My question specifically is: Can a virus/malware hide itself in the set up directories (ie the directories or folders which have the set up files for the system) such that it evades deletion and comes back to life after the factory reset ?.
Thanks Sasank360 for the reply but that does not answer the original question.
I just want to know if doing a factory reset would wipe out all potential viruses/malware ?. My point is, are the setup files/folders protected somehow that viruses can't get in there ?, or not ?. I mean if a virus or some kind of malware was able to get in with those setup files or folders then a factory reset would be useless, right ?.
Perhaps I should have elaborated.
When you do factory reset you format DATA, CACHE, DALVIK partitions. System partition is untouched.
"""""" So if virus is on system partition then factory reset will be of no use. """""" - Answer to condition -1.
When You flash a stock ROM or any custom rom , the standard procedure includes wiping DATA , DALVIK , CACHE and SYSTEM partitions.
Since virus , if exists, resides only in above 4 partitions flashing stock/custom ROMs will remove that. Good luck.
Thanks Sasank360, I've had a look at those two forums you mention and there are so many choices it's mind boggling . Are there any particular recommended Roms, I mean stable and secure but that would give root access ?.
Also, what is the difference between the Roms on the two forums you mentioned ?.
Thank you for your help
Samsung-updates.com -- official samsung firmwares. Made by samsung for s4 mini. Out of them u need to choose the firmware for your country.
If you want customized rom made by our developers you must go to android dev and orig android dev sections of s4 mini.Custom ROMs always have root access. No need for u to worry about that. But before installing custom roms u must root your device. Things you need and steps are on above 2 sections of s4 mini xda page. Do a bit of research and you will be familiar with those procedures in no time. Good luck.
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