I can't open my cellphone inbox. I think it is a virus! How can I remove a cellphone virus?
Antivirus Software for Cell Phones
Unfortunately, virus and malware developers have kept up with the latest trends just as the rest of the world moves toward a mobile Web. Viruses can and do infect cell phones. While not nearly as rampant as viruses targeting the Windows operating system, there are malicious programs that target the operating systems of popular mobile phones. Just as the best defense in a PC virus attack is antivirus software, the same is true of antivirus software for cell phones. Most antivirus software for cell phones will include solutions for wiping out know virus infections, making getting your hands on one of these programs a must.
First, you'll need to know what operating system your phone runs on such as Android or Windows Mobile. From there, start your search at well-known antivirus developers such as Kaspersky, Bit Defender, or AVG. Many of the major computer security developers are creating antivirus software specifically for cell phones. Like their PC cousins, these solutions have a variety of desirable features such as real-time blocking and automatic updates. Some also include useful functions designed specifically for the mobile nature of these devices such as remote "find" and remote "locking" should your phone be misplaced or stolen.
As with PC-based antivirus tools, costs vary from one developer to the next. If you already own a computer Internet security tool, you may want to start there as your existing program may have some mobile features built in. For example, Trend Micro's Titanium Security (Maximum Security edition) protects mobile devices as well as PCs.
Flashing Your Cell Phone
Another option is to "flash" or reformat your cell phone which essentially resets it to its factory condition. This is a drastic measure that will remove all of your custom settings and any apps you may have installed. If you don't have many customizations, such as if the phone is relatively new, then this might be the easiest option. Refer to your cell phone's user manual for instructions on how to perform a "factory reset."