Checking Android For Viruses Through A Computer
Some of the users of the most popular OS for mobile devices. Android, are thinking about the possibility of checking their smartphone or tablet for viruses using the functions of specialized software for Windows. The following material provides instructions to make this possible.
Despite the widespread prevalence and effectiveness of antiviruses for the Android OS, using a PC to check your mobile device seems to be much more reliable, and sometimes the only possible way to get rid of malicious software. It should be noted that such a belief is erroneous, and if you suspect that the smartphone / tablet is infected, it is still better to use Android applications that detect and eliminate viruses.
It is worth using a computer if installing / running anti-virus Android applications on a mobile device is impossible, or as an additional tool to eliminate threats in the environment of the operating system in question.
Checking Android device drives for viruses from PC
As you know, many modern smartphones and tablets running on Android are equipped with a slot for a memory card. Thus, the procedures for scanning mobile devices for viruses using a computer can be divided into two stages: scanning an external removable drive and analyzing the contents of the device’s internal memory.
Option 1: Removable Storage
Those owners of Android devices, which often use them as a means to transfer files and folders from one computer to another, may well copy one of the viruses designed to infect Windows (most often) to the memory card of a mobile device along with valuable information “Autorun” and the like). If there is a suspicion of harmful software on the removable media of a smartphone or tablet, do the following:
- We remove the memory card from the slot of the Android device. We put it in a card reader connected to a PC.
Attempts to connect a mobile device to a computer in order to use it as a card reader to solve the task of scanning a removable drive for viruses are pointless; to achieve the desired result, a memory card reader is required that can be connected to a PC via USB or built into the computer / laptop case!
Option 2: Internal Memory
If you want or need to scan for the presence of harmful software, the internal memory of the Android device should use specialized software equipped with a module designed specifically for the implementation of this goal. It should be noted that in none of the well-known anti-virus programs for Windows is the scanning function of mobile devices connected to a PC provided.
The program is distributed on a paid basis, but at the same time the user is given a 30-day trial period, which is quite enough to resolve the issue from the article title.
- Download and install Quick Heal Total Security on your computer or laptop:
- Temporarily disable antiviruses and firewalls present in the system from third-party developers. Windows Defender You can not deactivate, it does not interfere with the installation of software from Quick Heal.
We follow the link located before this instruction.
Scroll the web page a little down to display the list of products offered by the developer, and click on the link under the name Quick Heal Total Security.
Push button “Download” under the description of system requirements for software.
Specify the path to save the distribution, click “Save”.
Waiting for the file to finish loading. QHTSFT.EXE, we go along the path where it is saved and run the installer.
In the window that opens, specify the path where the files necessary for installing the antivirus will be placed, and click “Download”.
We are waiting for the download to complete the components required by the Quick Heal Total Security installer.
As soon as everything you need is downloaded, it will start “Installation Wizard” antiviral complex.
Set marks in two checkboxes under “License Agreement” and click “Next”.
If desired, specify the path on the PC drive where the software will be installed using the button “Browse”. Click “Next”.
We are waiting for the installer to complete its work.
At the end of the installation, click “Register Later” in the final window of the Wizard.
We launch and activate the antivirus.
- We open the application, for example, by clicking on the Quick Heal Total Security icon on the Windows desktop.
We click “Activate Now” in the red area of the main application window.
Click “Next” In the first
and the second windows that started Registration Wizards.
Fill in the window fields “User Information” (reliability Contact Number and the address is not checked, you can enter any values). We click “Next”
Click “Finish” in the window “Activation successfully completed”, after which we can proceed to the full use of antivirus from Quick Heal.
Scan the Android device for viruses:
- In the main window of Quick Hel Total Security, click “Scan”.
In the context menu that appears, select Mobile Scan.
We connect the running Android device to the computer using the USB cable.
As “USB connection mode” on the mobile device, select File Transfer.
In the window Mobile Scan antivirus software click Search Mobile, and then “Start Search” in the request box.
We wait until the device is determined in the application.
We click on the name of the device in the field “Select Mobile device.” and then click “Start Scan”.
We are waiting for the end of the scan of the memory of the Android device. The process is visualized using the progress bar in the Quick Heal Total Security window. The time spent on analysis depends on the storage capacity of the mobile device.
Upon completion of work, the antivirus shows a window with the results, which should be closed if there are no detected threats. On this, the task of checking the Android device for viruses in it using a computer or laptop is considered to be solved.
In conclusion, we note once again the very mediocre efficiency of the procedure for scanning mobile devices for viruses using a computer. We recommend that you use specialized Android applications released by most well-known anti-virus software developers and presented in abundance on the Google Play Store to identify and remove malicious software on smartphones and tablets.
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