Can Cell Phones get Viruses and Malware?

Last Updated on 1 year by Touhid

A virus is a software program that can be installed on phone without users’ knowledge and causing potential harm to phone storage, apps crash and installed unwanted apps. In this post we will discuss on can cell phones get viruses and which viruses infect on your phone?

Can Cell Phones get Viruses and Malware?

Virus and malware are most important concern for anyone who is using a phone or computer. Viruses and malware are related with computers such as desktop or laptop computer.

Now the question is: “Can cell phones get Viruses and Malware?

The simple answer is: yes, cell phones get viruses and malware. They are infected on your phone in the same way as your computer such as clicking on suspicious hyperlinks, pop-ups ads, download attachment files and install unnecessary apps.

Read More about How Do I Know If My Phone Has A Virus?

Here is the list of some common types of phone viruses are as follows:

1. Trojan

A Trojan is a software program that looks legitimate apps. Once the software is installed on your phone the Trojan virus can capture sensitive information, such as login credentials, bank account details or credit card information and damage your data. It can also deactivate applications of your phone.

Trojan is a software program that looks legitimate apps

2. Adware

Adware is unwanted software which installs without your permission and display advertisements up on your mobile screen. It used to collect information, redirecting you to vulnerable websites, and throwing advertisements into your web browser.

  • When you click on that type of advertisements then it redirect you to an advertising websites and collect information from to you.
  • It steals your sensitive information and login credentials by monitoring your online activities and selling that information to the third party.
  • It may also slow down your internet connection by using up valuable bandwidth to retrieve advertisements.

 3. Spyware

Spyware is software program also known as spy app that secretly monitors and records information from target phones. It records phone calls, text messages and other sensitive information such as browsing history, messaging data, location and contacts.

4. Phishing

Phishing is a type of cybercrime which attempt to gain sensitive and confidential information through email messages, websites or phone calls. The information is usernames, passwords, credit card information and network credentials.

In this attack, an attacker sends phishing emails to victims in order to steal of login credentials and personal information.

Learn more about Types of Phishing attack
Learn more about How to Prevent Phishing?

phishing virus in phone

5. Ransomware

Mobile ransomware is a type of malware which typically displays a message that the phone has been locked and demands for money in order to access the phone. It is delivered via malicious apps, and deletes the infected app in order to retrieve access to your mobile.

The recent ransomware attacks are  WannaCry, Petya, Cerber, Locky and CryptoLocker etc.


All types of threats typically installed in a phone through the following ways:

  • When download and open a malicious email attachment
  • Install an infected software or apps
  • When user visit a malicious or vulnerable website
  • Click on untrusted web link or images
 How to remove virus from your Phone?

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