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    Default Solution: How to PERMANENTLY Remove Knox

    HOW TO REMOVE KNOX AND PREVENT POSSIBLE ROOT ISSUES CAUSED BY KNOX
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    Root access with a Samsung Galaxy S3 (T-mobile) on android 4.3 can prove to be a pain, especially if Samsung's Knox app rears it's head.

    It has been a while since I last rooted a phone (HTC Incredible). I have had my S3 for over a year now, but grew tired from the battery drain and the many many apps running in the background that I just could not fully remove. My phone screamed, "Root Me!"

    So to the web I took myself, and thus my struggle with Knox began.
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    With all the options out there I wanted to quickest and easiest route for me. Odin showed me the way. Honai of Android has a really great walk-through of how to root using Odin and Cf-Auto-root.

    Followed it to a T and ended up running into the issue with SuperSU not wanting to run and crashing of sorts. Even though the one on the Play Store is updated it wasnt providing any answers for me, so i followed the "How to fix" instructions on the bottom and downloaded the latest APK of SUperSU and copied the APK into a folder on my SD card.
    Using "My Files" in app drawer I located the APK and installed it.This updated the binary and allowed me to block Knox from interfering . . . at least for the time.

    While trying to install other apps that require root I ran into the issue with Knox still not wanting to play nice with SuperSU and it eventually went back to an epic battle where I try not to turn a Samsung product into a hockey puck

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    Scouring the internet and XDA forums I wasnt able to locate any information on how to permanently and completely disable and remove Knox.
    I did stumble on Imran Aftab's posting over on androidcentral on how to Disable/Uninstall Knox

    I got a bit peeved when I found out the dirty trick Samsung was pulling with Knox (wont be buying another Samsung phone).
    Aftab had posted 3 different ways to accomplish this:

    one without root access (doesnt really uninstall/remove),

    For those already with Root: Eplorer or Titanium backup (couldnt get either to play nice, maybe try the paid version if you already have it)

    and for the tech savvy: disabling using Android Terminal Emulator ----> Keep this in mind, it is a life saver for a number of reasons.

    The listed instructions on what command to input is a bit off, most likely due to html formatting.
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    I installed Android Terminal Emulator from the Play store - granted it SuperSU access - and proceeded to type the following command(s):

    su [enter]
    pm disable com.sec.knox.seandroid

    *NOTE - the above to lines require you to go to a new line after typing "su", the [enter] is only a reminder, DO NOT type [enter] after su

    This disabled KNOX for me - but that wasnt good enough for me - I was out for blood at this point.
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    I brought in the heavy guns ^_^

    Ultimate deletion from phone, backups, and any other little hiding hold Samsung created for this monstrosity.

    "Nobloat Free" took to the android sky like an F-16 with laser guided missiles. After giving it permission I scanned the system for all amount of bloated evil and realized it worse than I thought, like Left 4 Dead, but more devious.

    I found every file associated with running and storing the KNOX, selected and knoxed it right out of my phone - no backup and delete.

    YaY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Death to forced apps......

    *Note if you want to keep KNOX in case at somepoint in the future the void warranty thing can be reset - ensure you back it up before deletion.

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    End result = a happier me and a much faster and smoother running phone

    This worked for me, but might not work for the rest of you - but best of luck, some variant is bound to work out for you.

    Cheers
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    Default Re: Solution: How to PERMANENTLY Remove Knox

    Thanks for sharing.

    For anyone else reading, this method looks like it should work.

    Be Advised: This looks like it may potentially be messing with even the bootloader. Caution cannot be over-stressed here.

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    Default Re: Solution: How to PERMANENTLY Remove Knox

    Definitely seems legit. I'm luckily Knox free since I rooted prior to 4.3, but this would be extremely helpful for users with that dreaded "security" program.
    Thanks for sharing
    Like mentioned above, do this with extreme caution. Follow the instructions to the T and you shouldn't have any issues.

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
    Everything in this post is 100% accurate...I think

    R.I.P. Motorola...and what could have been the best smartphone line ever
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    Default Re: Solution: How to PERMANENTLY Remove Knox

    i dont have knox in my aplication manager when i look by all.
    is it hidden ore just not there?
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    Default Re: Solution: How to PERMANENTLY Remove Knox

    Quote Originally Posted by saab61 View Post
    i dont have knox in my aplication manager when i look by all.
    is it hidden ore just not there?
    If you're not on 4.3 or later, then you don't have it

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
    Everything in this post is 100% accurate...I think

    R.I.P. Motorola...and what could have been the best smartphone line ever
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    Default Re: Solution: How to PERMANENTLY Remove Knox

    i download cf root in my s4 kitkat version, but i dont know still work in this process, mybe they updated the knox version in kitkat

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