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How to remove a Virus from Android Step by Step

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Android is the most widely used operating system worldwide, although it is also the most prone to viruses. Whether it is the cunning of hackers who manage to bypass the restrictions of the Play Store and publish malicious applications in the store or by the negligence of users when downloading applications from unofficial stores, it is possible to end with a virus or an application Malicious or unwanted on our smartphone or tablet.

How to remove a Virus from Android Step by Step

In this article, we will explain step by step how to proceed to the removal of a virus on an Android operating system. Let's explain two options, the first is based on restoring the system to the factory settings where we will absolutely eliminate everything in our device, including the virus. The second option will explain the step-by-step process to uninstall the virus without altering the rest of the system.

Option 1: Reset your Android smartphone to factory settings

If we have been victims of a virus or some unwanted application and do not want to complicate us the best we can do is restore the system to the factory settings as this will erase all settings and all applications (including the virus) To have our smartphone as the first day.

Option 2: Remove the virus step by step

If we have many applications and files that we do not want to erase by restoring the factory defaults of the phone we can try to delete the malicious software by hand. To do this, we must follow the following steps:

Booting the smartphone in safe mode

Android has a "safe mode" where the operating system is loaded only with the applications of the system, without any application or additional process.
To do this just open the power-off menu with the "Power" button and left-click on "Power Off." We will automatically have a new window from where it tells us that we will start the smartphone in safe mode.

We accept and hope to reload Android, this time without additional software.

Search for malicious or suspicious applications in the list of installed applications

Once we are in safe mode, we should look for the malicious application to uninstall it. To do this, open the Settings menu > Applications and find it in the "Downloaded" tab.

Once identified (or if we suspect it) we continue with the next step.

Uninstall it

Once we detect the virus application or we want to uninstall simply, we must click on it and choose "Uninstall" to delete it from the system.

Verify Administrative Permissions

We may not be able to properly uninstall the application or, if it does, restart automatically. This is because the virus or unwanted software has administrative permissions on our system.
We must go to Settings > Security > Device Manager and check all the applications that have an entry here. If we find the malicious application, we only need to uncheck it and go back to the previous step to verify that it is uninstalled correctly.

Reboot your smartphone and install a security tool

With these steps, the virus or malicious application will be removed from the system. The only thing we have to do is restart the mobile to reload in full mode (not in safe mode) and check if everything works again normally.
If all goes well we can install a security program as CM Security to look for traces of the virus and similar viruses and malicious applications allow us to remove them from the system.
If we followed the previous steps and continue with problems, we must return to option 1 and restore the factory settings of the smartphone to delete all applications and have the mobile as if it were new.

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