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How to avoid the new Android "Ghost Push" virus

How to avoid the new Android "Ghost Push" virus
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As smartphone and tablets steadily replace computers in our daily lives, more hackers are turning their attention to mobile viruses. That's why you hear about new and increasingly dangerous malicious apps appearing weekly.

This week is no exception with the discovering of the "Ghost Push" virus that's infecting Android users worldwide. In fact, according to Cheetah Mobile's CM Security Research Lab, it's infecting as many as 600,000 users per day. So, how does it work?

Ghost Push comes packaged in any of 39 legitimate-looking apps. Once it's on your Android gadget, it roots it and takes full control. If you aren't familiar with the term, "rooting" lets you do anything you want with your gadget, including installing alternative versions of Android.

Once Ghost Push has full control, it turns off your Wi-Fi and then streams ads and downloads unwanted apps. Even worse, its is almost impossible to remove because it's deeply entrenched on your gadget. Anti-virus apps and even a factory reset won't do the job.

Your best bet is to avoid getting it in the first place.

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