The Three Most Common Internet Viruses

A computer can obtain a virus, malware, or spyware without their owner even realizing it. Sometimes, the simple act of visiting a website is enough to contract a virus while in other cases internet users unwittingly download viruses by clicking false links that install the bad code. In order to protect your PC, internet users need to understand the most common threats.

That’s why, we have created an infographic that will show you three of the most common Internet viruses so you know how to detect them before it gets bad. (Read in our blog: Internet Viruses: A Preventable Threat)

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Be Suspicious with App Permissions

A few weeks ago I went camping in the woods with my husband, we were surrounded by the peace and beauty of old trees and amazing landscapes. However, as any person who has camped knows, the nights, though starry and calming, can also be intimidating in the silence and darkness of the wildness.

In that opportunity, we brought everything we needed for our experience in nature: tent, sleeping bag and even food containers to prevent bears from getting into our supply. However, we failed to bring a flashlight, so we pulled out our mobile devices and downloaded one from the app store.

Being in nature, away from rush hour and a busy work schedule, we actually had the time to think about the permissions some apps require. While I understand every app needs some kind of permissions to do its job, I realized when taking the time to actually pay attention to these permissions that some are over the top and questionable.

In our case, we needed a simple flashlight for our dark night in the woods and it should only need access to the camera in order to turn the flash on. At first we were surprise to find out that some developers in the app store were asking for access to my contacts, ID & call information, photos/media/files, Wi-Fi information, amongst other things, all this for a flashlight?

At this point, I realized that if I was in the middle of a hectic day or stuck in rush hour, I would have hit the Accept button to all kinds of nonsensical app permissions thus potentially allowing malware to infect my device.

Nature has the capability to clear our lungs from pollution and our minds from vain distractions and thanks to that I learned that the best protection and security is grated first by everyone’s common sense and attention. So, be aware.

Ransomware Alert: Mobile Phone Abduction

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Hollywood has a history of obsession with the thriller and horror movies based on kidnappings. A common plot line is for a crime syndicate to abduct a person and then demand a large amount of money for their return. Such schemes rarely work in the movies, they are constantly thwarted by an A-list hero, but hackers have taken the idea of abduction and applied it to their malware with greater success.
Ransomware is a specific type of malware that locks a user out of their phone and demands a monetary payment in order for the user to regain access. The practice started on Windows computers, but in recent years cybercriminals have begun to target mobile phones. Spurred by success, the rate of Ransomware infections is increasing and as long as the trap is profitable, Ransomware will never go away.

How Ransomware Works

Although Ransomware is a relatively new type of malware, the delivery of the malicious files relies largely on well established means. Ransomware is typically disguised as a Trojan and gains access to a system when they are accidently downloaded. On mobile devices, the most common hiding place for Ransomware is in apps. In the past, video player apps, adult entertainment apps, and software updates have all played cover for Ransomware while the bad program delivers the payload.
In terms of malware, the payload is the code that infects the device and performs the harmful action. Ransomware locks a user out of their own phone and there are three primary ways it does this.

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1. Fake Police Alerts – A warning page appears on the screen and locks itself, explaining that the authorities (FBI, Department of Defense, Cyber Crime Center, etc.) have discovered illegal activities on the phone.

2. Lock Screen – The Ransomware infiltrates the phone’s lock screen, and appoints itself or trick the user into making it the device administrator. Then the malware prevents the user from using the phone until payment is made.

3. File Encryption – Data is scrambled and people receive a ransom note saying, “Your phone has been encrypted. Pay $300 to us and we will give you the key.”

Payloads vary slightly, but in all cases Ransomware leverages a person’s data against them and demands money, usually between $200 and $500. Some of the most successful Ransomware have stolen millions of dollars and they include the programs Koler, Simplelocker, and CryptoLocker among many others.

