Security issues surrounding smartphones is a growing concern. Some reports suggest that the number of spyware and malware threats detected on such handhelds has more than tripled in the last year and is exponentially rising. A good reason for this is that many of the types of threats that would typically target a computer are easily adapted to target smartphones.
These might involve spyware that could intercept and report sensitive information such as text messages, contacts, voice communications and GPS co-ordinates back to a third party without the user's knowledge. Worse, some malware attacks work in the form of auto-diallers that call premium rate numbers, potentially incurring huge fees.
The BullGuard Antivirus for Android module includes an On-Access spyware scan which scans all applications on install and update. For the most efficient protection however it is recommended that you scan your device on a regular basis using the On-Demand scanner.
Scanning your device with BullGuard Mobile Security
Once BullGuard is registered and running on your device, you can start scanning your phone for malware to make sure your phone is clean.
First connect to the Internet and tap on the Antivirus option in the main BullGuard screen.
Note: BullGuard does not download the definitions onto the device but accesses them directly from the cloud. Internet connection is mandatory in order to be able to perform a scan.
Tap on the green Start Scan button. This will scan the entire device for infected .apk files which could infect your phone. The scan should take no more than a couple of minutes.
Once the scan is complete, the results will be visible in the lower part of the Antivirus screen. Press the back button in case no threats have been detected, in order to go back to the main BullGuard screen.
In case any threats are detected, tap on the coresponding tab from the upper part of the screen.
INFECTED FILES tab:
In case you do wish to keep some of the detected files on the device, tick the rest by taping on the circle in front of the name and choose Remove selected. Otherwise you can delete all detected files by tapping Remove All.
DETECTED APPLICATIONS tab
Tap on the trashcan icon in order to get to the Uninstall screen for the detected app and tap on Uninstall then confirm. You cannot uninstall all apps at once.