Being infected with a virus is always not a good thing. One of the more susceptible operating systems is Android, and there have been numerous exploits reported over the past few years. From adware and pop-ups to stealing information, there’s been a lot of high-profile problems.

Check out below five of the most notorious viruses known to exist out there, as well as additional tips and information on how you can get rid of malware.

1. Godless

Can be found on apps in the Play Store, the Godless virus is an extremely dangerous prospect. Even if you stick to the rules, there’s still a possibility that it’ll infect your phone if you’re not careful enough. What this virus does is it will root your phone when the screen switches off, so you’ll probably have no way of knowing as it infects your device quietly and efficiently. Godless is a family of malware, which means there are multiple types of virus. It can be found on devices running Android 5.1 and lower.

2. Shedun

Shedun is a well-known type of Android malware that can automatically root your device, leaving it open and vulnerable to a stream of adverts. It’s repackaged with legitimate apps so that you won’t easily detect or notice it, and it has been found pre-installed on a number of Chinese devices in the past.

It’s difficult to remove it entirely, even if you perform a factory reset on the infected device. You will need to root and reflash the device depending on its model and firmware, which can be a difficult process for most users. If you’re planning to root your device, you may want to check out this guide first.

3. Cloned & copied apps

 

Hackers and scammers usually target popular apps, and clones are a great way to get files onto devices. The best and safest way to do is to make sure that you download apps directly from the correct and legit source only.

A guide app for Pokemon Go has infected over 500,000 devices. Users unwittingly gave them access to their information, and the same can happen to you as well, if you’re not careful when it comes to downloading apps. The worst thing is the more downloads it has, the more trustworthy that app becomes. It’s a challenge to stay vigilant and cautious, but avoiding downloading too much apps is one best way to keep yourself protected from these harmful entities.

4. Gunpoder

 

The Gunpoder virus is installed via third-party emulators for Nintendo consoles found outside the Play Store. Even though it’s always considered a grey area, emulators shouldn’t be a reason to hack people who love older games on the go.

To keep yourself safe, check reviews before downloading a random APK file from the Web. There are some emulators available on the store with a price, but sometimes it’s worth paying a little extra for that added peace of mind. After all, it’s a fraction of the cost of the games themselves.

5. Hummingbad

Last July 2016 only, Hummingbad made the headlines because of the damage it had done to Android users. It can steal the user’s information and download apps without your permission. Check Point, a cyber security company, claims that it has spread to over two million devices worldwide. It infects the phone by initiating a download when you visit a suspicious website on your browser.

To get rid of Hummingbad, you can try performing a factory reset, although it can sometimes be embedded deeper into your device. The worst case scenario is to try rooting your device, or just get a new Android device.



This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30:39 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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