What Is Malware?

Malware is software with malicious intent. There are many different forms of malware such as: viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, adware and more.

Malware can effect mobile as well as desktop devices. Fear not though, as with the right precautions and knowledge you can be more proactive in  protecting your device.  Depending on the type of malware, if you have it, the performance of your device could suffer, your personal information could be stolen, or intruders could gain access to your accounts. Those are just some of the potential consequences.

Signs your android is infected with malware

Android Malware is becoming harder to detect, especially for those that are not too tech savvy.

Luckily there are signs you can watch out for on your android device to help warn you that your device may be infected.

Signs To Watch Out For

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Bad Battery Life

As an android mobile user one thing that you very quickly learn is how long on average your battery will last day to day. You will know that unless you are using your phone for streaming or other known battery draining tasks that it will stay charged for a certain amount of time.  If this drastically changes suddenly then its a good indication that your device may be infected with Malware.  Malware gives itself away when the batteries suddenly start drain quicker than usual. That is usually due to the presence of adware, or spam-like malware that will show itself by an OTT amount of ads and popup ads. Having the extra amount of ads continuously showing aggressive adware on your device will drastically impact the life of your battery.

Clogged Performance

Clogged performance otherwise known as ‘Lag or Lagging’ is also a very good indication that your device may be infected by Malware. Having to reboot your device multiple times a day as your apps or functions are not working correctly is a sign that malware may well be present.  Malware infection may cause performance problems in your device as tries to read, write and broadcast the data from your device. You can check your CPU load or RAM (Random Access Memory) to see if that reveals any malware that is actively running on your device. Although this does not always flag up the Malware, especially if you don’t really know what your looking for.

Unusually Large Phone Bills

One of the more costly Malware infections you can get on your device worryingly can be secretly be sending Texts to premium-rate numbers without your knowledge. Not a nice surprise for you when your unusually high phone bill comes in. Checking your bill will tell you which Message sending Malware has infected your device.

Dropped Calls And Disruptions

Your mobile phone calls being dropped or disrupted may not always be due to your mobile service provider. Another thing to watch for is interruptions or disruptions to phone calls. If you find yourself repeatedly having calls cut out you will want to investigate. If not then it could very well be that there may be some suspicious activities going on on your device. Such as someone attempting to eavesdrop on your conversations.

Data Plan Spikes

As I mentioned, there are several types of Malware. One way to detect if you device is infected is unusual spikes in your data. When data is sent to these third-parties; it uses your data plan.  It is always worth keeping track of your average data usage. This is an indicator to tell if the usage is unusually high.

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In Conclusion

Malware can come in many forms. Whether it’s in the guise of a regular app which may at first seem harmless and just like any other app or trying to stay hidden these are the warning signs to watch out for.   There are many wonderful apps and software available both free and paid. These apps can help you block, find and remove Malware from your device. One of the better apps is Malwarebytes. It is well worth researching which is best for your device and requirements.  As always, if you have any questions please visit us at Ares Forum.