Fortunately, you don’t need a full phone virus scan in order to detect that you have some nasty stuff on it. There are a few signs that give up a virused smartphone and they’re actually very easy to spot!
Your phone eats up too much data
This first thing you should do if you notice something fishy is to check the monthly data usage. Compare this to the previous months and see if there are any spikes, even though you haven’t done anything special.
Usually, this happens when you get adware, as the virus performs clicks in the background, in order to generate profit. As you probably guessed, this requires additional bandwidth, hence the increased consumption.
Your phone generates additional charges
Another sign of an infected phone is the additional charges on your bill, under the SMS category. This is caused by malware that sends text messages to premium numbers.
Your battery is draining way too fast
Sure, there’s no such thing as a perfect smartphone battery life, but having nasty stuff on your phone can drain it ridiculously fast. Hey, you can compare this with your body: dealing with a virus can leave your completely exhausted.
You have unwanted apps on your phone
A lot of type of malware apps is known for automatically downloading malicious apps without asking your permission. Trojans, for example, can install an app on your phone, making it look very familiar. If you don’t remember downloading it, delete it immediately.
You get a lot of pop-ups while browsing
Nowadays, a lot of websites have pop-ups, but if you start seeing them constantly until they become very annoying, it’s obvious that you’re dealing with a virus.
No matter how annoying they are, never click on them, since this can make things even worse. Carry on just a bit more, since you can actually get rid of these.
Your phone is constantly crashing
Even though it’s the last entry in this section, it should’ve been the first one. This is one of the most important signs to look after if you want to learn how to tell if your phone has a virus.
So here you are, minding your own business on the phone when it suddenly crashes. If this never used to happen, but now, all of a sudden, if it happens very often, it’s obvious that you’ve caught a virus.
How to remove a virus from my phone?
There’s no need to panic since there are a couple of steps you can follow in order to restore your phone to its initial, virus-free state.
Step 1: Boot your phone into Safe Mode
Long press your phone’s power button and you should see the power menu, with the Power off and Restart options. Long press it again and you will get the option to reboot in safe mode. Go ahead and restart it.
Step 2: Search for the virus
Now, it is very important to find the virus causing you issues. For this, go to Settings > Application Manager and tap the Downloaded apps section.
In most cases, the virus is a third-party app, so look at what you’ve downloaded over there and see if there’s anything suspicious. Notice that your phone may have other types of malicious software but technically these are not viruses.
Step 3: Uninstall the suspicious app
After detecting the app causing issues, it’s time to remove it. Tap on it and you will see the “Uninstall the app” option. Since you are in Safe Mode, you will be required to enter your credentials, then uninstall the app.
On the other side, you might be dealing with a pretty stubborn virus which doesn’t want to go at all. This happens because it has achieved “Device Administrator Status”. But this can be solved as well, by going on with the next step.
Step 4: Remove the Device Administrator Status of the virused app
Go to Settings > Security > Device Administrator. Here, you will see all the apps with this status. Simply look for the app and uncheck the box which grants it this status.
After fixing this, go back to the Application Manager and repeat Step 3. When you’re all done, get out of the Safe Mode, by restarting your device.
Of course, we cannot forget about anti-virus app. The idea is that they’re not that efficient in keeping mobile malware away from your phone… Still, if you want to keep one in your storage just for its additional features, we’re highly recommending BitDefender!
Personally, I always delete or disable the antivirus. There is no need for it unless you download apps from real shady websites.
Can iPhones get viruses?
iOS owners have all the reasons to be happy since their smartphones (or tablets) are safe when it comes to mobile malware since the operating system But if they have jailbroken devices, things change a bit.
If you notice that your phone is acting weird and you suspect a virus, brought by an app from a third-party app store, there’s something you can do: restore it.
Start with backing up all your stuff in iCloud, then go to Settings > General > Reset. Choose the “Erase All Content and Settings” which will delete all the data from your phone.
After doing this, you can restart it and set up everything from scratch, followed by restoring your backed up data.
So, is it everything clear now? Hopefully, our guide on how to tell if your phone has a virus will come in handy and help you save your weirdly-acting smartphone. And yes, a guide on getting rid of shady stuff is coming soon!
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