How to remove a virus on Android without a factory reset

Before smartphones became as rampant as they are today, only computers could get infected by an online virus. These days, an increasing number of Android users are battling this exact issue.

This can be frustrating since most phone users keep sensitive data stored on their phones. Not to worry, though, there are various solutions to the issue.

Below are the instructions you should adhere to before you resort to a factory reset:

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How to know if it is a Virus?

Viruses can do horrible stuff to your Android phone. If your device or tab is not performing as it should, it is possible that a virus or any other form of malware has sneaked in. You need to recall any application you might’ve installed outside of the Play Store or any bad websites you visited recently, as they might be the cause.

Head to the list of downloads and see if there is an app that is not familiar. If you do not see any, access your browser and check the browsing history. But after searching, if you still find nothing, basic maintenance tasks have to be done. This includes, but are not limited to: clearing your browser history, emptying the phone’s cache and restarting the smartphone.

Do not forget that not all issues, sluggishness, lag starts happening due to a virus. Several other things can result in a virus-infested phone. After the normal maintenance and cleaning has been performed, confirm to see if your phone is now functioning reasonably well. Also make sure you download and install an antivirus program from Play Store to help you scan your mobile device or tab.

Below are some common signals of a virus infection:

  1. Unreasonable data usage: Several viruses feast on your data, so you will notice a massive increase in your data usage.
  2. Slow performance: If your tab or smartphone takes too long to launch simple applications and perform simple tasks, a virus might be responsible. If the issue keeps happening after a reboot, get an antivirus program.
  3. Battery drainage: This will occur as well. Several kinds of malware function in the background. They are always active and will drain your battery.
  4.  Dropped and missed phone calls: I know, every network has one problem or the other once in a while, and dropped phone calls can happen. But if everybody else at your location does not have any issue with dropped missed calls, the reason for it might be malware.

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Install an antivirus program and scan your device

When you are certain that your device or tab is now home to a virus, you need to use a proper tool to tackle the issue. A decent antivirus program is a good way to start. There are various options these days, some you will pay for, some you won’t.

The ones you do not get to pay for do not have the necessary firepower to tackle the very serious viruses. But, programs such as Avira and McAfee possess amazing features even with a free package. Avast and BitDefender are remarkable alternatives too.

If you fancy total protection, getting a paid application can get that done for you. The ones to go for are Kaspersky, Avast, and McAfee. Their upgraded applications provide beautiful performance and they do not come with adverts. They can also be a bit resource-heavy.

Get any app you fancy downloaded and installed and run a full scan of your phone. If the scan should discover nothing, and the problem persists, the time to call upon Safe Mode has come.

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Get rid of the virus in safe mode

Getting rid of a virus in Safe Mode is a brilliant way to end the problem and preserve your data and downloaded applications. Booting into Safe Mode is pretty much the same on almost every Android phone. This is all you need to do:

  1. Click the Power button and hold it till “Power Off/Reboot” is visible.
  2. Click and hold “Power Off.” Continue to hold till “Reboot to Safe Mode” is visible.
  3. Click “OK.”
  4. Hold on for your phone to boot up. After booting, “Safe Mode” will be visible on your screen.

After that, search for the troublesome files and applications in Downloads.

  1. Open “Settings.”
  2. Head to “Apps.”
  3. Head to “Downloaded.”
  4.  Check the list of applications you downloaded recently to fish out the culprit. As soon as you find it, click on it.
  5.  Click “Uninstall.”

If the malicious app now has admin rights that will stop you from getting rid of it, this is what you have to do:

  1. Head to “Settings.”
  2. Head to “Security.” On certain phones, you will be able to access “More” when you enter “Security”
  3. Open “Device Administrators.”
  4.  Click “Deactivate.” when you are prompted.
  5. Head back and get rid of the problematic app.

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