Questions tagged [malware]

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

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What should I do about this pop up on my android device?

Any ideas what this is? It keeps popping up randomly on my device. I can be completely ignoring my browser, and going through my gallery and apps and it pops up. Click image for larger version
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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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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Your Devices Software is out of Date adware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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Apps are installed in my smart phone without my permission?

When wifi is on, Some strange applications are being installed automatically. I don't request them. They are downloaded without my permission. I uninstalled (removed) the unwanted apps from my smart ...
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Android adware lets me opt out: is it safe?

Recently my mom's phone running Android 5.0 has been infected with a piece of adware: At first we thought this was caused by applications, but as you can see here, only the Google/METROPCS Internet ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I get rid of random redirections

When browsing, I sometimes get random redirections to websites claiming my device has viruses, and that I need to click a link to get rid of those. They also make my phone vibrate, and the back button ...
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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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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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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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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 make sure I have no sms virus?

I'm using a non-rooted, non-hacked Samsung GT-I5700 device which runs Android 2.1. Today I've received an MMS from an unknown phone with something which looked like a spam for Mastercard. I've ...
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I think that I may have been a victim of a malicious mms

I have a Sidekick 4g running Android 2.2.1. I just received a multimedia message from an acquaintance who I happened to have in my contact list. I clicked on the notification which sent me to ...
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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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How do Antivirus for Android detects a Malware application?

While researching about malware analysis for Android, I found that there are few applications that were removed from the Google Play Store because they were found to be malware. I guess Android ...
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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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Are rooted Android phone more vulnerable to Malware Apps than non-rooted ones?

From my understanding, a rooted Android phone mean that the user will be accessing everything on the phone, just like a root user. So, installing a Apps mean that the Apps will also have root ...
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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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Browser infected Pop-up

Today I opened my mailbox in my new Samsung galaxy J7 and this screen appeared: WARNING Your Samsung galaxy j7's browser is still infected with a serious virus! Continue with instructions to fix ...
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My phone is (apparently) hijacked by a virus

I have a Huawei Honor 4c and I wanted to update it to lollipop, but it had to be done manually. I downloaded the file I thought I needed but I decided not to install it, as it had a strange name - ...
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Picked up a virus that self-installs apps on my phone

I thought that it's not possible for any virus-like app to self-install apps on a mobile phone. But this is happening in the case of my friend. And I have no idea how to help him. Namely, he has a ...
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What is DSMLawmo? How to remove it?

A recent AVG anti-virus scan on my Android tablet flagged DSMLawmo as malware. The antivirus states that it can't be removed and that DSMLawmo was pre-installed. The tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 ...
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What Does “[UID]” appended to a root request mean?

I recently got a root request that came up as "Greenify [UID]". This looked suspicious to me as I usually get greenify requests as just "Greenify". I have tried to contact the developer of Greenify ...
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.ini file automatically downloaded, malware?

My phone is LG G2 (D802). My phone downloaded a .ini file which is currently located under Downloads > sav_amd_dir > md.ini. The download happened automatically in the background while I was ...
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Apps trying to install in background

I recently wanted to install a metronome app, so I downloaded one from the Play Store, but in the "install" step nothing happened. The app just wasn't there. I installed another one and forgot about ...
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Suspicious popup and 'Yellow Booster' installation

A pop-up appeared on my phone stating: Warning You only have to install a Great App to get your phone fully functioned. The only option I am given is "Confirm."I accidentally hit the confirm ...
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My Acer Z160 has a weird problem with flashing and reset

my friend's phone had an error on his phone(Acer z160 not rooted), all the applications crash at start-up. It came to my mind that I had to do a factory reset via stock recovery. After the reset, I ...