Although the term Android virus is not yet common and most users have not been experiencing malware invasion on their gadgets, but those who have knows it could be a real pain in the ass. Common on, your Android smartphone contains most of your personal details, it houses some sensitive and handy info about you. Therefore, it is wise to protect it from virus attack.
Generally, Android phones don’t get infected easily by a virus, however, this can occur especially when downloading apps from third-party retailers outside the Google play store. But that does not mean your safety is guaranteed because you don’t download outside the store. As a matter of fact, it has been recorded that over the past few months, some dodgy apps containing malicious programs have been downloaded from the store over half a million times by unsuspecting users.
How do you know your Android device is infected by a virus
Yes, malware infections can present itself in different ways, but the common symptoms for Android or smartphone devices include some of the following.
- Unauthorized ad pop-ups.
- slack running of app or programs.
- App crashing intermittently.
- The appearance of unfamiliar files and apps.
- Sites being redirected to pornsite or irrelevant webpages. etc.
Note also, that this infection can lead to phone overheating and faster drainage of battery life. In most cases, data usage might also skyrocket.
So, if you have noticed your phone exhibiting some of the characteristics above, then it’s time to rid it off any form of android virus infection.
How to Get Rid of Android Virus – The Guide
1. The first thing to do is to uninstall any unfamiliar app on your smartphone.
2. Next, go to the file manager and delete all junk files. These infectious viruses take solace in the junk file. So, it is not nice to allow them to pile up, keep deleting them from time to time.
3. Clear browser cache by following the prompts below;
- Go to Apps & Notification on your device.
- Select your browser type.
- From the next option displayed, tap on storage.
- Next, tap on clear cache.
This will clear your browser history and all suspecting virus will be cleared as well.
4. After you must have done the manual cleanup, it is time to install an anti-virus on your device. It is advisable to always download apps from a trusted source to avoid getting infected a second time.
Depending on the type of anti-virus you opted for, you may be required to launch and authorize it with your device. If so, kindly do so… Meanwhile, if you are not sure of any suitable one for your device, here is a list of the best anti-virus for getting rid of any android virus.
Furthermore, some infectious viruses attack may have gone too deep in your android device. In most cases giving itself some administrative task. Yes, this is because most hackers leverage this to gain access to the phone and control the continuous pop ads to appear and by so doing generate income at the expense of their host.
Have you not noticed that, at some point, your data bill or call bill just seems to be on the rise? – Yes, it could be as a result of what I termed ‘deep effect of the android virus’
However, there’s no need to worry because I have carefully included here, how to get rid of it.
How to Remove stubborn Android Virus
1. Enter the safe mode on your device. You can do this by press holding the volume-down while rebooting the phone. Meanwhile, for some android version, you can enter the safe mode by going to the power options and tapping on safe mode.
2. Once your phone is on safe mode, you now go to Settings and tap on App & Notifications.
3. From the list of apps that will appear, scroll down to identify the ones you don’t remember installing, tap on it to open its app info and if it’s not a factory preinstalled app, it will show an uninstall button, tap on it and get it uninstalled.
4. In some cases, the uninstall button may not respond. If so, do not panic, simply go to Settings and tap on Security & Location and subsequently tap on Device admin apps. From the list here you may be able to uninstall any app.
Now, if you’ve tried all the above and your phone is still misbehaving, then its time to apply the factory reset. Note, however, that this option may wipe all data on your phone. Therefore, you may need to back them up in the cloud storage before you continue. Goodluck.