Android Virus Scare
Today in my C programing class I thought I would try a new application I had installed C4Droid. After completing about half the installation the process stopped. I was then greeted with warnings that I had a virus. I did not get C4droid from some backstreet appstore, I installed it from the Google app store. I am in no way suggesting C4Droid is a virus. According to the Google Play store it has many happy users. I was prompted to install Armor for Android. Wanting to resolve the situation immediately I installed the app. I normally do not install applications without doing a little research on them. The situation seemed desperate though, I know I overreact. I installed Armor for Android and ran the scan. It said I had three threats. So I chose to remove the offending threats. Then i was greeted with a screen wanting my payment information. I was in class, did not have a a credit card on me, and besides I thought their must be a free open source alternative.
First I wanted to remove the Armor for Android. Turns out this app did not get installed through the Google Play store. This made its removal not as straight forward as i thought. Here is how I removed Armor for Android.
1.Click Settings on your phone
2.Then navigate to and click Applications
3.Scrolling through the list of apps I found Armor for Android
4.Clicking on the application brought me to a screen that offered the option to Uninstall the application.
5.Clicking uninstall warned me ‘This application will be removed’, I then procedded to click OK.
6.Fortunately this resulted in the desired outcome and the application was removed.
My experience did not end their, the Virus warnings continued to pop up at what seemed like an increasing rate.
The next thing I did was remove C4droid and a few other apps it had installed while it was trying to install C4Droid on my phone.
Once I got home and in front of my laptop I was able to spend some time looking for a free, although unfortunately not open source, solution to my problem.
Avast Mobile Security
Full-featured, best/top-rated Android antivirus & security app with malware protection (with USSD blocker). Their are also many other features some include a firewall, scheduled virus scans, SMS and call filter, and an anti-theft option which provides you remote options (via web portal or SMS commands) for locating and recovering your phone.
I installed the application from the Google Play store. After a quick registration I was able to scan my phones apps and SD card. Fortunately no viruses were detected.
Hope this helps anyone else who comes across this issue. Have you had a virus on your Android phone? How did you resolve it? Are their apps other then Avast you recommend?