India is among the world s second-largest smartphone market and a growing one. However, this increasing popularity comes with a flipside. India is also home to 17.9 percent of the total virus-infected smartphones in the world, reports Cheetah Mobile Security Research Lab. Another report by Pornhub suggests that despite the ban and the social stigma around pornography, India has the third-highest porn-viewing population in the world. Also Read - Beware of this Android malware posing as System Update to steal your data, delete it nowAlso Read - Camscanner back on Google Play Store after being removed due to trojan dropper malware
Porn being one of the most popular means of spreading malware, makes India highly affected by viruses. With porn ads flashing on the screen, users are tricked into downloading various apps, leaving their devices vulnerable to all kinds of viruses. Add to that, many budget smartphones, which are a popular trend in India, come pre-loaded with viruses. The Cheetah Mobile report has listed the top-10 kinds of viruses that affect Indian mobile phone users. Also Read - Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech could be involved in click fraud scheme
While some malwares may aim at breaking into your phone for vital information, most malwares simply try to make money out of a user. These viruses bug users with constant pop-ups for updates and app downloads, majorly wrecking the user experience. These forceful and unnecessary downloads also affects the performance of a mobile phone and eats up on their network traffic.
There are many ways deceptive advertising affect a user, with different people experiencing it in different forms. Cheetah Mobile Security Research Lab has listed five common ways malwares spread to smartphones.
Full screen ads: Many users are prompted by full screen ads, and finding tough to escape it, they end up tapping on these pop-ups. These consequently lead them to downloading all sorts of needless apps and viruses on the phone. This mostly happens while turning on a phone or plugging it on charge.
Disguised virus: Many times while installing and uninstalling apps, users mobile screens are poked with these return or close icon. These, in reality, are sometimes malwares disguised as icons. Naturally, a user sees these icons as harmless and clicks on them and gets hit by virus.
Pending app installation: A lot of times, when a user exits an app they receive a pop-up that produces a pending app installation. Unaware of the malware tricks, users click on these pop-ups and fall prey to the virus.
Fake Google search bar: Now who would think the Google search bar on their smartphone is a link to virus. However, many users have faced issues where malware disguised as the Google bar. In essence, when a user clicks on it, it suggests them to download all kinds of (infected) apps.
App recommendations: Some strange kind of malwares automatically download apps on a user’s smartphone. And when one was to tap on these icons, it automatically triggers an installation, forcing them to download apps they never needed in the first place. And the catch is, that the close or return buttons to these updates are hidden, that leave a user unable to stop the installation.