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Suspicious Apps With 5-digit Names [duplicate]

While checking out app data usage in my android's settings, I noticed several unfamiliar and inexplicable apps with five-digit names, one such being 10226. Are they installed malware? I don't trust, ...
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Does anyone else have a mysterious UID appear in their ADB? (-253)

I input the command adb shell dumpsys netstats detail and found "-253". The "-253" doesn't have any package name, and this is the only mention of "-253" I could find in ...
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Application named Athena, green, circular, filled, black. Malware?

I was looking for software to sync my Oppo A15s and PC. So I got to a software named My Phone Explorer. Both my phone and PC are working smoothly and efficiently. There is no problem in syncing, but ...
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What's the state of Kaspersky (on Android) in 2024?

TL;DR, is Kaspersky safe to use given the current political situation? I decided to download an antivirus and scan my device after accidentally clicking on a really suspicious link. Once I was done ...
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Samsung Internet open links on it own and pop up as picture in picture

My phone pop up ads page every 5 minutes in Samsung Internet as picture in picture mode, I tried to find any app doing this but nothing was found, any idea on how to get rid of this?
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Unable to remove malware, even after factory reset and system flash. Sony Xperia 1 IV, XQ-CT72

I had a rooted phone, in which I misclicked an apk and installed it. Almost immediately I uninstalled it and disabled the network (I also had afwall and netguard enabled). However it was too late. I ...
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Restoring device settings from "Cupcake" malware app

I launched the Cupcake malware application from https://github.com/dmitrijkotov634/Cupcake that changed my settings, not only the visual part, but also the more systemic one. I restarted the phone and ...
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Realme 11 pro fix application list anomaly

Basically I find an app list anomaly, and don't know how to fix it, nor if it's the symptom of a compromise, or just an anomaly; here are the details: A few month ago I bought a brand new phone (a ...
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How to get rid this purple icon?

The phone is a samsung 21. When I click on the purple icon or just randomly on its own, this screen pops up. It does not matter how many times I drag the icon to the X to remove it, it comes right ...
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What all methods can be used for detecting malware on lower partitions where antiviruses cannot reach?

I had bought a used phone from a friend and was facing issues like password changes and media leakage as shown by my other friends so I scanned using antiviruses like Malwarebytes,Kaspersky,lookout, ...
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Android stalkerware abilities

I have a Xiaomi Redmi 4 (4X). I just unlocked the bootloader and cleaned all flashed my phone because the stalkerware my friend installed wasn't going away by a factory reset. After some days from ...
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Android spyware detection

I installed an APK which my friend sent through a link through instagram and as soon as I donwloaded and installed it, it disappeared into the background And she told me to unlock my oem before ...
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How can Phones such as Oppo be vulnerable to Privilege escalation exploits

Oppo (to my knowledge) makes it basically impossible to root, due to locking the boot loader and removing fast boot. So I'm wondering if this changes anything in regards to Privilege escalation ...
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Android malware opens browser tabs with spec. URL

I got Android malware on my Redmi 9 smartphone which open numerous tabs on my browser with the URL https://jaavnacsdw.com/GAS/GAS.php?c=1797742&c1=VAR. One time, I had 133 tabs. Does anyone know ...
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How to determine if an Android device is compromised with a rootkit?

How would you go about checking your smartphone for root level malware, including rootkits, if you cannot get direct access to smartphone partitions? There's news almost monthly how cheap Android ...
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How can I find and remove the source of "full screen" ads when I can't locate it in any of my apps?

There is a site/app that takes up my whole screen (LG V30 Pie) several times a day. The top part, in the blue area, is always the same. The rest can be scrolled. None of my apps allow "draw over&...
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Can APK cause any harm on open (without installing)?

We downloaded some APK files and attempted to open them only to encounter the "There was a problem parsing the package" error. So it didn't even make through to the Install screen. However, ...
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android automatically download bad apps

as you can see in the following picture there are apps such as "Solitaire", "Ball Sort", "Count Masters", "Galaxy Attack" and many others that keep ...
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Two Android System apps after AVG/Avast flagged it as false positive. Normal?

I have a Samsung s22. Yesterday AVG flagged an "Android system" app as malware with no ability to disable it. Appears it happened to many people. AVG looked into it and declared it to be a ...
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Can virus (spy) apps install custom firmware (custom ROM) in a rooted Android phone?

I heard spy apps can root Android phones. If the phone is rooted and spy apps are installed, can spy apps install a custom ROM in that Android phone?
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Debugging Firefox on Android

I had the following: on Firefox on Android, some links in a facebook post behaved this way: I got a pop-up window that there's no Internet and I should try again, and then the following screen ...
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Verizon Software Keeps Re-Installing itself

i have a Pixel 4XL, baseband version g8150-00123-220402-B-8399852 i think its American , but i have installed the Australian Firmware on the device , after a Factory Reset , and installation of ...
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I keep seeing a popup in Android: "Install now to control when your device updates" - is my phone compromised?

I am seeing this popup displayed occasionally over more than one app (in this image, it is appearing over my calendar app). This appeared on a Google Pixel 6 Pro, which is updated to the latest ...
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Can a hacker unlock the bootloader of an android device remotely?

Is it true that you can not unlock the bootloader of an android device remotely and the only way you can infect the firmware or bootloader is to have physical access to the device. What about rooting? ...
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Three different APK file sizes for the same version/build app?

I'm getting three different APK file sizes for supposedly the same version/build app: Version 1 from Evozi: 22.485.694 bytes Version 2 from Apkpure: 22.766.408 bytes Version 3 from Aptoide: 18.641....
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How to verify Samsung/Android firmware files - has Samsung published MD5/SHA256 hashes?

