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 the Internet and don't have wi-fi access where I am.

However, a few days ago, for no apparent reason at all, this setting began switching on at intervals without me doing anything. Tried switching my phone off and on, tried killing most of my running services, has made no difference. Generally, a few times a day I find that it has switched on.

Have installed AVG Antivirus Pro and it found nothing.

Any clue of what it could be that's doing it - and more importantly, how to get rid of whatever it is? I hate to imagine how much of my phone credit it has drained!

  • What other apps do you have installed?
    – 1990clb
    May 2 '14 at 23:20
  • Agree with @1990clb it is important to mention at least the apps that you installed or changed around the time the problem started or other setting that you may have changed. Another general piece of advice is that when it comes to Android, Antivirus softwares are misleading as there is no concept of viruses in Android at the most there are badly coded apps and even apps designed to perform maliciously! Also please mention if your device is rooted
    – reubenjohn
    May 3 '14 at 5:55
  • I don't remember installing anything new around the time the problem started. Usually I update apps I installed when I'm told an update is available, but avoid updating system apps unnecessarily in order not to clog up the internal memory.
    – Stewart
    Jun 1 '14 at 18:25
  • But the apps I have installed: 1Tap Cleaner, Adobe Reader, FastConnect (which I haven't managed to get to work), Mail.com, National Rail Enquiries, StopWatch & Timer, Wikipedia (which I might uninstall as it's no real improvement over the mobile version of the website), and various games (none of which have any reason to access the Internet except for when I choose to download new puzzles).
    – Stewart
    Jun 1 '14 at 18:29
  • @reubenjohn And no, it isn't rooted. What do the likes of AVG Antivirus for Android do, if not protect you against viruses? Should it really be called AVG Antibadlycodedapp or AVG Antiappdesignedtoperformmaliciously?
    – Stewart
    Jun 1 '14 at 18:34

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