Android phone virus symptoms – 5 ways to tell


In recent posts, we have identified how Android devices are the most targeted for mobile malware writers. With this in mind, we aim to look at Android phone virus symptoms and recommendations so that you can identify, and prevent, your mobile phone from becoming a victim of phone viruses. With the constant concern of mobile malware on Android devices, enterprise environments are reluctant to adopt Android for their environment. However, in the consumer market, adoption of Android is booming due to the usability, flexibility and nature of the platform. This mass market is a constant target for attackers, therefore, this article will look at the top Android phone virus symptoms as well as providing some basic recommendations on how to secure your Android device from viruses.

So, how can you tell if your Android device becomes infected with a virus? How would you be able to tell if your device was being used to mine digital currency, for example? Well, as expected, the simplest way to find out is to utilise one of the many anti-malware third party programs available, some of which we look at in this post. However, before we look at anti-malware programs for Android, lets look at Android phone virus symptoms and provide several ways of identifying if your phone has been infected.

Android phone virus symptoms are similar to that of regular, desktop virus symptoms in that performance issues will normally be the first way of telling if there is an issue. For example, is the phone starting to slow down and take a lifetime to open a browser session? Is the phone becoming noticeably hot regularly? Does the battery drain down quicker than before? These are sure Android phone virus symptoms that cannot be ignored, however, these sometimes may relate to other issues with your Android phone and so should be investigated appropriately.

A typical example would be slow performance rates. In this scenario, you notice that your phone has started taking an age to process any kind of request, is slow, laggy and the battery lasts half of the time that it used to. Now, this could be caused by a number of reasons such as lack of storage space, a knock that has affected some of the hardware or even restricted data allowances – however, this could also be the sign of an Android phone virus that you should look at further. Here is the best way to identify Android phone virus symptoms before having to resort to third party malware detection and prevention applications:

Monitor data usage, battery power and performance: This may seem obvious, but if your data usage is running out quickly and your phone is constantly transmitting then this is a sure fire sign that you are infected with malware. Many pieces of malware are designed to beacon out data from the phone to the malware writers, including passwords, banking information or personal data. In addition, phones are now regularly being used to resource bitcoin networks. You will be able to tell if this is the case as the data use on the phone will be huge, the battery will run low quickly and the device will tend to heat up and work slowly.

So, now that you know the top Android phone virus symptoms, how can you detect and remove the malware from your Android device? Well, we look at the best Android anti-malware apps and provide a quick overview of what you can do to prevent malware ruling your device.



Malwarebytes is commonly associated with desktop and enterprise IT anti-virus and anti-malware products, however, they have recent revealed that they will be brining out anti-malware apps for Android devices. The company recently stated that the Android app will identify over 200 variants of malware families, including malware, backdoors, spyware and trojans.

The app is easily downloadable from Google Play and you can download and scan your device within 5 minutes. Once downloaded onto the phone you can simply scan the device to locate any potential malware on your Android. The app will then verify whether your device is malware free or what types of malware are contained on it and what to do about it.

A nifty feature included within malwarebytes is the ability to view which apps have access to your personal data and what this includes. For example, it may tell you that App #4 has access to your calendar, storage, security settings and personal text messages. You can then locate this app, adjust settings or remove as appropriate.

Lookout Mobile Security


Lookout provides security and anti-virus apps for Android devices in both a free and premium version. The AV app scans the device to locate any threats, malware or viruses and alerts you as you would expect. The app also comes with the possibility of identifying security status’ of apps, allowing you to remove or investigate apps further as required.

The Lookout app also allows the user to configure scans regularly, such as weekly or daily, and on demand via the scan now button. It is highly recommended that the app is set up to scan regularly to identify any malware existing on the device at regular intervals. This app is very popular in the Android community and should be considered, with many users rating it over 4 stars out of 5 on Google Play.

AVG Mobile Security


Another company that would usually be associated with anti-virus scanning of desktop systems is AVG Anti virus. This AV giant is well experienced in terms of detecting virus’ and is now used by millions to detect malicious software on their Android devices as well. If any company is aware of Android phone virus symptoms then AVG are the ones, with over 679k reviewers providing them a 4.6 star rating on Google Play, it is highly recommended that AVG’s free mobile app is at least tried by the Android community.

As well as providing extensive AV scanning for your Android device, AVG regularly update their offering with sensible configuration settings and new approaches. For example, a recent update provided revised permissions and a configuration change to reduce battery consumption. The AVG app scans the entire device, including apps, settings and storage for signs of malicious software and removes any tasks that are seen to slow down the device.

There are many new malware detection apps released daily on the Google Play store. Which app to choose is up to the user, however, it is highly recommended that a malware detection app is downloaded to scan and detect Android phone virus symptoms regularly. The user can then decide whether to remove apps that may be harmful to their device and repair any damage to the performance, and reliability, of their Android device.

Click here to view the malware protection apps available on Google Play.

About Lee Hazell

Lee Hazell is a cyber security consultant with a keen interest in anything tech or security related. Follow Lee on .

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