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Jack Wallen offers up his best advice for avoiding malware on Android.

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We’re back to the topic that bears repeating every month or so: Android and malware. They seem to be like chocolate and peanut butter these days. But why? Is it the developer’s fault? Is the onus on Google?

I’m going to open a rather messy can of worms and say the blame could easily fall on the shoulders of everyone involved–including the user. But in the end, no matter how secure a platform Google released, if Android is used poorly, bad things will happen. The same holds true for Windows, macOS, and (gasp) even Linux.

That’s right. I could deploy a Linux desktop to someone and if they misuse the platform, similar bad things could happen.

So what’s a user to do? Nothing different than I’ve said before. In fact, I laid out a simple plan for users in 4 ways to avoid malware on Android. But as many an admin knows, the simpler the advice is for end users, the more likely the advice will stick.

My advice? Only install applications you have to have.

How users use devices

I know, it’s not really that easy. Why? Because users don’t have the control necessary to limit themselves to only installing required applications. According to this article from sister site ZDNet, social media takes up the bulk of smartphone usage, with Americans spending an average of just over an hour a day on Facebook and 48 minutes on Instagram. Millennials spend roughly 48 minutes per day texting, versus 30 minutes for baby boomers. Boomers, on the other hand, spend 43 minutes per day on email, whereas millennials spend less than 10 minutes per day within an email app.

Outside of that, the majority of time spent on smartphones is divided between the following apps/services:

  • Internet
  • Podcasts
  • Snapchat
  • Music
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • News apps
  • Messenger
  • Phone

So our full list of most-used apps and services looks like:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Texting
  • Phone
  • Internet
  • Podcasts
  • Snapchat
  • Music
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Messenger
  • News apps
  • Email

Of those apps/services, Android has the following built into its ecosystem:

  • Texting – Messages
  • Phone – Phone app
  • Internet – Chrome
  • Podcasts – Play Music
  • Music – Play Music
  • Youtube – Youtube app
  • Messenger – Messenger app
  • News Apps – Google News
  • Email – Gmail app

What’s left over?

  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

By installing only four apps, the majority of millennials and boomers can satisfy all of their mobile needs. Three simple apps, each of which are found in the Google Play Store and have been thoroughly vetted by both the companies that created them and Google itself.

Back in 2014, more than four million Snapchat users’ data was released by hackers reacting to Snapchat’s claim it had no knowledge of vulnerabilities. This wasn’t an issue with the Snapchat app, but the Snapchat service. And it wasn’t malware. Installing the Snapchat app on an Android device wasn’t accompanied by malicious code. The app itself was safe.

As are all of the apps on the list above. At least they are as safe as any piece of software can be. Which is to say, not 100%. But that’s the risk we all take for living an always-connected life. As the saying goes, any computer connected to the internet is vulnerable.

What’s the solution?

This is where it gets simple. If you want to avoid malware on Android, you install only the apps you must have to do your work. Outside of that, you install Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter and use the built-in apps to round out your experience.

I know what you’re asking. What about games? Funny thing, games. The majority of responses to the original ZDNet screen time poll never mentioned games. Of course we all know that the mobile gaming industry is massive, so people are–without a doubt–playing games on their devices. For those that do, I would suggest one of two things:

  1. Have a separate device for games.
  2. Only install games from official companies or reputable developers.

In the end, the solution is to limit the apps you install on your device and to only install those apps from the Google Play Store.

Do that and the chances of your device getting infected with malware is drastically reduced. Just remember, nothing is guaranteed in this digital age. Be safe.

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Users can avoid malware on their Android devices if they follow four, easy tips.

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This is my quarterly reminder to all Android users on how to avoid the pitfalls of malicious software on the Android platform.

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I’m not going to lie, it gets frustrating after you’ve warned and warned and warned users on best practices to keep them safe from affronts on their mobile privacy. But like any admin, IT manager, or service provider, this fight will never end. Why? Because, no matter how hard you make your case, people are gonna people. And when they do, bad things can happen.

Said bad things (at least in this case) is the introduction of malware on Android devices. But I’m here to help you teach users to avoid that. Only this time, it’s going to come with a little tough love.

I’m going to start out nice.

1. Don’t sideload applications

As much as you want to install that fun looking game you heard about (the one only available as a download from some nefarious-looking site)–don’t. Period. End. Of. Story. Sideloading applications might be okay for those who are trying to test new features in upcoming releases of official software (that have yet to make their way to the Google Play Store). It’s not okay for installing games, themes, and other sundry apps. It’s just not. Why? Because there is absolutely no vetting to be had with that software. You have no idea where it came from, what’s in it, and no way of knowing. In fact, chances are actually good that game is nothing more than a front for a data siphon or ransomware.

So don’t install it. Period.

2. Use caution in the Google Play Store

Thing is, you can’t even be certain if the apps you want from the official Google Play Store can be fully trusted. Why? Ads. Although ads are a great way for developers to monetize their applications, it’s also a great way for ne’er do wells to inject malicious code onto your device and sniff your traffic.

To that end, maybe it’s time for Google to consider a new means for developers to monetize their apps. It’s become all too clear that ad networks are dangerous to the mobile world–an issue that should not lie on the shoulders of the users or app developers. This, of course, is a double-edged sword, as developers know fewer and fewer users are willing to pay a single penny for an app (which is a statement in and of itself). Because of this, developers are caught in a no-win situation, where they have to rely on in-app ads to make a penny or two for their hard work.

One solution is to completely end the ad revenue method and test out a subscription model for users. Users could, say, pay 10 USD per month to have completely ad-free access to all apps that would otherwise normally depend on ad revenue. The income from those subscriptions would go to pay developers (and Google, of course).

Either way, users need to employ a serious amount of caution when installing anything from the Google Play Store that’s not an official app or developed by a reputable company or developer.

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3. Go full-on open source

Another option is to go the route of F-Droid. What is F-Droid? F-Droid is an app you install (not from the Google Play Store) that serves as an installable catalogue of open source applications for the Android platform. But wouldn’t it be even more of a risk to install from an entity that doesn’t have the massive and official backing of Google?

One thing you should know about F-Droid is that none of the applications found within the catalogue include tracking. F-Droid also has a very strict auditing process and, because the apps are all open source, it’s quite easy for the auditors to comb through the app source code to find out if everything is on the up-and-up. In fact, F-Droid even has its own site audited, to ensure it follows best practices. They’ve worked with Radically Open Security and Cure53 for audits. Their first external audit (in 2015) found some critical issues with the site’s opt-in beta features and some minor issues with fdroid import, which isn’t used on core infrastructure.

You can read the full document of the F-Droid Security Model and judge for yourself how trustworthy the site (and what they offer) is.

4. Only install what you have to use

Here’s where the tough love comes in.

At some point the burden of blame has to also land on the shoulders of the user. Why? Because no one is making them install any and every shiny new thing they see on the Google Play Store. To that end, stop installing random apps. Just stop. Install only what you need to remain connected, informed, and productive. Sure, go ahead and install Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram. And, of course, install a game or two (but only from reputable game developers).

But everything else? Forget it. No more FaceApp. No more shopping/coupon apps. In fact, any app that looks “too good to be true”–avoid it as though the life of your data security depends on it (because it likely does).

If you depend on your Android device for work, install what you need to get the job done and no more. If you depend on your Android device to stay in contact with friends and family, install only those things necessary to do so. If you depend on your Android device for entertainment, only install apps developed by official entities whose bottom line could be negatively impacted by software rife with malicious code.

Being completely honest, I could probably get by with only the following apps:

  • Gmail
  • Google Drive
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Keep
  • Chrome
  • Google News
  • Google Maps
  • Google Photos
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Twitter
  • Spotify
  • Ring
  • Amazon
  • Enpass

If my arm were twisted, I might also add Facebook. And that’s it. Most of the above list is pre-installed on stock Android. And not one app from that list relies on ads. Using the above list I can get my work done (when I’m away from my desktop) and be connected and entertained all the while.

The moral of that story is simple: The more apps you install, the more likely you are to install malware. So before you install that random app, ask yourself, “Is this worth the risk of installing malicious software on my phone?” Chances are, the answer will be a resounding “no”.

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How to avoid malware on android

Android malware is increasingly common, and that means mobile device-users need to be on guard when it comes to what types of apps they choose to download. Through malicious malware — in the form of apps — hackers can easily take hold of your personal data.

Ways to Take Charge

Users who don’t take security seriously will be at a greater risk for downloading these dangerous apps. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind to make sure you can spot and prevent Android malware from invading your device.

1) Guard your privacy by taking time to read the permissions the app requires. Think about whether they match the purpose of the app; granting the wrong permissions can send your sensitive data off to third parties.

2) Read the app’s reviews. Check to see if there are any strange concerns or experiences with the app.

3) Avoid downloading apps from third-party marketplaces. That’s exactly where hackers plant their malware-ridden apps.

4) Stay away from dodgy websites and always check if the developers are legitimate. If you’ve never heard of them, see if there have been any concerns about them published online.

5) Be wary of a free antivirus trial, because it could be malware in disguise that attacks your mobile device. Affordable Android security software is available from trusted vendors, and it effectively does the job of blocking malicious apps.

According to a study by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, Android was a target for 79 percent of all malware threats to mobile operating systems. The research also found that text messages represented about half of the malicious applications.

Dangerous apps are out for one thing: Data that helps hackers make money. By simply being more aware, you can spot Android malware-ridden apps and use your mobile device freely and safely without exposing your personal information.

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Android malware is increasingly common, and that means mobile device-users need to be on guard when it comes to what types of apps they choose to download. Through malicious malware — in the form of apps — hackers can easily take hold of your personal data.

A single setting could make all the difference when it comes to keeping your device secure.

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Apple’s iOS is a real walled garden. With the exception of those brave enough to “jailbreak” their phones, Apple controls which apps get into its App Store, and which don’t.

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On Android, it’s not so simple. Google similarly vets its own Play store, but there’s a huge loophole: Android users can allow third-party software software installations simply by checking off a button in the settings menu.

The reasons for allowing that outside Android software may range from the benign (beta-testing apps) to the nefarious (pirated software). But as ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker recently detailed, by allowing app installs from unknown sources, you’re essentially opening up your device to potential malware infections.

