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I went on putlocker and then got some popup saying something about system error and then another one like this:

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At that moment I turned off my phone. But before I got to the screen above, I think I clicked something like "find more details" on the scam page. I was googling a bit and of course I found this is a scam, tricking me into installing malware. The question now is, is it OK, or has anything been installed on my phone? I read this page, and they write:

The virus infection pop up is a fake and touching it will redirect you to another page that may automatically download an APK file that would automatically install an app that contains the virus on your phone ... As I told earlier, apps containing malware can be automatically installed on your phone and in this case, you need to uninstall it immediately before it can create more issues.

Hmmm, this is strange - is it actually possible for a webpage to install something on your phone without confirmation? I think I clicked something in the scam page, but I am SURE I didn't confirm any installation.

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The app can be automatically downloaded, however Chrome does warn you before downloading an APK file. So, that's check one.

Next, any app package (apk) which you try to install outside of Play Store requires your consent before the installation is started.

And you also need to enable "Unknown Sources" before such an app can even start the installation.

So, going by these checks, yes the file can automatically download on your phone. But I'm not buying that it will install automatically as well. Your phone should be clean right now if you haven't installed the app.

Just check your downloads and remove any unknown APK package that you see. Thereafter, start using your phone normally without worrying.

  • thank you! 1) What do you mean by checking downloads? Just in Chrome or somewhere else? 2) I have installed App detective to be able to see list apps by time of installation (so that I don't have to go through the full list). Is that approach safe or are the apps able to fake the installation date? – Tomas May 22 '18 at 22:15
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    Just the downloads folders I mean. I'd ideally use a file manager and browse the downloads folder while sorting the files as "Last Modified". That should provide me with the latest files added to my phone's downloads folder. App detective should be able to figure out the date of installation. That said, I still won't agree to the point that "App gets installed automatically." – singhnsk May 24 '18 at 4:30

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