Tips and Tricks: How to find out if your phone has a virus

Tips and Tricks: Do you think you have a phone virus problem? Well, you need to be worried and importantly, do something about it too.
By HT TECH
| Updated on Oct 15 2021, 12:56 PM IST
Tips and Tricks: Despite following the best practices and taking all the proper precautions, it is possible that a virus or malware still manages to sneak into your smartphone. Here we show you how to find out a phone virus problem.
Tips and Tricks: Despite following the best practices and taking all the proper precautions, it is possible that a virus or malware still manages to sneak into your smartphone. Here we show you how to find out a phone virus problem. (Pixabay)

Do you think you have a phone virus problem? Well, you need to be worried and importantly, do something about it too. Why? Here is the reason why. Smartphones, over the span of the past few years, especially after the pandemic, have become one of our biggest lifelines. They not only facilitate us in communicating with family, friends and colleagues through voice, video and messages, but thanks to the advancements that mobile technology has made over the years, mobile phones also get all of our other work done from the comfort of our home. Be it work-related, be it shopping, be it studies related or entertainment related, today phones have made it possible for people to do everything with the tap of a bunch of buttons. So, if your phone has a virus problem, you should be in active mode right now looking for a solution before you suffer a big loss.

This utility value that they provide has made smartphones a target of hackers and scammers who use malicious pieces of codes such as a virus or a trojan to attack innocent smartphone users and use their devices to their own advantage.

How to protect your smartphone from viruses and malware?

There are some things that you can follow as a thumb rule to prevent your smartphone from getting viruses or malware. For instance, users can download authentic apps from verified sources such as Google Play Store or the App Store. They can also be wary of the permissions that these apps seek and read user reviews before downloading any app.

How to find out if your smartphone has a virus?

Despite following the best practices and taking all the proper precautions, it is possible that a virus or malware still manages to sneak into your smartphone. For all such instances, here is how to find out a phone virus problem.

-- One of the easiest ways of detecting an infection on your smartphone is unexpected charges. One of the many ways malicious apps make money is by using your smartphone to send premium text messages or phone calls or making in-app purchases without your permission.

-- Overbearing ads are another sign that adware may have infected your smartphone.

-- Malware and trojan can use your smartphone to send spam text messages to people, which can result in your contacts' smartphones getting infected too.

-- You can expect the performance of your smartphone going down drastically.

-- Viruses and malware can also download new apps on your smartphone.

-- These apps and messages can consume enormous amounts of data, which is another thing that you should be looking out for.

-- All of this is bound to lead to a noticeable reduction in battery production.

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First Published Date: 15 Oct, 12:56 PM IST
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