Virus infection is one terrible thing that can really scare you. Nobody enjoys having their Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus infected with viruses. And it’s not just because of the fear that personal information might end up in the wrong hands. The thought alone that someone could be collecting data and monitoring your steps without you even knowing it is even scarier. So, it makes sense that you freak out whenever you see that pop-up telling you how the smartphone was infected with a virus.
Believe it or not, virus infection warnings aren’t always what they seem. And if you think of it, the purpose of a villain is to hack your data without you knowing it. There are instances when the person who sent you the virus intends to make it clear that your phone has been hacked, most likely to get some kind of ransom. But more often than not, this isn’t the case and especially the users who don’t have an antivirus will continue using their devices without knowing what’s going on.
Assuming that viruses are trying to work silently in the background, what does it say when a virus is starting to make noise and to actually “announce” you that it’s running on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus? Well, it can actually mean that your smartphone is still safe but if you click on that warning message you will then trigger the installation of the malware.
In other words, pop-ups telling you that you have a virus and that you need to click who knows what button to get rid of it are, most likely, false messages. If you do click on that button just like the message says, chances are you’ll allow the download of an APK file which will install an application containing a virus. And the number of pop-ups will continue to increase afterward, which means you’re far from having fixed your problem.
How Can You Deal With Virus Infection Warnings On Galaxy S8?
Please note that we said “infection warnings” and not just “infection”. Just like suggested above, if you see such a message, you’re probably still clear. And if you’re planning to remain that way, you must make sure that you’re not touching the pop-up in any way!
If using the back button until you leave the app that triggered the message doesn’t help and you keep seeing the same pop-ups whenever you bring up that app again, try the following:
- Use the Home button to leave that app without touching anything else;
- From the Home screen, select the Apps icon;
- Next, go to Settings, at the Applications menu;
- Bring up the Application Manager;
- Go to the All tab and find the app that has been causing you problems;
- Select that app and use the Force Close button;
- Finally, go to Storage and use the Clear Cache option first, followed by Clear Data.
After forcefully closing the app that keeps bugging you with the virus infection notifications and, obviously, after clearing all of its cache memory and data, it wouldn’t hurt getting yourself a decent anti-virus app either. Needless to say, to better protect your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ Plus against such attacks, make sure that even the anti-virus will be downloaded from the Play Store, the most reliable source for third-party apps!