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Fighting trojans and other malware with so-called "anti-virus" apps. If your question rather is about some piece of malware itself, use the 'malware' tag instead.

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What is DSMLawmo? How to remove it?

A recent AVG anti-virus scan on my Android tablet flagged DSMLawmo as malware. The antivirus states that it can't be removed and that DSMLawmo was pre-installed. The tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 ...
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After downloading APK Games weird things happening

I downloaded APK Games and one thing I know when I woke up my built-in apps were being replaced by "pornclub", "sexyhot", etc. I did Factory data reset but it deleted my built-in apps. I was going to ...
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Help! 25 unkown apps messing with my phone [duplicate]

These apps keep showing up in my data usage screen. I have no idea what they are or where they came from. There are 25 of them by the way. All they seem to do is use up data and interfere with my ...
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format and install new OS to get rid of viruses

I have an android phone (my uncle's) that is full of viruses that display adds and reinstall themselves I'm guessing there is no important/needed data on the phone I tried factory reset, after used ...
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Pros and cons of rooting using apps ("Soft Root") compared to other methods ("Hard Root")

There are quite a few app based rooting methods. A recent review 9 free software apps to root Android devices, points to some of them and there may be more apps, paid or otherwise. From what I ...
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Find the file referred to by a home screen icon

I have an icon in my home screen that I haven't installed and looks like malware (Logo of O2, which is not my network, with the name "Priority". I opened it once and it showed commercials). Last ...
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Unable to remove malware

I have android tablet and every time i open a browser, any browser, it automatically opens pages with ads or making me download things. Obviously the tablet got a malware but i am not able to remove ...
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How to stop coreservice walton primo GF3

Monkeytest and Timeservice were annoying me so I reset my phone which caused great problems in my phone. Now I think my phone is affected by a virus named core service, and my phone works very slowly ...
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Galaxy Prime iLocker virus

A friend's Galaxy Grand Prime was infected by a virus, I tried factory reset, and surprisingly the virus appeared on screen once factory reset completed and the phone restarted: I tried hard reset, ...
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Virus smartphone not going away

This keeps coming up on my phone and I have done factory resets thrice already. My phone is only 3 months old, please help me get rid of this and it seems to infect other phones as well. I think it ...
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Track down what is putting icons on my desktop

Starting in the last week, something is putting icons on my desktop. I've not installed anything new on this phone (Android 4.2.2) in at least 2-3 weeks (and anything that was installed has been ...
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Andorid - Possible virus

"I got an message on my android Galaxy S3, while reading my usual online newspaper on Chrome, the exact content is: The page at download.com-01.mobi says: POSSIBLE VIRUS A website you visited could ...
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What is "antivirus" on Android?

Today my mobile operator sent me another advertising SMS. They tell that lots of swindlers are trying to crack my mobile phone and steal my money. And I need to buy antivirus, it protects me from ...
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Does retrieving backup from SD card retrieve malware & virus, too?

I think I read in other questions here that you can reset your phone to factory setting to get rid of most bad stuff ordinary people can secretly put on your phone such as spy apps, malware, virus etc....
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Malware on LG G3 redirecting all browsers

More or less two or three weeks ago strange pop ups came up on my PC. Antivirus detected ga.js as virus. I thought it was a false positive. Then I've found that the thing somehow jumped on my phone. ...
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How does antivirus find the files accessed by an application without root access?

I haven't rooted my mobile phone, but an antivirus is running. Without rooting, how will the antivirus come to know about the files accessed by an application? Normally, in Linux distributions, it ...
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How to uninstall AVG which isn't listed under My Apps? [duplicate]

That's pretty much it, my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact came with AVG antivirus preinstalled and I can't see how to uninstall it, since it does not show up in Play Store under My Apps / Installed (or ...
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Could a virus be preventing me from installing an Anti-virus?

My Nexus 7 has recently been behaving oddly (closing apps unexpectedly for example). I figured I would install Lookout on my device, and tried to download it twice, it seems to download but after the ...
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Can I get a virus on Android 4.4.2 by clicking "no thanks" on one of those virus browser pop-ups?

I opened a link using the built-in facebook browser yesterday, and pop-ups on the website kept asking me if I wanted to install some anti-virus and they had two options: No thanks and OK. Normally I ...
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Is my Android affected by malware?

