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You’ll definitely want to remove a virus on your Android phone, if you think there’s one. Here’s how you do it.

How to delete a virus on Android phone?

Android devices can encounter viruses and malware. They can cause you harm by sending expensive SMS messages, encrypting your device for ransom, stealing money through banking apps and stealing your pass­words.

To detect and remove viruses from your phone you need an anti­virus for Android, like TalkTalk’s SuperSafe online security. Anti­virus software deletes Android viruses from your phone. It also blocks new phone virus infections and other devices can be protected with the same subscription.


Apart from a virus on an Android phone, is there something else to watch out for?

Viruses and malware on phones don’t always work the same way as they do on computers. Many legitimate apps can gather detailed information about you. This blurs the line between a malicious and a normal app. The collected data is used for profiling you so advertisers can better target ads to you.

The easiest way to remove these apps is simply uninstalling them. The tricky part is to detect the unwanted actions and which app is causing them. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider why apps ask for certain app permissions. Do you really want apps and their developers to have access to your photos, location, contacts, micro­phone and so on? If not, deny the app permissions. You can edit app permissions from Settings → Privacy → Permission manager.


Do you need antivirus for your Android phone?

The best way to be safe from viruses is to prevent infection. Anti­virus for Android phones is the best way to do this. Phones are interesting targets for hackers, because they are used to access social media accounts, email, banking, and other important things. There­fore, anti­virus for Android is necessary.


Can you download a virus from an app store?

It’s unlikely, but possible. Official app stores, such as Google Play Store and Samsung Galaxy Store, have vetting processes to catch malicious apps and viruses. While rare, every now and then malicious apps can get through.

Unofficial app stores, however, are a different thing. They can contain practically anything and the same goes for apps down­loaded from web­sites. Only trust official app stores to better protect your phone.


How do you get a virus on your phone?

You can get malware from unsafe Wi‑Fi net­works, unofficial app stores, email attachments and malicious web­sites. Some­times malicious apps get through the vetting processes and are available even on official app stores.


How do I know if my Android phone has a virus?

It can be difficult to say for sure without an antivirus for Android as signs of malware infection can be ambiguous on mobile devices, but you can look for these symptoms:

  • Strange and unwanted apps
  • Data drain
  • Apps or operating system crashes
  • Ads popping up
  • Odd charges in your phone or credit card bill
  • Bank authentication suspiciously slow

Do you want to protect your Android phone against viruses?

Malware and viruses for Android phones are increasing as more things are done through mobile devices. To stay safe, get the best mobile anti­virus, which protects your phone from virus infections, and you can get it on your computer as well.

TalkTalk customers just need to log in to My Account and select SuperSafe for just £4 per month. SuperSafe Online Defence internet security protects up to 10 of the family’s devices from Internet nasties and comes with a helpful Password Manager too. Once you’ve selected SuperSafe, you will receive an email from F-Secure to install the app onto your devices.

Go to My Account where you can add SuperSafe


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