How To Deal With Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus Virus Infection Warnings
Messages telling you that your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus smartphone was infected with a virus are pretty common when you surf the web. Of course, if you would have an anti-virus app on your phone, you wouldn’t have to worry too much about it. But since you’re reading this article, chances are you don’t have one and you’ve been getting a lot of virus infection warnings recently, right?
Well the good news is that, in most cases, those warnings are false alarms. It could be a real virus that you will download on your smartphone if you make the mistake of clicking on it. It could also be an intrusive advertiser who gets some obscure advantages from getting as many people as possible to click on that message and download who knows what harmless app. These sorts of advertisements are getting craftier every day, relying on you not knowing enough about the matter. The important thing is to keep in mind that until you have solid proof, don’t assume your smartphone is infected just because you got a message saying it is.
Be Wary Of Fake Virus Warnings!
Rule number #1 in dealing with virus infection warnings on Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus is not to touch it! Avoid clicking on the pop-up window, avoid trying to tap on the X symbol that is supposed to close the window. Considering how small those X symbols are, most likely you will end up accessing that pop-up and moving automatically from one pop-up to another. You already know not to interact with pop-ups on your computer, and they’re basically the same on your smartphone.
The safest thing to do is to simply close the internet browser or that tab. If you can’t seem to get rid of it when you launch the browser again, you might have to clear the cache and the data of the internet app. This will delete all the usernames and passwords, as well as other previously personalized settings, but it will make the pop-up go away as well!
Clear The Cache And The Data Of Your Browser
To clear the cache and the data of the Internet browser, you will need to follow the same steps as with any other app: make it to the Application manager, tap on the app, and use the dedicated buttons.
- Go to the Home screen of your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus.
- Launch the Apps menu.
- Tap on Settings.
- Select Applications.
- Select Application Manager.
- Swipe until you make it to the All tab.
- From the list of apps, select the Internet browser that you want to clear the cache and data for.
- You’ll access a window with all its special settings:
- First, use the Force Close button to stop all of its running processes.
- Second, go to Storage.
- Tap on Clear Cache.
- Tap on Clear Data.
- Hit the Delete button.
When you leave the menus and return to your Internet browser, it will be as if you have just installed it for the first time! If you aren’t too keen on deleting your data, just clear the cache and check to see if the pop-up is still there. If it is, then just repeat the above steps to clear the data. If it is, then congratulations, you don’t need to clear your data!
Our suggestion is to stop worrying about these messages and just learn how to avoid them without laying one finger on it. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to have a decent anti-virus app in place, to block potential malware and give you some extra confidence. And the moment you launch the anti-virus app, have it scan your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus for any infection.