How do I run a virus scan on my phone?

Answered by Michael Wilson

To run a virus scan on your Android phone, you can follow these steps:

1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device and search for an antivirus app. There are several reliable options available, such as Avast One, Bitdefender, Norton Mobile Security, and AVG Antivirus.

2. Once you have chosen an antivirus app, tap on the “Install” button to download and install it on your device. Most antivirus apps offer a free version with basic features, but you can also opt for a paid premium version for additional functionalities.

3. After the app is installed, launch it from your app drawer or home screen. You will typically be greeted with a welcome screen or a series of messages introducing the app’s features. Read through them if you wish, and then tap on the “Get started” or similar button to proceed.

4. In some cases, the app might offer you the option to upgrade to the premium version for additional protection. If you prefer to use the free version, tap on the “Continue with free version” button.

5. Now, you should be on the main screen of the antivirus app. Look for an option like “Scan” or “Scan now” and tap on it. This will initiate a virus scan on your device.

6. The app will start scanning your phone for any potential threats, including malware, viruses, and suspicious files. The duration of the scan may vary depending on the size of your device’s storage and the number of files present.

7. Once the scan is complete, the app will display the results. It will typically show a list of any detected threats or issues found on your device. If no threats are found, it will usually display a message reassuring you that your device is secure.

8. If the antivirus app identifies any threats, it will provide options to remove or quarantine them. Follow the on-screen instructions to take appropriate actions and mitigate the detected threats.

9. It is recommended to regularly run virus scans on your phone to ensure ongoing protection. Most antivirus apps allow you to schedule automatic scans, so you don’t have to remember to do it manually every time.

Remember, having an antivirus app installed on your Android device is just one part of maintaining good security practices. It is also crucial to keep your operating system and apps up to date, avoid downloading apps from unfamiliar sources, and be cautious while clicking on suspicious links or attachments.

By following these steps and regularly running virus scans, you can help protect your Android phone from potential threats and ensure a safer mobile experience.