What to Do if You Are Victimized

First of all, because Ransomware is not in the Google Play Store, phones must be set to “allow apps from unknown sources” for Ransomware to be downloaded. However, people approve apps for download all the time, and if you are infected with Ransomware, removal is difficult but possible. Here are the options:

1. Pay the Ransom – Obvious but not a favorable choice

2. Factory Reboot – Complete restart that results in a loss of all data and photos

3. Enter “Safe Mode,” Remove Ransomware as Device Administrator, Uninstall Ransomware

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How to Prevent Ransomware

The best defense against Ransomware and other form of malware is to prevent them from ever accessing your phone. One way to protect your phone is to install an antivirus app that has the ability to scan files in real time. This means that apps, websites, and zip files will be checked out before they are downloaded, and if malware is detected, then you will be alerted. No coincidently, Android Security Suite is designed to do just that; vet everything for malicious software before it becomes an issue. With Android Security Suite on your phone, you don’t have to worry about Ransomware, I guess you could say we are the preemptive hero of your personal hostage film.

Internet Viruses: A Preventable Threat

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Computer viruses are nasty agents that can compromise personal information, cost a lot of money, and ruin machines.


Cough, cough. It isn’t flu season yet, but winter is just around the corner. Viruses such as the flu become more common during winter months because people spend more time indoors which makes the transfer of nasty bugs easier. Unfortunately, when it comes to computers, viruses are always in season and the internet is a hotbed of infection.
The scary truth is that a computer can obtain a virus, malware, or spyware without their owner even realizing it. Sometimes, the simple act of visiting a website is enough to contract a virus while in other cases internet users unwittingly download viruses by clicking false links that install the bad code. Computer viruses are nasty agents that can compromise personal information, cost a lot of money, and ruin machines. In order to protect your PC, internet users need to understand the most common threats, how to detect them, and, most importantly, how to avoid them.

How Can I Get a Virus From a Website?

The computer science behind a virus is actually quite simple. A virus is a piece of code or a program that can copy itself and runs without approval from the computer owner. There are dozens of different ways that you can get a virus from a website, some of the usual suspects are e-mail scams, torrent sharing, and video downloads.
When you visit a website, your web browser automatically reads, interprets, and displays the content for you. Unfortunately, there are deficiencies in all programs, including web browsers called “exploits.” These exploits are targeted by hackers as easy ways to spread their evil creations. That is how a computer can become infected without a person doing anything. Just by doing its job, a web browser can expose a computer to a virus.
Beyond automatic infection, viruses can be hidden within other files or disguised as other programs entirely. Torrent sites, which are popular for sharing pirated video and audio files, are a very high risk environment because they are not moderated. Anyone can upload files for download, including hackers.
Similar tactics are used to disguise viruses in other files. Pop-up ads, fake security breach warnings, and software updates are all common hiding places for malware. Watching pornography is another famous threat to computer integrity but is safe compared to the torrent sites. Many porn websites, like it or not, are businesses with an interest in maintaining a safe website, and therefore screen their files for viruses.

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Never download something that you do not trust, never download something that you have not read, and try to avoid threatening websites.

What Kinds of Viruses Are Common?

There are as many different types of viruses as there are routes to infection, but the three most common are called Trojans, botnets, and fake anti-virus software known as “scareware.”

Trojans – These are programs that take their name from the Trojan horse and are anything that is disguised to be something else. Download a Trojan and it will download its accompanying virus to your computer.

Botnets – A botnet is a network of infected PC’s that hackers use for a variety of evil tasks. Most recognizably, botnets are responsible for the majority of spam e-mails which are used by fraudsters to phish for personal information.

Scareware – A pop-up appears on your computer screen: WARNING! Your computer is infected. Download this program now to “protect” yourself. If you click on the pop-up your computer most certainly will become infected.

What Can I Do To Protect Myself?

The number one way that computer users can protect themselves is with common sense and awareness. Never download something that you do not trust, never download something that you have not read, and try to avoid threatening websites.
Besides policing your online behavior, antivirus software can remove existing viruses and help to detect online threats in the future. Another step that internet users can take is keeping software up to date. Most software updates are released to increase security and reduce vulnerability by closing exploits.

