Android virus is the group of numerous malware infections that exclusively target Android devices. A malware is a virus which steals data from user mobile and send it to its original creator through internet. Virus can get downloaded during file downloads or can be sent through Suspicious Apps. Yet we never know when a virus enters our phone. So the only way to avoid virus is by keeping the phone disconnected from internet. But internet has become the basic need for every mobile user so keeping it disconnected is not an option. But we do have the option to remove the accidentally entered virus from our phone. There are antivirus apps that should be kept in mobile for these kind of emergency. Other than that you can also remove them by some traditional steps mentioned below. So lets learn how to inspect and remove unwanted virus from your android mobile.
Do my phone has virus?
How to determine whether a device is infected or not? If you phone is suddenly becoming slow after any downloads, app installation or using excess amount of data then it is for sure that it is infected. Android phones without antivirus will never notify you about the virus. So it is recommended to keep the backup of you data regularly to avoid such situations.
How to remove virus from our phone?
The safest way to remove any virus from your phone is by restarting it in safe mode. A safe mode could be enabled while long pressing restart option on your phone. Restart option is opened while pressing the power key on your phone. If the steps are followed correctly then you will get a message showing Reboot to safe mode.
After entering the safe mode, go to Settings > Apps and find the suspicious App and then click on uninstall. If the App is not showing uninstall option then that App would be having the admin access. For removing the admin access go to Settings > Security > Device administrators and deselect any unwanted apps from the list.
After doing the above process again restart your device. And once your restart the device it will take some time to load up, but you will find that the unwanted App has been uninstalled and now your mobile is again back to its original speed for processing request.
Factory Resetting the Phone
Another method to remove the virus from memory is by doing a factory reset. A factory reset will erase all the settings, application and files that user has modified on the android device and revert the phone back to its factory condition state.
A factory reset is a life saver when apps keeps on crashing after restart or when the phone continuously goes in to hang state. If your data is backed up then this is the best solution for removing any malware from accessing the phone.
Steps for factory reset
- Open the Settings.
- Go to System > Reset options > Erase all data (factory reset)
- Depending on different version of OS the above option may be under Backup & Reset > Factory Data Reset & Reset Option
- Then you will be asked to enter the pin for security reasons.
- After that a confirmation is asked and the process starts.
Avoiding Virus Situations
There are many ways by which we can keep an eye on virus situation. We know that virus will steal away your data and even make the phone process slow. So it is quite important to keep in mind the following steps that we are going to tell you.
- Keep your phone up to date with security patches from Google.
- Never install third party application if you have minimum knowledge about their functionality.
- Read all permission that is asked by any new Application during install.
- Always use an antivirus for your android phone.
- Never try to root or use any kind of rooted apps.
- Always enable the Google Play Protect service. This service will regularly scan for threats in installed apps.
- Avoid the use of Cloning Apps. They will surely create a Malware and affect your system.
The most important thing when it comes to your phone is the security. The security should always be of high standard. The apps which are available on Play Store are regularly scanned by Play Protect services and are safe to install. But when we try to go for third party applications we may end up inviting virus to our phone. Not every third party application is a virus, but maximum are. That’s why they are not hosted on Play Store. But with the Android 8.0 Oreo update the unknown source installation has been deleted. So now you need to have an APK file to install these Apps.