Google regularly makes to your Play store various improvements to system security to viruses and other unwanted software does not get to the smartphone users. But sometimes it seems that all these attempts are futile, because not so long ago in the vast virtual store of applications have been found for 15 programs with viruses. Of course, if any of them are suddenly installed on your smartphone, then immediately remove them from harm’s way. We regularly inform about such incidents. So if you want to be up to date — follow us on Telegram.
How to detect unwanted application
Just below you will find a special screenshot, which captures all dangerous applications in order so you can identify them not only by name but also in appearance. Recently, the firm dealing with issues of cybersecurity, called SophosLabs has discovered, as mentioned above, 15 of malicious apps in the Google Play Store. Apps generate a large number of ads, and then hide their icons, to make it more difficult to find and delete them.
It looks like this: when the app first starts, it displays a message which says: “This app is incompatible with your device and will be deleted!”. The user then clicks “OK”, then the program hides its own icon, so it does not appear on the home screen. But physical removal is not happening. The program is simply the substitution of text on the screen. Instead of requesting permission, the user sees a message about incompatibility.
SophosLabs also found that 9 of the 15 applications have used other tactics. Once the app was installed, it appeared in the settings. Overall — this is normal practice. Thus it is possible to calibrate the access permissions at any time. Only here when a user entered those settings, he along with them started the program. She began to run in the background; when the user out of the settings — the “erased” themselves out, while continuing to work.
How to remove viruses from smartphone?
In General, if you have noticed on your gadget something similar or have any application from the list above — immediately delete them. You can do this by using your in safe mode.
- Put the smartphone into safe mode. How to do it can find out there.
- After you boot into safe mode, all the “invisible” program will become visible.
- Long hold your finger on a dangerous program and in the popup menu select the item “Delete”. Also now you will be able to find them using search, if you suddenly forgotten where the program initially.
- After cleaning restart the smartphone.
Also not be amiss to use antivirus. About the best we also already told you. And, of course, don’t install suspicious apps from Google Play (and even more from other sources). To recognize them quite easily is stranded rating (low number of downloads and 5 stars in the absence of reviews) or weird names of the developers. Often it can even be just a set of characters.