Overheating, slowing down, increasing data flow consumption … these are all alarm signals. Here are six steps you can take to begin the process of preparation for mediation and to protect your phone from future attacks.
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Although it is not always easy to identify a virus on a smartphone, it is possible to identify its symptoms. If your phone is infected it may show signs of one or more malfunctions.
So you may notice that the smartphone is very slow – apps load slowly or often crash. Another problem is the rapid battery drain caused by persistent malware. The third sign is very clear and tetanic – a dramatic increase in data flow consumption. The fourth sign is unexpectedly high bills. The fifth symptom is a large number of unusual ads, while the sixth and last include the unexpected overheating of the smartphone itself, writes The Next Web.
In any case, if you suspect that your smartphone is infected with a virus, there are steps you can take. The first thing you need to do is delete the malware. To get started, download a trusted app that cleans your smartphone of viruses. Good antivirus software vendors include Avast, AVG, BitDefender or Norton.
Then check the memory on your smartphone or search history if you use Apple devices.
After that, restart the iPhone or reset Android to safe mode, which will prevent external applications from running in the background. Delete suspicious or anonymous apps from the list of downloaded data, and if you are an Android user, turn off Safe Mode after deleting the apps.
As a last resort, you can always back up your data and perform a factory reset on your phone. Resetting the phone to its original settings will remove all malware.
How to protect the device from infection?
After repairing your device, you need to insure it against future accidents. The mobile security apps listed above will definitely help you, and we suggest you do the following:
- Avoid clicking on unusual windows with ads, links to unusual messages, or posts on social networks or emails.
- Install apps through official stores such as Google Play and the Apple App Store.
- Do not jailbreak your phone.
- Before installing apps, check their permissions to see which apps they are accessing.
- Create secure data storage.
- Update your smartphone software – the latest software adds extra security and fixes previous vulnerabilities.
- Continue to monitor the behavior of your smartphone and trust your instincts. If something seems right, it is usually not so.
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