Do you know how to remove a virus on an Android device? Although these devices are currently more modern, they have a greater number of useful tools and are more intelligent, they do not escape the sad reality of being victims of some virus that is hidden inside an application. Fortunately, if you get infected and still turn on, there are several options to save your phone.
We show you step by step how to remove a virus on an Android device and what alternatives you should use to prevent it from happening again.
Turn off the device until you discover the details
Once you are sure that your phone is being attacked by some type of malware, you should press and hold the phone's on and off button.
With this, it is not that you are going to prevent the virus or malware from causing more damage, but you can prevent the problem from getting worse and you can stop any attempt to access the nearest networks.
In addition, you have time to think and investigate. Do you know the application infected with malware? Do you know what other types of software may have been downloaded without your consent?
If not, access another computer and look for symptoms (such as the new applications you tried) to reduce the problem. If you cannot find the infected application, you cannot eliminate it and the problem persists.
Also, anti-malware applications can help identify which app is causing problems and some may even remove infected software.
However, it also gives your phone access to the Internet again, which implies some risk.
Switch to Safe or Emergency Mode while working
When you turn on the device again, switch to safe mode first. This will help limit the damage that the infected application has done or can do.
In most Android devices, you can switch to safe mode by pressing and holding the power button for a couple of seconds once the device is on.
In this way, the option appears in safe mode, emergency mode or similar words. Choose this mode and wait for the phone to restart before continuing.
Note: If you can't find out what is causing your malware problem, even after downloading a security application, ask a professional for help and you should clean your phone. This is undoubtedly the best strategy.
Go to Settings and find the application
Visit the Settings section on your Android device.
The settings usually have a cone shaped gear, but that sometimes depends on the phone.
In Settings or Options, scroll to the Applications section and enter. Find a list of all your current applications.
You may need to select Application Manager to locate the complete list. Once you are there, scroll until you find the infected application.
Select the application and then the Uninstall or Force Close options should appear (you cannot uninstall the main applications, you just have to disable them, but these applications are unlikely to be the problem).
Remove the infected application and anything else suspicious
You will simply have to choose Uninstall and your Android device should remove the application in question.
It is also a good idea to check the list of applications and uninstall other suspicious downloads. If you have not looked at this list before, you may be surprised at some of the things that your device has been able to download automatically.
Note: In some cases, you cannot simply uninstall the application. Some of the smartest malware / ransomware access the administrator settings and get special protection to avoid this.
Fortunately, this is usually easy to fix. You will have to go back to the menu Configuration original and scroll down to Lock Screen and Security (or a similar section). In the Security menu, look for a section that says ?Phone administrators (device)?.
You may have to visit Other security settingsFirst, depending on how your menu is configured. In Phone Administrators, you should be able to activate the ability to remove malicious software from Android.
Download a good malware protection
A vulnerable Android device deserves protection, without a doubt. To do this, there are a number of security applications that you can download and help protect your phone, search for viruses and get rid of junk files and any potentially infected software.
When you have finished manually removing the infected application, you should use a security program to help you solve any future problems. There are many options in this field: you can try software such as 360 Security, or Avast Security, or AVG Antivirus from the Google store. And you can also take a look at our other Android security recommendations.
Although it sounds obvious, it is also a good idea to keep your Android device constantly updated. When we forget any update, that can pose risks and leave our Android phones exposed to attacks.
* Updated by Daniel Matus from October 25, 2019.