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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

How to Get A Good Antivirus For An Android

For years now the tech media has drilled into readers minds the importance of antivirus software, leading users to think to install some sort of security software is a good idea. But do you really need to install a resource and battery-hogging android antivirus app on your phone that is going to plague you with irritating notifications?

According to Wikipedia, a computer virus is a type of malicious software that, when executed, replicates itself by modifying other computer programs and inserting its own code.

Once a virus has successfully attached to a program/file, the virus will lie dormant without showing any sign until circumstances cause the device to execute its code. Developers use viruses for stealing passwords or data, logging keystrokes, corrupting files, spamming your email contacts, and even taking over your devices via Ransome-ware.

In reality, android virus really does not exist; this is because there is no known android virus which is capable of replicating itself like computer virus. But there are android malware programs such as Ransome-ware, Screen locker, Spyware, Adware, Trojan which are used to do every negative function of a virus stated above. The difference is they cannot duplicate themselves like viruses but that does not make them less destructive.

Research has shown that user behaviours are the major reasons phones get infected in the first place, here are some of the major ways you can get a malware.

In-app malware still remains the main source of most android malware. Malware comes preinstalled in the back-end of malicious apps you mostly download and install outside play store or from APK files received from other users via app transfer media such as Xender. Since you cannot verify the sender’s download source, you risk receiving malware app from the person.

Another factor is social engineering, which is one of the most popular malware delivery methods because it involves manipulation of human emotions. Social engineers use spam phishing via email, instant messages, social media and more. The goal is to trick users into downloading malware or clicking a link to a compromised website that hosts the malware.

To curb malware from third-party locations, Google has disabled installation of apps from such locations by default (can be enabled/disabled in security settings). And for those that install from Google Play Store exclusively, Google will continuously scan for and remove all malicious malware from play store and your phone.

But for those who install from other locations but Google Play Store, an antivirus is recommended. Some of these antiviruses are capable of detecting malware as well as bringing some other helpful features to the table. However, some of them are notorious for drastically slowing down the phone and draining the battery.

Having an antivirus or sticking to play store isnot enough there are still steps you need to take to protect your device after an app installation, steps such as carefully checking any app requesting permissions before agreeing to them.

Keeping android up to date with all security patches is a great way to protect yourself from malware. Unfortunately, it turns out Original Equipment Manufacturers(OEMs) are guilty of not sending a security update.

To protect yourself from social engineered malware, you should apply a healthy dose of caution, just as wouldn’t click on an attachment in a dodgy email from a sender you do not recognise on your computer, and we hope you would apply that same thinking to suspicious links sent in Gmail on your phone or via WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

After infection, you can still get rid of malware from your android phone and get your phone back to normalcy. All hope is not lost.

Try booting your device into safe mode. Booting into this mode prevents the third-party app as well as malware from running. Booting into safe mode is different for various OEMs, the most common way is by pressing the power button to use the power off options, then press and hold Power Off to bring up an option to restart in Safe mode. If this does not work then you should search online on how to get your phone to safe mode.

Another action to take is to uninstall suspected apps from your device. This is usually hit or miss but most times it works especially if you are very much aware of your phone and apps, check for newly installed, just around the time when you noticed your phone misbehaving and uninstall it. You may not get this right first time, sometimes these apps will reject being uninstalled just because you have granted them administrative rights.

To get rid of stubborn apps, you may disable administrative rights if need be.To deal with this,go to the apps menu and tap on Settings, Security, Device Administrators. You will find a list of app(s) with administrator status, unpick the box for the app you want to remove and then tap Deactivate on the next screen. You can then return to the apps menu and remove the app.

Finally, android devices are very secure these days until you open up to the virus via applications. It is most recommended you stick to apps from play store which will, of course, keep you away from antivirus softwares which negatively affect the performance and battery life of your phone. Supposing your android phone or tablet does start acting oddly and you have reasons to believe malware is at play, a factory reset is all that is required to get rid of it.


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