3G connection. It may also include subscribing to and sending messages via SMS services which charge quite a lot per message and makes money off of unsuspecting victims.
You may also notice an increase in advertisements shown to you while using your device. Everyone knows of the free apps that sometimes show an ad or two to help cover company costs, and seeing one of these in a free game or app shouldn’t set off any alarm bells. However, if you see them beginning to creep into your notification bar, or even dominating the entire screen while no apps are loaded, there’s a good chance there’s malware on your phone.
Well, if your phone is overheating while playing games then it is okay. However, if your phone starts to overheat on normal usage, then you need to look for proper antivirus solution. Sometimes, hidden malware consumes lots of ram and CPU usage, which causes the phone to overheat.
Do you have apps on your system that you never installed? Or perhaps you’re getting weird messages in your notification bar from apps you’ve never heard of? Android malware sometimes acts by slipping apps onto your system without you agreeing to it. The result is an influx of apps popping up that you don’t remember installing. This takes up a lot of space and resources for apps you actually want to use.
Android taking long time to boot
Well, if you have recently observed your Android device is taking way too longer than usual to boot up then it might be an indication of low memory storage or low ram. However, sometimes due to malware it can consume lots of time to boot up. There’s not much option to increase your boot speed unless you root your device.
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