Questions tagged [malware]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
59 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
7k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
55 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
188 views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
256 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
7k views

“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 ...
1
vote
0answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
517 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
17k views

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'...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
403 views

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 - ...
0
votes
1answer
701 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
2k views

.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 ...
1
vote
2answers
753 views

How to report potential abuse in Aptoide without becoming a member?

The Aptoide store is an alternative platform where you can get Android apps. I found an app on Aptoide store via Google that has a size of 3.3 MB. The same app with the same app-version in F-Droid ...
2
votes
0answers
25k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
307 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
405 views

Remove ransomware-like malware

I downloaded android-6-marshmallow.apk from (Warning, ransomware fake malware! Do not install!) It was a fake application and I couldn't delete that because of the screen below, and I can't go pass ...
0
votes
0answers
101 views

Apps updated, now I get an unknown lock screen with ads [duplicate]

After finally doing a bunch of updates, suddenly every now and then some random lock screen with ads showed. Which app is causing this?
2
votes
0answers
483 views

Malware application trying to override system application

My device (Symphony W69Q; running Android 4.4.2) recently encountered an annoying problem. It's UI began to turn off & restart continuously. I also some unwanted apps running in background and ...
0
votes
1answer
198 views

I installed and executed this app which is a virus or malware now what to do?

I had this message pop up and unfortunately I installed and executed this app which is a virus or amalware now what to do ? Please see the photo here Of course I mean the app that came when I ...
-1
votes
2answers
185 views

Ways to check if your phone has been compromised?

With more and more people using custom ROMs and APKs from unknown sources (some with root access) it's inevitable that Android phones are getting compromised. What are some methods that can be used ...
5
votes
2answers
27k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
74 views

Is the “Remote Application Removal Feature” also effective for apps from samsung and other alternative stores?

Remote Application Removal Feature allows Google to wipe the malicious apps from infected Android devices without any additional action on the part of users. I am sure this feature is enforced for ...
3
votes
0answers
79 views

What installed “DU quick charge” on my phone? [duplicate]

I started seeing something new on my lock screen, before even swiping the lock screen. It was a large battery charging-status display with advertisements below that. At the upper left corner was a ...
1
vote
0answers
1k views

Potential Android virus removal and best practices

I was browsing the web and I ended up on a site with one of those pop ups that plagued my browser window with "Your device is infected, please go to insert dodgy link to remove malware" type messages. ...
63
votes
8answers
265k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
402 views

Can't uninstall virus plus phone keep rebooting

I have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S3, running the stock ROM. I downloaded "root manager" app, and since then 3 more apps appeared - "file assistant," "mp3 free downloader," and "sexy." I factory reset my ...
1
vote
1answer
293 views

How to check that an Android device isn't being used in a botnet / sending spam emails?

I've discovered that my home network IP address has ended up on several blacklists after spam traps received emails from this IP address. I've tested the one PC that uses this network, and it seems to ...
2
votes
1answer
8k views

How safe is it to upgrade apps using Aptoid?

I know that there are issues with using Aptoide to install apps on Android. There's a pretty good discussion about this in this other question. If only regarding legal issues, Aptoide is definitely a ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Is it possible to remove app using connection to computer?

Question Is it possible to connect android device to pc and make system alternations via that connection? Why I'm thinking of possibilities of doing that to remove malware that crawled too deep in ...
0
votes
2answers
560 views

How to remove gunpowder virus?

I have recently been having problems on my device which includes random apps appearing on my phone and some chinese app that somehow was "pre-installed". As i scoured the internet for answers, i ...
1
vote
0answers
2k views

Concerned I may have dropped Malware on my phone via a redirect to an advert?

In short I think I may have a slight chance of having dropped Malware on my phone via an infected ad (redirect was to rdr.harbwire). Am just keen to ascertain the risk given some of the things I have ...
1
vote
0answers
874 views

Random file downloaded but can't locate

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 mini running Android 4.4.2. I was browsing the internet (yahoo site) using the most recent update of Dolphin browser (which, was not able to load the webpage). During this ...
3
votes
2answers
450 views

Android app identifier?

Is there such a thing as a searchable database or a website anywhere online where someone can type in the name of an app or a package name and see a summary of what the app is for, if it is a system ...
0
votes
0answers
4k views

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 ...
-3
votes
1answer
69 views

PC speaker pops like if someone is calling, but is not. Is my phone hacked? [closed]

I keep hearing sound pops on my PC speaker like if my phone was connected to the internet or if someone was calling, but it's nothing. Is my phone hacked? Is it recording some surveillance audio ...
2
votes
1answer
51k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
5k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
35k views

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 ...
-1
votes
2answers
8k views

Can't get rid of Uni launcher on my Android 5.1

I have tried to uninstall it (for me it is malicious software because I do not know when and how have I obtained it) through settings and reboot my phone but it keeps coming back and blocks my phone, ...
1
vote
2answers
150 views

Why will a video game from the google play store be asking me for root/super users permissions?

So I don't know if this is a question for here or security.stackexchange.com but the thing is I installed a game that ask me for root access to my system it seems suspicious and strange why will a ...
1
vote
1answer
7k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Removing Cheshire Police virus scam

My Android tablet is locked by a Cheshire Police virus scam ransomware. How can I remove it? I am in safe mode as I write this.
-1
votes
1answer
177 views

it downloads apps on its own and does what it wants

I'm using Android 4.4.2 JK-760 phone and it recently started to download apps on its own, turn off and on when it wants and throws me out of any app that i try to open. I have no idea what is going ...