Despite the security efforts deployed by Google, the Android mobile OS is not immune to viruses and other malware of all kinds. Fortunately, deleting these harmful files is an easy task. Here’s how.
Most of the time they contaminate your device during the installation of a third-party thief application. To delete them, it is necessary to put the device in Safe mode, delete the administrator statuses and uninstall the infected application. As a last resort, factory restoration may be essential. Through this article, learn step by step how to remove a virus from your Android tablet or smartphone.
Eliminating viruses is only one of the steps to properly protect your personal data on your mobile devices . We give you lots of other tips in our dedicated tutorial.
Step 1: Make sure it is a virus
First of all, it should be noted that the chances of your Android device actually being affected by a virus are very slim. Most of the time, it is more of an advertisement that tries to convince you that your tablet is infected and that you absolutely must download a specific application. However, Android viruses do exist, and here’s how to get rid of them.
How to avoid viruses?
Even if Android viruses are mainly transmitted by applications, it is still possible to avoid them . Therefore, it is essential to pay close attention to the applications that you download. As a precaution, never download apps outside of the Google Play Store. The Gunpoder virus, for example, is hidden in a Nintendo emulator that cannot be downloaded from the official store.
Unfortunately, some viruses are also disseminated in applications offered on the Play Store. This is the case of the Godless virus, hidden in copies of applications that seem at first sight authentic. This virus can then root the device and download other potentially dangerous software. The only way to avoid such malware is to verify that you know not only the application you want to install, but also its developer (if in doubt do an Internet search).
Step 2: Configure your tablet to enhance security
To make sure you don’t inadvertently download apps from Google Play, open the settings, look for the Security tab, and verify that the Unknown Sources option allows the device to download apps outside of the Google store, is disabled. If you really want to install an application from an unknown source, carefully check the permissions it requests, look for reviews on the internet, and visit the developer’s official website to see if it is serious.
You can also install an antivirus application capable of detecting and removing harmful applications. Among the best references, there are 360 Mobile Security, Avast and Lookout. These three software packages include an application scanner which will screen each download.
If you think you already have a virus on your phone or tablet that resists uninstallation attempts, the radical solution is to perform a factory restore. However, all of your data will also be lost. Here is the procedure to follow to avoid going to this last resort.
Step 3: Restart in Safe Mode
Put your tablet or smartphone in Safe mode, to prevent the launch of a third-party application. To do this, you usually only need to press the Power button to open the shutdown menu, then press and hold the Power button to display an option to restart in Safe mode. If this method does not work, search on Google how to put your specific tablet model in Safe mode.
Step 4: Look for suspicious apps
Open the Settings, and choose Applications, then the Downloaded tab. If you do not know the name of the virus that affects your Android tablet or smartphone, and look in the list for any suspicious items, or those that you do not remember installing voluntarily.
Step 5: Uninstall the app
Select the suspicious application, open the information page, and choose Uninstall. In many cases, the Uninstall button may be disabled. The reason is that the virus has assigned itself the status of administrator of the device.
Step 6: Remove device administrator status
Exit the applications menu, then go to Settings, Security, Device administrator. Here You will find a list of all applications installed on the device and which have administrator privileges. Uncheck the box for the application you want to delete.now you can uninstall the application as you uninstall any other apps..
All you have to do is restart the tablet or smartphone to exit Safe Mode. Take your precautions for the future by backing up all the important data stored on your device and installing an Antivirus application.