Removing Malware from your Android

Tips to removing Android malware from your device.

Although the screening process for Android apps by Google is pretty safe, sometimes infected apps can still occur. Security and antivirus apps are great, but there is a chance that your phone has already been infected. If your device suddenly becomes slow, using more data than usual, or shows corrupted data, then you may have already downloaded an infected app with malware or ransomware. Things to be skeptical of when downloading apps is promises of free work software, cheat codes, new games, porn, or money. These are all common methods of getting viruses onto your mobile device where they can cause a boat load of problems and steal your data.

If your phone is still accessible, your first step should be to get rid of the infected app, before it tries to infect other devices or does more damage. Here’s how to locate and remove Android malware, along with a few options for security downloads to help prevent this from happening in the future.


Step 1: Shut down until you find out the specifics

Hold the power button down and turn your phone completely off. This may not stop the malware from causing damage, but it can stop the problem from getting worse, and may halt ongoing malware attempts to access any other networks nearby.

Shutting you phone doesn’t gives you time to think and do some research. You need to know the specific infected app. If you you can’t find the app at the root of the problem, you can’t remove it. At this point you might want to look into Anti-malware apps that can help identify what is causing your problems and may even be able to remove the infected software for you. This does require giving your phone access to the internet again, which can involve some risk.


Step 2: Turn device into safe/emergency mode while you work.

When you turn your device back on, switch over to safe mode. This will help limit the damage an infected app can do.

For most android devices, you can switch to safe mode by holding down the power button for a couple seconds when your device is on, then tapping and holding on the Power off option. This will bring up an option to reboot in safe mode. Choose this option and wait for the phone to reboot. If you can’t find a safe mode, try activating airplane mode to cut off your device from all networks.

Note: If you can’t find out what’s causing your malware problem, even after downloading a security app, do not mess around. Ask a professional like 906 Technologies for help and see if you should wipe your phone. This is a good idea if ransomware is taking over your phone and blocks your actions.


Step 3: Open Settings and find the app

The Settings on your Android device is a gear shaped icon. The color will depend on your theme. In the settings, scroll down until you see the section called Apps, and click on it. Look for a list of all your apps. You might find the full list in the App Manager. Once there, scroll until you find the app that you think is causing the problems. Select the app and choose the Uninstall or Force Close option.


Step 4: Delete the infected app and anything else that might be suspicious

Choose Uninstall, and your Android device should remove the app. Next go through your app list and remove any other suspicious downloads. If you have never looked at this list before, you might be surprised at what’s in there.


Step 5: Download malware protection

Your Android device deserves protection. There are a bunch of apps that you and download to help protect your phone, scan for viruses, and get rid of junk files and any potentially infected software. When you are finished manually deleting the problem apps, download a security program to help take care of any future issues. 360 Security, Avast Security, AVG Antivirus, from Google Play are all good options.

Note: It is always a good idea to keep your Android device updated constantly. Not doing so can leave your device open to attack.