Symptoms of an Infected Device

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It is always important to keep a close watch as to how your phone is behaving. If it starts to misbehave, immediately get it checked for malwares before they do any big damage to your device. It is therefore important to know the symptoms of an infected device. The symptoms are as follows:

  • 1. Increased data consumption: If suddenly your phone starts consuming more data than before without you doing any extra downloading, then your device is infected. This is because all the extra data is being used by the malware which is trying to run a lot of background tasks and is trying to communicate with a remote location over the internet. So, if you don’t have a free package, your data consumption charges will cost you dearly while the malware will keep destroying your phone at your cost.
  • 2. Pop up Ads: If you suddenly start seeing a lot of pop up ads for unrelated stuffs, your cell phone may be infected. It’s the malware that is opening all these fake pages and is trying to redirect you to a webpage to steal your information.
  • 3. Trojan Apps: they are good at disguise. They look like real apps but if you remember not downloading them, delete them immediately. These apps have been downloaded by the malware without your permission in order to siphon off your information to a remote server.
  • 4. Frequent crashes: If your phone suddenly starts crashing, your apps start hanging in between or closing down completely, it can be due to virus interfering with your device operations. Immediately get your device checked for viruses.
  • 5. Inflated SMS bills: this happens when the malware starts sending messages to numbers that will cost you more.
  • 6. Battery Drain: This is one of the harder symptoms to notice, since most mobile users have experienced some kind of battery issue with their devices. We can simply ignore it as another battery snag. However, Bitdefender notes that, "Malware can give itself away because batteries drain quicker than usual with such e-threats installed." This is because malware is constantly working in the background, effectively making your device work double-time. If you notice that your battery is draining faster than it used to be—particularly, with other symptoms listed here—your phone might carrying on activities without your knowledge.