The bad news is that viruses are everywhere on the web. The good news is that they can, in large part, be prevented. Take care to protect yourself by updating software and browsing responsibly, it’s Vitamin-C for your computer.

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The State of the Art Scanning Engine that Bulldozes Mobile Malware

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Studies have shown that at least 16 million mobile devices were infected with malware in 2014, and the numbers are only growing. Banking information, contacts and passwords are the main targets that hackers are willing to exploit without mobile users’ knowledge. The need for reliable antimalware software is imperative to protect mobile users data and block malware from getting onto the devices.

Viruses and other threats can get into your device via downloads, videos, webpages or apps. Few antimalware applications will detect them. When downloading an antimalware/antivirus for Android devices, make sure it breaks apart your apps, files and zip files to scan for possible threats. Also, look for the ones that have the capability of scanning for both Android and Windows viruses in order to prevent spreading infected files from your Android device to your home computer.

One app that does it all is Android Security Suite, its state of the art scanning engine will protect your passwords, identity, bank account info and other personal data on your Android devices. Protect your device today with reliable, free software you can trust.

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With a three-pronged approach, our comprehensive security app keeps all of your valuable information safe from malicious activity.

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3. Browsing protection: Android Security Suite protects you while you surf the web. Real Time Protection means that you are covered, even when you’re browsing. Malware can easily infect your Android device’s browser, but Real Time Protection easily detects websites that are embedded with viruses and malware.

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The Hidden Threats in Our Apps: Are Smartphones Safe from Viruses and Malware? Probably Not.

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Since smartphones first burst onto the scene and starting gathering steam, very few owners have thought seriously about the viruses and malware that might be lurking in their phone’s operating system. Pre-smartphone, a phone was just a phone, incapable of being overtaken by malware and not really a serious target, since little to no data was stored on the device. Today’s smartphones are, however, more like computers than they are like the first generation of flip phones we all once had.

As users continue to rely more and more on their mobile devices (and less and less on laptops and computers), these smartphones are becoming bigger targets for hackers. It’s a common misconception that antivirus for Android operating systems does more harm than good. It’s true, these programs used to be clunky, battery-sucking nightmares. Today’s mobile antivirus is streamlined. But is it even necessary?

In the most recent Internet Security Report, put together by Symantec, it is reported that there are more than a million apps that are classified as malware available on the market right now. In 2014 alone, forty-six new families of malware just for Android were introduced. Without some kind of antivirus for Android, most users will be completely open to nasty malware.

As hackers are becoming more aggressive, users are becoming more flippant. All smartphone operating systems now have an app where you can store credit card, password, and personal information for easy use for online and in-app purchases. Shopping on mobile devices is becoming more and more popular, which means more and more users are entering their payment information into their mobile phones. This is all information that an aggressive malware app can scrape out of the phone and send back to its designers.

What is malware and why should we fear it? According to that same Symantec report, malware is any program designed to do harm. It covers viruses, Trojans, and worms—all of which can be blocked with the use of an antivirus app. Aside from these commonly known types of malware, there are more and more threats being introduced by malicious programs every year. One of the newest families includes Grayware, which are programs that do not contain viruses but are classified as annoying or harmful by the users. Dialers, adware, and joke programs all fall into this category.

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Example of Madware in you device.

Another new category is Madware, which involves using aggressive programming to imbed advertising in the photos and calendars on your phone. These programs can also send push notifications to your phone and may even replace an existing ringtone with an advertisement. While not always damaging, both Grayware and Madware have the potential to be used by malicious programmers to scrape data from your phone and are, in and of themselves, annoying. If you’ve experienced either of these two new families of malware, you know that they can make your phone just as unusable as a piece of programming intentionally designed to harm your phone.

How do you identify these types of malware? Look for the following signs on your mobile device:

Send content – These programs will often utilize spam, premium SMS, and black hat SEO techniques to encourage you to send their content to your device.

Adware/Annoyance – Threats like these will use annoying popups and will send unwanted push notifications to your phone in an attempt to get you to click on their link, either for advertising or malicious purposes.

