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Formatting the phone will remove viruses ?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by daniel1972, Jun 19, 2021.

  1. daniel1972

    daniel1972 Lurker
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    Hi,

    After backing up my phone, if I format the phone with the hard format or the deepest format, will it clean viruses from the phone? I want to format the phone clean new to factory settings and I wonder if it will remove all the viruses if any exists?
     



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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    there are no viruses for android. there is malware or adware, but no viruses.....either way a factory reset will erase whatever you have on your phone.
     
  3. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    As long as you've not managed to get your system partition infected, yes, a reset will remove any malware. And these days it's virtually impossible for malware to install to /system unless you have rooted the phone first (because if you have the ability to give administrator privileges to an app then any malware you install can potentially use that).

    I say "any malware you install" because as @ocnbrze has noted there is no self-propagating malware (viruses) for Android, and so the primary source of malware infection is unwitting users installing infected apps. Hence being careful what you install and where you install from is the best protection against infection.

    One thing you should consider though: you do know the current Google password for the phone before you format it? I'd think that people would, but occasionally we get people here who don't remember their own password (or, if you've just bought the phone second hand and the previous owner didn't properly remove the account first). The problem is that if there is currently a Google account on the phone and you do a reset you will need to enter that account's password after the reset before you can use the phone: this is an anti-theft measure called "factory reset protection", designed to render the phone useless if a thief resets it to prevent it being traced and allow them to sell it. But if you don't know the password it will do the same to you, unless you remove the account first.
     
    #3 Hadron, Jun 19, 2021
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2021
  4. dontpanicbobby

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