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Android Trojan removal

I have the Android smartphone “Lava Iris 455”. My phone is not rooted. Since last week I installed APK file from some website. After a second day I realize that a trojan is installed on my phone. It ...
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Chinese writing pops up as 'notification' grey bar after installing an apk [duplicate]

I recently installed a 3rd party APK and now I randomly get a notification, as shown in the screenshot periodically. I have ran some virus scans on the phone and it seems to be clean. I have also ...
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How do I remove what appears to be malware on my Nexus 5?

I have a Nexus 5 phone running Android 6.0.1 (security patch level 1 Jun 2016). It appears that over the past few days it has become infected with malware. Periodically (every 10-15 minutes) a ...
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Toast message with Chinese characters, is it a virus?

I recently received some updates today from the Play Store. Every so often a pop notification, one of those bubble ones at the bottom of the screen with Chinese characters. The most recent update I'...
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Adware keeps installing itself

I have somehow got my phone infected with an adware by the name 'Android Communication Sync' ('com.foreign.provider'). It isn't visible in the apps browser (doesn't have any icon) and causes ads to ...
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Browser infected Pop-up

Today I opened my mailbox in my new Samsung galaxy J7 and this screen appeared: WARNING Your Samsung galaxy j7's browser is still infected with a serious virus! Continue with instructions to ...
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My phone is (apparently) hijacked by a virus

I have a Huawei Honor 4c and I wanted to update it to lollipop, but it had to be done manually. I downloaded the file I thought I needed but I decided not to install it, as it had a strange name - ...
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will disabling malware apps affect my phone in any way?

I am using android KitKat 4.4. I installed clean master and it said to disable 6 apps including adobe air, engrils, netalpha, ripple, rope cut, and settings because they have malware. please tell me ...
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What Does “[UID]” appended to a root request mean?

I recently got a root request that came up as "Greenify [UID]". This looked suspicious to me as I usually get greenify requests as just "Greenify". I have tried to contact the developer of Greenify ...
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.ini file automatically downloaded, malware?

My phone is LG G2 (D802). My phone downloaded a .ini file which is currently located under Downloads > sav_amd_dir > md.ini. The download happened automatically in the background while I was ...
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aptoide How to report potential abuse without becoming a member?

The aptoide store is an alternative platform where you can get android apps. I found an app on aptoide store via google that has a size of 3.3 MB. The same app with the same app-version in fdroid ...
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Can't deactivate com.google.system.s.dd from the phones device administrator

I installed 3 apps, Zombie Booth, Broken screen troll and MegaLOL today. Phone was working fine till evening when a request to download MoboMarket popped. This happened every hour or so. But after 3 ...
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Suspicious popup and 'Yellow Booster' installation

A pop-up appeared on my phone stating: Warning You only have to install a Great App to get your phone fully functioned. The only option I am given is "Confirm."I accidentally hit the ...
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My Acer Z160 has a weird problem with flashing and reset

my friend's phone had an error on his phone(Acer z160 not rooted), all the applications crash at start-up. It came to my mind that I had to do a factory reset via stock recovery. After the reset, I ...
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Remove ransomware-like malware

I downloaded android-6-marshmallow.apk from (Warning, ransomware fake malware! Do not install!) It was a fake application and I couldn't delete that because of the screen below, and I can't go ...
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Apps updated, now I get an unknown lock screen with ads [duplicate]

After finally doing a bunch of updates, suddenly every now and then some random lock screen with ads showed. Which app is causing this?
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Malware application trying to override system application

My device (Symphony W69Q; running Android 4.4.2) recently encountered an annoying problem. It's UI began to turn off & restart continuously. I also some unwanted apps running in background and ...
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I installed and executed this app which is a virus or malware now what to do?

I had this message pop up and unfortunately I installed and executed this app which is a virus or amalware now what to do ? Please see the photo here Of course I mean the app that came when I ...
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Ways to check if your phone has been compromised?

With more and more people using custom ROMs and APKs from unknown sources (some with root access) it's inevitable that Android phones are getting compromised. What are some methods that can be used ...
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Problem with some Apps trying to install

I have a problem with my Android 5.1 When the screen is locked, and I to unlock it, a popup shows, that some unknown applications are trying yo install. I have formatted the mobile twice, but it ...
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Apps trying to install in background

I recently wanted to install a metronome app, so I downloaded one from the Play Store, but in the "install" step nothing happened. The app just wasn't there. I installed another one and forgot about ...
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Is the “Remote Application Removal Feature” also effective for apps from samsung and other alternative stores?

Remote Application Removal Feature allows Google to wipe the malicious apps from infected Android devices without any additional action on the part of users. I am sure this feature is enforced for ...
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What installed “DU quick charge” on my phone? [duplicate]

I started seeing something new on my lock screen, before even swiping the lock screen. It was a large battery charging-status display with advertisements below that. At the upper left corner was a ...
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Potential Android virus removal and best practices

I was browsing the web and I ended up on a site with one of those pop ups that plagued my browser window with "Your device is infected, please go to insert dodgy link to remove malware" type messages. ...
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What is this lock screen with ads and how do I remove it?

I think my device got a malware. A lock screen with ads sometimes appear, and I must swipe an area at the bottom of the screen to open the phone. I am in Eastern Europe, some ads are in Slavic ...
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Getting a virus via .jpg file?

