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Questions tagged [malware]

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

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Used note 4 clean spyware

I purchased a used Note 4 off ebay and want to make completely sure there are no spy apps or malware on it. I know some spy apps can be installed into the system partition and survive a factory reset. ...
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How to know what triggered an apk installation

I have been trying to solve a malware problem for the past couple days in a certain chinese phone (Android system version=6.0), the problem I am facing is that a malware keeps being reinstalled even ...
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Can an older Android phone using Android 4.4.2 act as a spam server?

First excuse my lack of knowledge in anything Android related. I wanted to ask if there is any possibility that an un-supervised Android phone, older Samsung model, running Android 4.2.2, act as a ...
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Can viruses in (Primary or Secondary) user profiles on Android affect other users?

This says: "Any user can affect the installed apps for all users." What does this mean? I was concerned as to whether malware or any account from one user could affect anything from the other user. ...
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How would you avoid potentially dangerous apps in the Play Store

edit: The goal of the question is to create a simple checklist for novice users. It is not uncommon for news warning about malicious apps that have entered the Play Store to appear fairly regularly. ...
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com.android.Pet.mediaproxy What is this?

I've found this app trough the ADB terminal and i still can't find any hints on it... any suggestions? These are the permissions: https://pastebin.com/ufLdHeaz i don't know what it is; the only ...
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What can i delete from my phone (android adb)

i am having problems with sone ads on my phone and i don't know what to delete anymore... i've already deleted on my DOGEE x5 phone com.gangyun.beautysnap com.lbe.parallel.intl cn.xender com.adups....
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How to get rid of mal [duplicate]

I've been getting pop-up saying 'chromes', 'staticstatus' and one more, I have tried installing all the anti-virus but it still isn't removed completely from the device. Every half an hour it is ...
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Virus on Lenovo P1M?

My phone, a two year old Lenovo Vibe P1M, has been acting weird for a while. It was damaged six months back in an accident, and the screen was somewhat cracked on the top. As a result the ...
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Are there a way to scan Android smartphone from outside the phone?

My friend's phone got a virus that he can't open his lock screen(every time he wants to do that, it says try 60minutes later again!). So I am looking for a way like online virus scanner or any other ...
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How to get rid of a malware app “Chromes”?

A few days ago I noticed a new app on my phone. It's called Chromes and it has a logo really similar to Chrome's logo. It was detected as Malware by my antivirus at first, but after a few hours I got ...
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Ads appearing throughout the system, apps installing on their own

My grandma has a cheap, 5.1-based Android phone, manufactured by a company named Manta (don't think it's available anywhere outside of Poland, just think your generic cheapest phone company) and has ...
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What app needs iipsrv.fcgi?

My Samsung Galaxy Note 8 downloaded three copies of a file called iipsrv.fcgi. I have the apps Gamedia Browser, uTorrent and VLC Media player on my phone and am wondering if this download is related ...
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WTF! How can a adware get installed inside system level folder on a non-rooted phone?

I dont know how could this happen.The phone started popping ads randomly everywhere.I ran malwarebytes and found a RockClient.apk installed on my phone in the system level.There was another Dropper ...
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Is this “Boost” / File Manager app a true system app or malware?

I installed this app after I received a notification on my lock screen informing me that a new system app was available for download. Seeing that the app was listed as an update to the "File Manager" ...
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Is it safe to buy a second hand/opened box Android phone

Is it safe to buy a second hand Android phone off of eBay? As well as second hand ones, there are also those advertised as "new but in opened box". Is it possible that they could be loaded with ...
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How to detect spy software like flexispy, mspy, phonesheriff?

I don't want to factory reset my phone nor do I want to reflash Lineage OS ROM. I just want to check for a possible trace of spy software like flexispy, mspy, phonesheriff, ikeymonitor thetruthspy, ...
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Weird .dat files in root directory

I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 with latest official Android for that phone installed. There are some files whose names worry me in my internal storage root directory, namely aavpsgdgfgdgfwsvmh999.dat, ...
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Is 'Boost' a feature or a virus?

The app 'File Manager' now has a new look, a look that has more of a virus feel and lees of an 'android' feel. Force stopping file manager gets rid of the addition to the notification bar thingy and ...
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Is it possible to hack android phone by contacting the target over Gmail or Skype, if the target does not downloads suspicious files sent over?

In other words, how safe is having Gmail or Skype conversations with complete strangers on android? Suppose the target is wise enough to not open any suspicious files sent to him. How else could his ...
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Alldaymall A88s tablet popping up junk from PornClub. I have it rooted. Now what?

On eBay I picked up one of those cheap Chinese 7" Quad-Core AllDayMall A88s tablets for $25, WiFi-only. When it comes on all is fine unless you try to open the browser. Then things start popping ...
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Remove preinstalled malicious software from smartphone

I bought a THL T9 Plus recently and get some preintalled apps on it, like YouTube. I thought, that this apps are original, because Google Play client recognised these too. My phone behaved strange in ...
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Privacy, Malware & Android Permissions

From a privacy perspective is the sheepoll app ok to use? Whilst the owner has reassured us they're not looking to snoop there is a possibility of a nefarious deeds being done so comments? It's for a ...
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Is it a good idea to force stop apps after using them?

I find myself using force stop for every application once I have finished using them. Is this a good practice? Are there any performance or security benefits of doing this? Is force stopping an app ...
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How to find out which app is trying to open spam websites?

