Questions tagged [malware]

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

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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 ...
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Is it possible to disable admin rights of a malware?

There is a smartphone with anroid 5.1. Another user installed an app from a non-verified source (some hacks for Clash of Clans afaik). To uninstall it I have to drop its administrator rights in ...
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How to prove an Android device is hacked? Retrieving logs from recovery booting

Dear community, I'm having trouble with my new branded Vodafone Samsung galaxy s7 edge. How can I get a copy to the full logs (and other files), without rooting, for places I do not have the required ...
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How to remove malware package from android phone

My android phone has been affected with malware.I have done factory reset two times but it still installs UC News app without authorization when connected to internet.After that many pop-ups and ...
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Why are Zygote and Whatsapp asking for root?

Since yesterday, WhatsApp and Zygote have been asking for root permissions on my phone via supersu. Apparently zygote is a system app. Is this malware? Lookout scan came up clean.
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ANdroid phone downloading app(s) when connecting to internet

I have a android phone. It was working fine. But then it started downloading file which name's something like "com.xxx.xxx.xxx" the exact name I dont remember so I use letter x. After the file gets ...
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Plot twist: could a rooted device be actually safer than a non-rooted one?

For almost 10 years, I have been using Linux based operating systems, so I know very well how giving root access to applications may be a security issue. However, from my searches regarding Android, ...
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How do I remove an automatic bug/virus premium messaging/MMS box from popping up and stopping sending texts?

I have a Google Pixel phone and I received a shady message saying something like: "You have been subscribed to such-and-such and are paying such-and-such amount. To unsubscribe text whatever to ...
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Can rooting remove all malware, viruses and backdoors?

I ask this question because I read somewhere that there was a Chinese smartphone with in-built malware which could not removed even by rooting. (I searched the article everywhere but couldn't find it....
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How do I fix malware installed automatically in the /system directory?

I bought a Lyf Flame 7 from Reliance Jio last september. It runs on Android Lollipop. My phone is not rooted and it has never downloaded any other apps from the internet except from the Play Store. ...
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Lookout gives malware scare when initializing phone or after factory reset

When initializing my new (not pre-owned) Samsung Galaxy S7 for the first time or for subsequent times after factory resets, the notification shade shows regarding the Lookout app: "Scan complete. 323 ...
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Is this a phishing or hacking attempt using a survey? How do I get rid of this popup?

For the last few days I have been getting a really annoying popup. Every half an hour or so my web browser randomly opens up when I unlock my phone (Samsung Galaxy S5, running Android 6.0.1) and opens ...
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Why has my SD Card suddenly stopped working? It is not visible on phone and I cannot format it on PC

In the morning, I tried to start my Android 4.4.2 phone. There was no response from the phone for some time, which was unusual. Then it started suddenly, and I noticed that there was a notification- '...
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Android Permissions and Malware

Can an Android Malware App "hide" certain important permissions thereby fooling the user to be "good" (or intended to do only what its posed purpose is). Thus can the user "believe" the App to be ...
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Is com.android.syshandler a malware file on Android 5.x?

I saw various unwanted pop up ads on an Android 5.x phone. Then installed the free Sophos Mobile Security on it (from the Play Store) and ran it several times over last few days. Each time it shows ...
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Excessive “sponsored ads” in FB Lite on one of two tablets

As an owner of very low end (Azpen) tablets the Facebook Lite app has been a godsend, requiring very little space and eliminating the need for separate Messenger app. I have this app installed on a 4....
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Can't mount /system as RW

I own an old Motorola XT910 that has several malwares, so I'm trying to delete them from the /system/app folder (since they're set as system apps), but when I try to mount the system as read-write, ...
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How to get rid of annoying pop up ads?

When I connect the internet and open any app, a pop-up ad appears randomly. Ads are still showing, although I did factory reset the phone (all installed apps removed) as well. I also tried to remove ...
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Preventing android OS from screenshot taking

The task is: Prevent the ability to take screenshots on an 6.0.x android OS globally. What I mean by "globally" is to exclude that function and block it completely so that even if the device is to be ...
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Does verifying the apk signature fingerprint guarantees it has no malware? [duplicate]

I want to check if an apk file is really from a specific developer and that the whole apk has no malware in it. I unzipped the apk and in the sub-folder META/INF I used the following command in ...
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Getting toast message with text sending

I'm using Asus 551 with lollipop. I have numerous apps installed. Recently, I started getting toast notification with the text Sending.... This usually occurs when I'm using Facebook, whatsapp and ...
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Which has viruses? Aptoide, or the apps that come with it?

