How to remove virus from Android

Has your phone become too independent and does things without your command? Is it downloading unnecessary apps? Locks and slows down? There is a high probability that your system is infected with viruses. This is quite common as android viruses multiply every second. Our phone stores a lot of sensitive data and attackers are well aware of this. So if you find a virus on your android our article describes a few methods that can help you.

The easiest way to remove a mobile virus

If the virus has not yet had time to harm your system and your phone is functioning normally, then the easiest way to remove the virus software is to use the installed on your phone antivirus.

All you need to do is run a full scan of the flash memory and if it detects the virus you just need to press the “delete” button and save the disinfected copy to the quarantine (just in case the antivirus is mistaken for a virus and something you need). But this method will not always be reliable, because most viruses resist its elimination with all their might. But there is a solution for every case which can help you to understand how to remove virus from Android. Further, we will consider such cases as:

  • antivirus does not start, does not detect or does not remove the source of the problem;
  • the device (or its functions) is blocked

Uninstalling malware in safe mode

If the situation does not allow you to clean the system in normal mode, you should do it in safe mode. As a rule, viruses do not manifest themselves in safe mode and therefore do not resist their removal. 

To go to safe mode, hold down the phone’s power button until the “Go to safe mode” message appears on the screen and then press OK.

In the case of older android versions, you need to restart the phone and when the Android logo appears on the black screen, press the volume down and volume up keys simultaneously. 

In safe mode, scan the phone with antivirus and when viruses are detected, remove them.

Uninstalling the malware via Android Commander

Android Commander is a program that facilitates file exchange between your android and your PC. When you run it on your computer you will have access to your gadget’s memory and will be able to copy, move and delete any data. But to have full access, you must first get root rights and enable USB debugging. It is activated through the service application “Settings” – “System” – “Developer Options”. 

After that, you connect the gadget to your computer via USB and run the Android Commander application. The directories of your cell phone are displayed in the right half of the Android Commander window. Look for the application installer file (with .apk extension) that is causing the trouble and uninstall it. Optionally, you can copy the dubious folders from your mobile phone to your PC and scan each of them with an antivirus.