If your Android phone is malfunctioning, and a virus is responsible for it, you should get the virus removed. In this blog post, I will give you a step by step guide on how to perform a virus removal for Android.
Android viruses are rare, and most of the phones that get viruses get them from downloading corrupted apps.
Virus Removal For Android:
If you only download apps from the Google Play store, you will significantly decrease your chances of your phone getting infected with a virus.
The most common symptoms of an Android virus are pop-ups in the browser. In many cases, you can remove them by clearing the browser’s cache.
Clear Cache On Android:
- Go to Settings
- Clear Cache
If you’re in Google Chrome, you should do the following:
- Tap the three dots icon at the top right
- Choose Settings
- Clear Browsing Data
- Select all the options
- Tap Clear Data
After clearing the cache if the pop-ups are still there or your phone isn’t functioning correctly. The easiest way to fix the problem is to perform a factory data reset.
Before doing this you should back up your phone.
Factory Data Reset Android:
- Go to Settings
- Reset Options
- Erase all data
This may look slightly different from one Android phone to the next, but the basic concept is the same.
If you recently installed an app that you’re not sure is 100 percent trustworthy and your phone started malfunctioning, then it’s probably the app.
In many cases, the problem can be fixed by removing the app. However, if the app has given itself administrative privileges, it may be difficult to uninstall it.
Nevertheless, there are some steps you can follow which will enable you to force it out. To do it you will have to put your phone in Safe mode, remove the administrative privileges, then uninstall the app.
Safe Mode On Android:
When you put your phone in Safe mode it prevents any third-party apps from running, this also includes malware. On many phones, you can access Safe mode by doing the following things:
- Press the power button to get access to the Power off options
- Then press and hold Power off to access an option to restart in Safe mode
On other phones, you can access Safe mode by pressing and holding the volume-down button while the phone is booting up to enter Safe mode.
If neither of these options work on your phone, then you should Google “How to put (your model name) into Safe mode” and follow the directions.
When you’re in Safe mode you will see ‘Safe mode’ at the bottom of the display screen.
After entering Safe mode you should do the following:
- Go to your Settings menu
- Select Apps
- Then search for the corrupted app
If you’re not sure what app to look for, just look for anything that you don’t remember installing or anything that doesn’t look like a genuine Android app.
Remove The Administrative Privileges Then Uninstall The App
- Tap on the malicious app to go to the App info page
- Click Uninstall
In most cases, this is all you have to do to remove a virus, however, sometimes you may see the Uninstall button is greyed out. This happens when the virus has given itself Device administrator status.
You must exit the Apps menu, then find the Device Administrators menu within the settings. To do this you should do the following:
- Go to Settings
- Other Security
- Device Admin Apps
After doing this you will see a list of apps on your phone which has administrator status. You must uncheck the box for the app you want to remove, then tap Deactivate on the following screen.
After doing this you will be able to return to the apps menu and remove the app. Upon removing the virus you must restart your phone to take it out of Safe mode.
If you did everything I mentioned above and your phone is still acting up, this may be due to a new software update. Or maybe your phone is old and it’s time for an upgrade.
However, if you followed the steps above and you were able to successfully remove the virus and you’re happy with the way your phone is working.
Then you need to take some steps to prevent this from happening again in the future.
Prevent Future Android Viruses And Malware:
To protect your phone in the future you must install an antivirus app, Norton Mobile Security work well. There are a few more things you should consider doing to prevent something like this from happening again in the future.
Avoid installing apps from outside Google Play unless you’re absolutely sure that you know what you’re doing. The ability to do this is disabled by default. However, to make sure you should do the following:
- Go to Settings
- Tap on Security
Then make sure the Unknown Sources option is disabled. If you would like to install an app outside of Google Play. You should be absolutely sure that you are installing it from a legitimate source, not a fake website.
Avoid installing cloned apps on your phone. Most of the apps on Google Play are safe, however, there are some malicious apps there.
You should avoid installing any apps that may appear to be cloned from unknown developers. Or any apps that don’t do what they claim to do.
You must check the app permissions. Regardless of where you may be installing the app from, you should check its required permissions before installing it.
You should never allow an app to have device admin permission. This will prevent you from uninstalling it. You should also check online reviews and browse the developer’s website to find out whether or not it’s genuine.
Make sure your Android operating system is up to date. This concludes my list of tips for Virus Removal.
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