Sonia Disowns Rahul Virus: What It Is and How to Remove It

Don't worry; it's a hoax! But you should still play it safe

A conceptual illustration of the Sonia Disowns Rahul virus (HOAX) destroying a laptop computer.

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The Sonia Disowns Rahul Virus isn't as worrisome as you might think. In fact, it's not a virus at all. A more accurate way to describe it would be: the Sonia Disowns Rahul Hoax. Because that's exactly what it is.

Although there are many viruses out there that can target smartphones, Sonia Disowns Rahul is not one of them and it never existed in the first place. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't take your mobile security seriously. There are some important steps you can take to protect yourself against all manner of smartphone viruses. Just not the imaginary ones.

What Is the Sonia Disowns Rahul Virus?

The alleged Sonia Disowns Rahul Virus was first noted in the wild in March 2016, with social media messages appearing on various websites claiming that a video known as Sonia Disowns Rahul was being sent unsolicited to mobile devices and that if the video was accepted and opened, it would infect the user's smartphone.

That wasn't the case. These messages were deliberately generated by individuals or bots to spread misinformation and concern among users. There was no Sonia Disowns Rahul mobile video. It never existed and certainly couldn't infect user's smartphones as it was described.

The messages spreading the Sonia Disowns Rahul hoax claimed that the original warning for this fictional malware appeared on the radio, but fact checking organizations like Snopes have found no record of any such announcements, on radio stations or otherwise.

How Does the Sonia Disowns Rahul Virus Work?

The fictional Sonia Disowns Rahul virus was supposed to infect a user's smartphone when the user attempted to watch the video. At that point their devices were supposed to become locked and the internal storage reformatted.

If such a virus did exist, it would be extremely dangerous, which is why organic messages from real people that continued to spread the message were so concerned. But they needn't have been. Sonia Disowns Rahul is a hoax and never existed in the first place.

How Do I Know if I Have the Sonia Disowns Rahul Virus?

Since the Sonia Disown Rahul virus was actually a hoax, and not a real threat to your mobile device, there is nothing to worry about finding. The messages relating to it have almost entirely disappeared in 2019, but if someone you know does warn you about this particular "virus," you can happily inform them it's a hoax. You might even want to forward them this page to help assuage their fears.

How Do I Get Rid of the Sonia Disowns Rahul Virus?

Since the Sonia Disowns Rahul virus was actually a hoax, you don't need to worry about removing anything from your device. However, if you do find yourself with a smartphone that's infected by some other form of malware, running an antivirus scan is a good first step. In extreme cases you might need to reset your phone to its factory settings or format its on-board storage.

How Can I Avoid Getting the Sonia Disowns Rahul Virus?

While the Sonia Disowns Rahul virus is entirely fictional and you don't need to worry about it specifically, there are other mobile malware out there that you should be concerned about. Ransomware, adware, scams, and social engineering are prolific on mobile devices, though not to the same extent as more open platforms like Windows PCs.

To help prevent getting any sort of malware, you can use these tips to stay safe online:

  • Update your anti-malware software regularly. Just as on your PC, you should have some anti-malware protection on your smartphone. When you do, make sure to keep your antivirus software and malware protection up to date. Most antivirus software will update itself without intervention, but it's always a good idea to make sure that it updates at least once a day and better yet, multiple times a day.
  • Don't install applications outside of official stores: Don't blindly download or install new applications from outside the official Google Play or iOS App Stores. That's the easiest way that viruses can make their way into your mobile device.
  • Don't use email attachments or click links wantonly: Email attachments and infected email links are still one of the most common ways of spreading malware. Make sure that you don't open attachments or links and use cloud storage for sharing instead.
  • Stick to well known websites. Stay away from dodgy looking or unknown websites to avoid man-in-the-middle attacks. Also, never click on any buttons or popups that appear in new tabs while you're browsing. If in doubt, close all your browser tabs or restart your phone to get around them.