Secure Phone Antivirus

How to scan files on phone antivirus

Everyday life has been digitized over the years. The advance of technologies has dragged us to live through it and cell phones are a key piece in this advance.

Although people usually think that viruses and malicious software are exclusive only to computers, cell phones, as well as any device that has a software and internet connection (tablets, machinery, and automobiles), they can be victims of them, and they can damage your files and clone your data.

Contrary to what you may think, each virus is designed to attack the different operating systems that give life to cell phones. In the following article, we will discuss the subject and what to do about it.  

What is a cell phone virus?

Generally speaking, cell phone viruses are known as malware and are designed for mobile platforms. The main purpose of these viruses is to damage the device that hosts them, damage files, and steal the user’s information to blackmail the user or commit crimes with the stolen data. 

The most important risk factor for the infection of mobile devices by viruses lies in the installation of applications from insecure platforms and of dubious origin. This increases the vulnerability of the device to cybercrime attacks.

Types of viruses

In the world of mobile devices, there are two types of viruses that can be a total nightmare: worm viruses and Trojan viruses.

  • Worm viruses:

Typically, this type of malware is transmitted via text messages and multimedia messages. Its main purpose is to drain the operating system’s resources through uncontrolled replication. Due to system exhaustion, no instructions of any kind can be executed on the device. Likewise, this type of virus may contain instructions to damage computers.

  • Trojan virus:

It is considered the most dangerous for cellular devices. This type of virus comes camouflaged inside attractive and harmless applications for the user. The danger of Trojans is based on the fact that once the virus enters the cell phone and the application is executed, the virus can render other applications useless, steal data from the agenda, e-mails, notes, documents, among others, and send the information to remote servers.

The best way to avoid this type of threat on your mobile device is to download applications from the official stores of each operating system.

How to know if your cell phone is infected with a virus?

Usually, cell phones, just like computers, behave differently if their software is under the effects of a virus. Here are some options to help you identify if you are under attack by a virus on your cell phone.

  1. If the cell phone starts to fail and behaves strangely for no apparent reason. It does not allow you to make calls, send messages, display error messages and applications close unexpectedly. This type of behavior may be a sign that the phone is infected.
  2. Check call history. Finding phone numbers to which no calls have been made is a symptom of virus infection; this is because these numbers have special charges that are paid when canceling the monthly consumption bill.
  3. The data plan is consumed very fast.
  4. Receiving strange messages with links to websites. Both you and your contacts can receive these messages, to expand the infection radius.
  5. Pop-up windows.
  6. Noticeable decrease in battery life.

How to clean your cell phone files?

The best way to avoid this type of situation is, first of all, not to install suspicious applications or those that are not found in the official software stores of your operating system. Avoid visiting links sent in text messages.

Also, due to the growing threat of malware infection, antivirus programs have been developed that are compatible with cell phone operating systems and guarantee the total elimination of the infectious agent.

You must download an antivirus to your cell phone from the official virtual stores for your operating system (Android, iPhone) and install it. 

Run the general scan with the antivirus of your choice. This way you will be able to identify if you have viruses on your device, what type of virus it is and where they are hosted. 

In the same way, the antivirus presents an option where you can select the file or files you want to scan. 

After scanning the device or the files you want, follow the instructions that the application gives you to remove viruses and spyware.

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