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AVG Says My Tablet Has Been Rooted! What Now?

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Android
 
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Roma from Colorado writes:

I have an 10″ Android tablet and I recently put antivirus software on it (AVG Free) I’m getting a security alert for Settings, the message is:
Unsecure privilege mode detected. Your device is running in High Privilege mode (i e it has been rooted) We recommend using only genuine firmware. Is this something i should be concerned about? and if so how do I fix it?

Hello Roma!

Great question, and apparently a fairly common issue. The good news is, in most cases, it’s nothing to worry about.

To root a tablet or phone generally will make any sort of warranty void. Rooting is not an easy thing to do and typically cannot be done on accident. Nor is it something recommended to do by Worldstart, as it can cause lots of problems on the device if not done or used properly.

If you have never rooted the tablet and have been careful about apps you have installed, this is likely nothing to worry about. You can simply just mark the check box to ignore the warning in the future as it is really nothing to be too concerned about. Or you can also try a different antivirus program, as it seems to be AVG comes up with false positives more than others.

The final option would be to try a Factory Reset which will set all settings back to the original, factory settings. Keep in mind, this will erase everything you have saved on the tablet, including all Apps, pictures, and all your settings.

- Audra

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3 Responses to “AVG Says My Tablet Has Been Rooted! What Now?”

  1. K.Vee.Shanker. says:

    Hi Audra,

    Thanks!

    I’ve been wondering why device suppliers should object to rooting their hand held devices, as more and more applications are demanding it!

  2. lyn buerger says:

    AVG thinks everything is a virus, It blocks nearly every program I try to use but I still get adware dumped on my computer.

  3. Lamar Wilkie says:

    I am an Android enthusiast and modder since 2009. I can tell you, straight up, that a factory reset will NOT unroot any device: all it will do is clear the cache and Dalvik cache, wipe the /data partition (all user data) and restore factory settings in the /system partition to out-of-the-box state. But it will still be rooted.

    This user must have bought the tablet used, from someone who rooted it. And no, use of a rooted device and not knowing what you’re doing isn’t mostly harmless: it’s like playing with matches in a dynamite factory. One wrong move in a system setting or file explorer and you could jack that thing up BAD. She could delete a system file or app, rendering her tablet an expensive paperweight. That’s what root is: giving the user unrestricted access to the root system files on the device.

    This user needs to get an app called Root Checker and verify root status. Then get a one-click root app (Towelroot comes to mind) and UNROOT the tablet. Once she’s back to stock, she’s safe.

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