Swamped with ads? Don't recognize an app? Start here to deal with it.
Android malware can find ways to trick you. A mobile app called Ads Blocker, for instance, billed itself as a useful service for cutting back on pesky mobile ads, which can pop up to cover your screen just when you're about to access something important. But users would soon find the app was malware that just served up more ads, according to security researchers.
It's just one example of malware that can frustrateusers, plaguing them with ads that the creators get paid to display, even when users are looking at unrelated apps. Malware often also harvests fake clicks on the ads, doubling up on the value for the makers.
"They're making money," said Nathan Collier, a researcher at internet security company Malwarebytes who helped identify the bogus ad blocker in November, "and that's the name of the game."
Researchers say adware like Ads Blocker is the most common type of
malware on Android devices. Other malicious apps, however, can do worse
things than make your phone so frustrating to use that you want to Hulk
out and crush it -- like steal personal information from your phone.
Malware can be disorienting, getting in the way of how you normally use
your phone and making you feel uneasy even if you aren't sure what's
causing the problem. It's also very common; Malwarebytes says it found
close to 200,000 total instances of malware on its customers' devices in
May and then again in June. So how do you know if you have malware on
your phone, and how can you stop it? Here are some takeaways from mobile
malware experts on what you can do.
- How Malware on your phone works
- Signs of Malware
- Ransomware on Android Phones
- What mobile malware is capable of
- How to stop mobile malware on your Android phone