I've read somewhere that the only way to get a virus on Android is via an app installed outside the Play Store. I want to be sure anyway of this fact, since I think I opened an infected .jpg file. I'...
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Tampered phone - Consistent Denial-Of-Service on device

I believe my ex did something to me phone. Everything has led me here. Please help. Recently, my phone will stop working unless he is around. I have been seeing my email on FaceBook to turn to "...
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Can't uninstall virus plus phone keep rebooting

I have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S3, running the stock ROM. I downloaded "root manager" app, and since then 3 more apps appeared - "file assistant," "mp3 free downloader," and "sexy." I factory reset my ...
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How to check that an Android device isn't being used in a botnet / sending spam emails?

I've discovered that my home network IP address has ended up on several blacklists after spam traps received emails from this IP address. I've tested the one PC that uses this network, and it seems to ...
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How safe is it to upgrade apps using Aptoid?

I know that there are issues with using Aptoide to install apps on Android. There's a pretty good discussion about this in this other question. If only regarding legal issues, Aptoide is definitely a ...
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Is it possible to remove app using connection to computer?

Q'ston Is it possible to connect android device to pc and make system alternations via that connection? Why I'm thinking of possibilities of doing that to remove malware that crawled too deep in ...
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How to remove gunpowder virus?

I have recently been having problems on my device which includes random apps appearing on my phone and some chinese app that somehow was "pre-installed". As i scoured the internet for answers, i ...
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Concerned I may have dropped Malware on my phone via a redirect to an advert?

In short I think I may have a slight chance of having dropped Malware on my phone via an infected ad (redirect was to rdr.harbwire). Am just keen to ascertain the risk given some of the things I have ...
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Random file downloaded but can't locate

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 mini running Android 4.4.2. I was browsing the internet (yahoo site) using the most recent update of Dolphin browser (which, was not able to load the webpage). During this ...
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Android app identifier?

Is there such a thing as a searchable database or a website anywhere online where someone can type in the name of an app or a package name and see a summary of what the app is for, if it is a system ...
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Apps are installed in my smart phone without my permission?

When wifi is on, Some strange applications are being installed automatically. I don't request them. They are downloaded without my permission. I uninstalled (removed) the unwanted apps from my smart ...
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PC speaker pops like if someone is calling, but is not. Is my phone hacked? [closed]

I keep hearing sound pops on my PC speaker like if my phone was connected to the internet or if someone was calling, but it's nothing. Is my phone hacked? Is it recording some surveillance audio ...
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Android adware lets me opt out: is it safe?

Recently my mom's phone running Android 5.0 has been infected with a piece of adware: At first we thought this was caused by applications, but as you can see here, only the Google/METROPCS Internet ...
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Picked up a virus that self-installs apps on my phone

I thought that it's not possible for any virus-like app to self-install apps on a mobile phone. But this is happening in the case of my friend. And I have no idea how to help him. Namely, he has a ...
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What is DSMLawmo? How to remove it?

A recent AVG anti-virus scan on my Android tablet flagged DSMLawmo as malware. The antivirus states that it can't be removed and that DSMLawmo was pre-installed. The tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 ...
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Can't get rid of Uni launcher on my Android 5.1

I have tried to uninstall it (for me it is malicious software because I do not know when and how have I obtained it) through settings and reboot my phone but it keeps coming back and blocks my phone, ...
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Why will a video game from the google play store be asking me for root/super users permissions?

So I don't know if this is a question for here or security.stackexchange.com but the thing is I installed a game that ask me for root access to my system it seems suspicious and strange why will a ...
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How do I get rid of random redirections

When browsing, I sometimes get random redirections to websites claiming my device has viruses, and that I need to click a link to get rid of those. They also make my phone vibrate, and the back button ...
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Removing Cheshire Police virus scam

My Android tablet is locked by a Cheshire Police virus scam ransomware. How can I remove it? I am in safe mode as I write this.
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TAB.S Screen start flash with blue streaks and then device reboots by itself

Days ago after installing and deleting some apps (maybe malwares...?) from the Samsung store my tablet tab.s starting at a random point of use to flashing blue streaks on screen before rebooting by ...
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OnePlus One infected with malware/virus. Webpages redirect to tradexchange.com

My OnePlus One seems to have been infected with the tradexchange virus. My PC suffered from it, but I managed to remove using a variety of malware removal tools. However, now, my phone is affected, ...
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it downloads apps on its own and does what it wants

I'm using Android 4.4.2 JK-760 phone and it recently started to download apps on its own, turn off and on when it wants and throws me out of any app that i try to open. I have no idea what is going ...
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Weird app on my andriod. Unable to uninstall it

Here is this weird drawer/app I am getting when I swipe on bottom left corner of my screen. I tried to uninstall it, but can't find it in the list. I believe it is some malware/adware, as it shows ...
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i cant disable alarm controller, what to do?

Many unwanted apps get installed automatically , many ads flashes on the screen. I read on the internet about this and tried everything they said I rooted my phone by -'kingo ROOT', then i installed ...
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Reformat / reset an unrooted phone and wipe /system

I'd like to reformat / reset my verizon Samsung S4 (SCH-I545, baseband **OF1, Android 5.0.1). After doing a number of tests and experimentation, I believe that there is a malicious binary sitting in /...