Androids have an excellent reputation for being great, reliable phones with the exception of one problem: malware. Malware is any type of software that has the potential to damage or take control of a computer’s operating system, and it is also a legitimate concern for Android users. Malware can infect an Android through the installation of applications, many of which can be popular, but contain ad-click programs.

Basically the unsuspecting user downloads an application such as a game or music application that seems completely harmless, only to also be downloading malware. From the point after downloading the malware infected application, the phone can be used to click on advertisements that accumulate profit for certain companies and businesses that have created the malware for that purpose. Many platforms screen applications to ensure safety, but often times these malware infections can go undetected by the screening process, going on to infect thousands and sometimes even millions of innocent Android users. 

One current malware infection that is impacting around 36 million Andoird users is Judy. Judy malware has been seen in over 40 popular applications and has been spreading rampantly. It was originally developed by a Korean company called Kiniwini, but is listed on Google Play as ENISTUDIO.

How do you know if you’re infected with malware? There’s the possibility of seeing pop-up ads, possibly sinister in nature. There’s also the possibility of the Android showing decline in function speed. Other tell-tale signs can be the battery life on the Android is not what it should be, or an increase in data usage. 

So what is an Android user to do if they have been infected with malware? Delete the suspected application immediately. As far as prevention goes, typically users would be told to only download applications from reputable sources, applications with good ratings, etc., but with the new Judy malware these steps will not necessarily help, as the applications known to carry Judy are shown as good, well-rated applications. One option to help is downloading antivirus applications. There are many antivirus companies that offer great services in not only taking malware off an infected phone after deleting the application, but also preventing infection of malware in the first place. So after deleting an application that is suspected as the culprit of malware infection, run the antivirus software on the Android. 

Malware is annoying and harmful to Androids, which is why it is important to use precaution when downloading applications. It is always good practice to not only view application ratings, but also do more research online as to determine if there is suspicion of infection from other users. Androids are great phones and are definitely worth the extra steps to ensure their protection.