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For questions regarding viruses, trojan horses, spyware, and other malicious software, especially in removing or preventing it.

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Is it possible for a phone to still be compromised/infected by malware or spyware even after a factory reset?

If yes then how can one ensure that its %100 wiped clean? Android 7 | rooted EDIT: Same question but how about when rom is flashed ?
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How to stop these malwares from auto-installing? [closed]

It's been a year already since some malwares get auto-installed on my android device and each time I uninstall them they're reinstalling I factory reset my device several times already ,but it's ...
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Why does my phone battery die at 0% then it has more battery when I turn it on again?

So after dying at 0% when I turn it on again, it can have more battery like 26%. Why does this happen? Does this mean my phone has a virus?
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How to get rid of spying app (rooted)

My android phone is installed with spyware (spying app). This can be a breach for my business leaking out passwords. How to clean wipe android OS and freshly install Android OS again cleanly. My ...
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Why do I see a screenshot of something that I was doing in the background on my smartphone?

When I take a screenshot it does not appear on it, it is like seeing through a drawn glass, It can only be seen from the outside, it's hard to explain. Is it some kind of malware? The screenshot looks ...
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Why am I getting Google Drive notifications about strangers' documents?

Screenshot: Is this just a new form of spam or phishing technique, basically betting that I'll click on the notification and look at the document? I haven't looked at any of them yet, but it seems ...
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Unable to permanently deleted broken files automatically appearing in “recently deleted” in photo gallery

I have this problem since few weeks now. I am Unable to permanently deleted unknown broken files (2 videos) automatically reappearing in "recently deleted" files in photos gallery app (Oreo ...
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So, I have an app called “ww_easteur001”, never installed it, and it behaves… weird I would say. Need help with it

So, I never installed this app, it just appeared at some point on my phone. I didn't do anything at first, thought it was something related to android because it has an android icon. The problem is ...
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What are the chances of a malware being persistent if I dd to write system.img and userdata.img from twrp

If I had a malware on my phone, say malware like xhelper, or strandhogg or something even critical than that, what are the chances of it being persistent even after using dd to write the system.img ...
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Is mtk-su safe? Is it actually temporary?

mtk-su which helps mediatek mtk-65** based phone owners to basically gain a "temporary" root. My question is, if it was actually temporary as it claims, and if it actually doesn't persist ...
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Suspected malware on stock apps in a Mediatek mtk6580 based phone

I have an old(2016) Mediatek mtk6580 chipset phone(non rooted/stock). Couple days back, I downloaded an app called "Apk extractor" from play store, and extracted the system apps to the ...
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Is this “app” malicious or is it a bug? [duplicate]

I was examining my battery usage and noticed this: I don't know what this "-5" app is supposed to be. Could it be malicious or is it just a bug? I own an OnePlus 6 with Android 10 (OxygenOS ...
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IP blacklisted - unusual traffic - possible malware?

Over the past month I've had about 5 or so occasions where Google force me to do a capture on a normal search, saying that there is unusual traffic from my device. Recently, past few days, I've had a ...
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how to identify on command line terminal emulator apps and packages that have active network connections [duplicate]

I tried this using an app and I am able to identify most apps and their network connections however there are certain apps listed as '?' so apparently it is not able to identify a package name I ...
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Do rooting applications read as malware?

I DLed a root application at XDA-Developers and my Malwarebytes and Virus Total say it's malware. I suspect this is normal given what it does, but what I've read of rooting, never has it said, 'your ...
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Does cell service provider has ability to display ads over other apps?

I came to realize that in rare occasions when using the Android phone, Cell service provider (Mobile Network provider) shows some popup advertisements. Regardless of the app, screen I was in it always ...
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How do I identify and remove this spammy malware “Suggestion” app?

Recently these spam ads have started showing up on my phone from an app calling itself "Suggestions". I never installed this thing itself and I don't see it on the apps list. It runs ...
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a sketchy person has my phone for half an hour. what should i look for? [closed]

so i met this guy who had like 10 red flags... like I had a stalker once who didn't creep me out as much as he did. we just met and then were chillig and he asked me to turn on a song, which I also ...
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High battery usage (no wifi no apps no wireless)?

I've noticed that I lose about 20% battery each hour while my phone is unattended and offline. I check the battery settings and find that no apps are running. The phone is rooted, and I'm wondering ...
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Is there risk of bricking in attempting to install a custom recovery on adevice that has been compromised and has sstem level malware apps on it?

My phone has been compromised and has malware system apps that have persisted after factory reset. I'd like to install a custom recovery so that I can at least get it back to functional if I brick it ...
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Is Google Voice susceptible to hacking like regular MMS or Whatsapp messages?

I have been using Google voice in a public facing way so as to reduce the chance of receiving malware messages over SMS/MMS or Whatsapp. But is it just as susceptible for someone to be able to sneak ...
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Automatic downloads

I've noticed in several occasions that on mobile browsers (I suppose it happens also on desktop ones) downloads can be forced without user consent. I've studied the matter and I've learnt that this is ...
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Will this Remove a Permission from an App?

