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How to detect a virus on your Android

How to detect a virus on your Android
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Android is the most widely used mobile operating system in the world. It currently holds more than 65 percent of market shares globally with over a billion users. As evidenced by the recent spate of trojan viruses, hackers are constantly changing their tactics to trick Android users into installing malware. In this world of mobile attacks, the security of your device is as critical as ever.

As a whole, Androids are a bit more open than Apple products. Their ability to download items directly from the internet leaves your smartphone and tablet more vulnerable, and hackers can easily take advantage of this. Android users can also download, install and remove third-party applications from unreliable sources.

Some tell-tale signs that your Android gadget is infected with malware are sudden slowdowns, spikes in data usage, glitches, ad pop-ups and battery drain.

Surge in data usage

One of the first things to check is your monthly data usage. This is generally located on your statement from your cellphone service provider or when you view your mobile account details online. Compare the amount of data used to data usage from the prior months and if you notice sudden spikes in your data usage even though you haven't really changed your usage patterns, then chances are you are infected.

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