Here are some signs your Android phone may have a virus or malware. Remember while the external damage is usually visible, internal damage is usually hidden from view.
Android Malware like virus is known to perform repeated tasks that can take up resources on your devices. Signs of Android malware may show up in these ways.
- Your phone is too slow.
- Apps take longer to load.
- The battery drains faster than expected.
- There is an abundance of pop-up ads.
- Your phone has apps you don’t remember downloading.
- Unexplained data usage occurs.
- Higher phone bills arrive.
How to remove viruses and other malware from your Android device
- Power off the phone and reboot in safe mode. Press the power button to access the Power Off options. Most Android phones come with the option to restart in Safe Mode. Here’s how, according to Google, although Safe Mode can vary by phone: Press your phone’s power button. When the animation starts, press and hold your phone’s volume down button. Hold it until the animation ends and your phone restarts. You’ll see “Safe mode” at the bottom of your screen.
- Uninstall the suspicious app. Find the app in Settings and uninstall or force close it. This may not completely remove the malware, but it could prevent further damage to your device, or from it transmitting the malware to other devices on your network.
- Look for other apps you think may be infected. There’s a chance that some apps may have been infected by the malware. If you think you can identify those apps, delete them immediately.
- Install a robust mobile security app on your phone.