I’m a security expert – 5 signs your Android or iPhone is already infected with terrifying virus

YOUR iPhone or Android device could be infected with a virus if it shows any of these five signs.

The signs were shared by computer security company McAfee and show how to tell if your phone has been hacked.

There are five signs you can look out for to tell if your phone has been infected with a virus


There are five signs you can look out for to tell if your phone has been infected with a virusPhoto credit: Getty
It's good to catch viruses before they do too much damage


It’s good to catch viruses before they do too much damagePhoto credit: Getty

It can be scary when you find that your device is infected with a virus because someone tried to steal your data.

“Viruses can activate before you even realize they’ve infected your phone,” McAfee said.

“The strongest viruses steal your data and damage your device without being detected.”

It’s good to catch viruses before they do too much damage.

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Signs include frequent app crashes, spike in data usage, fast draining battery, tons of pop-ups, or unfamiliar apps appearing.

Here’s a breakdown of the five signs McAfee says your iPhone or Android might be infected with a virus.


Constant app crashes may be due to a virus or similar malware on your phone.

Apps can crash normally from time to time, but it’s not normal for this to happen frequently.


A sudden spike in data usage can indicate that a virus might be running various background tasks on your phone.

This could also be because the virus uses your internet connection to transfer information and data from your device.


Some viruses aim to target batteries.

Your device’s battery should not be draining too quickly, which could indicate that your device is infected.

You need to remove the virus to fix the problem.


Your device is most likely infected with a virus if you see pop-up ads even when the browser is closed.

This type of virus is known as adware and it can steal your data if you click on any of these viruses.

5. Unknown apps

If an unknown app shows up on your device, it might be a virus or malware that needs to be activated before it can damage your device.

Do not open the app as this might activate the virus.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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