Reconfigure device – Many threats will automatically change your user settings in order to give themselves greater access to your data. Watch out for programs that ask for access to these types of settings.

More traditional threats – There are now downloaders, Trojans, Hack tools, and DDoS utilities made specifically to target you mobile device and the data it contains. These will often trigger a security alert.

Steal information – Any program that steals your data, from your media files to passwords to banking information is a malicious program that you do not want on your device

Track user – Many types of malware will track users’ locations.

Most mobile users walk a thin line. They want to keep their data safe, but they also want to have access to fun apps. Most people are more than willing to allow an app that they really want to have access to their personal information, especially if that app is free. That Symantec report found that most users think they know what they are agreeing to when they download an app, but that few really understand even the most basic app permission policies or how apps behave—more than 50% didn’t realize that apps can track their location in real time.

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It’s important to pay attention to your device, listen to what it is telling you, and to take action when you notice a pattern. It is more important now than ever to have the right antivirus for Android, to protect your device in real time and prevent apps, mobile websites, and files from harming you or your device.

Mobile Cloud Labs CEO on Android Security Suite Release

Mobile cloud labs will release one of the most advanced anti-malware apps for the Android mobile platform, Android Security Suite.
Mobile Cloud Labs CEO, Richard Sylvester, answered some questions with details about this upcoming release in the following interview.

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Android Security Suite is a completely secure and comprehensive solution where Android users can protect their devices from malicious viruses, malware and apps that could potentially steal their information or damage their system.

If you’re an Android owner, you deserve top-of-the-line protection for your investment. Here are just a few of the amazing features our security suite offers:

• Automatic scanning of your system, including apps and files
• Scans for both Android and Windows viruses to prevent spreading between devices
• When enabled, our Suite’s deep scan breaks apps apart and looks at their contents
• When enabled, our Suite breaks zip files apart and looks at their contents (unique)
• Real-time detection scans new apps and updates
• Real-time detection also scans new files and changes to files (unique)
• When enabled, our Suite protects your browsing against malicious websites

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Mobile Cloud Labs’ team is moving forward in the development of Android Security Suite. What’s new?

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Mobile Cloud Labs’ team meeting in 2015. In the photo, from left to right: Tray Houston, Vaidas Barauskas, Brian McCauley and Richard Sylvester.

Even though Mobile Cloud Labs’ team is spread around the world, the company made it possible for our directors, designers, marketing staff and software developers to meet in the United Stated to work on the development of Android Security Suite, the most advanced antivirus for android.

Unlike our competitors, Android Security Suite integrates several solutions to protect Android devices to the fullest extent. Our team expects to release the first version in the second quarter of 2015 and assures that our antivirus solution brings state of the art technology never seen in an Android antivirus app before.

What’s new in this release?

As any advanced antivirus, Android Security Suite will protect your Android device from cybercriminals that try to steal your passwords, identity, bank account info and other personal data. However, what is unique is that our state of the art engine scans not only apps but files for known viruses, malware and other cyber threats, something few competitors do.

What sets Android Security Suite apart is that the engine scans for both Android and Windows threats. This feature prevents viruses and other threats from spreading between devices and is so strong that if you enable the deep scan options it will break apart apps and zip files in real time to look for possible threats.

On top of this, Android Security Suite’s real time protection is one of the strongest in the industry and will monitor your app installs, apps updates and changes to your files, something very few do. You can also enable the “safe browsing“ option to protect from malicious websites and potential scams.

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Android Security Suite videos in App will show the most advanced features of our antivirus engine.

Additionally, in our application as well as our web channels, users will be able to find videos explaining the most relevant features of our engine such as Zip File Scan, Deep Scanning and Advanced Real Time Protection. We also had special T-Shirts made specifically for our actors and actresses in the videos and are giving some away for free, just contact us at: info@mobilecloudlabs.com and ask for your free shirt (while supplies last).

With this release, Mobile Cloud Labs looks to offer users across the world valuable android applications starting with the antivirus solution. With Android Security Suite, anyone can “Savor the protection of Android Security Suiteness“.