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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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What is the scope of Google Play Protect's scanning?

Even though I don't recommend relying on it (because it is not very effective), I know quite a few people who only use Google Play Protect. Does Google Play Protect only scan apps installed via the ...
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WIndows Antivirus reports Arp Cache Poisoning Attack by Android device

A Windows computer running ESET reports Arp Cache Poisoning Attack by the IP of my android phone. It's Redmi Note 4, MIUI 9 Global Stable, Android 7.0. I scanned it with Avast, Malwarebytes, MIUI ...
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What is the best practice to deal with suspected malware infections in Lineage/Android?

I have reason to believe that my Lineage OS (14.1-20180620 nightly build) may be infected with malware. How should I deal with this? Other questions recommend running Malwarebytes. A question asking ...
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How to stop Wi-Fi from using all my mobile data?

My phone all of a sudden is consuming huge amounts of mobile data ; apps usage report shows that 'Wi-fi' is causing this: from less than 500Mb per month is has consumed 2GB in a day , and it continues ...
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Samsung phone charges poorly, periodically

My Samsung S8+ has started having periods when it does not keep up 100% charging when connected and in simple editing usage. If I leave it idle it charges slowly and the "charger beep" occasionally ...
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Where are LineageOS nightlies compiled & Who has commit rights to the codebase?

A] Where are LineageOS nightlies compiled? 1) Are they compiled on maintainer's machines 2) On a project controlled build farm? 3) Pool of contributed (random) machines? B] Who has commit rights to ...
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Is there Malware on LineageOS that causes to receive SMS Spam

I never get SMS text spam on my phone. Installed Lineage OS on a Samsung Galaxy S4 mini phone. I installed TWRP and LOS both from official website (not various links on google or XDA). Installed F-...
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How to stop apps from self installing

I have a problem for quite some time now. An app called xeroxservice which does not have any icon except that of apps like Google framework etc keeps downloading and installing itself without ...
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How can I remove com.android.service, launcher3, Medias and Shell?

I own a cheap Chinese android phone which I use for my everyday tasks and I am having issues with what I understand is malware. Frequently, Google Play informs me to Disable harmful app "com....
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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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How can I remove adware that I can't uninstall, without resetting my phone?

My device has Android 7.0. I believe my device is affected with some malware. Symptoms: Pop up ads in the middle of the screen. When I click on the close button, it starts downloading random apps. ...
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Persistent malware despite factory resets

I'd love your thoughts on this. Several months ago I mistakenly clicked a popup on a website, and since then have been getting intermittant popups says "your sim card is infected...etc" and it tries ...
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The application tag in android manifest XML file

Today I downloaded a fun app named Rubika and extracted its apk file in android studio and noticed a very strange part in its android manifest. <application android:theme="@ref/0x7f110170" ...
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Virus keeps downloading “Female for Portuguese” TTS file while hijacking Chrome

Device: Samsung Galaxy S4 mini [SCH-I435] OS: Android 4.4.2 Problem: When I try to open my browser (Chrome) it auto redirects to us.councilors425qd.top/.... and starts auto downloading "Female for ...
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I have a weather window that keeps popping up

I have a weather window that keeps popping up. It occurs randomly & wants permission to install. Problem is, it looks me out of doing anything but installing. Only way to not install is restart ...
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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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I want to deinstall News Republic from my HTC U Ultra, how can I do that?

I have one HTC U Ultra that has News Republic installed. I want to disable the push notifications or deinstall this program. How can I do that? On another HTC U Ultra the program is not installed so ...
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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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Why is my android phone portscanning my PC?

I have bitdefender whining about my PC being portscanned. The logs show that it is coming from my android phone (which has static address). Is that normal? How can i figure out the app that is doing ...
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How does “virus been detected” on android pop up on chrome when visiting some sites?

What is the cause of this chrome bug on android? The last site I went to was www.destructoid.com and all of a sudden it gets redirected to the following url. This happened previously awhile back, but ...
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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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BLU Advance 5.0 HD: Unknown apps source: androidrbx, mfn, swak news

On my year-old BLU Advance 5.0 HD phone (running Android 6.0), I recently had a few suspicious incidents where the Audio Profile seemed to have changed from Meeting to Normal on its own, and once ...
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Is my Verizon tablet affected by spectre/meltdown?

i have an old Verizon tablet (ellipses 7) and i was wondering if it's included in the specter/meltdown CPU bugs that are going around and if there is anyway to update my software to protect it?
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Flashing ROM on a used Samsung Note 4 [duplicate]

I have a used note 4 and want to make sure there is no spyware or malware on it. I know some can survive a factory reset. Somebody told me to flash a rom and recovery image but not how to do this. I ...
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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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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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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 ...