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Is this notification that keeps coming up on my phone a virus?

This notification keeps coming up, and i'm not sure if it's real or a virus, or how to stop it coming up. It says 'Android system warning! Google has found serious bugs in your Battery Module!Click on ...
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Why Everything has exchanged places on my android Interface? [duplicate]

Well, I don't know how but today suddenly my first (and new) android phone (Moto E) got "sick" and everything on both the sides of the interface switched places. It is like reflection about vertical ...
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How to remove secure-it.imrworldwide.com cookie/spyware/malware from android os

i wiped the cache and did factory data reset from recovery mode but this thing is still there among the cookies. I think it must be a spyware because my personal computer was attacked as well and i ...
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“Brendon's url” and Chinese apps on home screen. Is it a virus? How do I fix it?

My tab was charging when I noticed there were notifications in Chinese and unknown home screen shortcuts created. Some were named "Brendon's URL" and the others were in Chinese. The notifications were ...
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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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Can't get rid of an Adfoc.us redirect virus

My Android seems to be infected with a very nasty virus. Sometimes when I open links to totally safe pages (like stackoverflow) from my mobile I got redirected to a page called adfoc.us ...
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Preventing smartphone from malware while using internet [closed]

On my PC, while surfing internet, I use mywot extension for firefox so that I only visit legitimate websites. What should I use while surfing the internet through Opera Mini on android?
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How to root the HTC Desire 300 (also known as Zara Mini)

Okay please forgive me if this has already been answered, I've read a few questions on here but I still don't understand. Firstly, I'm not a "techie" or anything like that, so some of the really ...
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Removing mobogenie

I saw the Mobogenie in my installed apps list. Uninstalled and it is coming back from somewhere when I connect to internet. I think this is a genuine app, but a bit concerned about the intrusive ...
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What is this folder named “d1o1m0o7b1i1le”? Is it a virus?

I found a directory on the SD card of my Nexus 5 called .d1o1m0o7b1i1le that definitely wasn't there last week. It contains a directory called dont_remove, which contains a bunch more directories with ...
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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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Adcash malware removal process, tool

When I am online, I get always when I unlock the screen a browser popup with a specified address: adcash.com/... It is just a blank page, but very annoying. I have tried all the Play offers and highly ...
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An unknown app called 10102 shows up in Data Usage graph

A mysterious app named "10102" shows up in my data usage. It bears only the standard Android app icon (the Bugdroid logo with a cube on its torso). From what the graph tell me, it has used 36 ...
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Root in Android is connecting to SoftLayer Technologies!

I was reviewing what programs are connecting to the internet on my Android Nexus 5, and I saw that Root had already disconnected from the connection to SoftLayer Technologies, inc (IP 108.168.176.245 ...
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Is this evidence of malware?

My issue (possible malware) isn't the same as the person who posted at the link below, but the SYMPTOMS are the same. I'm not at all concerned with pasting my password. I'm concerned with whether the ...
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Android device beginning to go out of control when I reboot it

Sometime back I had connected my Android mobile HTC Explorer to a compromised system. It has been about one year since then. Sometimes my phone tends to react in strange ways. Sometimes(once or ...
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Can I use XPrivacy as an Antivirus?

I am using XPrivacy + Xposed Framework. is it safe to consider that malware can be controlled thank to Xprivacy?
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ANDROID/HtcLog.C.1 virus

I have a Samsung Galaxy S III that was forensically looked by a software program called Oxygen. The resulting files from the analysis were then loaded onto my computer. After the email client on my ...
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Is the analog clock widget somehow tied into the unlock screen?

I've encountered something bizarre on my phone which I think is just an innocent side effect, but I wanted to make sure that it wasn't indicative of something malicious. From time to time, right ...
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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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How do Antivirus for Android detects a Malware application?

While researching about malware analysis for Android, I found that there are few applications that were removed from the Google Play Store because they were found to be malware. I guess Android ...
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How to prevent tracking or hacking of a used phone

The used phone's IMEI is clean, so it's not stolen. Looks like its seller did a factory-reset before selling it. But how do I make sure that it doesn't have any malware or backdoors, and that its ...
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Hacked and left with messed up internal file system

My Samsung Galaxy S3 Sprint was hacked a couple of weeks ago. This happened after all of our laptops were hacked as well. I have strong evidence to support all are now hosting botnets. I THINK I ...
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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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How to get rid of ad-ware

I've recently installed some games from Google Play Store. Then I uninstalled them all using application manager. The problem is now an advertisement popup appears now and then which stays on top for ...
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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 ...
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Possibly a trojan named “SuperUser [UID]”?

