Android phones are the most used smart phones today. This OS from Google is also subject to getting infected with malware and viruses some of the times just like the Windows in your PC.
However, the malware is not as easily traced. There are a few signs you can look out for to find whether your android is actually in trouble because of some of these trouble makers. Look out for the following signs:
Various Signs Of Malware
Phone Battery Gets Discharged Fast
If you see that your phone has of late started consuming more power than it usually does and needs to be put on charge every few hours, it may be due to a malware that is residing in your phone and using up the power.
Excess Data Usage
The malware present in your phones may collect your personal information such as contact list, credit card number etc. and try sending it to the third party who created it. In the process it would increase data usage.
Though call drop may even happen due to network faults, it is also likely that a malware is responsible for the rampant call drops happening in your phone.
Android phones have powerful processors which keeps the phone from heating up much, but if there is a virus or malware, your phone may suffer overheating problem.
If you find that the overall performance of your phone has slowed down or it crashes from time to time it may be because hidden malware is using up the processing power. If the CPU load and RAM usage of your phone shows to be higher than 50%, it is very likely that your cell phone is malware infected.
Protect Your Android Phone From Malware
There are a few things you can do to protect your android phone from the harmful viruses and malware. You need to follow these suggestions for that:
Install An Anti-malware
The best way to prevent a malware from entering your phone or removing an existing one, is to install a good antivirus and antimalware app that you can find in the Google Play Store. Some of the good Anti-malwares are 360 Mobile Security, McAfee Antivirus & Security and Avast Security.
Run Malware Scans Daily
Having an antivirus or antimalware app would not serve the purpose unless you run a scan regularly, preferably once a day. Set a scheduled time for such scans.
Do Not Download Apps From Unreliable Sources
Google Play Store contains a huge number of apps and you are most likely to find a kind of app you want here. Other sources of downloading apps such as social networking sites etc. may bring malicious apps and spyware to your phone, so refrain from using them for app installation.
Guard Bluetooth Settings
If your Bluetooth is on the “on” mode and is discovered by a Bluetooth device that is virus infected, your phone can catch some or all of them too. Keep your Bluetooth off when you are not using it, and take data via Bluetooth only from people whose phone you know is not malware infected.
With a above guidelines, you can make sure your android phone never catches a malware again.