Overheating, slowing down, increasing data flow consumption … These are all alarm signals. Here are 6 steps you can take to begin the process of preparation for mediation.
Although it is not always easy to recognize a virus on a smartphone, it is possible to recognize its symptoms. Your phone may show one or more signs of difficulty if it is infected.
So you may notice that the smartphone is much slower – than apps load slowly or crash frequently. Another problem may be the extremely fast discharge of the battery caused by the constant operation of the malware. The third sign is very clear and quite harmful – a dramatic increase in data flow consumption. The fourth sign is unexpectedly high bills. The fifth symptom is a large number of unusual advertisements, while the sixth and final one includes unexpected overheating of the smartphone itself, writes The Next Web.
If by any chance you suspect that a virus has infected your smartphone, there are steps you can take. The first thing you should do is delete the malware. To get started, download a trusted app that will clean your smartphone of viruses. Good antivirus software vendors include Avast, AVG, Bitdefender and Norton.
Then clear the cache on your smartphone or search history if you’re using Apple devices.
After that, just restart iPhone or reset Android in safe mode, which will prevent external applications from running in the background. Delete suspicious or unknown apps from the list of downloaded data and, if you are an Android user, turn on safe mode after deleting apps.
As a last resort, you can always back up your data and do a factory reset of your phone. Resetting the phone to its original settings will remove all malware.
How to protect the device from infection?
Once you have repaired your device, you need to ensure it against future accidents. The mobile security apps we’ve listed above will definitely help you, and we suggest you do the following:
- Avoid clicking on unusual windows with advertisements, links in unusual messages, posts on social networks, or emails.
- Just install apps through official stores, such as Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Do not jailbreak your phone.
- Check the permissions for apps before installing them to know what the apps are accessing.
- Create secure data storage.
- Update your smartphone software – the new software brings with it additional security and fixes for previous vulnerabilities.
- Continue to monitor the behavior of your smartphone and trust your intuition. If something seems too good to be true, it usually isn’t.
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