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I'm hoping someone can help me here. Yesterday I was doing some research for an essay when I clicked a website (very dumb of me, who never clicks suspicious websites or links) that redirected me. I immediately backed off, the page didn't load. If anything I spent about a second there. Being the paranoid person I am, I have malware bytes installed, scanned, clear. Avast, clear. Sophos warned me about a PUA, which was a .com.google.chrome(some letters) file. Immediately deleted it, but then again Sophos also warned me about another app being a PUA, when it's in fact, safe.

I cleared the google chrome cache. I'd like to note that I DID NOT download anything, I didn't click any links, I didn't click anything but the back button, I didn't give any permissions. I'm on android 10, Xiaomi redmi note 7 (encrypted), and updated to miui12 last night. My phone isn't acting odd or anything.

I'm just extremely worried about being infected. I checked that website on hybrid analysis which came back as malicious (attack method as hooking), virus total said the same, but google safe browsing didn't detect anything, this site was detected as malicious on 2-3 checkers. I was on google chrome at the time. Should I be concerned?

I don't do banking on my phone as I have a separate apple device for that.

Is there anything else I can do, for peace of mind? Thanks in advance.

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  • no worries android is not vulnerable from malware (except for user granted malicios apps - you would know it if you have installed something). therefore such apps like Avast are useless in my opinion (this is not a broad statement as root kit for mediatek chipset exist, but your device is qualcomm chipset). if you paranoid do a factory reset
    – alecxs
    Jan 25 at 13:43
  • in case your device has confirmed malware detection then it's most likely shipped with data mining spy app by manufacturer itself xda-developers.com/…
    – alecxs
    Jan 25 at 13:47
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    @alecxs Please be careful with such general statements. If an Android device is vulnerable depends on the installed Android version and the patch level (if the device gets security updates and if those updates really patch all known security problems). Also the used app/browser has to be considered. See for example this: i.blackhat.com/USA-20/Thursday/…
    – Robert
    Jan 25 at 13:48
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    @alecxs I was talking about your statement no worries android is not vulnerable from malware. This is not true.
    – Robert
    Jan 25 at 13:56
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    @Firelord I apologize for my late reply. I cleared data and cache. There is no package name.Yes, English! I ended up asking someone who understands website code. He told me there was nothing wrong with it, it redirected to google. www dot regionseffective dot com. I closed all tabs. Jan 26 at 20:55

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