I own an Asus Zenfone Go Z00VD running Android 5.1. It came preinstalled with TrendMicro Dr. Safety, which I absolutely have no use for and do not want running at all. This app starts itself periodically, and there is no option to uninstall nor disable it. I'm not sure that it's a system app but I assume it is.
I've done some research and found the following options:
- Root the phone and uninstall the app. This is the most obvious solution, but this is a last resort.
- Remove the app via adb without root. Not sure if this is even possible, I've seen some claims that it is, and more claims that it is not.
- Install an app manager to kill Dr. Safety processes as soon as they start. From the answers on this Stack this seems like a bad idea.
This question is about option 2. Is it possible? Is it safe (little chance of bricking the phone and won't open security holes)? If the answer to either is "no" are there other non-rooting options to disable the app?
I found instructions here: http://hexgears.blogspot.com/2015/06/android-remove-system-apps-without-root.html
but I'm doubtful that they'll even work, let alone work safely.