Cell Phone Viruses can destroy the personal information that is stored on your mobile phone if you don't take the necessary steps to prevent them.
Cell phone viruses can be passed on between phones via email, text messages and the internet. It is important that you have sufficient anti-virus software installed on your phone and that you always make use of your privacy and junk mail settings. If you do suspect that your phone has a virus there are ways that you can get rid of cell phone viruses without needing to buy a new phone.
Restoring Your Phone
- The most immediate way to try and rid your cell phone of any virus is to restore the phone to it's factory settings. Before you do this, however, make sure that you have removed the SIM card and any memory card you may have as these contain important information on them. It is extremely unlikely that your SIM and memory card will be affected by any cell phone viruses.
- Restoring your phone to it's original settings will erase anything that is stored on your phone. This is quite a drastic way of ridding your cell phone of viruses, although it is very effective. However, if you suspect the virus to have originated from a specific application, the best option would be to uninstall the application therefore removing the virus. You will be able to do this via the applications manager tool found in the settings on your cell phone.
Using Anti-Virus Software
- If you have a smartphone or a cell phone with Bluetooth and internet access you will be able to use an anti-virus software to get rid of cell phone viruses. These types of software work in a similar way to computer antivirus software, continuously scanning your phone for any malware, worms of other viruses. The only downfall of this type of software is that it can take up quite a large amount of memory on your phone.
- One thing to bear in mind, however, when spending the money on a good anti-virus software for your cell phone is to take preventative measures to stop your phone getting any viruses in the first place. Do not use any pirate or unofficial software on your phone. Turn off your Bluetooth signal if you are not using it and make sure that you don't accept any messages or information via Bluetooth if you do not know the sender. It is also advisable not to open any MMS messages if you do not know the sender as these may also contain cell phone viruses.