Is a weird ‘bot’ draining your phone’s battery? Here’s how to find out

'Drainer Bot' may be draining your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

If you’ve noticed that your smartphone’s battery seems like it’s draining faster than normal, it may not be your imagination.

A stealth program dubbed “DrainerBot” may be the culprit.

DrainerBot is a piece of software that has been embedded in hundreds of apps in the Google Play Store. The program, which downloads hidden or invisible video ads, is linked to a major fraud campaign.

It could also be costing you big money in the form of high data overages. In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about DrainerBot and outline some steps to help you remove it.

DrainerBot: 3 things you need to know about the software that could be stealing your battery life

  • It appears to have been downloaded 10 million times
  • It can consume up to 10GBs of data per month
  • It appears to have only infected Android devices

The purpose of DrainerBot appears to be to artificially (and illegally) inflate video ad view numbers. It does that by downloading gigabytes of video ads into your smartphone.

Even though you can’t see the video ads, those views are counted. The scheme is literally costing advertisers and phone users a fortune, according to Oracle, which exposed the software in a news release.

“The DrainerBot code appears to have been distributed via an infected SDK [Software Development Kit] integrated into hundreds of popular consumer Android apps and games like ‘Perfect365,’ ‘VertexClub,’ ‘Draw Clash of Clans,’ ‘Touch ‘n’ Beat – Cinema,’ and ‘Solitaire: 4 Seasons (Full),” Oracle said in a statement.

Here are some signs that your Android device may be infected with DrainerBot

According to Oracle, here are some signs that your phone may have an app infected by DrainerBot:

  • Apps crash your phone more often and programs become sluggish
  • Your phone’s battery lasts only a short time and it’s hot to the touch
  • Your phone is using dramatically more data than it did before installing a particular app

Here are the 2 ways to stop DrainerBot on your phone

You may not know where to start when it comes to finding out which particular app may be infected with DrainerBot. So here’s what you should do:

Go to Settings > Data Usage > App Data Usage and see if any apps are using an incredibly high amount of data. If so, they may be infected with DrainerBot. Once you’ve identified the data-draining app you can:

1. Delete the app in question

or

2. Open your settings and restrict the app’s permissions

A. Go to Settings, then click on Apps.

'DrainerBot' may be killing your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

B. Scroll to the individual app you want to access.

'DrainerBot' may be killing your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

C. Click on the app and go to App Info. You should then see Permissions.

'DrainerBot' may be killing your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

D. From there, click on App Permissions and adjust it accordingly.

'DrainerBot' may be killing your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

If you find that your phone is still sluggish or your battery is still draining faster than normal, locate another app that may be taking up a large amount of your phone’s bandwidth and repeat step 1 or 2.

Use this opportunity to review your phone’s privacy and security settings. Make any adjustments so that you can have the security and privacy you need when using your phone.

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Source: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office / Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Bow Wow was arrested in Atlanta last night, early Saturday morning (Feb. 2) and charged with assault and battery. By the looks of his mugshot, we get the feeling he took an L. 

But it gets worse because of the allegation that Mr. 106 & Park put hands on a woman, his girlfriend.

Reports TMZ:

ATL cops tell TMZ … there was some sort of dispute between Bow Wow and the woman at 4:15 AM Saturday. When they arrived, the woman claimed Bow Wow assaulted her. He claimed it was the opposite.

Both Bow Wow and the woman sustained visible, minor injuries.

Police identified the woman as Leslie Holden. We cannot find any relationship between her and Bow Wow. 

Cops couldn’t figure out which one was the true aggressor, so they arrested both and charged them with misdemeanor battery.

Bow Wow’s mugshot reveals at least a few scratches on his face. His bail has reportedly been set at $ 8K.

As for his girlfriend mugshot (see on the flip), Leslie Holden aka Kiyomi Leslie looks like the victor. However, we can’t condone anyone placing their hands on someone else—domestic violence ain’t cool. Her bail was also set at $ 8K

No word from Bow Wow on his socials, yet. This guy…

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Apple’s iPhone XS is a terrific phone in so many ways, but there are a few things we’d like to see improved. Of course the biggest issue with any phone is battery life, and the same can be said of the XS. Battery life is the sort of thing you can never have enough of. While the iPhone XS can easily take you though a normal day of relatively light phone usage, there’s no way it can power through a very busy day. That’s where the UGREEN Battery Case Portable Charger comes in. It more than doubles the amount of time you can go between charges, and it’s only $ 28 right now on Amazon. The coolest thing about this particular case is that if uses wireless charging and a magnetic battery pack, so when you don’t need extra battery life you can remove the battery pack and just use the protective case part.

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That’s about everything Samsung was willing to tell us about the phone, leaving plenty of things out of this first foldable phone presentation. However, a report that talks in great detail about the future of foldable devices also shares new information about Samsung’s new phone, including camera and battery specs.

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