How to know if your phone has a virus
It’s important to know how to detect Android and iPhone viruses nowadays. Some people may place harmful programs into our mobile devices. Your phone could be emptying your bank account, stealing your data, or tracking you!
Let’s begin with the usual signs of a virus in your phone. Then, we’ll go through the steps on how to get rid of those nasty programs. We’ll provide tips for Android and iPhone users, so we can keep all our readers safe.
Your smartphone keeps tons of sensitive data, from your info to your credit card
Viruses can help someone use your data to harm you personally or financially. Keep yourself safe by finding Android and iPhone viruses early.
What does a virus do to your phone?
If your phone is acting funny, then it probably has a virus. Check if your phone has any of the following problems. You may see these on Android devices and iPhones:
- You get pop-up ads out of nowhere—Your smartphone probably has adware if ads show up too often. Worse, they could show up even if you’re not using Chrome or Safari.
- Your data usage rises too much—This could mean a virus runs too many background tasks without your permission. Alternatively, the big data spike could mean it’s sending lots of your data to somewhere else.
- Your phone bill goes up for some reason—The virus could be sending premium-rate text messages using your device. Those messages could be spam sent to other phones. As a result, you may have to pay thousands of dollars at the end of the month.
- The phone sends spam to your friends—As we said, your phone’s weird app could be sending spam to others. This may include your contacts.
- There’s a strange app on your smartphone—Having an app you didn’t install is a big sign of a virus. Later, we’ll explain how you can delete it.
- The apps crash suddenly—It’s fine if the apps break down once in a while. If it becomes frequent, you might have a virus on your phone.
- The smartphone’s battery drains too quickly—A smartphone virus can consume lots of energy. As a result, you may find yourself charging too often.
- Your smartphone is overheating—A smartphone shouldn’t be heating up even while charging. This could happen if a virus is executing too many tasks on your phone.
How to remove Android viruses
Delete malicious software.
- Activate Safe Mode to stop all third-party apps on your phone. If you don’t find the problems on Safe Mode, this confirms that you have harmful software. Check online for the specific steps for your smartphone’s Safe Mode.
- Open Settings.
- Tap Apps & Notifications or Manage apps.
- Head to Installed apps Downloaded apps.
- Check the apps that your phone installed recently. Look for ones that you don’t remember downloading.
- Once you find the malicious app, touch it.
- Tap Uninstall.
- Return to Settings.
- Tap Security or a similar option. This will depend on your phone’s brand.
- Find suspicious apps that have Administrator access.
- If you find any, tap the blue box beside its icon. Alternatively, tap the Deactivate button. Perform steps 3-7 again.
- Restart your phone. Your Android device should return to normal.
Empty your cache and downloads
- Tap Settings.
- Choose Apps.
- Tap Storage & Cache.
- Hit the Clear Cache and Clear Storage buttons.
- Tap Clear all data, then select OK.
If the problems persist, you might have to factory reset your phone. This will wipe your device of everything you’ve placed in there. Only the pre-installed apps will remain.
You may find the option in Settings. The steps involved will differ depending on your phone. More importantly, create a backup before executing a factory reset.
How to remove iPhone malware
Apple fans usually brag about how their iPhones don’t get viruses. This is true, though. The App Store is the only source of iPhone apps. Also, Apple rigorously checks each one.
What’s more, Apple isolates apps from each other. This means they can’t breach or infect other systems. An iPhone is likely to get infected with malware if it’s jailbroken.
A virus is a specific type of malware or “malicious software.” It replicates itself in a computer to cause all sorts of damage. It doesn’t include other types of malware like adware or spyware.
Meanwhile, “jailbreaking” removes the restrictions that Apple places on every iPhone. In exchange, you can install apps that you typically can’t use on that device.
You’re more likely to find Android and iPhone viruses if you jailbreak.
Nevertheless, here are the steps to clearing malware from an iPhone:
- Open Settings.
- Select the Safari tab.
- Select Clear History and Website Data.
- Power off and turn it on again.
- Restore your data from an earlier backup.
If all else fails, you may reset your iPhone. Make sure you have duplicates of all your important information beforehand:
- Launch Settings.
- Tap General.
- Select Reset.
- Select Erase All Content and Settings.
Avoid mobile malware by downloading apps carefully. Look into an app before installing it, especially if it’s from the Google Play Store.
For better mobile security, install antivirus software. Back then, you’d find these often in PCs. Now, antivirus developers also create protective apps for smartphones.
Choose the paid versions of the antivirus app. The free versions simply aren’t enough. The extra cost is worth it to protect your data from cyberattacks.
Learn more about how to find Android and iPhone viruses
Can phone viruses go away on their own?
They’re not like the flu or the common cold! Android and iPhone viruses will damage your phone and endanger your sensitive data. Get rid of them as soon as possible!
Can I run a virus scan on my phone?
Yes, you can perform a virus scan on your mobile device. You’ll need to download antivirus software. Please install the paid versions for the best protection.
Can you tell if your phone is hacked?
Your phone might have been hacked if it’s acting strangely. For example, you may see strange apps on your device. You might even see ads pop up even though your browser is closed.
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