How to keep your Android device safe

By default, Google prevents users from installing apps from sources other than the Play store.

The best way to protect yourself is to leave the installation of apps from unknown sources disabled. It’s a good idea to double-check that the setting is still disabled, just to be safe.

Leave this setting disabled. Nothing good can come from turning it on.

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Exact placement of the option will vary based on the device you own, but it generally is found in the Settings app under Security > Unknown Source.

To be clear: This doesn’t make your phone 100 percent safe. Nor does it protect you from non-software security issues, including phishing attacks and cloud-based password breaches.

That said, keeping unknown sources deactivated on your phone or tablet is a strong first line of protection that will prevent the most egregious malware from having open access to your device.

What you’re giving up

While disabling access to unknown sources is the safest course of action, it may involve some sacrifices.

For example, Android app site APKMirror requires unknown source installation to be enabled. More significantly, Amazon Underground, the retailer’s third-party app store, requires the “unknown sources” toggle to be switched, too. And that’s the only way to get the Amazon Prime Video app on Android devices. (For reasons unknown, most of Amazon’s other media apps — including the Kindle app and the Amazon Music app — are available in the Google Play store, and thus do not require unknown source access.)

But just remember: By allowing apps from those third parties, you’re also opening a de facto security hole on your device. And even if Android security is getting better, it only works if you actually keep Google’s safeguards turned on.

That’s why you should only install applications from official channels such as Google’s Play store, or for Samsung Galaxy users, the Galaxy App Store.

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Should you be worried about Android malware? Well, yes and no. “Yes” in that it most definitely is out there, but “no” in the sense that as long as you follow a few simple rules, you should be pretty safe.

How to avoid malware on android

Unlike a desktop computer, Android phones provide a more walled garden approach to security, blocking the amount of damage you can do unless you specifically go out of your way to disable them. On a PC, visiting the wrong website could send a “drive-by” download and put your computer at risk. On Android, that isn’t the case by default, and as such, it’s a far less attractive proposition to ne’er do wells: there’s just less chance of the strategy working.

Google scans everything uploaded to the Google Play app store for known malware, and a human reviews process to check the more questionable looking uploads. The real risks come from installing applications obtained from outside of Google Play.

So here are five tips to avoid getting malware on Android. TL;DR: practice some common sense.

How to stop getting malware on Android

Stick to reputable app stores

Google scans every app uploaded to the Google Play store and has a human review process for anything suspicious. The Amazon app store is a good alternative, and often offers tempting deals on apps. Both are pretty trustworthy.

However, search for any well-known app in Google, and you’ll find plenty of sketchy looking download mirrors. The trouble with this is that they might not deliver what they promise, or they might deliver exactly what they promise but with a little extra thrown in. Before Pokemon Go was released in the UK and everyone was resorting to downloading the American APK file, Proofpoint discovered a version of the game which worked fine… but had an additional malware surprise.

Even in those instances where there’s a must-have piece of software not available on the store yet, use a little bit of common sense and look for reputable sources – like Alphr – endorsing them, as we did with Pokemon Go.

Don’t allow unknown sourcesHow to avoid malware on android

By default, you can’t install any .APK files directly to an Android phone. However, it’s really easy to disable this and leave your phone open to malicious files, so unless you have a really good reason to do so, switch it off.

You’ll find the option in the Security submenu of the Android settings screen. Just untick the box labeled “Unknown sources – Allow installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store.”

Check the permissionsHow to avoid malware on android

When you’re downloading an app from anywhere – Play Store or straight off the net – you’ll be presented with a list of features the app wants access to. By accepting, you’re giving the app the freedom to access these things.

Some will ask permission to access your camera, others want to access an internet connection, some want to read your contacts, a few will want to record keystrokes, and so on. Usually, they’ll want a combination of permissions.

Some are legitimate, but scary sounding. A keyboard app needs to record keystrokes, but a camera app? Probably not. Be vigilant.

Avoid rooting your handsetHow to avoid malware on android

Even if you do accidently manage to get some Android malware, there are still limits to what it can do thanks to Android’s built-in protections.

These go out of the window if you root your phone.

Rooting means giving the OS root access – like being the administrator on a PC, rather than just a regular logged in user. It’s necessary for a few things, like adding custom ROMs and advanced functionality, but for most people it isn’t necessary.

Again, if you can’t think of a good reason to root, then it’s best not to bother.

For extra peace of mind, get a virus scannerHow to avoid malware on android

If you still feel panicked at the idea of getting malware on your Android phone, there is always anti-virus protection on the Google Play store to download. Especially handy if you like to live dangerously and shop away from the mainstream app stores.

Check the reviews and find one that won’t slow down your handset too much, and stick to the usual vendors with a good reputation: AVG, Lookout, Symantec, ESET, etc.

Still, while the Android phone in your pocket is of increasingly similar specs to desktops and laptops, they’re far less open. This makes malicious malware manufacturers’ job a lot harder. If you exercise some common sense and caution, it’s very difficult for them to get too far.

Just don’t get too complacent.

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According to Check Point Research, a new species of Android malware has been found in the wild that quietly infected around 25 million devices. That malware was dubbed “Agent Smith” and uses an Android’s device resources to display fraudulent ads for financial gain.

Such malicious attacks have been prevalent on the Android platform for some time and are showing little to no signs of slowing down.

Is there anything Android users can do? Fortunately, yes. There are things you can do to lower the likelihood of your Android device getting infected by such malware. Let’s examine four of the essential possibilities.

Don’t Sideload Applications

How to avoid malware on android

First, you must understand what “Sideloading” means. As with most operating system platforms, there are official “Stores” where applications can be installed for free or at a price. These app stores typically vet applications that are made available, so the chances of those apps, including malware, are reduced.

That doesn’t mean those App Stores are 100% guaranteed to be free of malicious software, but it does give the user some assurance. Repositories like the Google Play Store, Apple’s App Store, and the Microsoft Store are always trying to improve how they track down and remove malicious software.

When you install a piece of software from outside those stores, it’s called “side loading.” For the Android platform, numerous websites offer installable applications that you can download and add to your device. One such site is F-Droid. According to ProPrivacy.com, F-Droid is safer than the official Google Play Store. Such claims cannot be made for every site that offers side loadable apps.

Because of this, sideloading apps should only be considered by Android users willing to investigate a site and vet any app they plan on installing. Casual Android users or people unwilling to go that extra mile shouldn’t even consider sideloading.

Tread Carefully in the Google Play Store

How to avoid malware on android

Along the same vein as sideloading apps, you shouldn’t just assume every app in the Google Play Store is safe. Unless you have a team of software QA outsourcing like BairesDev to vet every app you plan on installing, you should assume most apps aren’t safe.

So, only install the apps that you have to have to work and get them from established companies and reputable developers. Why? The companies that develop official apps have a vested interest in only releasing safe applications. The last thing they need is a malicious application leading to a class-action lawsuit. To that end, most big companies are very cautious with the software they release.

If you consider the software built into Android, you have the following tasks covered out of the box:

  • Texting
  • Phone
  • Internet
  • Podcasts/Music
  • Youtube
  • Messenger
  • News
  • Email

Without installing a single application, a lot of what you do is already covered. If you add the following applications, you should set up:

  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Since the above four applications come from large companies, chances of them, including malware, are slim.

Use Open Source Software

How to avoid malware on android

I mentioned F-Droid earlier. What’s remarkable about that service is it only offers open-source software. What is open source? Open-source software means that the code for an application is released under a specific license that requires the developer to grant users the rights to study, change, and distribute the software. The apps found on F-Droid are all open-source, which means that any user, developer, or institutions (such as Q&A testing services) can vet the software.

With open-source software, it becomes harder for bad actors to hide malicious code. When an application is a proprietary (AKA closed source), it cannot be vented outside of the company that created it.

As a bonus, no application found on F-Droid includes any means of tracking users. So you have apps available to you that are free of cost, free of malicious code, and free of tracking. The caveat? Although there are quite a few titles to be installed from F-Droid, you won’t find any of the official Google apps, and some of the apps might seem a bit out of date or overly complicated for the average user.

Avoid Software with Few Reviews

How to avoid malware on android

Reviews can be faked. Reviews can be bought. Studies are also one of the fastest means to find out if a piece of software can be trusted. If you go to install an app from the Google Play Store, and you notice it has zero reviews – avoid it. Or, if the app has just a handful of studies that say little about the software or is worded poorly, don`t install the app.

To that end, if you use and trust a piece of software, and you like said software, take the time to leave a review to boost the trust of the application.

Update, Update, Update

How to avoid malware on android

Updates to applications and operating systems are made available for several reasons. One of the single most important reasons is patching security vulnerabilities. If you allow either apps or the Android system to go without updating, know that you are possibly leaving your device vulnerable to attacks.

For example, Google releases monthly security patches for Android. Making sure you apply available updates is crucial to install the most recent security patch. The one caveat to this is that not every device manufacturer releases those updates in a timely fashion. The only way to ensure you have a device that gets the security patches and other Android updates as soon as they are released is by using an official tool from Google. In other words, the Pixel Phone.

Stay Safe

How to avoid malware on android

By following these simple rules, your Android experience should be free from malicious software. Does it guarantee you’ll never wind up with malware? No. No device that is connected to a network is ever 100% secure. But every step you can take to prevent malware from finding its way onto your smartphone or tablet will go a long way to protecting you, your device, and your data.

How to avoid malware on android

Cybercriminals go to great lengths to hack personal devices to gather sensitive information about online users . To be more effective, t hey make significant investments in their technology . A lso , cybercriminals are relying on a tactic called social engineering, where they capitalize upon fear and urgency to manipulate unsuspecting device users to hand over their passwords, banking information, or other critical credentials .

One evolving mobile device threat that combines malware and social engineering tactics is called BRATA . BRATA has been recently upgraded by its malicious creators and several strains ha ve already been downloaded t housands of times, according to a McAfee Mobile Research Team report .

Here’s how you can outsmart social engineering mind games and protect your devices and personal information from BRATA and other phishing and malware attacks .

