Despite what you may think, Android has robust security features built into it which protects us users from harmful software. With that being said however, you should note that this does not completely negate the likelihood of you getting a virus on your phone.
Also see our article Does My Android Device Need Antivirus Software?
In addition to there being some quite cleverly designed viruses out there, sometimes us end users endanger ourselves due to the activity we engage in with our devices.
By visiting dangerous sites, downloading apps with maliciously targeted permissions or even downloading apps from third party sources, we increase the chances of getting our devices infected with an antivirus.
With that being said however, we’re not trying to assign blame here. If your Android device has been infected with a virus, no matter the cause, we will be offering some solutions below which will hopefully assist you in erasing the virus from your device.
1. Manually Removal In Safe Mode
In order to begin this process, you will have to first boot your device into safe mode. Please note that the process of getting your device into safe mode will vary between devices. You will therefore need to do a little research into how to get your particular device into safe mode.
You will then need to go to Settings>Apps. You should note that this method assumes that you have a virus infected app and that you have an idea as to which app needs to be removed. Of course you would only have this kind of information after doing some research but that’s ok. If you know what you need to remove that’s a great first step.
In Settings>Apps select the app and then hit Uninstall.
Hopefully this allows you to remove that annoying virus. If not, don’t panic! We have more solutions below.
2. Manually Remove Virus With Titanium Backup.
Before we get started, please note that your device will need to be rooted in order to facilitate the use of Titanium Backup.
Rooting is another one of those things that varies from device to device so you will need to do some further research as how to achieve this for your device.
Luckily, there are several one-click tools out there which allow for easy rooting of a wide range of devices.
This method will again require you doing some research into which virus is causing you problems so that you can locate and remove it manually.
After downloading Titanium Backup, open the app and select Backup/Restore.
Next, select the suspected app and then choose the Uninstall option.
3. Scan With An Antivirus
If you don’t feel like taking the hassle to do research and to manually remove the malicious software from your phone then you always have the option of removing it with an Android antivirus app. Simply scan your device with an anitvirus app such as Avira Antivirus Security.
If your device is infected, there is a good chance that it will be detected by the app which should then be able subsequently remove it from your device.
4. Factory Reset
The factory reset as usual is the heavy-handed option which everyone dreads. This will remove all data from your phone and restore it to how it was after it left the factory. This means that your device should be completely clean and virus free after carrying out this process.
No one wants a virus on their device, but if you were unfortunate enough to have your device infected, I am hoping that we were able to help you get rid of that pesky virus.
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