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Is my phone infected with a virus?

Is your phone infected with a virus? Here are symptoms that might indicate that you phone has suffered an infection.

Is my phone infected with a virus? – Symptoms and causes

Imagine the scenario – you’re casually browsing the web, reading the news, minding your own business, when suddenly, a wild ad appears out of nowhere, saying that your phone is infected with a virus, and that you should do something! Something, as in click the ad. Don’t. Clicking the ad cam make it worse, and may just actually do your device harm. It’s just an ad. No matter WHAT the ad says, it can not scan your phone, nor can a browser detect a virus. If you don’t have any other problems, then, well…you never actually had a problem, just a silly ad.

But what if you really DO have a virus?

Different viruses do different things. But, some of the symptoms are…
Performance loss – just because your phone slowed down, doesn’t necessarily mean you have a virus. It could be thermal throttling do to overheating, or it could be doing some updates in the background, or there are a lot of apps opened. If none of this is the case, and your phone is constantly slowing down, it could be that the virus is active and that it is up to no good.
Battery drain and the phone is constantly warm – this is tied to the previously mentioned symptom. If your battery life is much worse, and the phone is constantly feeling warm even when you are not using it, it could be that the virus is doing it’s business.
Data usage increased – Often times, the virus will send and receive some data from and to some place. There are plenty of apps that allow you to monitor your data usage. Again, a huge spike doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you have a virus, but it is a fairly good symptom.
When did I install that app? – If you notice some new apps that you definitely haven’t installed, then you most likely have a virus on your device.

Is my phone infected with a virus? – Where did it come from?

An Android virus won’t just drop from the sky and posses your phone. Often times, you can get a virus by downloading apps from untrusted stores. You think you have downloaded the app you want, and you most likely have. But with it, you have maybe unwillingly downloaded some other stuff you don’t want…like a virus. But that doesn’t meant that the Google Play Store is safe. Although rare, there have been reports of viruses coming from the Play Store itself, like the recent Godless virus.

Is my phone infected with a virus? – What should I do?

If you are 100% sure that you have a virus, you should, of course, get rid of it. Here are a few tips.
Download an antivirus – of course, the most logical thing to do is to download an antivirus, and let it scan your device and get rid of that virus. If that doesn’t help, you might have to do a factory restart, although it is not rare for a virus to dig itself deep into the system files, so not even a factory reset can help. You should also delete the app you might have downloaded.

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