BRATA stands for Brazilian Remote Access Tool Android and is a member of an Android malware family . The malware initially targeted users in Brazil via Google Play and is now making its way t hrough Spain and the United States. BRATA masquerades as an app security scanner that urges users to install fake critical updates to other apps . The apps BRATA prompts the user to update depen ds on the device’s configured language : Chrome for English speakers, WhatsApp for Spanish speakers, and a non-existent PDF reader for Portuguese speakers.

Once BRATA infects a mobile device , it combines full device control capabilities with the ability to capture screen lock credentials (PIN, p assword, or p attern), capture keystrokes (keylogger functionality), and record the screen of the compromised device to monitor a user’s actions without their consent.

BRATA can take over certain controls on mobile phone s , such as :

  • Hiding and unhiding incoming calls by setting the ring volume to zero and blacking out the screen
  • Discreetly g ranting permissions by clicking the “Allow” button when permission dialog s appear on the screen
  • Disabling Google Play Store , and therefore , Google Play Protect
  • Uninstalling itself

BRATA is like a nosy eavesdropper that steals keystrokes and an invisible hand that presses buttons at will on affected devices .

BRATA and Social Engineering Attacks

BRATA’s latest update added new phishing and banking T rojan capabilities that make the malware even more dangerous . Once the malware is installed on a mobile device, it display s phishing URLs from financial institutions that trick users into divulging their sensitive financial information. What makes BRATA’s banking impersonations especially effective is that the phishing URLs do not open into a web browser, which makes it difficult for a mobile user to pinpoint it as fraudulent. The phishing URLs instead re direct to fake banking log-in pages that look legitimate .

The choice to impersonate banks is a strategic one. Phishers often impersonate authoritative institutions, such as banks and credit card companies, because they instill fear and urgency.

Social engineering methods work because they capitalize on the fact that people want to trust others. In successful phishing attacks, people hand cybercriminals the keys instead of the cybercriminal having to steal the keys themselves .

How Can You Stay Safe from Social Engineering?

Awareness is the best defense against social engineering hacks. When you’re on alert and know what to look for, you will be able to identify and avoid most attempts, and antivirus tools can catch the lures that fall through the cracks .

Here are th ree tell-tale sign s of a social engineering attack and what you should do to avoid it .

1. Conduct app research

Just because an app appears on Google Play or the App Store does not mean it is legitimate. Before downloading any app, check out the number of reviews it has and the quality of the reviews. If it only has a fe w reviews with vague comments , it could either be because the app is new or it is fake. Also, search the app’s developer and make sure they have a clean history.

2. Don’t trust links from people you don’t know

Never click on links if you are not sure where they redirect or who sent it. Be especially wary if the message surrounding the link is riddled with typos and grammar mistakes. Phishing attempts often convey urgency and use fear to pressure recipients to panic and respond too quickly to properly inspect the sender’s address or request. If you receive an urgent email or text request concerning your financial or personal information, take a deep breath and investigat e if the claim is legitimate. This may require calling the customer service phone number of the institution.

3. Subscribe to a mobile antivirus program

Just like computers, mobile devices can be infected with viruses and malware. Protect your mobile device by subscribing to a mobile antivirus product, such as McAfee Mobile Security . McAfee Mobile Security is an app that is compatible with Android devices and iPhones , and it protects you in various ways, includ ing safe surfing, scanning for malicious apps, and locating your device if it is lost or stolen.

Follow us to stay updated on all things McAfee and on top of the latest consumer and mobile security threats.

Vishnu Varadaraj leads product development in the areas of mobile & desktop security services, identity platform and mobile threat research. Vishnu brings more than two decades of experience in building.

Every coin has two sides & similarly, the technology also has its own perks as well disadvantages. Malware attacks are one of those disadvantages that you must be worried about as they are ready to take your device down. & you cannot blame anyone because eventually a slightest mistake from your end can invite those contents to your device. So be careful!!

How to avoid malware on android

And once any such devious elements hit your device, you have no idea how they can affect your data right to the point where it is rendered completely unusable. Knowingly or unknowingly, your device faces cyberattacks almost every day & they aren’t going to slow down, no matter what.

What Are Malware Attacks & How Do We Fight It?

If you have an active internet connection, know that you aren’t far away from those attackers as they can come into different forms & ways. From spyware to ransomware & phishing emails & advertisements, malicious content can hit your system without your consent.

How to avoid malware on android

From downloading apps from unknown sources to accessing websites (secure or not secure) & moreover, tapping on the ads can invite malware content. This is where all of this starts & slowly it starts playing tricks with the device.

So the big questions here are, how do we fight these malware attacks? Isn’t there any way to keep the device secured from all this? Do we have any anti-malware software we can opt for? Is there any permanent solution that builds a wall against all these bad behaving contents?

Block Malware Attacks on Smartphone With Smart Phone Cleaner

Smart Phone Cleaner by Systweak Software, is a one-stop solution to secure your device and prevent malicious activities that are making your smartphone function strangely and sluggishly. There’s no doubt that cyberattacks are targeting millions of devices all over the world, so you need to have an ultimate tool that can help you keep your smartphone, cleaned, optimized, and protected. And, Smart Phone Cleaner has been considered the best mobile security tool to detect those malicious threats & flush them out of the device in no time.

How to avoid malware on android

The application is equipped with robust virus protection and malware removal mechanisms to shield your Android smartphone from new and existing vulnerabilities. Besides running a comprehensive scan to identify potential vulnerabilities, Smart Phone Cleaner also helps users to clean caches, junk files, duplicates, and other redundant data to boost significant performance.

But what makes this tool a one-of-a-kind app? What features make sure that my data won’t get compromised? How can I be sure that all the malicious content will flush out?

There are a lot of questions that need to be answered & for that, let’s Smart Phone Cleaner & its features thoroughly:

All you need to do here is, tap on the link & download the Smart Phone Cleaner app on the phone. Once downloaded, let the installation process get completed & within a few seconds.

Now considering that the app has been successfully launched (from the Play Store or the Apps home screen), start the below steps:

  • The very first thing the Smart Phone Cleaner will ask you is to grant the necessary permissions so that the application can work flawlessly.
  • Navigate to the Malware Protection module, and initiate the scanning process.
  • Within a few moments, Smart Phone Cleaner will list out the potential threats that might be harmful to your smartphone. Tap on the Fix Now button to get rid of them in one go!

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Let’s check out the rich features of Smart Phone Cleaner that make it one of the best mobile security tools in the market:

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It’s not hard to secure your Android from malware. A little bit of awareness can protect all your vital information from being getting into the hands of attackers and later to dark web. All you need to do is just follow the above-listed methods along with securing your Android with an anti-malware app to avoid any malware from making an entry in Android.

So, readers, that’s it from our side for now. We will keep you updated from all type of security threats and infections from time to time. Also, if you find the article useful and worthy then do share it with your friends and family.

Most people today depend on their phones entirely. Aside from being a portal to our social life, they also make our lives easier in many ways. One of the best things probably is paying with them and having the chance to check our bank account through them.

Connectivity to every area in our lives is also a target for hackers. Having our bank accounts and everything else on our phones drives criminals to try and get inside the software. We need to be fully protected and ensure no malware is installed on our phones.

In this article, we’re sharing some tips that will help ensure you’re safe. We will show you how to avoid installing malware and how to stay protected. Follow up and see what you must do if you want to avoid being a hacker’s target.

1. Download only trusted apps

You can install malware by simply downloading a malicious app. Before downloading anything, you must do a background check on the app you’re about to download. Ensure the trustworthiness and see if the company behind it has a proven track record of providing safe products.

If you’re a business that develops apps, you must hire a product strategy consulting company and let them do everything in their power to turn your app into a trusted source for your clients. Without this, consumers will see your app as a potential threat and won’t download it.

2. Always update your OS and apps

Outdated software is bait for hackers. It is seamless for hackers to intrude and damage your phone or steal vital information if you’re using outdated software. When you’re not updating, the backdoor entrances are wide open for hackers, who can easily use them to harm you.

When you have everything updated, the new versions block everything and everyone trying to intrude. No worm or virus will be able to access your data, which means you’re safe from malware issues, and you can rest assured you’re not getting attacked while you’re not watching.

3. Don’t open suspicious emails and files

Emails are filled with phishing scams and files from unknown sources that may harm your phone. Computers usually have firewalls and antivirus or antimalware programs to detect such threats, but phones are rarely equipped with this kind of technology.

Don’t open all kinds of emails and files on your phone. If you open something like this on your phone, everything may get erased, and hackers may intrude into your bank accounts quickly. Save this action for your computer, where you’ll be much better protected.

4. Avoid using open and unsecured Wi-Fi networks

Unprotected open Wi-Fi networks in public areas are almost constantly a target of pro or amateur hackers. They will invade everyone connected to the network and easily get inside your phone and install malware. When you see your phone downloading stuff on an open network, stop doing it immediately.

You can never know what’s being installed on your phone. Instead, turn off your Wi-Fi connection, and wait for a better time to update your software. Your phone won’t push the downloads if you’re connected through your data.

5. Do often scans and checks for malware and other threats

Multiple programs and software are available for scanning and checking for malware, viruses, and everything else that may be damaging your phone. Search online for the best options and do regular checks.

You can schedule them to do this automatically or activate a quick scan when you have the time for it. Like there are antivirus programs for computers, there are for phones. They work the same and will clean your phone from harmful software.

Conclusion

You need to always be sure that you’re not hacked by someone. It’s too easy for someone to install devastating malware on your phone if you’re not careful. Therefore, you need to follow the instructions we talked about above.

If you follow the instructions, no one will be able to kidnap your phone and use the data on it. Your entire life is in your smartphone, so don’t let anyone get access to it. Stay protected by always having these tips in mind.

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Malware is no fun (some would say it bytes, if they were very funny). If installed on your Android device, malware can steal data, mess with functionality, and, on top of it all, trick your phone into installing more malware. Nobody intentionally downloads malware onto their phone, but it can be trickier than you think to spot it in the wild. Luckily, there are resources to help.

