Researchers say that advertising programs such as Ads Blocker are the most common types of malware on Android devices, yet other malicious applications can do worse than making your phone unusable, as these programs can frightenly steal information from an Android phone.
Android malware can be deceptive, for example: a mobile application called Ads Blocker has declared itself as a useful service to reduce annoying mobile ads, which could pop up to cover your screen when you are about to reach something important on an Android phone, but in reality The application was a malicious program, according to security researchers.
It’s just one example of malware that can frustrate Android users and expose them to ads, even when users search for unrelated apps, and malware also often gets fake clicks on ads, which doubles the value of these malware.
Malware can be confusing, which hinders your use of your phone naturally, and makes you feel uncomfortable, even if you are not sure what is causing the problem, and it is also very common. She says: Malwarebytes She found nearly 200,000 cases of malware on her clients ’devices in May and June, so how do you know do you have malware in your Android phone, and how can you stop it?
How malware works in your phone?
Adam Power, a security researcher at the mobile security company Lookout said that portable malware usually follows one of two methods. The first type of malware deceives you: by forcing you to grant permissions that allow it to access sensitive information.
This is the right place for Ads Blocker application, as many of the permissions it requests appear to be something that a real ad blocker needs, unfortunately, these permissions also allow the app to run continuously in the background, and display ads to Android users even when they use unrelated apps .
The second type of malware: exploits vulnerabilities in Android phones and access sensitive information by granting administrator privileges to himself. This reduces the need to require Android users to click (OK) to request permissions, which makes it easier to run malware without users noticing its presence on the device.
Signs of malware:
- See ads constantly, regardless of the app you use.
- You install an app, then the icon instantly disappears.
- The battery drains faster than usual.
- You see applications that you do not know on your phone.
Besides making you miserable with persistent advertising, Android malware can access private information, whose goals include:
- Your bank credit.
- Your device information.
- Your phone number or email address.
- Your contact lists.