Adding the following clues together could reveal thepresence of malware on Your Andriod Smartphone:
1. Bad Battery Life
Android users who don’t perform a lot of battery strainingactivities have a good idea of how long their batteryshould last. Malware gives itself away when batteries
mysteriously drain quicker than usual. That’s usually dueto adware, spam-like malware that shows app users an
inordinate amount of ads. Continuously displayingaggressive adware will impact heavily on battery life.
Whether the malware is hiding in plain sight by pretendingto be a regular application or trying to stay hidden from
the user, abnormal battery drainage can often give awaythe presence of an Android infection.
2. Dropped Calls And Disruptions
Mobile malware can affect ongoing or incoming calls.
Dropped calls or strange disruptionsduring a conversation
could indicate the existence of mobile malware that is interfering. But most at times our various service
providers here in nigeria may be the cause, but if not then some strand of mobile malware could be the culprit.
It is possible that someone or something is trying to eavesdrop on conversations or perform other suspicious activities.
3. Inordinately Large Phone Bills
Android malware often infects devices and starts sendingSMS (text) messages to premium-rated numbers. While
these effects are easily seen in your phone bill, not allmalware programs are obviously greedy. They may send
an SMS message just once a month to avoid suspicions, or they may uninstall themselves after punching a serious
hole in your budget. Whether you use a monthly plan or a pay-as-you-go subscription, checking your bill should make it easy to figure out such message-sendingmalware has found its way onto a device.
4. Data Plan Spikes
Malware that smuggles data from your device to a third- party can often be detected by an examination of your
data plan bill. Significant changes in your download or upload patterns could be a sign that someone or something has control over your device. Setting up data meter quotas might help figure out if a device has been compromised by data broadcasting malware. It will also help dodge high phone bills.
5. Clogged Performance
Depending on device hardware specifications, malware infestation may cause serious performance problems as it
tries to read, write or broadcast data from your smartphone. Anybody that has ever had a PC infected with malware should be familiar with this. Imagine rebooting a
device several times a day because background-running malware consumes too much processing power to let
apps work properly. Performance clogging is yet another sign that malware might be present on your device. Checking RAM (Random Access Memory) use or CPU load could reveal the presence of malware that’s actively running on the device.
Stay Safe And Be Mindful
The Android versions most targeted by malware are the
common ones – Gingerbread 2.3, Ice Cream Sandwich
4.0, Jelly Bean 4.1. Kitkat 4.2 Android users with these
builds have an 88% chance of having their mobile phone
infected with malware according to the Android Developer
In the event that you do find yourself with malware on
your Android, there are a couple of options.
First, delete the offending app. Even if the app is deleted,
malware may still linger. You may have to completely
reset your smartphone by going into the settings menu and
peforming a “factory reset,” which will clear the memory
of the device.
A variety of paid and free security apps are available in
the Google Play Android app store to help prevent apps
from doing bad things. If you use your Android smartphone
for business, your IT department likely has security
solutions to help you purge any malware.
In general, it is wise to scrutinize each and every
permission an Android app asks for – many apps ask for
invasive permissions when they don’t need them. Even
apps packed with aggressive adware have a knack for
collecting more data than they would ordinarily need to
perform adequately. Be sure to read your permissions
before clicking “accept.”