Joker malware is a problem

One of the biggest malware issues facing Android is Joker, the nickname for a bit of malicious code hackers love to attach to innocuous looking apps in the Play Store. These apps will ask for permissions to access way more of your data than they should, but they won’t actually take advantage of those permissions right away. Instead, they’ll lie in wait for some time before installing Joker malware onto your device. This is called a “dropper” attack.

Once Joker is installed on your device, it can quietly sign you up for premium subscription services (which you won’t even realise unless you check your credit card statement) and/or send data from your device back to the hackers; contact information, text messages, and other important and sensitive information is all fair game in this scenario.

How to spot a potential Joker app

Fortunately, you don’t have to blindly hope the next app you download is safe and Joker-free. Instead, just follow Tatyana Shishkova on Twitter. Shishkova (@sh1shk0va) is an Android malware analyst for cybersecurity company Kaspersky. Shishkova’s Twitter feed is largely devoted to exposing active apps on the Play Store that secretly carry Joker malware.

As of this writing, Shishkova’s latest exposure is an app called “Volume booster Hearing Aid.” Aside from the odd capitalisation of its name, the app seemed pretty standard for a random third-party app. Shishkova, however, identified it as an Android trojan for Joker, leading to its removal from the Play Store.

It appears that every app Shishkova has highlighted on Twitter in the past has been removed from the Play Store, which means you’d do well to keep tabs on her feed. And while the apps’ removal is good news, they can still wreak havoc on devices that installed them, so it’s worth scanning her feed to check if any of your apps match ones she’s identified in the past.

Be cautious when downloading strange apps

This is certainly not the first time we’ve warned you about apps carrying Joker malware, and we doubt it’ll be the last. Joker is really good at skirting Google’s watch, so hackers often manage to sneak apps containing it onto the Play Store. Be vigilant: Before you download an app, make sure to vet it. How are the reviews? Does the app seem to serve a specific purpose? Do the description or images seem legitimate or fishy? Do the requested permissions make sense for its functionality? Asking yourself these questions before installation can save you a lot of headaches down the road.

Learn how to tell if your phone has a virus and what you can do about it

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This article explains how to remove a virus from an Android device. The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone (Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.).

Does My Phone Have a Virus?

While Android viruses are relatively rare, malicious apps occasionally make their way onto the Google Play store. Apps on third-party sites are more likely to pose a security risk since Google does not vet them. Malicious apps affect the performance of your phone and expose your private data, such as passwords or payment information.

If your phone has a virus, it may suddenly become slow or have an unusually high amount of data usage. Or, you could discover unauthorized in-app purchases. If your phone has a virus, it won’t alert you to the situation and offer help.

It’s relatively easy to remove a virus, and in most cases, you won’t lose any data. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to keep your data safe and back up your smartphone regularly.

Beware of ads that look like error messages that prompt you to download an app to fix your phone. Many times these links lead to malicious websites or apps.

How to Get Rid of a Virus on Your Phone

To remove a virus, reboot your smartphone in safe mode, and then remove any apps that you don’t remember installing.

Press and hold the Power button on your smartphone, then tap and hold Power off. In the Reboot to safe mode screen, tap OK.

If that doesn’t work, press and hold the Power button and tap Power off. Next, press the Power button until the manufacturer’s logo appears, then hold the Volume down button until the device is powered up and Safe mode displays at the bottom of the screen.

In safe mode, go to Settings > Apps.

Look through the list for apps you didn’t download or that look suspicious. Tap the app you want to remove, then tap Uninstall.

If the Uninstall button is grayed out, the app has admin access. To remove admin access, go to Settings and search for Device admin apps. Deselect any apps that shouldn’t have access, then uninstall those apps.

How to avoid malware on android

To exit safe mode, restart your phone. Press and hold the Power button, then tap Restart.

Perform a Factory Reset

If all else fails, you can factory reset your Android, restoring your device to the condition it was in when you first got it. If you go this route, you’ll have to redownload most of your apps, and you’ll lose any data that’s not backed up.

Tips to Avoid Viruses on Android

Here are a few ways to avoid getting viruses on your Android device:

  • Install Android updates as soon as they’re available to make sure you have the latest security patches.
  • Enable Google Play Protect to regularly scan your phone for malware.
  • Avoid app clones that resemble legitimate apps but have a different developer’s name.
  • Download an Android antivirus app from a top-rated security company.

Avoid Installing Apps Outside of the Google Play Store

One of the best ways to prevent Android viruses is to avoid sideloading apps from outside of the Google Play Store. If you want to use an app that’s not available on Google Play, make sure to download the APK file from a legitimate source.

How to avoid malware on android

Pop-up ads and redirects to scam websites can either occur randomly while browsing, or it can be the result of adware infection on your device. Both of these problems can be fixed, though one may be trickier than the other.

It is pretty easy to tweak your browser settings to stop ads popping up while browsing. However, dealing with an actual adware infection may require some deep cleaning and installing a third party antivirus software.

In this article, we provide step by step guides on how to stop unwanted pop-up ads on your Android device and answer some burning questions you may have about them.

The easiest way to guard your Android device against adware is to use antivirus software. Norton antivirus can provide good protection against most malicious programs.

How do I know if I have adware on my Android?

It’s not always obvious, but if your Android device gets infected with malicious adware, in one way or another, you will know. Here are the most common signs your device has adware:

  • Ads pop up in unusual places, for example system apps. These applications usually don’t display any kinds of ads, so if they suddenly appear, you probably have adware on your device.
  • Inappropriate ads appear on mainstream websites and apps. For example, a graphic ad about “hot singles in your area” pops up on your school or work website.
  • Your device installs unwanted applications without your permission.
  • Your web browser runs abnormally slow or unexpectedly crashes.

It is worth mentioning that some Android devices, for example cheaper Xiaomi phones, sometimes display advertisements on their operating system. But these, even if annoying, are usually harmless.

How to stop unwanted pop-up ads on Android browser

Say, you’re casually browsing. Suddenly, a flashing ad pops up on your screen suggesting to download something or to click on a link. These kinds of ads are annoying, but because they pop up on your browser, the problem can be fixed by adjusting a couple of settings.

Follow this step by step guide to stop unwanted pop-up ads on Android browser:

  1. Open the Chrome or other browser app on your Android device.

How to avoid malware on android

  1. Tap on the three dots in the upper right corner and select Settings.

How to avoid malware on android

  1. In the settings menu, select Site settings.
  1. In site settings, tap on Pop-ups and redirects and turn them off.
  1. If you are receiving ad notifications as well, you can turn them off in Site settings >>Notifications.

How to get rid of pop-up virus on Android

If you clicked on a link in a pop-up ad and it caused a sudden influx of pop-up ads everywhere, it is most likely that your device got infected with adware.

To remove pop-up ad virus on your Android device, follow these steps:

Step 1: Reboot your device and find infected apps

Apps that get infected most often are free mobile games, camera filters’ and wallpaper apps.

  1. Hold your power button until an option to turn off your device appears.
  1. Press and hold the power off button. Press OK on the “Reboot into safe mode” message.
  1. Once the device reboots, go to Settings >>Apps & notifications.
  1. Click See all aps and find the app that’s causing trouble.
  1. Uninstall the app or disable permissions for notifications and tracking and drawing over other apps.

Step 2: Enable Play Protect and scanning on Google Play

  1. Open Google Play and click on Settings.
  1. Go to Play Protect settings and enable scanning (Scan apps with Play Protect).
  1. Scan your device.

Step 3: Install antivirus software

Scan your device with a third party antivirus software, we recommend Norton Antivirus and remove any threats that are found.

Why do pop-up ads keep appearing on my Android?

One of the most common reasons is adware infection, but there can be other playing factors, too. Here are some possible reasons why you keep seeing pop-ups on your Android and how to fix them:

  • Pop-up ads and redirects are allowed on your browser settings. In this case, if you find yourself on a sketchy website, it might redirect you to another, even sketchier website. Then, an ad will pop-up and suggest you click on some link or download something. Do not click on anything, as this can lead to various malware infections. Read how to stop pop-up ads on your Android browser.
  • Some kind of malware got downloaded and installed on your device. It most likely happened without your knowledge or permission when you unknowingly visited an infected website. If this malware happens to be ransomware, you’ll need to completely wipe your device and set it up anew. Read how to deal with ransomware attacks.
  • You have visited a malicious website and it changed your browser configuration without you knowing. Re-installing your browser should help, but make sure to not import any settings from the previous browser.

Final thoughts

As annoying as pop-up ads and viruses are, we have now established that it is possible, and in some cases rather easy to get rid of them.

It doesn’t matter if it’s only your browser that got infected, or your Android device itself, this problem is totally solvable. By following quick and easy steps, you can tweak your browser settings, manually clean your device or download an antivirus software to get rid of pop-up ads once and for all.

We hope that this guide was helpful. If you have any questions, drop them off in the comments below and we’ll get back to you.

Why does my phone redirect to unwanted pages?

If your device redirects you to unwanted pages, it’s probably because pop-up and redirect permissions are turned on in your browser settings. If they’re turned off, your device might have been infected with adware. Read our guides on how to deal with pop-up ads on your browser and how to get rid of adware on your Android.

Is adware a virus?

No, adware is considered a Potentially Unwanted Application/Potentially Unwanted Program (PUA/PUP), which is not a virus. Adware falls under the intrusive advertising category. This kind of advertising is usually unethical and poses serious privacy and security risks.

The possibility of being infected with virus (malware) su Android it is sadly high since some malware appeared on Google Play. The market is flooded with several malicious apps on a daily basis, especially since Google doesn’t carefully check all apps. This is not good news since the phone may behave strangely due to an infected app. In this article we see what are the “alarm bells” to consider and which tell us if our Android device is infected or not.

1: Calls dropped

If you call someone and the conversation suddenly drops you are probably infected with malware (unless you are calling from under a tunnel). Malware has a tendency to interfere with calls when using the cell phone antenna. Some of these malware are also capable of recording what you are saying on the phone. This is a massive invasion of privacy that must be stopped immediately.

2: Surprises in the bill

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When you receive the invoice, pay close attention to it. If you see a spike in SMS activity or abnormal data usage, it is possible that an app is doing all this on the sly. In fact, some infected apps send sporadic messages, which makes it difficult to tell them apart. Also ask your contacts if they have received any strange messages.

