Which apps damage phones

False warnings on Android smartphones lure people into the trap

Viruses discovered while surfing with your Android smartphone? But can the worst be prevented with one click before the countdown is over? "Don't tap anything!" Warns the North Rhine-Westphalia consumer advice center.

"Your cell phone is infected with viruses and has been severely damaged" or "Your device has been hacked and the battery has been seriously damaged": When surfing the net on the Android smartphone, such warnings suddenly appear, combined with the request, "OK" - or If users tap "Download" buttons, they should ignore them and close the browser immediately, advises the consumer advice center in North Rhine-Westphalia. If you tap something, you really risk installing malware or unintentionally taking out a subscription.

Clean browser, block third-party providers

The next step is to select the point in the settings of your Android device "Apps" to open, then the affected browser app and finally under "Storage" on "Delete data" to type. If you use several browsers, you should repeat the procedure for these as well, to be on the safe side.

In addition, smartphone users should set up a third-party lock. In this way you screw up scammers who want to slip a subscription on you by clicking on a link, right from the start. In our guide "How to defend yourself against nasty subscription traps", we explain how to set up a third-party block.

Apps can also trigger fraudulent advertisements, explain the consumer advocates. So if you continue to have problems despite the emptied browser memory, you should consider which new apps you recently installed and delete them.

This is how fraudsters make the smartphone vibrate

Even if the supposed horror news is supposed to come across seriously through the improper use of logos - for example from Google - they are fake and ultimately just advertising: The people behind them always find ways to smuggle their dubious advertisements into large advertising networks, so that they can also use the Surfing on reputable websites can appear, explain the experts.

In some cases, the cell phone even vibrates to make the user even more insecure. However, this is only a harmless Javascript effect. The false warnings are intended to frighten the user, scare them and induce them to act rashly - the fake ads are therefore so-called scareware.

In principle, apps should only be downloaded from Google's Play Store, and only those that have been available for a few days. At the same time, the experts strongly advise not to activate the "Allow apps from unknown sources" option in the security settings.

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