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Malware on Android phones can make you miserable. Here’s how to prevent it or deal with a malicious app.

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Android malware often tries to trick you. A mobile app called Ads Blocker, for instance, bills itself as a useful service for cutting back on pesky mobile ads, which sometimes pop up to cover your screen just when you’re about to access something important. But users quickly found the app was nothing less than malware that just served up more ads, according to security researchers.

It’s just one example of malware that can frustrate Android phone users, plaguing them with ads that the creators get paid to display, even when users are looking at unrelated apps. Malware often also harvests fake clicks on the ads, doubling up on the value for the makers.

“They’re making money,” said Nathan Collier, a researcher at internet security
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