3: The phone has a lot of junk files

Just like Windows viruses, some malware on Android can cause significant drops in the performance of the platform you are using. If your phone becomes nearly unusable, or you have difficulty switching between apps, this kind of performance drop is a sign of a virus.

How to stop and prevent malware on Android

First of all, you need to have a competent antivirus application installed on your phone. I recommend Avast! o Lookout. This type of app will help you get rid of anything that creates problems on your device. To prevent infections, take the following precautions:

  • If you want to download an app on Google Play, check the reviews first. If the app is dangerous, surely some people will write it. Also see how many people have downloaded the app. If it’s not popular enough then you’re taking a higher risk.
  • If the app is new and has few downloads, check if the developer has other apps that have good reviews. You can see this by clicking on the developer’s name.
  • Go to “Settings -> All Settings -> Security -> Device Administration” and verify that the checkbox next to “unknown sources” is empty. I know I said before that Google is having a hard time regulating its booming market, but such management is better than nothing.

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Hope you read our article on the list of known malware apps for Android. With the number of apps increasing at a fast pace and developer certificates being easily accessible, there are increased chances of people downloading malware disguised as innocent applications. This article gives you some tips on how to keep malware off Android phones.

Who is the publisher of Android Apps?

Always do a little research to find out who created the Android app that you wish to download. Does the publisher offer any other apps? What kind of other apps are being offered by the publisher? Does the publisher have an own website? Does the website provide a physical address for the publisher? An app without proper signature may be malware and it is better to stay away from such apps. On the other hand, there may be genuine apps from first time publishers too. You can do a little more research to find reviews about those Android apps.

Reviews For Android Apps

People who use Android apps often leave reviews to help others decide before downloading the app. There may be both positive and negative reviews. You need to study both and choose whether or not to download the app. Reviews are readily available on the Internet. While some people get others to write fake reviews, you know the reviews are genuine when on reputed sites such as PCWorld, CNET, CHIP etc.

What Does The Android App Do “Additionally”?

If you download an app for reminders, it does not need to access your phone contact book, correct? If it is asking for access to phone contact book, block it and then remove it. Malware can get to their work either when you are installing them or after you have installed them. In any case, you need to be careful and keep a watch on what all phone resources are they asking access to. If you find anything suspicious, block the access on prompt and remove the application.

Where Did You Get That App?

If you have read about our list of known Android malware apps, you now know that you need to be cautious even when downloading directly from Google Play. And if Google Play compels you for extra precautions, should you trust apps available for download on some BlogSpot or WordPress blog? In other words, do NOT download any app that you find anywhere on the Internet just because it is free or low cost. Go to the Android marketplace or other authorized websites where you can be sure about the app being genuine and malware free.

Get Anti-Malware For Phone

I cannot assure you that you will be safe upon installing anti-malware programs on your phone but still, if it is a good one, you will get some protection against malware. Just like no computer antivirus can claim to protect your PC completely, phone based antimalware software also help you to an extent. Within that extent, you and your phone are safe and hence the recommendation. In case you need assistance on selecting an antimalware and virus protection, go for Norton Internet and virus protection. Do remember that Lookout has both free and paid versions. Download it after checking if you are at correct link – to avoid inconvenience later.

Above are some necessary tips on how to keep malware off Android phones. If you have more tips, please share with us.

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  • A brief history of FluBot
  • FluBot has new tricks up its sleeve
  • How to prevent FluBot from infecting your smartphone
  • Final remarks: How you can Avoid FluBot Malware on Your Android

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Can we, as a collective tech community, all agree that malicious hacks and scams are bad and that we shouldn’t do them anymore? No? Okay, let’s go back to reality, where your Android phone is under attack by another malware scam and you use another nefarious tactic to do so. This is what you need to know about FluBot and how to keep your data safe.

A brief history of FluBot

FluBot is not a new threat, but it is definitely experiencing a resurgence. The malware first appeared in early 2021, originated in Spain and made its way through the UK and the rest of Europe. It infects victims’ smartphones starting with an SMS posing as an official alert from a delivery company informing the victim that a package is arriving and encouraging them to tap on a URL to track it.

Doing so brings up a page prompting the user to download a tracking app for the package. The surprise surprise tracker app turned out to be malware, injecting nasty malware into the smartphone that spied on the user’s smartphone activity. The goal, of course, was to steal financial login information so hackers could steal your bank accounts. That thoughtful.

FluBot has new tricks up its sleeve

Hackers like the ones behind FluBot thrive on ignorance of their schemes and scams. As such, they likely saw diminishing returns as affected areas of the world learned of the malware; Government agencies in FluBot’s target countries warned citizens about Flubot, exposing the kind of message that would attempt to trick users into downloading the issue in the first place.

So what should FluBot hackers do? They must evolve. Just as the Inception team brought the brand’s attention to the nature of sleep, hackers are turning the eyes of the world to FluBot. Now when you tap on the link in their malicious text messages, they give out a pop-up warning people that their phones are infected with FluBot. The only way to remove FluBot, according to FluBot, is to download an “Android security update.” (Unsurprisingly, the “Android security update” is infected with FluBot).

How to prevent FluBot from infecting your smartphone

First and foremost, don’t click on these links. In general, don’t click on weird links, such as those that ask you to track down a package you didn’t request. That’s just cybersecurity best practices right there; Always check the legitimacy of a link before opening it, be it on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Please note that FluBot only affects Android phones; IPhones can receive the message and open the pop-up, but the app cannot be installed on iOS.

You can also make sure that your Android apps cannot install additional unknown apps without your permission. That will prevent apps like FluBot from sneaking onto your device. For Android 8 or later, go to Settings> Applications> Special access> Install unknown applications, then make sure “Not allowed” is set for your applications. If any app says “Allowed”, change it to “Not allowed”. For Android 7 or earlier, go to Settings> Security (or Lock screen and security) and make sure the “Unknown sources” option is disabled.

If you’ve touched the link in the text message, but haven’t downloaded any apps, the good news is that there doesn’t seem to be any risk at this point. As we understand it, FluBot is only effective once you actually download the application linked to the link in the pop-up window; the link in the SMS just takes you to the popup, so that process alone shouldn’t infect your phone with malware. Still, CERT NZ recommends that you change your passwords if you clicked on that SMS link, just to be safe.

And okay, let’s say you selected the link in the popup and downloaded the FluBot app hidden within it. Do not panic. Factory reset your phone to completely remove any trace of FluBot on your device, or restore from a backup before downloading the FluBot app. Then change all the passwords for your connected accounts. You will also want to contact your bank to make sure there has been no suspicious activity on your account. And then never again click or tap on any unexpected links.

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How to avoid malware on androidImage: Courtesy of I-Enthusiast.com The number of free Android apps that may be infected with malware this week has increased to more than 50.

Although some of these apps might look suspicious, others bearing names such as “Quick Notes” or “Chess” seem innocent enough, and you might not think twice about downloading them.

Tips for a Malware-Free Smartphone

Following are five quick tips to help you keep your Android handset free of malware.

  1. Always research the publisher of the app. What other apps does it offer? Do any of them look a bit shady? If so, you should probably stay away.
  2. Read online reviews. Android Market reviews may not always be truthful. Check around to see what reputable Websites are saying about the app before you hit the download button.
  3. Always check app permissions. Whenever you download or update an app, you get a list of permissions for it. An alarm clock app, for instance, probably shouldn’t need to look through your contacts. The general rule of thumb: If an app is asking for more than what it needs to do its job, you should skip it.
  4. Avoid directly installing Android Package files (APKs). When Angry Birds first came to Android, you could get it only through a third party. This is called “sideloading,” or installing apps using an .APK file. Although Angry Birds wasn’t malware, in general it is highly advisable not to download and install .APK files that you randomly come across. Most of the time you won’t know what the file contains until you install it–and by then it’s too late.
  5. Put a malware and antivirus scanner on your phone. Although many people still think that antivirus scanners on phones are useless, maybe outbreaks such as this one will change minds. Several different big-name security companies already offer mobile-security options, many of them free. I myself had downloaded “Spider Man,” which is on a bad-apps list. My Lookout software identified it as a Trojan horse.

Infected-Apps List Published by Android User ‘Myournet’

  • Advanced Currency Converter
  • App Uninstaller
  • Chess
  • Dice Roller
  • Falling Ball Dodge
  • Falling Down
  • Funny Paint
  • Hilton Sex Sound
  • Hot Sexy Videos
  • Photo Editor
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
  • Spider Man
  • Super Guitar Solo
  • Super History Eraser
  • Super Ringtone Maker
  • Super Sex Positions

Infected-Apps List Published by Android User ‘Kingmall2010’

  • Advanced App to SD
  • Advanced Barcode Scanner
  • Advanced Compass Leveler
  • Advanced File Manager
  • Best password safe
  • Bowling Time
  • Magic Strobe Light
  • Music Box
  • Sexy Girls: Japanese
  • Sexy Legs
  • Super Stopwatch & Timer
  • Supre Bluetooth Transfer
  • Task Killer Pro

Infected-Apps List Compiled Under the Developer Name ‘we20090202’

  • Advanced Sound Manager
  • Basketball Shot Now
  • Bubble Shoot
  • Color Blindness Test
  • Finger Race
  • Funny Face
  • Magic Hypnotic Spiral
  • Omok Five in a Row
  • Piano
  • Quick Delete Contacts
  • Quick Notes
  • Super Sexy Ringtones
  • Tie a Tie

How to avoid malware on androidAlso on the lists are the foreign-language apps shown at left.

Lookout Mobile Security, which provides security software for mobile phones, posted on its blog a list of 56 Android applications that have been infected with DroidDream, a new type of Android malware that roots your phone and gains access to as much personal information as it can. The apps also can open a backdoor, allowing more executable code to download to your phone without your being aware of it.

A few of these apps have already been downloaded by at least 50,000 users, making this one of the most widespread cases of Android malware to date. Although the apps in question have been pulled from the Android Market, Google is investigating them and has not yet moved to wipe them remotely from users’ phones.

Lookout has issued an update to its mobile security software. If you have downloaded any of these apps, the company advises that you run its malware scanner and e-mail the Lookout support center. Mashable (which earlier today posted a list of infected apps complied by Myournet) suggests returning your phone to your carrier, as your data and security may be compromised.

