Believe it or not, the virus infection warnings that one can get on a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus are rather fake alarms than actual warnings. But of course, when you don’t have an anti-virus installed and you keep seeing those pop-ups, it can be scary. And the temptation to hit the “Get help” button is understandable, even though, if it really is a fake alarm, it’s also the worst thing you can do!
Virus infection warnings can show up only when you’re using the internet browser, every time you turn on your smartphone, or in many other different situations. It all depends on what’s behind it and what’s the purpose of the villain who made these messages show up in the first place. In our experience, it can be the gate to a virus or just a harmless app that, once installed, will bring cash to a particular advertiser.
Either way, it’s usually intended to make you click a button from that pop-up, which will lead to the automatic download of an APK file. That file is the virus itself or a small app, just like we mentioned above. Whatever the situation may be, however, it is obvious that all you have to do, for starters, is to refrain from clicking on that pop-up. If you don’t, chances are that the number of these warnings will increase after you have installed that hidden software on the device.
Long story short, if the pop-up shows up in the web browser, you’re better closing the browsing app without touching anything else. Hopefully, you won’t see the message on your phone afterward. But if the pop-up shows at startup, consider clearing its cache and data. By the way, you might want to do the same for the web browser:
- Go to the Apps folder;
- Select Settings;
- Select Applications;
- Head to the Application Manager;
- Bring up the All Tabs section with one swipe to the left or to the right;
- Identify the internet app;
- Select the Force Close option for it;
- Finally, go to Storage and select to Clear Cache and Data.
Also, if the frequency of those virus warning messages isn’t obsessive and you have the time, head to the Play Store and download a good anti-virus app. Let it scan the device and see if it finds any viruses on your phone or not.
As always, when no other method works, removing all the threats from the phone with a factory reset is the best way to clean up everything. That, of course, also means to clean up your data so, let’s just hope you had the time to create a backup before deciding to reset the phone.
All things considered, whenever the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus starts showing virus infection warnings, do not panic and do your best to ignore them. Don’t touch the messages, don’t hit any button on it, don’t accept any helpful suggestion from those messages. Install your own legit and trustworthy anti-virus if you have to and pay attention to what websites you navigate on or from where you download your third-party apps!