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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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1answer
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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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Downloaded Applanet apps

Are apps downloaded from Applanet safe for use? Can they have any malware?
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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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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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1answer
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...