With more and more malware emerging for the Android platform every day, users would do well to be careful and pay strict attention to what happens on their phones. You have to remember that smartphones are essentially computers–and all computers are vulnerable to attack by malicious software.

Armando Rodriguez is a PCWorld intern focusing on news and reviews of Android phones, apps, and tablets. Catch him on Twitter @megapenguinx.

Smartphones and tablets are evolving from niche luxury devices to mainstream consumer gadgets. As mobile devices become a ubiquitous part of the mainstream culture, malware developers are paying attention and are anxious to exploit the fertile new territory.

Android is the low-hanging fruit because it combines the leading smartphone platform with an open ecosystem, and the ability to purchase apps from diverse, rogue app repositories. Other platforms seem inherently more secure, but are still not invulnerable. Despite the “walled garden” and strict curation of iOS apps, a security researcher recently demonstrated that the Apple App Store has its weaknesses as well.

Follow these five tips to avoid malware on your mobile devices. A statement from McAfee proclaims, “While reported mobile malware incidents are still relatively low in number, McAfee Labs is seeing significant growth in the mobile malware threat landscape.”

To guard against mobile malware and protect yourself and your data, here are five things you should keep in mind when buying or downloading apps for your mobile devices:

Be Aware

Malware on mobile devices is nowhere near the threat that it is on PCs–particularly Windows-based PCs…yet. Malware developers aren’t looking for a challenge. They will develop malware for the platforms and devices that have the largest pool(s) of potential victims, and those that are easiest to exploit. Step one in protecting yourself is to simply be aware that the threat exists.

Do Your Homework

Think before you download. Just as it makes sense to read some Amazon reviews before buying a book, or some Yelp reviews before testing out a new restaurant, it makes sense to read some reviews of an app before you jump off the cliff. General word of mouth support for an app is good, but it is even better if you can get input from your social networks–friends and family you trust–before downloading an app.

Check Your Sources

Not all third-party sources of apps are bad, but the odds are much higher. For a platform like iOS, you have to go out of your way to jailbreak the device in order to use apps that aren’t approved by Apple. If you have taken such drastic measures, you are hopefully already aware of the risks involved as well.

Android users may not be as conscious of the threat because third-party app repositories are normal for that platform. Still, the safest source of Android apps is the official Google Android Market, or at least an app store from a trusted source like the Amazon App Store. To avoid shady apps, you should deselect the “Unknown sources” option in the Android Applications Settings.

Watch the Permissions

Mobile operating systems have enough security in place that apps generally have to request permission to access core functions and services of the device. Think about the permissions you are granting before you just tap and blindly accept them. Does that Sudoku app really need access to your contacts, camera function, and location information?

Use Antimalware

As the mobile market grows, and the malware developers take notice and begin to target it, the security vendors–like McAfee–are working to try and stay a step ahead of the malware attacks with security tools and software.

Following the first four tips will help you avoid a majority of potential threats, but antimalware software can help detect and identify any threats that slip past your defenses.

We’re going to explain how System Update malware works, a new Android threat that masquerades as a system update to get you to install it and steal all your data. This is a threat that external users can detect by its strange behavior, but it is quite well designed to trick less experienced users.

In this article, we are going to start by explaining how this virus works, telling you in an understandable way the bait it launches to trick you and everything it can do if it gets you to install it. And then, we will go on to explain in a quick and summarized way how you can avoid this threat so that you do not fall into the trap.

How the System Update Malware works

The malware that we are dealing with today disguises itself as a system update notification, and when you click on it, it will try to install itself on your mobile. If you make the mistake of clicking on the bait and install it, it will take control of your mobile and will be able to access a lot of data and things you do with it.

Its operation is as follows. You are going to be shown in the notifications a message that tells you System Update (system update, and tells you that updates are being tracked. If you click on the notification, you will be taken to a third-party app store to download its APK file to install the app, promising that it will help you to keep your phone always up to date.

However, as the researchers who have discovered it point out, what this app does is ask you for a large number of permissions to take control of your phone, and it can read everything you write on it and see everything you do. This is the list of everything this malware will be able to do once you have installed it infecting your Android device:

  • It can make audio recordings.
  • It can record your phone conversations.
  • It can use your front or back camera to periodically take pictures.
  • It can read and steal your instant messaging messages.
  • It can steal your SMS messages.
  • If you have root, it can steal database files from your IM apps.
  • It can steal the photos and videos you have on your phone.
  • It can read your default browser bookmarks and search history. Also Chrome, Firefox, or Samsung’s browser.
  • It can search inside your mobile for files with specific extensions, such as pdf, doc, docx, xls, or xlsx, to access them and their content.
  • It can inspect what you have in your mobile’s clipboard.
  • It can read the content of your notifications.
  • It can see the list of your installed apps.
  • It can monitor your GPS location.
  • It can read and steal your phone contacts.
  • It can read and steal your call list.
  • It can extract information about your phones, such as its name, your apps, or your storage statistics.
  • It can hide its presence on your device by hiding its icon from menus and the app drawer.

As you can see, it is malware that can steal all your personal information and the content of your mobile, it can even spy on what you say on WhatsApp, Telegram, or your phone calls. What’s more, it hides by hiding its icon to make it harder to detect and remove it.

The spying functions of this app are launched through the actions you do on the mobile. For example, when you add a new contact or receive a message, the app will detect it and “wake up” to spy on you and access its contents. Fortunately, as you will see below, it will be enough for you to know some basic things about how Android works and pay some attention to avoid this threat.

How to detect this malware and avoid it

The first thing you need to know to avoid this threat is that all system updates will always come to you through your Android settings. This means that if you see a system update notification you should be wary, as this is not a method that Android will use.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that updates will never come with an APK that you must install. And in the rare case that for some reason this is necessary, you will always download it from the manufacturer’s official website, and never from a third-party application store.

In this regard, you should be extremely cautious with any app you download outside of Google Play. The applications in the official Android store are almost always well tested and are usually quite safe, but the same does not happen with those you download outside. No matter how much they promise you this or that, always be wary by default of all those that you do not know perfectly well and of which you may have heard of, especially if they are not in a famous third-party store.

It is advisable to read all notifications that appear to you in the installation process. For example, when you install an external APK, Android will warn you that this is dangerous so that you are aware that you are not doing something normal. This way, you can avoid installing things by mistake.

And finally, always pay attention to the permissions that an application will ask for when you install it. This advice is also useful when you install them within the official Android app store. Here, use common sense, and if an app asks for strange permissions like reading your screen or accessing things it shouldn’t need, then be automatically suspicious.

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How to Avoid Android Malware

Android is the most common operating system among mobile phone users. For this reason, cases of malware are most frequent on these devices. This stems from being able to download apps from anywhere online. These apps can be created by anyone and can be spread all over the internet. Here are four tips from Cinch I.T. to prevent malware from attacking your Android device.

  • Use the Google Play Store to install apps. Google has an entire division dedicated to examining apps for malware and other issues before they enter the Google Play Store. On occasion, one containing malware will get through, but installing apps from here is far less risky than downloading elsewhere.
  • Observe reviews and ratings from app users. Five-star ratings and positive reviews are what users look for when downloading apps, but you should take a closer look before downloading. Scam apps use Trojans to up their ratings and to post bogus reviews. Look for patterns such as the same review being posted multiple times in a row or reviews using very few words.
  • Pick apps from trustworthy creators. Sometimes it’s a good idea to look up app creators before downloading one of their apps. Big businesses make sure to thoroughly analyze apps for imperfections or evidence of malware. This process is necessary when striving for a reputable business.
  • Take a close look at app permissions when installing. Each Android app has permissions that it asks for when you install them. Risky permissions include an app’s power to save your data or to take pictures or record audio. Before downloading, ask yourself if the app truly needs access to the requested functions.

How to avoid malware on android

Malware on Android isn’t a rare topic, unfortunately. While Google has a system to vet apps on the Play Store, hackers are clever, and find ways to slip malicious software through the cracks. “Facestealer” is the latest such software to do so: here’s what it is, and how to avoid it.

Facestealer’s goal is to spy on your phone for personal information, deliver you a series of ads, and force fake logins to steal your social media logins. While Facestealer was first discovered on 10 different apps back in July of 2021, it was recently found on 200. Most of these apps were available to download on the Google Play Store and other outlets for weeks before being discovered and taken down, masquerading as VPN, cryptocurrency, and camera/editing apps.

Because these “apps” are fake, and are made to install malware on your phone, one of the best ways to avoid Facestealer is by checking an app’s reviews before downloading it. Typically, malware-laced apps are full of negative reviews, either because the infected users know something is shady about the app, or the app is simply not living up to its original promise on the store.

Aside from reviews, vet an app yourself by looking at its store page closely: are the images legit? Are the descriptions written well? Take an extra close look at the permissions page: if an app is asking for too many permissions from your phone, avoid it. A VPN app shouldn’t need access to your camera or contacts, for example.

How to avoid malware on android

Cybercriminals go to great lengths to hack personal devices to gather sensitive information about online users . To be more effective, t hey make significant investments in their technology . A lso , cybercriminals are relying on a tactic called social engineering, where they capitalize upon fear and urgency to manipulate unsuspecting device users to hand over their passwords, banking information, or other critical credentials .

One evolving mobile device threat that combines malware and social engineering tactics is called BRATA . BRATA has been recently upgraded by its malicious creators and several strains ha ve already been downloaded t housands of times, according to a McAfee Mobile Research Team report .

Here’s how you can outsmart social engineering mind games and protect your devices and personal information from BRATA and other phishing and malware attacks .

BRATA stands for Brazilian Remote Access Tool Android and is a member of an Android malware family . The malware initially targeted users in Brazil via Google Play and is now making its way t hrough Spain and the United States. BRATA masquerades as an app security scanner that urges users to install fake critical updates to other apps . The apps BRATA prompts the user to update depen ds on the device’s configured language : Chrome for English speakers, WhatsApp for Spanish speakers, and a non-existent PDF reader for Portuguese speakers.

