The malware is a rootkit which installs itself deep inside a phone’s operating system to avoid detection and gives its creators complete control over the handset. When it’s on a person’s phone, HummingBad installs apps on their device and spies on their browsing habits. It also generates fake clicks for online adverts
How Do I Know if My Android Smartphone is Infected With HummingBad Malware?
If your phone starts displaying unusual advertisements, or you start running out of data on your mobile plan a lot sooner than usual, then you might be infected. But odds are you won’t ever know.
Signs include receiving unexpected “system update” notifications, prompts to install a new app, or finding apps on your phone that you didn’t put there, and your battery that drains more rapidly than normal.
How Can I Get Rid of HummingBad Malware?
If you are one of the unfortunate victims of HummingBad malware, the only solutions will be to factory reset your device.
• Create a backup of the data and content on your phone or tablet.
• On your infected phone or tablet, tap on Settings > Backup and reset > Factory Data Reset . The location of Backup and reset will differ on various Android phones and tablets, but it will be relatively easy to find.
• Tap Reset phone or Reset device. Your device will reboot in Recovery mode and will start wiping your infected phone or tablet.
• Once your phone or tablet reboots you can start the setup of your HummingBad-free device.