I've recently bought a new Android smartphone. After setting it up and loading my contacts onto it I thought that would be it. Now after some days, every time I unlock the phone it takes a few ...
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How to remove HTML viewer virus

So I was stupid and some things were allowed that shouldn't have been, and it is my fault I have this virus but there is an application called HTML viewer which Lookout told me was a virus and after ...
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Android Stock Browser downloads file immediatelly after start

Android 4.4.2 Kitkat Stock Browser If I start it or open new tab, downloading of apk file (xb_client_blah-blah-blah.apk) from site no.stepfaster.com immediatelly starts instead of opening page which ...
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Random apps keep installing on the phone

Here is a screenshot of these apps. I never downloaded them: Screenshot (click image for larger variant) Many times these have been deleted by me but they are download as well as installed by ...
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Battery Popup at 25% english with system in spanish. Possible malware?

First of all, I know this question is duplicated, (this is the original question: Battery Popup at 25% ) but I can't comment or add any reply and I have some information that could be useful to ...
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Ad pops up on lock screen after charging

I know that others have complained about the same thing, but I have looked all over for this particular app and I cannot find which one may have caused the issue. Issue: When I turn on my phone, I ...
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Some malware remains after factory reset

I have a MicroMax Canvas Doodle 4 Smart Phone with Android 5.0, purchased in November 2015. It came with a lot of bloatware, probably including some app named "9Apps", which keeps suggesting apps for ...
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Persistent techniques used by Android Malware

What are the most commonly used persistent techniques by Android malware. That is to survive on device after reboot. In windows malware they change registry entries to auto start, Android malware ...
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Weird package “com.google.ccc.abuse.droidguard.droidguasso”

Recently my phone shows "Android is starting Optimizing App 1 of 1" at every boot. I intercepted this and found it running dex2oat in this way /system/bin/dex2oat --runtime-arg -classpath --runtime-...
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Unwanted Apps (Maybe malware) downloaded and installed on Android device

Off late, I have been observing some unwanted apps getting downloaded and installed on my Android device without my knowledge. Upon noticing I uninstalled those apps. However, the next time I switch ...
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Cant' uninstall app; it shows up on home screen but not app drawer or installed apps list

An app called APP Lock installed on my phone yesterday and I have no clue how it got there. I can't find the app under the Play Store installed apps, my app drawer, or any folder within the system ...
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How to Block Pre-Installed Auto App Installer Malware?

I dont know which pre-installed app is auto installing new apps. But I think its com.android.system.service (also on few other phones: http://en.miui.com/thread-459132-1-1.html) Firewall is not ...
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What did marc.info do to my Firefox that required a restart?

I opened a mailing list archive on link to marc.info last night with Firefox on my Nexus 6P (stock firmware, monthly security patches applied as they come out, unrooted). Pretty quickly after the page ...
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Skype sent messages I didn't send

On my laptop, I played a video on YouTube. In the morning I looked on my Android phone and discovered that the video had been sent, in Skype, to about six of my contacts. I'm not sure if the sending ...
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How do I stop Android to auto enabling allow unknown sources?

Every time I restart my android 5 lollipop phone It auto enables allow installation of apps from unknown sources option. I switch it off manually then in a few seconds a pop up for an unknown app to ...
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Trojan & Malware removal

I have a Samsung Grand neo I9060, in which I recently downloaded an app from the web only for it to install malware and trojan in it. Each time the data connection is on or I'm connected to a wi-fi ...
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How to remove app-malware-virus that's not visilbe in the app list

I downloaded an apk from this site that it was supposed to be a modified app for a game (Candy Crush Saga). Here you can find the download link. The problem is that not only the app doesn't do what ...
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What vulnerabilities are exploited in the CIA's cyber weapons for Android?

The BBC is reporting that Wikileaks has released information on US CIA cyber weapons, including against Android devices. A similar unit targets Google's Android which is used to run the majority ...
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Did I get a virus? (Galaxy S4, 5.0.1)

I was just normally using my S4 when it restarted, and when it turned back on, it said Android is upgrading. The last time I saw this, I was notified of a software update, and I manually clicked ...
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Assistant 1.0 Malicious app cannot uninstall or delete.

! Is there any other way to remove this app without preforming a factory wipe? And Can I still trust my SD Card? Even Hornet Antivirus is foiled by this app. It's permissions never showed. Even ...
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How to remove Android/PUP.Adware.SnowFox.a Adware?

There is a hidden adware installed in my android , which slides(Pops) a full screen add on the screen by surprise when operating the touch screen and immediately gets a click and redirects to browser ...
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Was I hacked using my android build number and baseband?

I had someone ask me for my Android build and baseband number in an effort to help me root my Samsung 6S. Shortly afterwards my phone got really slow as if the CPU was processing large amounts of ...
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Your Devices Software is out of Date adware

I keep getting popups from everywhere taking me to the play store saying I need to download Super File Manager. I recently installed an APK from the web. I knew it was a virus after I installed. The ...
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How can I uninstall this app which keeps getting reinstalled?

Hello I'm running android 4.2 Samsung rooted. There is an app which always appears on my data/app folder and always runs at start-up. When I go to app manager I can uninstall it however the next time ...
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Why is zygote asking for superuser permissions?

I have a OnePlus One running the latest version of OxygenOS which is rooted for the sole purpose of running CF lumen. I have not installed any other root apps, and only use the Play Store for ...
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Apps offering free data or money based on using and sharing

I have been hearing about some android apps which give you free money or data by installing, using and sharing. Many of my friends have been asking me to install such apps so-that they get benefits of ...