Once BRATA infects a mobile device , it combines full device control capabilities with the ability to capture screen lock credentials (PIN, p assword, or p attern), capture keystrokes (keylogger functionality), and record the screen of the compromised device to monitor a user’s actions without their consent.

BRATA can take over certain controls on mobile phone s , such as :

  • Hiding and unhiding incoming calls by setting the ring volume to zero and blacking out the screen
  • Discreetly g ranting permissions by clicking the “Allow” button when permission dialog s appear on the screen
  • Disabling Google Play Store , and therefore , Google Play Protect
  • Uninstalling itself

BRATA is like a nosy eavesdropper that steals keystrokes and an invisible hand that presses buttons at will on affected devices .

BRATA and Social Engineering Attacks

BRATA’s latest update added new phishing and banking T rojan capabilities that make the malware even more dangerous . Once the malware is installed on a mobile device, it display s phishing URLs from financial institutions that trick users into divulging their sensitive financial information. What makes BRATA’s banking impersonations especially effective is that the phishing URLs do not open into a web browser, which makes it difficult for a mobile user to pinpoint it as fraudulent. The phishing URLs instead re direct to fake banking log-in pages that look legitimate .

The choice to impersonate banks is a strategic one. Phishers often impersonate authoritative institutions, such as banks and credit card companies, because they instill fear and urgency.

Social engineering methods work because they capitalize on the fact that people want to trust others. In successful phishing attacks, people hand cybercriminals the keys instead of the cybercriminal having to steal the keys themselves .

How Can You Stay Safe from Social Engineering?

Awareness is the best defense against social engineering hacks. When you’re on alert and know what to look for, you will be able to identify and avoid most attempts, and antivirus tools can catch the lures that fall through the cracks .

Here are th ree tell-tale sign s of a social engineering attack and what you should do to avoid it .

1. Conduct app research

Just because an app appears on Google Play or the App Store does not mean it is legitimate. Before downloading any app, check out the number of reviews it has and the quality of the reviews. If it only has a fe w reviews with vague comments , it could either be because the app is new or it is fake. Also, search the app’s developer and make sure they have a clean history.

2. Don’t trust links from people you don’t know

Never click on links if you are not sure where they redirect or who sent it. Be especially wary if the message surrounding the link is riddled with typos and grammar mistakes. Phishing attempts often convey urgency and use fear to pressure recipients to panic and respond too quickly to properly inspect the sender’s address or request. If you receive an urgent email or text request concerning your financial or personal information, take a deep breath and investigat e if the claim is legitimate. This may require calling the customer service phone number of the institution.

3. Subscribe to a mobile antivirus program

Just like computers, mobile devices can be infected with viruses and malware. Protect your mobile device by subscribing to a mobile antivirus product, such as McAfee Mobile Security . McAfee Mobile Security is an app that is compatible with Android devices and iPhones , and it protects you in various ways, includ ing safe surfing, scanning for malicious apps, and locating your device if it is lost or stolen.

Follow us to stay updated on all things McAfee and on top of the latest consumer and mobile security threats.

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How to avoid malware on androidGoogle’s mobile operating system Android is notoriously known for being prone to malware infections of all kinds. Although the company has recently made significant steps into improving the security of Android devices, chances of downloading an infected app are still high, even if you have installed some anti-virus programs on your device. Malware threats spread through various channels, yet they are typically hidden within third-party applications that promise free tools, games, adult or gambling content. So, if you have recently installed any such apps, you should check your Android device for symptoms of an infection. Signs that you are already infected include your device running suddenly really slow, displaying weird data, or making certain data inaccessible to you. A ransomware threat, or some data-stealing malware, could have sneaked into your Android phone, so you should immediately take steps to remove the dangerous scripts.

Your first step should be to try to identify and remove the infected app before it can spread to your other linked devices and unfold its full damage potential. The following simple steps describe how to remove Android malware, including certain security software recommendations to help you protect your device in the future.

If you are certain that your Android device has fallen victim to a malware attack, you should try to switch it off immediately by holding the power button down for a few seconds until the phone is fully off. This step should prevent the malware from accessing other nearby networks or devices connected to your own network. Next, you should do your research and try to find out which specific app that you recently downloaded could have infected your Android phone. If you cannot think of anything suspicious, then use another computer to check your symptoms on the Internet. Make also a list of all new apps that you have recently installed and look them all up one by one for security issues, maybe this way you can narrow down your search and find out which app caused the issue. Remember, if you cannot find out which app brought the malware to your system, you cannot remove it.

If, however, your research is in vain, you can turn your device back on and skip to step 4. Installing an anti-malware program could help you identify the problem, and possibly even clean up your phone from the malicious application. That will require connecting your phone to the Internet again, which involves additional risks.

In order to limit the damage that the infected app can cause to your device, you should switch over to safe mode before you turn your phone back on and start searching for the infected app. To access the safe mode of your Android device, press and hold the power button for a few seconds, then tap and hold the “power off” option. This should bring up to your screen the option to “reboot to safe mode,” along with a list of several other options. Choose the safe mode option and then let your phone reboot. In case you cannot find the safe mode option, just activate the airplane mode – that will do the job as well as it will cut your device off from any networks.

Note, that if a ransomware threat has hijacked your Android device, most likely all of these actions will be blocked and you will not have access to them. In that case, you should not waste your time but contact a professional as soon as possible.

The next step includes finding the problematic application. To do this, you need to open the “Settings” menu on your Android device. It is typically represented through a gear-shaped icon, but it could also have a different appearance depending on any personalization themes. After opening the “Settings” menu, scroll down all the options until you find the section called “Apps.” When clicking on it, you should get a list of all applications currently installed on your phone. Otherwise, you may need to open “App Manager” in order to see the full list. From the apps list, locate and select the infected app, then choose the “Uninstall” or the “Force close” option. When completed, this action should remove the application that is causing the problems on your device.

Removing and Uninstalling an Android App
How to avoid malware on android

Also, go carefully through the entire list to look for other suspicious downloads – you may notice weird apps that you did not even know you have on your phone, or you cannot remember having installed. These could also be a source of trouble, potentially hiding some malware threats, so check out on the Internet anything that does not look familiar to you.

In some cases, however, you may not be able to uninstall the desired app because the “Uninstall” will not be available. Instead, a “Disable” option will be displayed. This happens, because some of the most sophisticated malware, like ransomware, for example, have the capability to access your administrator settings and acquire special protection so that users cannot delete them in the normal way. No worries, though, that can be fixed as well. In the original “Settings” menu, scroll down to “Lock Screen and Security” and find there a section named “Phone/Device Administrators” ( in some Android devices, you may need to open the “Other security settings” option first), where you can allow the option to remove the malicious apps.


    Install reliable malware protection on your Android device

After you have manually removed the malware, or any other potentially harmful applications, from your Android device, you can take the final steps towards future infections. Various security programs are available on the market that can help you protect your phone, scan for viruses, and clean your device from any malicious apps. Search on the Internet and in Google Play Store for anti-malware software with high ratings, or ask an expert for recommendations.

Lastly, another important thing is always to keep your Android device up-to-date, because an outdated operating system is a major factor that can leave your phone vulnerable to cyber attacks.

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Beware of Malware Attacks on Your Android Phone

(with video below) FBI recently issued an alert regarding malware attacks on the Android operating system. Users are receiving emails about random topics, from “unread messages” and “cat food coupons” to “work-at-home opportunities that promise a profitable payday just for sending out email” to “business electricity rates”.

When you click on the link for more information you inadvertently download Loozfon onto your device. Loozfon is a malicious application that captures contact information from the user’s address book and also steals the infected device’s phone number.

Another scam affecting Android users is an application called Finfisher. Finfisher is a type of spyware which allows the device to be operated remotely. The installation of this malicious software is disguised as a system update. These threats to Android users’ devices are being sent via fake premium SMS messages.

Watch the video below to see how you can spot dangerous Android apps:

Android Apps: How To Avoid Malware

Scammers are becoming more sophisticated and their infrastructure, code and techniques at avoiding antivirus software are successful more now than ever before. As with preventing any malware, Android users need to be cautious about opening emails or clicking links in communications that come from unknown senders.

Teenage users were particularly susceptible because they believe their phone is safe and that any messages they receive on the device are legitimate. Parents need to talk to their kids about the importance of confirming sources of communication before it is too late.

If you are concerned about an email or a system update message you receive, do an online search; check reviews about these threats and you may well find that the “system update” you were told to install is a malware scheme.

Also, never connect to unknown wireless networks as these can be used to capture your device’s information before routing you to a legitimate server.

You can also have a security program installed on your phone.

Having a mobile security program installed makes it much easier for users to keep their phones safe from outside threats and can keep their data safe. These programs will monitor the phone throughout the day and create an alert if anything suspicious is noticed.

Whenever a new app is downloaded, the program will scan it for viruses and malware, which can help prevent malicious software from making it onto the phone in the first place.

Since so many users keep personal and financial information on their phones, having this added security makes a great deal of sense.

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How to avoid malware on android

There are so many ways in which malware attacks can be detrimental to your Android devices. Have you noticed that the speed on your Android device is getting slower? Chances are that your android device has been infected by a Trojan virus that you accidentally downloaded through an app that may have been infected.В В

If not removed from your device the Trojan poses a lot of risk including loss of data or even invasion and theft of personal information. A common malware in your android phone mimics the Trojan: Win32/Occamy.C. Trojan: Win32/Occamy.C is a Windows specific Trojan that collects private information from the host device. Similar is the case with Android malware which intrudes user’s privacy. В

Luckily, there are ways you can protect your device from such attacks. And if they have already invaded your phone, there are ways to locate and remove them.

How to avoid malware on android
Shut Down The Device And Do Your Due Diligence

The moment you notice or realize that your device is under attack, shut it down. Whilst this action may not remove the malware attack, it prevents the spread as well as the lethal repercussions of the attack. This means that although the malware attack will still be in your device system, it will be inactive whilst the device is turned off.

Turning off your device gives you time to figure out what kind of malware attack is under. It also gives you the time you need to conduct proper research on how to address the problem. The research shouldn’t only be limited to finding a way to get rid of the malware. It should also allow you to reflect on your activities to prevent future attacks. Think of what app you installed? What sites did you visit? Did you hand over your device to anyone?

