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Strange Android app displaying in Mandarin

On my Samsung Galaxy Note phone I started receiving strange notifications in Mandarin (the language of the people of China). Once I click on the notification it opens my browser with a blank page and ...
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How to trace a drive-by download?

I was using the default Android browser and I noticed a drive-by download. The file is sexplay-r8.apk MD5 (sexplay-r8.apk) = 61ec2c6dab14c53ca323ee0dbcad112e It looks very much like a malware to ...
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Delete Status bar Icon downloaded from web

I joined way2sms to send free SMS from my laptop. Now I find an app icon downloaded to my status bar in my Samsung Galaxy Y mobile. Also, I get debited for calls not made. I am losing money in this ...
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How can I know if the rooting files have malware?

I'm learning about how cellphone rooting works. Every procedure I've seen this far asks you to install a series of files that you download from random websites. Is it possible to know for sure that ...
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How to find and remove spy software on phone

My girlfriend has an admirer which started out as a good friend. He confessed his love for her some time ago and started to become more and more aggressive while being rejected. He recently started to ...
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Can Java be exploited through Android app ads?

It turns out that Java has a security flaw that is currently being exploited to put malware on people's computers. Is there any risk that advertisements in Android apps will have embedded, malicious ...
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Sony Reader PRS-T1 becomes unresponsive

My Sony Reader PRS-T1 based on Android 2.2 is acting funny. I had rooted it in the past but is now in the "original" state, upgraded with the latest official firmware. The problem is that many ...
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Who is creating icons?

Some application (malware? adware?) is creating garbage icons on my Android desktop. How to know the application who does this? I heard each application is a Linux user on android. Is it possible to ...
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Got text message with 'download' button, how would I look at the link source or gain further info to see if this is safe? 2.3.6metropcs

In the 'messaging' app that comes standard with metropcs, I received a text message that had 'no subject' and was just a download button. I know the person, so there is no need to mention not to trust ...
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Are rooted Android phone more vulnerable to Malware Apps than non-rooted ones?

From my understanding, a rooted Android phone mean that the user will be accessing everything on the phone, just like a root user. So, installing a Apps mean that the Apps will also have root ...
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Disallow JavaScript Setting

I know I could disable JavaScript in most Browsers. Is one able to disable it for WebViews also? I mean every App could specify its own WebView and is able to turn JavaScript on/off inside their app ...
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Strange icons and notifications, is there a malware in my phone? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is this red star icon malware? How to get rid of it? Red Star And Green Cross Icons? I have a Samsung galaxy nexus with official Android 4.1 running. I sometimes get ...
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I think my kid's Eee Pad has malware. How do I get rid of it?

As you might expect from a 11 year old, she keeps filling it with games and girly-pop songs. Today, I noticed a strange "pseudo-Market" icon on its home screen: When you click on it, you get the ...
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Create an image of entire phone

My phone was out of my possession for two days. I would like to save an image of the entire phone and run it in an emulator to be able to debug/reverse it so I can check it out for malware or any ...
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Red Star And Green Cross Icons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is this red star icon malware? How to get rid of it? I have a Motorola Defy and in the notifications bar I am always getting red stars and bright green crosses. The Red ...
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How Should I Handle This Suspicious App?

While traversing the 'installed' list of Google Play, I noticed a very odd app named SOUPER ANDROID DEVELOPMENT. What's so suspicious about it is: It does absolutely nothing to explain what it ...
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What's the “MTC Мобильная Почта” update on my Samsung Galaxy?

What's the wierd looking update that's just turned up on my Samsung Galaxy phone? "MTC Мобильная Почта" by "OJSC Mobile TeleSystems". The review section has lots of one-star comments saying its ...
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How safe is android compared to other mobile platforms?

Recently I get the impression malware is only present on Android (compared to other mobile platforms) as every IT news magazine reports only on Android malware. (I guess it is also involved with the ...
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How to find app based on package name?

I've installed a malicious app that is posting ads over my notification bar, but can't find it. I know the java package name for it: com.letang.game103.en using the command: adb shell dumpsys ...
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Is z4Root infected?

I downloaded One Click Lag Fix and it requested z4Root, I also downloaded from the computer, because it was not on the market and installed, but AVG reported me that is infected. I downloaded with ...
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Is this red star icon malware? How to get rid of it?

Every now and then a red star icon appears on my brother's notification bar, as shown below. The message related to this notification is some advert like "Turbo Boost Your Battery". He has been ...
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How can I detect Malware and/or viruses?

I'm buying a used Droid phone (Verizon) that has been rooted. Is there anyway to scan it for viruses (and more importantly) malware? Or maybe even a firewall? (I may be being overcautious). Some ...
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Secure keyboard application from android market

Is it safe to install a keyboard application from android market that asks full internet access permission? Will it not lead to certain security risks? There are several free and paid keyboards that ...
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Dropbox not installed, but there is log activity in /data/system/dropbox?

I don't have dropbox installed, but whilst checking log files I've found that there is a /data/system/dropbox directory with log files from the 18th (which I think is the last time I rebooted my ...
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What is “PMEasyView”?

I got a little toast pop up just now saying "hello world, PMEasyView!" I just woke up my phone, was in the SugarSync app. I haven't recently installed anything except from the Android Market and ...
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Securing a young child's tablet

My wife has decided to get the kids a set of android tablets for christmas. These are Coby Kyros 4GB wi-fi only models. The kids are ages 6-10 so I don’t particularly want to let them have free ...
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How do I protect my phone from malicious apps once it is rooted?

I rooted my phone. Now if I use a Terminal Emulator such as Android Terminal Emulator, I noticed that I can can easily obtain root access without a password: $ id uid=10059(app_59) gid=10059(app_59) ...
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How do I tell if my phone has Carrier IQ Software on it?

What is known about the Carrier IQ Software and Android handsets? I see a similar icon as shown on the Carrier IQ app next to an app called "Contact Data" and another called "Contact Sync". Does my ...
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How to make sure I have no sms virus?

I'm using a non-rooted, non-hacked Samsung GT-I5700 device which runs Android 2.1. Today I've received an MMS from an unknown phone with something which looked like a spam for Mastercard. I've ...
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Is it possible to track what information on your phone an app is uploading?

If you are concerned about what information an app is sending about you (your privacy concerns) is there any way of tracking this? Can you see if an app is sending photos on your phone? Can you see if ...
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What are potential problems/violations that malware apps can do?

There are some apps that I am considering to download which have many permission requirements and have few comments from other past users. The number of downloads are relatively low so I am ...
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Wallpaper changing randomly [closed]

I'm using HTC desire HD with sense UI. Lately my wallpaper is being changed by the system at random (the images are some random scenery). I have checked all the recent apps I have installed, all from ...
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Downloaded Applanet apps

Are apps downloaded from Applanet safe for use? Can they have any malware?
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Can a Factory Reset fix Malware Problem?

This recent story appeared on Slashdot regarding various malware apps that had invaded the Android Market. Google quickly removed them (and I was not infected - I don't typically download apps), but I ...
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Protection from Malicious Intent

Is there an app, or will Google produce a system, where I can protect my Android device? Imagine a soundboard app that's free, but it asks for your contact information. The average user might be ...
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Are there any tools to sandbox a malware application even more than the granted permissions on Android?

Suppose I want to run some program which requests too many permissions. For example, record from the microphone or read IMEI of my phone. However, there are no practical explanation why recording from ...