How to Detect and Remove Spyware From Android
Just like PCs and other computing devices, Android devices are also prone to viruses and malware. Unsafe internet exploration and installation of unknown apps are the most common ways to get malware on your devices. One of the most common types of malware affecting Android devices is Spyware.
What is Spyware? Spyware is a malicious program that gets unknowingly installed in your device and secretly collects data. The target of the spyware is to collect important information like bank details, passwords and send them to hackers.
How then do you detect if you have spyware on your device? Android developers have come up with various virus detection and removal apps (antiviruses) that can scan your devices to find and remove any unwanted program that may be a threat. You can also look through your device to find and uninstall any unfamiliar app.
Using Antivirus Apps to Detect and Remove Spyware
The most common way to detect and remove any type of malware from your device is to use an antivirus app. Antivirus apps are programmed to scan, detect, and remove hidden malware from your device. Most antiviruses also protect your device from any future attacks. Most of the commonly used antivirus apps used in Android devices include Avast Antivirus, Avira Antivirus, and Kaspersky Internet Security.
Most antivirus apps work the same way to detect and remove malware from your device. To use an antivirus on your Android device:
- Download and install an antivirus app from any trusted app store
- Launch the app by tapping on its icon
- On the launch page, you will see the Scan button (which may appear different depending on the app). Tap the scan button to allow the app to scan your device for any malware
- After your device has been successfully scanned, a list of detected malware (if any) will be displayed
- Tap the action button to remove the malware from your device
Avira is an effective and efficient antivirus app that protects your Android devices from malware and other dangers. The app analyzes apps to identify and clear malware. Other important features include tracking the location of the phone on a map; and locking and turning off the phone remotely in case it is stolen or lost.
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Avast Mobile Security is a security app that ensures that your device remains safe. The app provides protection against viruses and malware and also promotes the safe usage of websites. You can also track your device in case of loss or theft.
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