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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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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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Cannot disable OEM app

My new Jasper phone has a persistent app from the original manufacture which keeps popping up. Without rooting the phone, how can I disable or remove this app? Dragging it to "remove" doesn't ...
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Vital signs of unfamiliar software are present in safe mode: TopBuzz in Galaxy Note8

In Device Maintenance system app on Samsung Galaxy Note8, there is a TopBuzz cache shown when caches are being cleaned. Also in the safe mode. It reappears as a cleanup item every few minutes together ...
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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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Dropbox app not installed, but there is log activity in /data/system/dropbox

I don't have Dropbox app installed nor DropBox account, but whilst checking log files I've found that there is a /data/system/dropbox directory with log files from, I think, the last time I rebooted ...
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Google Search Bar Code Execution

So, is it possible to write a simple script in a Google search bar that can be executed? Is it possible to write out a sticker line of coffee that would, let's say, display a notification for the site....
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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'Your device is 10 days out of date' … unexpected notification, is it malware?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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Does Android's implementation of SELinux's MAC inhibit apps with root privileges from accessing other app's data?

Starting with Android 4.4, SELinux's MAC is enforced. Does this mean that if an app somehow can get installed and exploit the kernel to get root privileges, that MAC will still prevent that app with ...
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CamScanner: Trojan detected by ESET

I usually use CamScanner to scan my documents. After updating to the last version, ESET told me I have to remove it, because this app has Trojan and it can provide remote access to the infected device....
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CamScanner Malware: Do I need to uninstall older version?

Recently a malware was found in the popular android app CamScanner. The app is now removed from Google Play store. The company has also acknowledged the existence of the malware in an official ...
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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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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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Is this malware behavior ?Q memo+keeps asking me to grant permission to wri

My metro pcs LG stylo 2 plus' andriod system 7.0 system app(q memo plus and pen settings) keeps asking me to grant a permission request(to draw over other apps)-pen setting-& Q-memo plus,keeps ...
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What is this lock screen with ads and how do I remove it?

I think my device got a malware. A lock screen with ads sometimes appear, and I must swipe an area at the bottom of the screen to open the phone. I am in Eastern Europe, some ads are in Slavic ...
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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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Remove “ad-type.google.com” adware in any Android device browser

ad-type.google.com is appearing regularly whenever I access the web through Chrome. It's a new adware and there are no solutions available other than Go to system Settings > Applications > Chrome >...
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Can a malicious application running in a container root the Android?

Can a malware root the Android when running in a container such as when running through VirtualXposed or Parallel space, or when a person is using the Guest user or any other secondary user in Android?...
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Application trying to access in app billing

Getting a message at the bottom of my screen: In app billing is not supported for this device. Try again later. The problem is, I never authorized an app for in-app billing in the first place. What'...
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Android asks to re-enter WiFi passwords. Is my phone compromised?

I have a Galaxy S8 (SM-950F) with Android version 8.0.0. I have rooted the device with Magisk. I have a couple of Magisk modules, including Bixby remapper, F-Droid Privilaged Extension, liboemcrypto ...
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How do I safely flash a new rom on an infected android phone? [duplicate]

Is using a live cd a good idea? Will it keep the rest of my computer including storage and installed OS safe?
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Can my father's smartphone be compromised?

My father said to me that he allowed installation of apps from unknown sources when he was asked to do it to go further with something (he said that he don't remember when or what he was doing). In ...
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Why is there “/proc/net/snmp” file on my device? Could it be due to a malware?

After reading this paper I observed a little and I realized that an SNMP socket (exactly two: v4 and v6) exists when I use ls /proc/1/net. I see them clearly. My question is simple, do the bootkits ...
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Why is Amazon Shopping app showing 'null' after the product price?

I've heard that if a website or an app appears in a weird way, it means that your device might have been hacked. I have Android 8.1 Oreo, and below is the Amazon Shopping app showing 'null' after the ...
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Securing a young child's tablet

My wife has decided to get the kids a set of android tablets for christmas. These are Coby Kyros 4GB wi-fi only models. The kids are ages 6-10 so I don’t particularly want to let them have free ...
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When Google removes malicious apps from their Play Store, are users notified?

This Check Point Research article describes over 200 malicious apps on the Google Play Store that were downloaded over 100 million times. Google has now removed the apps from their Play Store. But ...
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For basic users - Any reason to install mobile security App?

For users that play it straight, never going to doubted sites, never enabling APK from non-play sources... (e.g typical seniors) Any reason to install a mobile security app? Because Such users ...
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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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Apps whitelisted in AFWall+ without my knowledge

I've installed a firewall (AFWall+) on my phone, and I've manually whitelisted every app I wanted to allow accessing the Internet, including system apps. So everything is blocked by default, and I add ...
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How do I get rid of com.android.Pet.mediaproxy?

I found this on my phone on my Files after I woke up. I accidentally fell asleep and I have a housemate who likes messing with my things and decided to put something on my phone that is actually a ...
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File level changes by an Android app

How can I track the file level changes done by an application during execution on an Android device. Specifically I am interested in file level changes done by a malware - create, delete, save a file ...
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Persistent techniques used by Android Malware [closed]

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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Malicious software runs on the background of Android phone, but I cannot see it - how to find and remove it?

I know that a malicious malware/spyware has been installed on my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone and I constantly get the message to close apps not in use because they drain my battery. But I do not have ...
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Android malware debugging

To understand a malware better when it is running on a device, I would like to get a view of what is happening in the background. For instance if a malware is loading a page using LoadUrl, I want to ...
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How to locate app which installed a potentially malicious certificate?

On my S8 (Oreo) today, I got the notification: There is a certificate installed that may or not monitor your internet traffic. Did spyware install itself? Or is this normal? I updated from 7.0 to 8....
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Android Spy Apps

Is it possible for someone to install a spy app on an Android phone JB os? Do these spy apps really work? Can anyone install this spy app to your mobile phone without your knowledge? If you suspect ...
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Factory reset did not remove malware problem on my ZTE zmax blade. What do I do at this point?

Surveillanceware or a worm of some sort has highjacked my Android and Facebook and email accounts. I'm unable to scan with my premium plus lookout account because the virus has disabled lookout and ...
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Can a malware compromise safe-mode of non-rooted device?

Was there any known malware running on Android (let's say since Nougat) which can compromise non-rooted Android device in a way that the malware is active also in the safe mode? So when booting non-...
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How to track down an app that shows ads on smartphone screen?

I have a problem with malware apps. Looks like some app called "Native" installed itself, and created a shortcut for itself, all without my permission. After that happened, I have pop-up ads every ...
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Is GetApk Market application trustful?

Is "GetApk Market" application trustful or malicious? Will it affect one's smartphone or tablet? I have checked via VirusTotal & it mostly detected as Android.Riskware.Downloader: Can anyone ...
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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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Facebook Messenger Virus on Android

I received a message from a friend on facebook The message said "this video is yours 'mt name'" with a shocked emoji face and my profile picture below. I was daft enough to click the link and then ...
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How to remove a persistent malware that downloads unwanted apps? [duplicate]

Some months ago, I purchased an Azumi cell phone from an official store in a shopping mall in Mexico and subsequently discovered its firmware contains a ton of malware. The malware connects with a ...
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How to close a malware tab in chrome?

A webpage got redirected to a "virus alert" malware page and I can't close it. Deleted the cache, both the general tablet cache as well as the chrome cache, deleted the "unimportant data", did "...

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