So I downloaded an app from the web today, but it had some permissions I was uncomfortable with granting. So, I used APKTool to decompile the APK, removed the suspicious permission from the manifest, ...
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One Plus 7 - phone restarted after downloading an app and all apps permission got reset to default

I recently downloaded a game from the play store (Hitman Sniper). After the game completed installing, the phone automatically restarted and after that whichever app I opened, it asked for the ...
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Replacing Malware System Apps with Clean Versions of Apps

I have many times found devices or ROMs that have malware installed as system apps. This thread is intended to define a recurring problem and discuss and determine solutions. Background: In many ...
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What can malware on Android 10 actually do? [duplicate]

I was hoping to get an idea of how well modern versions of Android protect your phone using sandboxing. If you install an app and don't grant it any permissions what types of common malware activities ...
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Malware downloads APK

Some app is repeatedly downloading APK files in my Lenovo Android phone. How can I find which program is doing this ? I have installed all my apps from Google Play store.
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Android Malware Connections

Is it possible for android malware (with root privileges) to hide it's connections from network monitoring apps installed on the infected device? Are android network monitoring apps (such as Net ...
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Today, my phone out of nowhere started opening random spam/scam sites. What can I do to make it stop [duplicate]

I have an Huawei mate 10 lite, and today it started randomly opening my browser and showing me scam sites. I have tried some anti-virus apps, but after a full scan they didn't find anything. I also ...
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Samsung galaxy 8+ taken over

I am experiencing very severe issues with my Galaxy 8+. I am on my 3rd replacement. As soon as I create a Google account someone/something accesses it and changes my account recovery info, adds ...
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Run applications Isolated, avoid embedded trackers

So i'm going to be using microg trying to avoid the million trackers hidden in applications on the play store and mainly use applications from Fdroid as they don't for the most part. I actually had a ...
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What is “GPUwatch Interceptor app”

I was going through my settings today and I clicked on privacy then checked my special access and noticed something I've never seen before. An app called watch GPU interceptor it had full access ...
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If I buy a used and infected android phone, will flashing a new custom recovery and custom ROM make it safe to use?

If I buy a used and infected phone with a expensive spyware on it that the antivirus does not detect or is unable to remove than will flashing a new custom recovery and custom ROM make it safe to use? ...
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Is appgallery.cloud.huawei.com a Huawei site or kind of malware?

I started to receive notifications urging to install the official Huawei app store, kind of alternative to Google Play Store. I would be glad, but the app immediately requires to give about all ...
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Malware automatically installing unless I disable the play store

So I have been working on my brother's Elite 6.0l+ Sky device. This poor thing has been struck by the xhelper virus which auto installs firedoor, firemyn and an app that likes to hide itself by ...
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Will a hard reset remove any malicious software/viruses/malware from my Experia X?

I suspect my phone is compromised, and if a simple hard reset will fix all potential problems, I'll do that. Will that solve all potential problems? I'm concerned that the guy who just replaced my ...
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Avoid getting infected by Faketoken malware

In the past, the Faketoken malware was quite spreading, and in these days, it has started spreading again. I found article about few thousand Android phones being infected. How to avoid getting ...
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how to *really* kill adware app

the BLU Dash X2, Android 6.0, has a known adware app shown as Preinstall Data2 in the Settings | Apps list, and I finally figured out this is the same as com.android.packages.oseasapps shown in pm ...
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Should warnings about not charging your phone at airport/public usb ports be taken seriously?

There are many articles on the internet saying that charging at the usb ports available at the airport and public places can cause your phone to get hacked. Is there any any truth behind this? If ...
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How can I check that my Samsung phone is original and hasn't been modified?

How can I check that the mobile device that I am using has not been altered after leaving the factory? By this I mean no changes whatsoever have been made to the device. Whether it's the whole OS (...
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Does the use of Android One remove the risk of OEM spying?

China is forcing tourists to install text-stealing malware at its border. Also, U.S. intelligence officials imply that Huawei, ZTE devices aren't safe for consumers (even in the West). Some ...
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'Your device is 10 days out of date' … unexpected notification, is it malware?

I have a Pixel 1, unlocked (bought direct from Google in 2016). I've never installed anything from an untrusted source. I just unlocked my phone and saw a popup similar to the 'emergency broadcast'/'...
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advert web pages opened on phone by bg app [duplicate]

I have some unwelcome behavior on my Samsung S4 AOS 5.0.1 (unrooted) phone. A few days ago I start to get attempts to open my web pages (up to 3 times a day so far) while my phone is idle. All cases ...
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What to do if I suspect my device is compromised?

I recently bought a Pixel 2 XL "open box" off eBay. The device appears slightly used, and a couple of days after registering with my Google account, I received security notifications of attempted ...
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Is it possible to get the SHA256 of an APK solely through ADB?

I am currently working on a project which will identify malware that are residing on a device. My aim is to make a hash-based detection of Android malware on a device by only accessing the ADB port ...
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Malware that destroys the color yellow?

I have no idea where to turn with this, but I am worried that malware or other misbehaving software is causing a color distortion. The story is: my phone, a Moto G5 Plus, at some point lost the ...
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Red-and-White Megaphone App coming up unsolicited

For about a month, an unknown app has been occasionally coming up on my cell phone's screen, interrupting whatever I'm doing, displaying a black screen and that rolling circle in the middle that means ...
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Remove notifications “Activate Anti-malware service” and “Battery fully charged” on rooted Samsung S10

On my Samsung S10e device I often get these notifications: Device care - Activate Anti-malware service and Battery fully charged When I try to turn one of them off, I am told: These ...
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Password reset screens appearing while inactive; was I hacked?

I put down my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone after making a phone call, and then noticed that the settings appeared on screen, and things like "reset password" were being clicked and text was being entered ...
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My android phone is often getting affected with virus

My problem : Hello friends. I use Asus zenfone go T500 android phone. My problem is, my phone often gets affected by some kind of virus which sometimes installs some chinese apps without my knowledge ...

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