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How to eliminate xHelper malware from Huawei, Samsung and Xiaomi smartphones

A cyber threat that has affected several Android smartphone models

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<p>There is one <strong>cyber threat</strong> which has been continuing to hit a good number of smartphones for three of the most popular brands in the Android landscape for weeks <strong>Huawei, Samsung and Xiaomi</strong>.</p>
<p><strong>The name of this xHelper malware</strong> and subtly presents itself as a tool capable of optimizing performance when instead it has the opposite effect, compromising the normal operation of the device and exposing the user to external risks. Its particularity that <strong>opens pop-up advertising windows in exorbitant quantities</strong>, making the cell phone almost unusable.</p><div class=

In addition, it does not show any icon and is activated by taking advantage of daily expedients such as connecting the cable to power the battery, restarting the system or installing an app. He had heard of xHelper in February and immediately appeared as a rather threatening danger as apparently "immortal".

It could even survive a hard reset of the device, returning to perfect health even after erasing everything from the smartphone's memory. It succeeds thanks to the ability to reinstall themselves automatically. In short, once taken root it is very difficult to exterminate. But not impossible.

Between models which are reported as subject to malware there are Honor 8, Huawei P10 Lite, Huawei P9, P9 Plus and P8 Lite, Samsung Galaxy S6 and previous Galaxy S compatible with Android 7 onwards, Xiaomi Mi Max, Mi5, Mi5s, Mi5s Plus and also Asus Zenfone. These are not recent devices, but still widespread in Italy.

An extreme method is the complete re-installation of the operating system, but the prerogative of expert users. A more viable solution is that suggested by cyber security experts from Malwarebytes. Here is the procedure:

– a file manager must be installed by downloading it from Google Play;

– you install an antimalware like Malwarebytes for Android;

– disable Google Play by bypassing the re-installation of the malware by going to Settings> App> Google Play Store> Disable;

– the system is scanned with antimalware;

– open the file manager and search for files that start with "com.mufc" and are deleted (but you must not touch the Downloads folder);

– now from Settings> Apps> Google Play Store> Activate;

– restart the system.

As always, it is better to avoid downloading software outside the operating system store unless you are completely sure of the origin. Recently, iOs also suffered a serious flaw, affecting the e-mail app.

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