How To Remove Malware & Viruses From Android Phones (Oreo Version) [source: pixelprivacy]

HummingBad malware infected over 10 million Android devices in the summer of 2016. The malware was capable of taking over an Android smartphone or tablet, stealing and selling a device’s user information, and downloading and installing unauthorized apps.

Also in 2016, Mazar malware is downloaded when users click on an innocent-looking link designed to look like a multimedia message. When unsuspecting Android users click on the link, it installs malware that enables anonymous internet connections to access the device, allowing those who connect to it to have administrator rights to the device.

In April of 2017, a new malware strain hit at least 2 million Android devices, disguised as a game guide for such popular games as Pokemon GO and FIFA Mobile.

The app asked for admin privileges and then used the granted rights to register with Firebase Cloud Messaging. It then used the service to send and receive messages containing additional malware and instructions.

In January 2018, Google removed over 60 gaming apps from Google Play, many aimed at children, that contained malware that showed pornographic ads. Researchers from security firm Check Point discovered the malware, dubbed AdultSwine, in the apps.

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