Occassionally when I click on a link in Google Now for one of the cards for something I've searched for (in this case, it was SmartPhones), it'll open up the site and then immediately open up a popup. ...
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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 (adfoc.us/...
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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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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 can I delete AVG Antivirus on my Xperia Z1?

I have installed AVG Antivirus Free Edition, but when I go to setting to delete it I can't do it, neither the data, only I can delete the cache. If I go to google play and to AVG Free edition there ...
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Is it a good idea/useful to use two Anti-virus apps on Android?

Is it a waste to load two anti-virus apps on your mobile? Are two AV apps more effective than one?
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Setting a Hardware ID on an Android Tablet

I wonder if I could get some guidance. We purchased 6 android tablets for our kids over Christmas and shortly after we also purchased McAfee Live Safe so that we cold protect all these devices. Now, ...
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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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I clicked on an anti virus scanner pop up on my android?

I was browsing Google when a message popped up saying something along the lines of me having a virus. Okay, I'm not stupid. I've seen these on a computer before. I also saw the word yahoo somewhere on ...
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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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Can Anti-virus affect device performance?

I have installed some anti-viruses on my device, and since then I am feeling that the performance of the device is quite slow, and when I uninstall them the device works fine, and the device starts ...
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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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Checking virus/security status of specific app?

So I let my 8 year old cousins play a game on my tablet for a bit and next thing i knew they had downloaded and installed three new games, some of which acted suspiciously, displaying notifications ...
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Kaspersky Mobile: disable lock

I have Kaspersky Mobile installed. Today I had to reinstall it after installing a new rom. Now whenever I turn on the phone, I have to enter the kaspersky unlock code, which is different from the sim ...
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I think that I may have been a victim of a malicious mms

I have a Sidekick 4g running Android 2.2.1. I just received a multimedia message from an acquaintance who I happened to have in my contact list. I clicked on the notification which sent me to ...
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Is it important to have an anti-virus application running on your phone or does the carrier protect it? [duplicate]

I use my phone like I do the computer. Shopping online with a credit card etc. Surfing unknown sites... Does my phone require an anti-virus application to protect the internal drive of my phone? Can ...
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Can I use my Windows anti-virus program to scan my Android device?

I have been researching anti-virus apps and before choosing one I was wondering if I could get the same detection by using my Windows anti-virus. I realize that an app will provide real-time ...
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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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Get rid of virus that downloads apk

My android tablet, a zoom, has started to download apk's at random without any initiation on my part. I have the don't allow foreign apk's to be installed thing checked so they can't get on to the ...
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Kaspersky fails to load

I have Kaspersky installed on my Samsung Galaxy S2. Since the last update it doesn't work anymore. I get a startup screen that asks for my email address for an anti-theft account. When I fill this in (...
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Why does Android have antivirus apps while iOS does not?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and my friend has an iPhone. I have downloaded and installed the Norton Anti Virus app. I am at a loss to understand why iOS seemingly does not need protection as such. A ...
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FakeGGSearch.a - Lookout found a virus on my Android Phone

I use Android 2.1update1 and installed Lookout, and now Lookout says that: "FakeGGSearch.a" is a trojan, but I can't uninstall it! Now what? What can I do about this? Google didn't returned any ...
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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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Questions about Samsung Galaxy S security applications

Hello I would like to know whether is it recommended to have some antiVirus+firewall application for this current phone? (I usually open email attachments for example) 1.Do these applications runs ...
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Does AVG have any features that Lookout doesn't have, or vice versa?

I'm trying to decide which antivirus/malware protection I should use on my android phone. It looks like the best options are either Lookout or AVG. Where can I find a list of features that the one ...
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Android Antivirus Software (solution and battery life relevance)

Is there a security solution for Android that's vastly regarded as "the best" one at the moment or is it like in the PC world where there are 3-4 which are "the best"? Also, what should I expect to ...
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Android and antiviruses

This is actually three questions: Are anti-viruses needed for smartphones running Android OS? Is the Android Market absolutely safe (because all precautions are taken by Google to prevent any ...
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AVG by DroidSecurity - legit? Useful?

Re-post from StackOverflow, when suggested this was a more appropriate forum. I originally posted this on Whirlpool as well - I am very interested to see what new input I can get from this community. ...
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Is an antivirus really needed for Android?

I use Linux for half a decade now, so I am not used to dealing with viruses anymore. To my surprise, I saw some discussion about antiviruses in Android. I haven't installed any yet, but this bugs me: ...
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