Remove Hidden keyloggers from Android Device

Today, in this world of technology with so much to ponder onto, we are all into the very device; Smart phones. Every one of us have a smart phone and use it for different other reasons. From a one year old child to a seventy years old man everyone owns a mobile of different range. It has now started to become one of the priorities in our lives.

Imagining a life without a mobile today is very difficult. We do make things quiet easy using a smart phone as it has now got features to fulfill all the needs that a computer, calculator, camera, photo album and so many others did. But with all of them, we also should not forget how along with the increase in the usage of the smart phones how we also got some security risks such as hacking, spyware and key loggers. These security threats should be talked about and given measures to be aware of them. As today we see how some business men conduct their business through smart phones and will have saved a lot of important details in the phones. Not only that but we also see how most of us today do online shopping, online transactions and so on, for this we do use our user name, password, pin number and also provide our bank account number or credit card number.

In case someone notes them down, we will have to face issues related to them. That is what a key logger do, they get into your phones via spyware apps and record everything that you type using the keyboard of your phone. So today I am going to show you how to be aware and remove key loggers from your android smart phone. Thereby before we move ahead with it, let us first check out on some signs that happens when the keyloggers invade the android. 

Quick battery drainage

Normally, the battery will start to drain when we have too many apps running in the background. If you notice that all the apps are closed and this there is a problem with the battery life then you can have a doubt on what’s happening. Literally the keyloggers design it to be undetected so that no one will realize that something is wrong, so it won’t appear to be like a typical phone application or a software.

Phone getting very hot

The phone getting heated is normal if your android always has the mobile data on all the time and you are working continuously using many apps. So that is normal, but if you have not used your phone for quite a few hours and it still so hot then most probably a keylogger should be working from inside without your knowledge.

Receiving unusual text messages

What the keyloggers target the most is the text messages, as that is the easiest platform for them to reach their destination. What they does is, they will send a text message with a link or a strange code to the target’s phone. And of you click on the click and open it, then they will find their way into your android. So always make sure not to open any such link if you get strange message and also delete it off soon.

The phone will turn on and off

If you notice that your android smartphone is turning on and off automatically without you doing anything then it is not a casual thing. That happens because any software or the keyloggers have entered into your phone’s operating system and has started to get their work done. That is when the phone starts to act in a very unusual works.

Slow performance

If any applications or software are running on the background it will slow all the performance. So in that way when the keyloggers invade it will effect the functionality of the phone and it will slow down all the operations. This will specifically lead to the slow loading of the browsers and tabs.

How to Find Hidden Keyloggers in Android

Find the source

The very first thing that you should look onto is how the key logger spyware app got installed in your phone. two methods can take place, either someone who used your phone should have installed it in or any of the third party apps that you downloaded would have been a fake app with spyware.

So when you know how the spyware key logger got in, it would be easier for you to remove them off instantly. If you don’t know, then we should go do some other testing as given below.

Checking on unusual activities

Keep an eye on your phone and recognize if any unusual activities such as any numbers or symbols appearing on the screen without you knowing it or any scripts causing to reboot your phone once in a while. These types of suspicious activities can indicate that a key logger is in hold of your keyboard. 

Use anti-malware

The best way to get rid of any malware of keylogger is to install anti-virus app. Antivirus apps will help to scan and remove any types of malware or threats found in your phone and delete them off immediately. Then in case if there are any affected app due to the malware, then those apps will be using a lot of data even while running in the background or they might cause any defects to the phone. In that case, delete that app off and restart your device to clean out all the threats.

So let us see how to perform an anti virus scan and make it act as a personal keylogger detector.

Firstly, you have to get an antivirus app to your android smartphone. To do that go to the google playstore and type in 'Anti Virus' in search bar.

Then it will provide you all the antivirus apps that are available. You have to choose a suitable one for your android.

Next install the app and you have to open the program and from the main interface of the app run the scan by pressing on the ‘scan’ button.

That’s it. Now using the anti virus app that you got you will be able to detect of there are any keyloggers hiding deep inside your smartphone.

Change all your passwords

Incase if the antivirus app detected any virus, keyloggers or spywares, then male sure to change all the passwords of your accounts including your emails, social media accounts, websites and everything. Even if you got rid of the spyware, it is better to change to a new password for your security.

Check out for your downloads or file manager folder

Creep into your file manager and check each of the folders and files carefully, if you find any hidden files or suspicious files, delete them off. By doing so, you will be able to have a clear phone with no malware effects. Do not forget to check on your downloads folder to see if there are any infected apps installed in your phone. Uninstall any such apps.

We have now seen a few option on how we can remove the hidden keyloggers from the android smartphone, in case if non of the above mentioned methods worked, you can lastly try the factory reset option.

Noises while on phone call

If you ever noticed that when you make phone calls you hear some unusual background sounds like beeps or some noisy sounds while on call, then it can because someone is recording your phone call. So make sure to observe and listen carefully every time you make a call to know whether it is due to a spyware or it’s actually some sound coming from the other side.

Increase in your data usage

Well, we all would have a guess on how much of the data we are using each day. But if you notice that there have been an increase in the usage when actually you didn’t use extra, then the problem can be due to some kind of malware or spyware. So keep an eye on your data usage to detect the culprit. Because if there is any spyware in your device, it will use your data to access and send the information it collected from your phone.

You can use a data manager app to keep a track of the data. Checkout for all the factors and come to the conclusion of what or how your data is being excessively used.

Delay in the shutting down process

If you are in doubt that there can be a spyware or a keylogger in your device, then you can check it out by also trying to shutting down your device a few times a day.

We all know how fast an android device would shut down but if it takes longer time to shut time, it can be because of a spyware. Because a spyware would take a little long time to grab all the data from the device or it could also be an actual hardware problem. So check on what the problem actually is.

Pop-up messages

While you are browsing something, if you notice some popup dialogue box come up suddenly, do not tap on it. Some pop ups can actually warn you but when you click on it, it will lead you to a separate web page.

Sometimes the pop ups can also be in a form of advertisement. If they kept annoying you try using any app to block advertising popups.

Perform a factory reset

A factory reset will literally bring back your phone to a new status deleting everything apps and making it look like how you bought it the first time. It is one of the secure way to get rid of spywares. But before you start the reset process, make sure to backup all the needed files and media or else they will all get deleted completely. Let us now see how to perform a factory reset in your android smartphone.

First, go to the 'Settings' app from your android smartphone.

Then find 'General Management Tab' and click on it.

From all the options provided, select the 'Reset' option.

Next, choose the option 'Factory data reset'.

Now tap on the ‘Reset’ button and wait for a few seconds until your phone restarts.

That’s it, now you have completed the factory reset process and wiped off all the trouble causing elements from your phone.

By following these steps you can remove any type of a keylogger from your smartphone. The steps given above are simple and easy to follow. Doing so you will not have to face any troubles or threats due to some malware issues that awaits to grab details and data from smart phones. Hope this would be useful for all the android users.