I've soft-bricked my Samsung Galaxy A40FN running Android 9.0 Pie while attempting to disable bloatware via ADB and I'm currently searching for a solution to recover my data and get the system back ...
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What to do if malware not gone after complete factory reset?

I have a virus in my Samsung galaxy s21a, and even after a complete factory reset phone doesn't recover. What would be other solutions to fix it?
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Are these random UID applications spywares?

It's been a year since I am ignoring all these Applications using my data and battery. At first, I thought they could be apps that I uninstalled a while ago. But, no, every third day they were showing ...
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Unknown files inside the root folder, filename starting with ".reaper"

I previewed (not downloaded) by mistake today a malicious PDF on the Gmail app with Adobe Reader app, and I already inspected the phone for malware, uninstalled the Adobe Reader app in case it was ...
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How to find hidden malware on Android?

Today, while watching a YouTube video on my Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, the left half of the video portion was covered with a pinkish/orangish screen with the words "MICROWAVE SPY CAMERA 1.XXXX&...
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What is this weird app on the homescreen of ColorOS 11? Is this a malware?

My device is an Oppo F11 Pro that I bought in 2019 and it has ColorOS 11.1 / Android 11. Recently, this weird app popped out on my phone. I tried to remove it, but when I tap on it, it says that it ...
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What is this unknown app on Oppo running Android 11? [duplicate]

This app just popped up on my Oppo A74 running Android version 11 and I can't open it, and it doesn't have a name. I haven't downloaded anything today, and this app only came a few hours ago, so ...
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A malicious file keeps appearing on my phone even if I have formatted it (1_unit_15x15_3_goldenFmt)

Some days ago, a keylogger was put in my phone by a hacker, and my phone got infected. After having formatted the phone, there is a file that keeps appearing on my phone and has not been deleted. The ...
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Built-in Trojan?

So I bought this tablet from a little-known company called iGet. The tablet was brand new and all the apps you see on the following screen came with the tablet or were installed from the Play store (...
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I connected my phone with usb debugging to an infected computer

I have a computer that used to have malware. During the time it had malware, I connected my phone to it with usb debugging (was unaware of the malware). I have no signs of malware but I'm still ...
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Can an ADB backdoor persist after factory reset

Recently I started playing with automations in my Android device. Specifically, I used Automate, Tasker and MacroDroid. I also downloaded some Tasker plugins, and some ADB connectors for these apps. A ...
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Malware propgating through usb debugging

Summary: Computer probably had malware. Didn't know. Connected phone to use as midi. Could have turned on usb debugging or usb tethering to see if that helped without knowing what it does as I was an ...
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Are these apps with package name and random numbers malware?

Did a factory reset on my phone late last month and noticed a strange app/process in data usage the last few days titled "com.sec.mimage.uid.retouching:10076", low filesize but enough to ...
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Can any virus be removed easily on non-rooted phones?

I know that all android devices are hackable whether they are rooted or not. I have general idea of protecting an android phone (or staying safe with android device) from any viruses. What I want to ...
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My phone starts downloading an app which is named 'Google Play' but is not the actual google play

My phone starts downloading an app which is named 'Google Play' when I press it's dialogue for a second it shows 'Download Manager' as the app which is downloading it. But I don't have any download ...
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Remove multiple viruses on Samsung A50

On my Samsung A50, it detects: Android/Generic.S.7F619A!tr Android/Generic.S.6C6770!tr Android/Faketoken.SNT!tr Trojan.Dropper.AndroidOS.Hqwar.bb Android Generic.S.11954!tr No antivirus or anti-...
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Inspecting firmware integrity on Android

How do I inspect the integrity of the firmware on my Android device? For instance, if a Remote Access Trojan is present, what steps should I take to detect and remove them?
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Mysterious grey rectangles on notification panel

Got a new Nokia 5.4 that has just recently been updated to Android 11 with no 3rd-party apps installed except Kaspersky. However, I've been noticing a rather strange behaviour where there seems to be ...
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"Unable to get VPN permissions, you may need to reboot device and try again"

On my Play Store-included Chinese Android phone (Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC), I recently encountered an issue where I had to re-accept permissions for all of my apps. My VPN app failed, and I began getting ...
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Doogee S88 pro Malware + install custom rom

I purchased the Doogee s88 Pro a year ago, and it is the perfect phone for my rugged lifestyle, except of the uncertainty of them installing malware / adware in their devices. I'm trying to install a ...
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Inexplicable possible automated event

I'd like to understand the cause of this: I put the smartphone on airplane mode After some hours I turn off the airplane mode, and activate internet connection Suddenly, after having lowered the ...
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How can I check if my Android device is infected with Pegasus Spyware?

I am referring to this Spyware which as been on the news lately: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_(spyware) How can I check an Android device for it? I would prefer step-by-step instructions, ...
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How to determine exact package/application which cause undetected traffic consumption (only UID are known)

The situation Some time ago I am started to locate data traffic leakage by the some packages, which listed in traffic listings as a numeric UID (five digits long). In both selection - by the cellular ...
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Downloaded a phising application, what steps should I take next?

My dad accidentally downloaded a fishy DHL tracking application. The application was downloaded through a SMS he received. I immediately noticed that the application wasn't accessible through the apps ...
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Name and type of virus on Android which is attacking file system and storage drives

There's a virus on my Android phone which is attacking the file systems and storage drives attached to my device. I need help identifying the virus, so that I may further my research and come up with ...
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