Do you remember the time when you first put your hands on your new Android smartphone? How you promised to fix it and not let it go downhill. Well, he fell, didn’t he? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. As big as it needs to be, a smartphone can also turn into a headache if not taken care of properly. You can take care of your Android smartphone on the outside, scratch-free, bump-free, but it’s more important to take care of the things under the hood. One of the main causes of Android smartphone performance problems is malware.
Malware can slow down your phone, cause unnecessary interference, use your phone’s resources, misbehave as much as possible, and in the worst case, prevent smartphones from doing anything. If you think your Android smartphone is behaving strangely, malware could be the cause. Well, you can be real and that’s why we’re here to tell you how you can protect your Android device from malware.
First, let’s talk about the things you need to keep in mind if you really want to avoid malware:
Things to keep in mind to avoid malware
The first thing we’ll mention are the precautions you should take to avoid malware, and along with that we’ll also offer some solutions in case your malware is already infected.
1. Download apps only from the Play Store or trusted sources
So let’s start with the most obvious, you should understand that apps are only downloaded from Play Store or trusted sources. Downloading apps from an untrusted source is no different from gambling and is not profitable. Whatever app you want to download from an untrusted store, the Play Store will probably have a better alternative.
Even if you find an app that is not available in the Play Store, you better make sure that the site you are downloading from is reliable. You don’t want to end up with unnecessary malware on your phone that will completely ruin it. Better to be safe than sorry.
2. Don’t download music or other content from any random site
Downloading apps from the Play Store is one thing, but downloading music, videos, and photos is a whole other thing to consider. Most people are used to simply Googling a song or movie and trying the first download link, completely unaware of the huge risk they are taking. Instead of downloading a song you like or any other content, you could end up with a bunch of malware that won’t bring music to your ears.
We suggest that you download music and videos from a trusted site that you have been using for a while. Another option, although usually not free, is to use services like Hulu, YouTube, Spotify, etc.
3. Update the system software
We wait for Android updates with bated breath because of the various new features that they bring, but they also bring security updates that ensure that all the security holes in your device’s software are fixed. Malware usually enters your device and uses it only when the system cannot detect or control it. In general, malware is one of the main concerns of Android developers, which is why security patches are one of the key things they work on when releasing a new update. With each update, all existing security holes are hidden and this leaves a much smaller margin for malware to enter the system.
Attention: many smartphone manufacturers also roll out monthly security patch updates. You can find information about it in Settings-> Information about Android security level .
4. Install a highly rated Anti-Malware application
This may seem obvious, but we ask that you not only download an anti-malware application, but also a good one. Of course, there are many anti-malware apps in the Play Store, but only a few are worth using. Before proceeding to download the first displayed anti-malware application, check its ratings and reviews.
The ratings and feedback should give you a good idea of how well the app is performing. Check out the top rated or most downloaded apps and you’re sure to find a good anti-malware app. Personally, we recommend trying Malwarebytes or 360 Security.
What to do if your phone is already damaged
In case you’ve come to this post too late and your phone is already infected with malware, here are a few things you can try to fix before doing a factory reset:
1. Download Anti-Malware and scan the system
If you don’t have an anti-malware app before your device gets infected, don’t worry, you can get one now. Anti-malware apps not only prevent malware from entering your device, they also remove it. An application like Malwarebytes can be useful in such a scenario. With this app, you can easily scan your device for existing malware and the app will take care of it. Other applications like 360 Security, Kaspersky Internet Security, Avast Antivirus, etc. will also do a decent job of removing malware.
2. Format apps to store and uninstall in safe mode
If your device keeps malfunctioning or you can’t turn it on normally, you should try Safe Mode. We have already covered a detailed article on Android Safe Mode and how to use it. Check to learn how to protect your phone in safe mode.
In safe mode, only the standard applications that came with the device are active, so malware cannot interfere with the device. You can use this to uninstall apps you think are responsible for malware. You can also format the device if needed.
Remember: All that glitters is not gold
Keeping these points in mind can significantly impact your Android experience. No one wants to use a phone that is slow or laggy, and the main reason for this is often malware. In addition to slowing down your phone, malware can also use and extract personal information from your device. So, if you don’t want to face such a situation, you should take our advice seriously, and if you do, these preventive measures will ensure that you don’t end up at war with your phone and use it the way it was meant to be used.