Android virus malware spyware

 

Update: For more details on DroidDream, check out out the follow-up post . It includes more information about the virus and how it works, who's to blame, and provides a link to a flashable .ZIP that prevents the virus from working.

Openness - the very characteristic of Android that makes us love it - is a double-edged sword. Redditor lompolo has stumbled upon a perfect example of that fact; he's noticed that a publisher has taken "... 21 popular free apps from the market, injected root exploits into them and republished." The really scary part? "50k-200k downloads combined in 4 days."

Link to publishers apps here . I just randomly stumbled into one of the apps, recognized it and noticed that the publisher wasn't who it was supposed to be.

Android virus malware spyware

Malware is out to get you. It’s a sad and unfortunate truth: regardless of your device, becoming infected with malware is a very real possibility when software installation is involved. For a long time, malware was isolated to Windows due to its dominance in the computer market, eventually moving on to infect Mac and Linux computers (to a lesser degree). Now, malware presents a threat to mobile devices, including Android. Are you prepared?

Is your Android infected without you knowing? If so, how can you cleanse your device of these impurities? And how can you keep yourself protected in the future? Keep reading to find out.

Just as on a computer, there are some warning signs that can alert you to the presence of a malware infection on an Android device. The gist of it is this: if something begins acting out of the ordinary and you haven’t made any significant changes to your device, the problem might be malware related.

Update: For more details on DroidDream, check out out the follow-up post . It includes more information about the virus and how it works, who's to blame, and provides a link to a flashable .ZIP that prevents the virus from working.

Openness - the very characteristic of Android that makes us love it - is a double-edged sword. Redditor lompolo has stumbled upon a perfect example of that fact; he's noticed that a publisher has taken "... 21 popular free apps from the market, injected root exploits into them and republished." The really scary part? "50k-200k downloads combined in 4 days."

Link to publishers apps here . I just randomly stumbled into one of the apps, recognized it and noticed that the publisher wasn't who it was supposed to be.

Antivirus Android apps remain one of the most popular types of applications on Android. Whether or not these apps are needed is a subject that has been debated ad nauseum. Generally, you don’t need one if you play it safe, only download apps from the Play Store, and keep your security settings enabled. However, there are those who like to take a walk on the wild side and not do those things. In any case, here are the best antivirus apps and anti-malware apps for Android.

[Price: Free / $9.99 per year / $14.95 per year (license for two devices)]
Kaspersky is another very recognizable name in the antivirus space and their antivirus apps is intensely popular. Like others, it has a free version and a paid version with more features. The list of features includes scanning (free) for malware and viruses while the paid version gets real-time protection, anti-phishing, cloud protection, and anti-theft, as well as smaller features like sounding an alarm to help find your lost device. This one is quite heavy so those with older or lower range devices may feel the heat by using the full version of this one.
Get it now on Google Play!

[Price: Free / $2.99/month / $29.99/year]
McAfee is arguably one of the most recognizable antivirus apps out there. Thankfully, their app isn’t that bad. There isn’t much of a different between the free and pro versions. It comes down to just a few features. This is a great way to get a lot of protection for free although the paid version can get some pretty decent features as well. It includes features like phone support and backup services. McAfee added a “power booster” into the app which is unfortunate. Ignore that because it’s useless but the protection it offers is actually very good.
Get it now on Google Play!