I have heard many things about Aptoide (or Aptoide) and without any money, I am desperate to get fnaf 2. But my desperation still makes me ask "Which has the virus? Aptoide (or Aptoide), or the apps ...
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unknown sources turns back on about every 24 hours

I'm having to turn off unknown sources everyday. I'm on 5.1. Not rooted. Never installed anything except from app store. Eset Av says phone clean. Root checker says not rooted. Had phone from new. ...
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How to detect a malicious USB charger?

My phone is rooted and has USB debugging enabled, because I do some development on it. In a moment of pre-caffeinated mental weakness, I plugged it into a cheap Chinese power bank. The phone ...
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malware adding to Google Contacts

I found a contact that I don't recognize. Is there a way for an Android phone malware to add to my Google Contacts? I generally only run Skype and YouTube on the phone. Occasionally I use the default ...
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How remove blank white screen after unlocking

I am using ASUS Z010D Android Smartphone. Recently it shows a white blank screen after unlocking. I need to touch the back button to return the home screen. Anybody knows how to remove the white ...
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Is there any android apk or process info library website/database?

I have a virus on Micromax canvas A104 and is on deep system(with root privilege) level. I tried removing it on safe mode, resetting the phone etc. I rooted my canvas a104 rooted to find the virus ...
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Can Factory Reset delete a virus?

In my Lenovo A536 phone a malicious app that is alarm controller and calendar service is unknowingly installed and it is creating a problem. I am not able to uninstall the app as it is automatically ...
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what is this directory in android 5.0

Using SD Maid, I was looking around with file explorer and came across this directory in the efs folder, and I have no clue what it is, if its malicious or not. Its the only directory in the efs ...
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Why does Chrome on Android launch tabs or redirect existing tabs to spammy ads (spontaneously, it seems)?

When using Chrome on my Nexus 6, I often get taken to a data URI that causes a modal that reads something like: An embedded page at s3.amazonaws.com says: Message! Congratulations Grande ...
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How do I get rid of two “viruses”?

Yesterday I was looking at a sight and a message on my screen popped up on the incognito page; An embedded page at s3.amazonaws.com says: MESSAGE! Congratulations Comcast Cable user, you have been ...
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Ads page opening on browser startup

I'm getting incredible bored of this situation. 2 different friends phone got infected with some kind of ads-malware that open internet page at random while navigating with news, shopping and google ...
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“Warning - You only have to install a Great App to get your phone fully functioned.” Keeps popping up

It looks like this same thing happened to a user 2 months ago, but I can not reply to that question: Suspicious popup and 'Yellow Booster' installation. This thing goes away for hours, so we ...
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How to remove Android/Trojan.Agent.gc infection?

My local brand phone running KitKat is infected.I've tried various removal tools but of no use. Malwarebytes detects it in /system/app/FileExplorer.apk but I am not able to uninstall it. How can I ...
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Android Trojan removal

I have the Android smartphone “Lava Iris 455”. My phone is not rooted. Since last week I installed APK file from some website. After a second day I realize that a trojan is installed on my phone. It ...
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How do I remove what appears to be malware on my Nexus 5?

I have a Nexus 5 phone running Android 6.0.1 (security patch level 1 Jun 2016). It appears that over the past few days it has become infected with malware. Periodically (every 10-15 minutes) a ...
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Toast message with Chinese characters, is it a virus?

I recently received some updates today from the Play Store. Every so often a pop notification, one of those bubble ones at the bottom of the screen with Chinese characters. The most recent update I'...
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Adware keeps installing itself

I have somehow got my phone infected with an adware by the name 'Android Communication Sync' ('com.foreign.provider'). It isn't visible in the apps browser (doesn't have any icon) and causes ads to ...