The latest on PC spy software detection
This subject repeatedly comes up on the forums dedicated to IT security or assistance; this shows once again that the security of mobile and fixed equipment is an increasingly topical issue
, together with the flaws in antivirus software.
Spy software programs
are designed to monitor
and obtain information about compromised devices, with the monitoring being carried out through a software or web interface.
Do you think that you’ve been infected with a PC spy software program? Or by a spy program on your smartphone? This article will tell you how to spot and eliminate them.
How to detect spy software on mobile devices
It’s a fact that mobile spying through stealthy applications is hugely on the rise.
This type of spyware is used both by professionals, to monitor company employees for example, and by private individuals (for spying on their spouses
, tracking their children by GPS
, or reassuring themselves about possible unfaithfulness in their relationship).
A good spy software program will be difficult to detect manually
, so you will need to use one or more specialized programs to be sure.
The steps for detecting spy software on your phone
First of all, check the speed of the phone
designed to monitor a smartphone will always cause a larger battery drain
than normal. Simply because it will make demands on the CPU and use the network to send its data to the person who installed it. This type of software will thereby cause the device to slow down
to varying degrees.
You may thus be alerted by a sudden change in speed, and if you haven’t touched anything yourself, it’s possible that you may have been infected by spyware
It should be said though that this difference must be significant if you’re to be sure that the phone is behaving suspiciously.
Upgrading the operating system
If you have a smartphone, a software upgrade or even a complete reinstallation
of the system will guarantee you an almost systematic disinfection of any spyware.
This is because it will either be overwritten by the new OS and not function properly, or simply erased when the device is reset to factory settings.
-> If you have an Android, read this article on how to update and reset Android
-> If you have an iPhone, see how to reinstall iOS
If your device is old
In this case, there’s no way
of removing any spyware that has been previously installed on it, you will have to change your mobile.
To check whether you may have been infected, look to see if you’ve received a blank MMS message: these can be a hacking technique to discreetly install spyware remotely.
So keep a careful eye on your messages!