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How to remove Virus from Android Phones?

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How to remove Virus from Android Phones?
The biggest problem I see with Android is the security issue with the OS. Android gets infected with viruses. Mainly virus get installed via third-party apps. But you should be careful while judging your smartphone for the virus, those popping up virus notification ads are not the real justifier of your device virus, they just want you to download some app.

In this article, we are going to talk about the points which will help you understand how your device get infected? And how you can remove them from your device?

Step 1: Don’t get panic when you see ads saying “your device has virus”

First of all, it's worth pointing out that it's unlikely that your Android phone or tablet has a virus. What you're more likely to be seeing is an ad that wants to convince you Android is infected and you need to download an app or a dodgy pop-up, or perhaps your device is just misbehaving. But viruses for Android do exist.
If you're sure your device has a virus, read on to find out how to remove it.

Step 2: Protect your device from virus

All Android viruses are delivered via apps installed on your device, so if your phone or tablet doesn't already have a virus, the best way to avoid it is to be very careful which apps you install. A rule of thumb - unless you know what you're doing - is to never install software outside of the Google Play app store, and by default your phone- or tablet settings will be configured to prevent this.

It's also true of the Ghost Trojan, malware that appeared some two years ago but still nearly half of all Android devices are vulnerable to it. At its peak it was known to infect up to 600,000 Android users per day, running a malicious DEX file that can root devices and run malicious processes, install apps, display ads and steal your personal information. The Ghost Trojan can be installed when users install apps from outside Google Play, but it affects only devices running Android Lollipop or older.

Step 3: Install Anti-Virus

Install an antivirus app, there are plenty of free Android antivirus apps are available that are able to detect and remove malicious apps, for example, 360 Mobile Security, Avast, and Lookout. These all include an app scanner that will seek out anything dodgy but notes that these apps can also trigger false-positives - report an app you've been using for months as malware when you know it's fine. In most cases, you can simply ignore these alerts. Also, again with Gunpowder in mind, these apps may not pick up on malicious behavior if the app is able to hide it from them - Gunpowder uses the Airpush adware library to conceal that behavior. 

If you believe you already have a virus on your Android phone or tablet - perhaps one that is resisting your attempts to uninstall the associated app or even let you bypass the lock screen - a factory reset will remove it, returning your device to its out-of-the-box state. But doing so also means you'll lose everything on your phone that's not backed up. Instead, follow the below steps to remove a virus from Android.

Step 4: Remove a virus from Android by running device in safe mode

Put your phone or tablet into Safe mode. This prevents any third-party apps running, including any malware. On many devices you can press the power button to access the power off options, then press and hold Power off to bring up an option to restart in Safe mode. If this doesn't work for your device then you should Google 'How to put [your model name] into Safe mode' and follow the instructions. When in Safe mode you'll see 'Safe mode' at the bottom left of the screen.

Step 5: Check your device, if it is affected by virus

Open your Settings menu and choose Apps, then make sure you're viewing the Downloaded tab. If you don't know the name of the virus you think has infected your Android phone or tablet, go through the list and look for anything dodgy-looking or that you know you haven't installed or shouldn't be running on your device. 

Must Read: Four ways you can protect your Android device from Malware

Step 6: Uninstall the affected app

Tap on the malicious app to open the App info page, then click Uninstall. In most cases, this is all you need to do to remove the virus, but occasionally you might find the Uninstall button is greyed out. This is because the virus has given itself Device administrator status.

Exit the Apps menu and tap on Settings, Security, Device Administrators. Here you'll find a list of any apps on your phone or tablet with administrator status. Simply untick the box for the app you want to remove, then tap Deactivate on the next screen. You should now be able to return to the apps menu and remove that app.

With the virus now off your Android phone or tablet, all you need to is restart the device to take it out of Safe mode. Now that it's working correctly it's a good time to back up whatever important data you have stored on the device, and install an Android antivirus app to protect you from any future viruses that come your way.

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