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Remove HummingBad virus (Free Guide) - Tutorial

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HummingBad virus is a dangerous threat for Android users

HummingBad virus was first discovered in February 2016 as a new version of Android virus. However, it has been recently spotted launching new distribution campaigns and infecting Android devices under the application “HummingWhale[1].” The purpose of the malware is to generate advertising-based revenue for its parent company Yingmob. The scheme worked in a simple way. After infiltration, malware delivered ads on the infected Android devices, and when users were tricked into clicking them, developers generated money. This practice is also known as click fraud[2]; however, it’s not the biggest issue. HummingBad malware also gains access to the affected smartphone’s operating system. It gets “root access” and gets permission to the core system files, so it takes control over the device. Hence, hackers can do whatever they like and steal your personal and private information. It’s extremely dangerous if you use online banking apps because you may experience money loss.

Since the appearance, HummingBad virus has already infected more than 10 million Android smartphones and devices[3]. The malware had been hiding under dozens of applications in Google Play store and claimed to be published by Chinese developers. However, it wasn’t true. When users installed an infected application[4], the mobile phone started displaying intrusive and suspicious advertisements. Some of the misleading pop-ups might warn about the necessity to update system. You may also be offered some new apps, or you may notice them installed without your knowledge. What is more, you may notice that your mobile data plans run out sooner than expected and low battery notifications appear quicker than usual. As soon as you realize that your computer has been infected, you should scan your device with mobile version of Reimage or other reputable malware removal program and start the HummingBad removal process. However, malware can be resistant and prevent from automatic removal. In this case, you will have to reset factory settings and clean all malicious applications on your own. However, do not delay this process and remove HummingBad immediately.

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The latest variant of HummingBad virus had been spreading as HummingWhale application on Google Play store.

Malware distribution tendencies and prevention tips

When HummingBad malware was noticed for the first time, it held “drive-by download attacks[5].” It means, smartphones had been infected after users visited particular websites. Then a malicious component gets inside and gets access to the core of the operating system. Recently, malware has been spreading in Google Play store. Hackers managed to bypass the security and trick users into downloading their malicious applications developed by fake Chinese developers. Fortunately, dozens of malicious apps had been removed from the Google Play store. Nevertheless, HummingBad virus mostly spread via the official store, other unsecured sources may also be one of malware distribution channels. There are many suspicious and unreliable stores and websites that offer various free applications. We want to remind that you should stay away from these sites and always install new apps from Google Play. However, you should be careful as well, and before installing apps read License Agreements, Privacy Policy, and other users’ reviews. They might reveal important information about shady aspects and features of the particular applications. Besides, installing antivirus or anti-malware software for your mobile also helps to reduce the risk of malware attack.

How to remove HummingBad malware from the Android device?

First of all, follow these steps below and to remove HummingBad virus in a soft way. However, it may not work, and you may need to perform the factory reset.

1. Reboot Android smartphone or tablet in the Safe mode by holding down the power button until you see “Turn off” button on the screen. Then, press hold until you notice the message offering to restart your device in Safe Mode. Tap OK.

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2. When in “Safe Mode,” go to “Settings” -> “Applications” -> “Installed Apps.” In the list of installed applications, find and uninstall all suspicious apps by tapping on them and selecting “Clear Cache,” then “Clear Data,” and “Uninstall.”

3. Restart your Android device to turn off the Safe Mode.

If these steps do not work and malware still resides on the system, you have to complete factory reset. Keep in mind that you will lose all information stored on your phone or tablet. All the apps, contact list, photos, and videos will be removed entirely. After factory reset your device will be in the same condition when it was when you purchased it. To perform a factory reset and initiate HummingBad removal, follow these steps:

1. Go to “Settings, ” and in the “Personal” section, tap on “Backup & Reset.” You may be asked to enter your PIN or password. Hence, enter it.

2. In the “Personal Data” section, find the “Factory data reset” button and tap “Reset phone.”

3. Choose “Erase everything.”

4. Reboot the device.

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  1. Andy says:
    January 27th, 2017 at 8:12 am

    This one looks bad… Really bad!

  2. Jey says:
    January 27th, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I had to perform factory reset :/

  3. ed says:
    January 27th, 2017 at 8:14 am

    My Android strated acting shady, I should scam it with your suggested tools! I wish its not HummingBad virus

  4. nasty says:
    January 27th, 2017 at 8:15 am

    its a nasty virus. Few of my friends had to deal with it. Factory reset was the only option that helped them

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