SuperUser is prompting for access for something named "SuperUser [UID]" Why would the app SuperUser prompt for access for itself? Could it be a trojan with almost the same name as SuperUser?
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Does Android's implementation of SELinux's M.A.C. inhibit apps with root privileges from accessing other app's data?

Starting with Android 4.4 SELinux's MAC is enforced. Does this mean that if an app somehow can get installed and exploit the kernel to get root privileges, that MAC will still prevent that app with ...
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Why do I sometimes get requests for root access from unusual applications?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 running a rooted stock firmware, Occasionally I get a popup from my superuser application saying that an application that I did not specifically install or launch has ...
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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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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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Banner Ads on bottom of different apps- Is this a Virus?

I have Android 4.4.2. On a couple of apps (like Huffington Post and NBC 4 LA)I've noticed different banner ads that appear on the bottom of the screen inside different apps. The thing is these banner ...
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Adware in Chrome

The Chrome browser on my Nexus4 started to showing the same overlay ad on every web site I visit. I noticed it the first time using a hotel wifi a week ago. The nexus is not rooted but 'installing ...
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What is track.dovelane.com and how do I get rid of it?

Sometimes I get popups for something that claims to be a virus cleaner that redirects me to track.dovelane.com and the again to the play store page for an app called clean master. ...
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Antivirus for Android? [duplicate]

Ever since I got this phone, I have had Avast installed. I'm just being a little picky, but I'd like to know if antivirus software is worthwhile, or even necessary at all, on Android. For your ...
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Data over mobile network switching on behind my back - what could be doing it and how to stop?

Alcatel OneTouch 983, Android 2.3.7 I normally have "Enable data access over mobile network" switched off so as not to drain my phone credit, only switching it on when I want to do something quick on ...
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MightyText isn't working. Is it malware?

I needed to send SMS from my PC because my hands finger's are fat then normal, which does not fit with smartphone small tiny buttons while i type large sentences, it takes me while to complete a small ...
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Pocket Neo, possible virus?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo which I have for about 4 months now. Shortly after I started to use my mobile device, I started to get push notifications for various applications (where to remove ...
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Phone using GPS while the screen is off

Recently I noticed that when I press the home or power button to turn my screen on, I notice that the GPS indicator is on for a split second. What is happening here? Is there something trying to use ...
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What is this CJK app and why is it on my phone?

I was going through my apps and discovered this: Um, what? Unfortunately, I'm not fluent in the language that the app is titled with (Chinese, I'm guessing?), so I have no idea what it is or where ...
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my phone may have virus but my antivirus scans clean that phon is protected [duplicate]

A pop up window appeared on my phone ,about some wifi booster simuntaneously an other window got on and told that my phone was infected by an virus ,but my antivirus was active and then i scaned my ...
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Uninstall Spy Apps

There are a lot of spy apps, that can record audio of the surroundings of the phone, take pictures and trace the phone using GPS, Cell towers, and transfering the information to the spy ...
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Android Spy Apps

Is it possible for someone to install a spy app on an Android phone JB os? Do these spy apps really work? Can anyone install this spy app to your mobile phone without your knowledge? If you suspect ...
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Lookout - Which application is trying to access the system with no authorization

Is there any log where I can check which unknown source app is trying to access the phone without authorization? Lookout keeps popping up this message but don't tell me which application is! It ...
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Possible Virus; Eratic Behavior on Galaxy Pocket Neo

Some time ago(a few months) I've bought a Galaxy Pocket Neo from a local internet store, which isn't really famous (actually everyone I asked knew nothing about it). It turned out to be a branch of ...
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My “Avast: Mobile” security is giving me massive warnings about Trojans such as: “Android:SMSSend-DC[trj]”

I got these warnings on my Samsung phone by the "Avast: Mobile" Security application about having malware (mostly trojans). So I scanned my phone and Avast said that i had over 50 applications ...
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What is master key vulnerability in android?

What is master key vulnerability in Android? From looking at a few different sites, I understand that it is bypassing the authentication provided by signing of apps. How can I detect an app is ...
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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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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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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 ...