How to remove virus from cell phone: Complete and updated guide 2022

It is common to have to deal with viruses and other types of malware on computers, but you always need to be aware of these dangers on your cell phone, which nowadays is widely used for shopping and banking transactions.

Because people are not used to a possible threat of this type on their smartphone, what ends up happening is that they have doubts about the verification procedure and how to remove viruses from their cell phone.

But even this can be a very simple procedure since the malware that affects smartphones is not usually as complex as those that affect Windows, the most popular operating system on computers.

So that you have no more doubts, you can follow the step-by-step tutorial from BH Tech Informatics on how to remove viruses from cell phones below. Follow up!

What are the most common types of cell phone viruses?

Before starting the complete procedure to clean viruses from your cell phone, it is good to know more about the main types of threats that you can find on your smartphone.

Below you will find the most common ones.

Trojan

One of the most popular types is the Trojan, which can impersonate a regular app or be hidden inside another app you’ve installed.

It’s more common in apps downloaded from websites outside your smartphone’s official store.

This type of virus can perform simple actions, such as sending messages from your cell phone, or more worrying actions, such as stealing your bank details and even taking full control of the device.

Spyware

O spyware It is also quite common and can act silently, which is even more dangerous. It often comes in apps and games but is hidden to steal your information and data.

Phishing

A little different from the others, phishing is a way to get people to click on malicious links so that they download malware or for them to pass on personal information.

This happens because the malicious person imitates a well-known website or service by email or through an application, which can deceive many unsuspecting and inattentive people.

How do I know if my cell phone has a virus? What to do?

You can detect if there is a virus on your mobile simply by using an efficient antivirus on your smartphone.

There are excellent security apps of this type that you can use on Android and iOS, and a quick scan will show you if there is anything wrong or suspicious on your phone.

Our suggestion is to use Kaspersky. In the mobile version called Kaspersky Internet Security, we will show you how to use it step-by-step to remove viruses from your cell phone.

IfOnly if you don’t use an antivirus, there are some very clear signs that you can notice and that are indicative that there is malware on your smartphone.

The clearest examples are the following:

  • Apps that open by themselves
  • Messages sent from your cell phone that weren’t written by you
  • Ads appear out of nowhere on your phone screen.
  • Your browser tabs open by themselves.
  • Cell phones are much slower than normal.
  • cell phones fast discharge too much, with high battery consumption.
  • Applications that close by themselves and frequently.

Of course, these are just some of the signs you can find, but notice how there is a very clear pattern between them.

Basically, any sudden and strange behavior could mean that your virus has some malware. If that’s the case, it’s time to get the virus off of your cell phone.

How to remove viruses from cell phones: step by step guide 2022

Now that you know that you do have a virus on your phone, it’s time to learn how to effectively remove it. This can be done with a suitable antivirus, as mentioned above. We will use the Kaspersky antivirus.

In our professional view and experience, Kaspersky offers a high efficiency rate to prevent and also remove viruses from cell phones, besides being considered one of the best antivirus programs for PCs on the market.

For our step-by-step tutorial, we will initially use the free version of Kaspersky for mobile, which offers good features for what we need now.

Fortunately, most of these security apps end up working similarly, so you can mirror the steps below with whichever antivirus you prefer:

Step 1: To get started, go to your smartphone app store and type “Kaspersky” and start the download and installation. If in doubt, these are the official links for Android and iOS.

In the version for Apple systems, Kaspersky is not exactly considered an antivirus, and they explain it very well in all the details in the article: why is there no antivirus for iOS?

After installation, you will need to agree to the terms and provide access to Kaspersky to scan your smartphone’s folders for malware.

Step 2: Next, some offers and advantages of using the paid version will be shown. For now, click to ignore and advance until you reach the main screen.

Step 3: Click on “Check” and wait. It is during this process that we will know if there is something wrong. If you have found a virus or type of malware, the app will immediately offer options to remove it. If it’s a file, you can easily delete it.

If it’s an app or game, you’ll have the option to uninstall it right away. The best thing is that everything is done quickly and by the antivirus itself, so you just have to follow the instructions that it gives you on your screen.

As you can see, the process is much simpler than removing some heavier viruses from computers, which, in some cases, even after removal, cause so much damage to the system that it is necessary to reinstall Windows.

Of course, if you want to feel more secure, you can also do this on your smartphone. We have a complete guide that teaches how to format cell phones step-by-step for Android and iOS.

So that you no longer have these types of problems, it is worth knowing measures to protect yourself in the future. That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about in the next topic of our article. Check out!

How to avoid viruses on mobile

Now that you already know the types of viruses and know how to remove them from your cell phone, it’s worth talking a little about how to avoid them. The more cautious you are with this, the less worry you will have later. The tips below are very simple but very effective:

  • Avoid installing apps that don’t come directly from your operating system’s official store, such as the App Store or Google Play.
  • Avoid opening unknown or unreliable websites.
  • Do not open files from unknown or unreliable sources on your phone.
  • Only use security-certified apps from your smartphone’s official store.
  • Do not click on suspicious links you receive on social media or messaging apps such as WhatsApp or Instagram.
  • Don’t give weird permissions to apps. For example, it’s not normal for a game to ask for access to your camera or microphone if it doesn’t have functions that use these resources.

The Kaspersky that we use in the free version is very useful for removing viruses from cell phones, but the paid version of Kaspersky offers very important features like real-time protection, which actively prevents you from re-infecting your smartphone.

The cost is very low and we highly recommend you use it to avoid future problems.

Nothing too difficult to follow, do you agree? This was our step-by-step guide on how to remove viruses from your cell phone in 2022 and also the necessary precautions that can bring you more security and prevent a virus from being installed on your smartphone.

Considering that we store such personal and private information on our smartphones, it’s fair to say that taking such a precaution is more than essential.

If you have any questions, leave a comment at the bottom of the page. We will always try to answer them all.

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