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Can there be malicious apps on Google Play?

Do I need to worry about malicious apps on Google Play, or can I trust everything I install, so long as I install it from Google Play? And if I need to worry, what red flags should I look for - ...
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What are ways of contracting malware/viruses on your Android phone?

I'd like to know so I can prevent it from happening.
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Malware App Installed, Then uninstalled immediately- Next action steps

I recently accidentally installed an app from Google Play onto my android phone (Version 2.3.6) which was clearly a fake... It had the same name and icon as the app I wanted, and I hit the install ...
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Can a Factory Reset fix Malware Problem? And another question too!

After factory reset my pictures, videos, and other media remained. Is it an indication of infection? Prior to the factory reset. Can you explain why my media wasn't deleted? It was supposed to wipe ...
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Do I have a virus on my phone? A message from an Android app says so

I have just received a message from an Android app on my phone saying my phone has been infected with a virus and to click a link to fix the problem. I'm not sure I trust this, is it possible to ...
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Is imessageonandroid.com really an iMessages app for Android or is it Scam?

I saw on a website that they have an iMessages app that lets you text iPhone user for free just like it is for an iPhone user texting another iPhone user. Do you use our own number, or do you have ...
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Out Of Space error

my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 running Jelly Bean is running into some problems. Ever since I downloaded 'Smule Magic Piano', every app I try to download from my device or the online store has shown the ...
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How to stop “Make your phone more social” prompts?

Alcatel One Touch 983, firmware version 2.3.7. I am frequently interrupted with a black screen displaying this prompt: Make your phone more social Authorize the synchronizing which will make ...
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Can your android device get malware? [duplicate]

I admit, I watch porn now and then on my android phone. But I never, ever, download something or click any adds or links. But here's the weird thing, sometimes when I visit such a website, an ...
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Heyzap interstitial ads in every app

I noticed when I start an app, often an Heyzap interstitial ad appears (I had the Heyzap app but removed it 2 days ago). Today I ran my own app that I've compiled from the Android SDK that definitely ...
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does it really work? rekey.app claims to protect agains Master Key vulnerabilities

The android app rekey claims that it can protect android device against "Master Key" vulnerabilities on their website they have a test/proofOfConcept To verify that your device has been patched, you ...
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I think that I may have been a victim of a malicious mms

I have a Sidekick 4g running Android 2.2.1. I just received a multimedia message from an acquaintance who I happened to have in my contact list. I clicked on the notification which sent me to ...
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Application trying to access in app billing

Getting a message at the bottom of my screen: In app billing is not supported for this device. Try again later. The problem is, I never authorized an app for in-app billing in the first place. ...
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Apps install on their own

Every night for the past few days my phone installs a new app that I never saw/wanted/heard of before. It all started with AppCaster (Which I never installed on my phone, it just showed up one ...
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Something's automatically sending “stuff” from my phone

Today I was on my computer and I had my phone (Samsung Galaxy S2 X) sitting beside me. All of a sudden the screen on the phone came on and instead of it showing the lock screen, it went directly to ...
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Malware has corrupted SD card

I have android phone with SD card. Malware has moved all files to other folder. Then I copied it to previous place. But now it doesn't show applications placed in menu. It shows it in settings. What ...
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New Television icon appeared in my Android desktop

I have noticed a new Television icon appeared in my Android desktop. I have not clicked the icon thinking it could be a virus or spam. Never installed any Television application and I dont know how it ...
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Have I got the virus?

I have Google Nexus 7 tablet for some time and I recently noticed that I have file named "Designing for android.pdf" in "Download" folder (native OS folder) . Now problem is that I never downloaded ...
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root-android.org - A scam? [closed]

I would just like to know whether the website root-android.org and its product is a big scam when it comes to rooting Android devices. If it is, then I advice other would-be rooters to stay away from ...
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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 ...