Dear tech gods, please help a frantic stupid person

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http://androidforums.com – Hi guys, just a few simple questions regarding malware, I'd really appreciate it if someone could help me out quick! 1. Does malware require to root your phone in order for it to work? Or can it steal your information without rooting? 2. I did a factory reset of my phone but then I tried to check to see if it had been rooted (after the factory reset) - will my phone still be rooted after a factory reset? this is because I have never rooted my phone but I wanted to see if any app has ever hacked into it. It says that there's no root access - does that mean my phone has never been rooted b (General)