This step, however, never works for all. Thus, if your efforts in this step prove to be futile, it may be a good idea to simply turn on the phone, delete the infected app and install an antimalware app. Keep in mind that this process also involves risks as you will have to reconnect to the internet.В

Switch To Safe Or Emergency Mode

When you switch on your phone, switch over to safe mode when you get into the suspected app. You can do this by holding on to the power button then it will bring up operating options with “Reboot to safe mode” as one of them. If safe mode is not an option, then switch to “airplane mode”.В

As easy as it may sound, it is not that easy in practice, especially for a non-tech savvy. Thus, if the malware attack seems too serious or uncontrollable, it always better to seek help from a professional. There may be well versed in finding a solution to the device – sometimes, it may even require a full wipe of your device.

Find The Perpetrating App

It is also not as easy for everyone to note which app is actually responsible for the malware attack.В The best way to figure this information is to access the settings of your Android device. Once in the settings, go to the apps section to which you will have access to a list of all the installed apps in your device. Look for the app that has infected your device and immediately disable it. You can choose to install, force close or force stop the app, depending on what the device will let you do.В

How to avoid malware on android

Delete Suspicious AppsВ

As mentioned above, you can simply disable the perpetrating app by uninstalling it in the apps section of your device settings. Yet, this may not be enough for the security of your Android device. Make it routine to review and audit apps that are installed in your device. If you come across any apps or downloads that may seem to be suspicious, uninstall them as well to ensure that your device is always safe. You may across apps that don’t give you the option to uninstall them, simply disable them.В

Additionally, malware developers spend time to design these attacks making some smart enough to manipulate your device settings. This malware tends to invade your device administrator to protect itself. Thus, make it a point to also audit your phone setting and administrator. If manipulated, you can overturn your device administrator and enable the ability to remove android malware .В This should then allow you to uninstall unwanted and suspicious apps.В

Install Malware Protection

Malware protection should, in fact, be installed even before a malware attack to ensure that your phone is always protected. Antimalware apps and programs work by scanning any downloaded or installed programs and weeds out any suspicious or malicious ones.В

Thus, after deleting the infected app, immediately download antimalware protection to start protecting your device instantaneously. There are many good and popular malware protection programs to choose from. You can access reputable malware protection apps easily from your Google Play Store. Simply do your due diligence to ensure they are legitimate.В В

Although it is proven that they are ways to detect and remove malware threats from your Android device – by the time, you are addressing this issue, the attacks would’ve already made even at a small level, some damage. Thus, it is better to simply be smart and protect yourself. Always do some reasoning before installing an app or accessing a new site.В В

Scrutinize and audit apps before you install them into your device, and never leave or “borrow” your device to anyone. As much as updating the apps in your device is important, this process also exposes it to potential malware attacks – thus, make the right judgment.В В

Malware protection software has been reported to not be 100% effective as they are advertised to be. However, they do form another layer of security to your device which otherwise wouldn’t exist without them. Consequently, it is a smart idea to have your Android device protected with antimalware programs at all times.

How to avoid malware on androidAs much as Google tries to keep their products safe and secure, they’re not immune to malware. If a malicious software infiltrates your Android operating system, it can compromise the sensitive information contained in your device. Here are a few tips on how to detect and remove malware from your Android device.

Confirm the malware infection

Android devices usually exhibit strange behavior when they’re infected with malware. Their speed may suddenly slow to a crawl or the battery may drain faster than expected. Other telltale signs include an abundance of pop-up ads, unusual apps installed on your home screen, unexplained data usage, and unauthorized in-app purchases.

However, it’s not always easy to tell if your device has been compromised since hackers are becoming more proficient at concealing their actions. The best way to check for malware is to run an antivirus scan using a mobile security solution.

How to get rid of malware

If your device is infected with malware, the most important thing to do is quarantine the threat as soon as possible. Start by rebooting your device in safe mode, which can be selected when you hold down the power button. Not all versions of Android are the same though, so if this isn’t an option, try restarting your device and holding the volume-down button when the manufacturer’s logo appears.

Once you’ve entered safe mode, go to Settings, then Apps, and uninstall any suspicious apps. Do a quick Google search or ask your cybersecurity technician to help you determine whether or not an app is dangerous.

If you can’t uninstall the software, it may have administrative privileges. To fix this, open the Advanced settings menu from the Settings app, then select Security, then Device administrators, remove any app that shouldn’t have privileged access, and return to the Apps menu to uninstall it. Mobile security software should also be able to remove hidden malicious programs in your device.

If the malware persists, you’ll have to do a factory reset. This option is usually located in the Backup & reset configurations within the Advanced settings menu. Keep in mind that you’ll lose the apps and files stored in your device, so it’s important to back up your data beforehand.

Protecting your device from malware

After you’ve successfully recovered from a mobile malware infection, make sure to update your device and security software to prevent another infection. Enabling Google Play Protect from within the app store also safeguards your device from rogue apps.

Ultimately, the best defense is to develop good security habits. Be cautious of everything you see online. Make sure to thoroughly vet apps before downloading them, and don’t click on links from unsolicited texts and emails. Also, avoid public Wi-Fi networks or, at the very least, use a virtual private network (VPN) to secure the connection.

Malware attacks can be devastating to your bottom line, but these tips should help mitigate the risks. If you want to learn more about how you can safeguard your Android devices, our experts are always willing to assist you. Contact us today.

Android virus targets private data and your bank funds

Android virus is a term that describes malicious code aimed at Android operating system users. Such malicious code can be injected in applications downloaded both from Google Play Store and aside from it. Typically, the malware is set to steal private information such as banking information, contacts, messages, or control the device remotely.

Being attentive while browsing online is a common practice to avoid installation of unwanted apps. In addition, Google Play Store is recommended as the safe place to choose apps from. Unfortunately, following these rules are not always enough.

How to avoid malware on androidGet to know Android malware: should you worry about it?

From time to time, the Google Play Store lets some insecure apps slip through. In some cases, the apps are not malicious themselves, but the ad networks they use to serve advertisements for users, which can deliver malevolent scripts to user’s device. A perfect example is Joker malware, which distributed itself via 24 since-removed apps on Google Play Store and affected over half a million devices in 37 countries.

It’s complicated to explain how the malware works, but the good thing is that you can remove Android viruses quite easily, and by the end of this article, you’ll know how to do it manually.

Should you worry about your Android security?

The short answer is yes and no. Android operating system is definitely the most targeted one by cyber criminals (speaking of mobile systems), but it is still a secure system.

Here is a quick fact sheet to help you understand whether your security is at risk.

  • Android devices by default have a locked bootloader which prevents unauthorized access to system partition.
  • Sideloading of non-approved applications is disabled by default.
  • These two security layers help block malware on Androids, and in most cases the only way to catch malware is to disable these layers manually. What is more, unlocking the bootloader isn’t even possible on many devices.
  • Since Android Oreo, sideloading apps became even more secure, because now you can only allow installation of one app per time. Whereas previously, allowing installation from Unknown Sources gave a way for any application to download and install third-party apps.
  • Google Play Store scans all uploaded apps for security issues. However, the scan isn’t perfect, therefore some insecure apps still manage to get on the store.

Therefore, if you: end to check user reviews on Google Play Store, don’t try to install highly suspicious programs from unknown sources, click on questionable links online or try to break in-built Android protection layers, most likely you don’t need to worry about your safety.

However, we still recommend you to follow news and check if you don’t use a Google Play app that’s been compromised.

Android virus symptoms

Malicious software tends to operate silently to avoid quick identification and removal. However, users can detect the presence of Android virus using this list of symptoms:

  • Phone operates slower than usually;
  • Battery life seems to be shorter than usual;
  • Appearance of unrecognized apps you can’t remember installing;
  • Overload of pop-up or pop-under ads;
  • Unrealistic mobile data usage;
  • Increasing phone bills.

Remove Android virus manually

Android virus removal can be performed manually in almost all cases, especially when you can identify the troublesome app. While some sources recommend using mobile antivirus solutions, we don’t usually rely on them as these are not usually as effective as PC-based solutions.

The type of removal depends on the symptoms and malware version. Check the methods listed below for the right way to remove the infection. In ideal scenario, complete all of the methods to remove Android virus from phone manually and use the factory-reset only as an final escape option.

Method 1. Clear browser cache

This method works perfectly to remove Android virus which causes pop-up ads or causes redirects to adult-only, gambling, or similar suspicious sites.

  1. Open Apps & Notifications.
  2. Click on the browser you use. By default, Android users use Chrome.
  3. Go to Storage and click Clear cache.

Method 2. Remove suspicious apps from your device

Removing Android virus can be as easy as uninstalling suspicious apps from your phone. Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, turn off your phone.
  2. Press and hold Power button until you’ll see the phone manufacturer’s logo on the screen.
  3. Release the Power button and immediately press down and hold Volume down button. Keep holding until the device boots up completely.
  4. Release the button once you see Safe mode in the bottom left corner of the phone screen.
  5. Once in Safe Mode, launch Google Play Store app.
  6. Click on Menu, then go to My Apps & Games.
  7. Tap on the suspicious app name.
  8. Choose to Uninstall.

To turn safe mode off, just restart your device using Power button > Restart.

Method 3. Factory-reset the device

If you can’t remove Android virus at this point, you might want to use a mobile antivirus to detect it for you. This may help to avoid factory-resetting your phone. If you have decided to factory-reset your phone, please follow the given steps.

Highly Recommended: You might want to backup your data first before completing these steps.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. In Settings, go to System.
  3. Choose Reset Options and click Erase All Data Menu.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

We hope that the listed tips were helpful and you successfully cleared your phone or tablet from unwanted components. If you think your device is infected with an unknown and stubborn malware, please let us know in the comments section below.

How to avoid malware on android

Norbert Webb is the head of Geek’s Advice team. He is the chief editor of the website who controls the quality of content published. The man also loves reading cybersecurity news, testing new software and sharing his insights on them. Norbert says that following his passion for information technology was one of the best decisions he has ever made. “I don’t feel like working while I’m doing something I love.” However, the geek has other interests, such as snowboarding and traveling.