How to remove malware and viruses from your Android phone

Just like your computer, your Android phone can fall victim to malware. It slows down your system and creates issues that make it difficult to even use your phone. You need to shut it down quickly to protect yourself and your phone. Whether you downloaded an infected app or visited a corrupted website, there are steps you can take to remove the malware and protect your phone in the future.

How to remove malware and viruses

The first step is to find the malware on your phone. We’ll walk you through how to do it, then give you some protection options, along with some antivirus apps that you can use to restore your phone to health and keep it safe in the future.

Step 1: Stop until you find out the details.

Once you are sure that your phone is attacked by malware, press and hold the power button and turn off the phone completely. This may not stop the malware from causing damage, but it can prevent the problem from getting worse and can stop ongoing malware attempts to gain access to nearby networks.

Closure also gives you time to think and research. Do you know the specific infected application which introduced malware to your device? Do you know what other types of software it may have downloaded without your consent? If not, switch to another computer and check for your symptoms (along with any new apps you’ve tried) to narrow down the issue. If you can’t find the app that’s causing the problem, you can’t remove it.

If your search is unsuccessful, you can turn your phone back on and go to step five. Anti-malware applications can help identify the cause of your problems and may even be able to remove infected software for you. However, this will also require you to restore telephone access to the Internet again, which comes with certain risks.

2nd step: Switch to safe / emergency mode while you work.

When you turn your device back on and dive in to isolate the problematic app, first enter Safe Mode. This will help limit the damage that the infected application can cause.

Step 3: For most Android devices, you can enter Safe Mode by holding down the power button for a few seconds when your device is on, then long pressing the To extinguish option.

Step 4: This should bring up a few power options, including the option to Reboot in Safe Mode.

Choose this mode and wait for your phone to restart before continuing. If you can’t find safe mode, turn on airplane mode instead to cut your device off from all networks. You can usually find this option at the top of your notifications shadows.

To note: If you can’t find the cause of your malware problem even after downloading a security app, now is not the time to tinker with. Get professional help and if you need to wipe your phone. It’s a good strategy if increasingly widespread ransomware takes control of your phone and blocks your actions.

Step 5: Head toward Settings and find the app.

Visit Settings on your Android device. Settings usually have a gear icon, but that depends on your themes and layout – search for it if you’re having trouble finding the right spot.

Step 6: In Settings, scroll until you see the section titled applications and click on it. Look for a list of all your current apps – you may need to choose Application manager to locate the entire list.

Step 7: Once there, scroll down until you find the infected app at the center of your issues.

Step 8: Select the app, and it should bring up options for Uninstall, Force close, Where Force stop (often you can’t uninstall the main apps, only disable them, but those apps are unlikely to be the problem).

Step 9: Delete the infected application and any other suspicious item by choosing Uninstall, and your Android device must delete the app In the question. It’s also a good idea to review your app list and uninstall other suspicious downloads.

What to do if you can’t uninstall the app

In some cases, you cannot uninstall the problematic application. In fact, the delete option may not even be there. Instead, you will see Deactivate on the menu, and that’s it. A very smart application (and dangerous malware or ransomware) can hijack your administrator settings. The application may have administrative settings, protecting itself from deletion.

Fortunately, this is often a relatively easy problem that you can fix on your own.

Step 1: All you have to do is revert to the original Settings menu and scroll to Lock screen and Security (or a similar corresponding section).

2nd step: When you arrive at Security menu, look for a tab that says Phone administrators (device). Keep in mind that you may need to visit Other security settings first, based on your security menu hierarchy. In Phone administrators, you should be able to locate the setting that allows the malware to install.

Step 3: Then all you need to do is just adjust these settings and you can finally delete the app.

Download malware protection

It’s a good idea to give every Android device plenty of security and malware protection, and installing antivirus software is especially crucial if you’ve had bad luck with questionable apps before. After manually removing the app that is causing you problems, you will need to increase the overall security of your phone.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of security applications. Look for a security app with all the features you want in one, rather than downloading multiple apps where each does only one or two things. A good security application will be able to delete unwanted or unwanted files, scan for viruses, and keep your information private. Some apps have settings to automatically remove any questionable software.

We recommend Safe security, AVG Antivirus, Where Avast Antivirus, all available in the Google Play Store. We also have a comprehensive guide for Android security and antivirus recommendations. Once you download the appropriate malware protection, you will even notice that your device performs better overall.

Keep in mind that you should always keep your software up to date with the latest version. Your devices should do this automatically, but you can also check installations regularly. Without these regular software updates, your phone will be much better open to attack.

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