Android virus is a growing threat, whose main goal is to compromise your smartphone. There are now many different types of Android viruses out there. This article is made to show you how to properly identify different android viruses and make sure that they are fully removed from your smartphone.
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Android viruses are a threat that has been detected to be growing in popularity among malware authors. Android virus threats can be of different types, but most of them tend to be spread via compromised apps. One of those cases recently reported, involved 42 adware apps that were detected to cause a lot of advertisements. The scary part is that the applications had accumulated up to 8 or so million downloads, which is a big security risk. Read this article to understand what are the different Android viruses and how to remove them.
What Types of Viruses on Android are There?
Just like with PC and Mac malware, there are many forms of Android viruses as well.These types of threats can range from harmless adware all the way up to dangerous ransomware, locking your Android smartphone and asking you to pay ransom to the cyber-criminals. Below, you can find the different types of threats that exist targeting Android devices out there:
Ransomware viruses for Android are a very significant threat, because they lock your files and then youcannot access them. Some of the threats even change your lockscreen passwords to prevent you from accessing your device. Some of the most prominent ransomware threats we have seen so far are called:
- AnubisCrypt Ransomware for Android.
- SimpleLocker Android Ransomware.
- El Gato Android Ransomware.
- SLocker Android Ranosmware.
- CryEye Ransomware.
- “Your Contacts/photos/notes/messeges Have Been Encrypted”
- Koler FBI Android Ransomware
What can be characterised for those ransomware threats is that all of them want the victim to pay the attackers ransom usually in anonymous cryptocurrencies, like BitCoin or Monero.
Android Trojan Infections
The Trojans for Android are even more dangerous than the ransomware viruses. Most of the Trojans for Android are created for Spyware purposes, however that are severa extremely nasty Banking and other Trojans, that aim to record audio, harvest sensitive passwords and other information and also steal your financial details. One of those sophisticated trojans is called Skygofree Android Trojan and it had the capability to connect to the device via Wi-Fi that is controlled by hackers and can also work in standby mode. Trojans for Android can also monitor mobile applications from the likes of Facebook, Skype, Viber and so on. Some Trojans tamper with Android’s accessibility services and hide the request for pemissions. Not only this, but also Trojans can turn your cameras on and off, record audio and so on. On top of that, Trojans get constantly improved and updated with newer smartphones coming out.
The most widespread Trojans for Android so far have been detected to be the following:
- AnubisSpy Android Spyware
- Android Red Alert Malware
- KevDroid Android Malware
- MysteryBot Trojan
- Red Alert 2.0 Android Banking Trojan
- Flashlight LED Widget App (Trojan + Adware)
Android Adware Apps
Google Play Store and external Android apps have always been the primary method of distributing Adware on Android. While some adware programs aim to show banners, screen redirects to an ad and other forms of content. Others are even more dangerous in the sense that they have the capability of subscribing you to SMS services and you could eventually start getting unusually high phone bills.
How to Remove Virus from Android
In order to remove an Android virus, you should not do Factory Reset of your device. Factory Reset is a very effective way to completely make your phone to stock, but this way you risk losing your data and on top of that, if you clear your Cache by accident, you cannot login your Google Account and the phone becomes blocked in a boot loop. This is the main reason why we strongly recommend that you simply use something, called Safe Mode. Safe Mode enables you to access your Android device without absolutely any third-party apps running> This will allow you to remove any apps on your smart device that could be adware or detect any malware files in the “Folders and Files” manager. So, here is one general and simple way to boot your phone into Safe Mode:
Step 1: Press the power button until the turn off screen appears
Step 2: Press and hold the Power Off button. The phone will ask you if you want to boot into safe mode. Tap on OK and you are done. The phone will now restart into Safe Mode.
You can notice Safe Mode running on the corner of your screen after your phone restarts.
After you have booted into Safe Mode, you can easily delete the app and detect and delete all of the viruses causing problems and also you can change your passwords and secure your accounts. You can also use a malware scan app to remove all of the viruses and secure your smartphone.
Step 3: After you have done the fixes, you can reboot back into Normal mode by simply pressing the Power Off button and reboot the device.