HummingBad malware infects 10M Android phones; here's how to get rid of it

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: An attendee inspects the new Nexus 5X phone during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: An attendee inspects the new Nexus 5X phone during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Bad news, Android users: A new type of malware has infected 10 million Android phones worldwide, including 288,800 in the United States. 
Here's what you need to know about HummingBad:

What is it? CNET reports that the software "can take root in your phone, collecting your personal data and making it act like you've clicked on ads you haven't," according to Check Point Security.

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Is it on my phone? CNET suggests using security apps such as Check Point's Zone AlarmLookout Security & AntivirusAVG AntiVirus and Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus to detect whether the malware is on your device.

How do I delete it? Unless you're a cybersecurity expert, the only way to get rid of HummingBad is to do a factory reset, CNET reports.

How can I avoid it? "Don't download apps from untrusted stores," Dan Wiley, Check Point's head of incident response, told CNET. In other words, stick to the Google Play store.

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