Things you should know about SpyLocker malware:
SpyLocker virus an Android-based Trojan, which has been recently detected displaying deceptive phishing ads on popular applications and phones of the European bank customers. In fact, the virus is not entirely new. It was first discovered showing up on the users’ devices as fake Flash Player application, usually promoted on pornographic sites. The virus initially targeted the users of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, while today its distribution relocated to France Poland and the United Kingdom. The cyber security researchers have found that SpyLocker has not changed a lot since then, however, besides the fake Flash Player application it can now be disguised as a deceptive Android system update app as well. Also, besides their own servers the crooks have now employed WordPress and Joomla to spread their malicious software.
Besides targeting your Google, eBay or Instagram accounts, SpyLocker can be considered a banking Trojan because its main focus is collecting your banking credentials and eventually, break into your bank account. To achieve that, the virus may use a variety of different deceptive techniques, like displaying pop-ups with online banking login forms. When all of the required data about your logins and phone details is collected, it is sent to the Command/Control center from which the infected device can be controlled. The administrative privileges allow the virus to intercept your SMS messages, check the phone’s app list and even access your call history. Luckily, you can avoid all of these unpleasant and sometimes even disastrous consequences by simply refraining from downloading suspicious applications.
How can I protect my device from Trojan infiltration?
First of all, you should be aware that smartphones are not safe anymore and an increasing number of viruses are being targeted specifically towards Android owners. Naturally, you must take precautions to protect your device from these threats. You can do that by obtaining some mobile security utility, like Reimage and run frequent check-up scans of your device. Nevertheless, you should not rely merely on the antivirus tools, since not all of them are capable of protecting the device in real time. It is advisable you keep away from suspicious websites and avoid downloading suspicious apps, which you may be randomly offered online. Instead, we recommend choosing Android app stores, such as Google Play, which account for the legitimacy of the applications.
SpyLocker removal suggestions:
Since SpyLocker is not just a simple application and displays some very negative characteristics, its removal may be more difficult than simply uninstalling the app. If you want to remove SpyLocker successfully, you should first terminate the Flash Player and Android system update apps from running on your device. Once you have done that, you can follow these steps:
- Go to Settings
- Click on the App/Application Manager
- Locate Flash Player or Android system update apps
- Choose Uninstall option
After the SpyLocker removal, additionally scan your device with Reimage or other mobile security utility, just to be sure the virus is completely banished from the system. Also, we have recently published an article on Android viruses, which you may find useful to find out more about mobile threats and how to avoid them.