xHelper malware is the newest Android malware in town and has already infected over 45,000 android smartphones within 6 months… This malware is dangerous and even a factory reset cannot take it off your device.
xHelper malware is only about seven months old, and already has reached the top 10 list of malware on MalwareBytes’ in August. The malware app is being distributed through third-party websites that encourage users to sideload apps onto their device. Once the app is installed on your device, it then installs xHelper trojan onto the device.
How Xhelper Malware work?
After installing the malware app on your device, tit begins to spam the device with notifications and pop-up ads. The ads mainly prompts you to download other apps or play online games.
Once the malware is installed on your smartphone, it becomes impossible for you to find and remove it from your device, this is because the installation is being mask via encryption. The app automatically hide itself, doesn’t show no app icon or any form of shortcut icons for the app once installed.
So, how can you uninstall the malware app when you can’t even detect in your device?
xHelper malware is designed to run automatically as a foreground service immediately it is installed on your device based on various triggers, such as when the device is booted or connected to a power source or disconnected or when you uninstall the app that xHelper came with, the malware will continue to reside on your device.
xHelper run like a magic malware on your smartphone, it cannot be uninstall, it cannot be removed or cleared even when you factory reset your smartphone. It is just like the “HIV & AIDS” virus which cure is yet to be found.
How to Prevent Xhelper Malware?
- Don’t download apps from untrusted sources.
- Download app from trusted app stores only.
- Beware of pages that redirect you to other pages to download apps or games.
- Run apps on Android emulator before installing on your device.
If at all your device get’s infected with this device, you can only try flashing your device to fix it. There has not been any report where flashing fixed this, but you can try this if you detect your device has been infected with the xHelper malware early.
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