Questions tagged [malware]

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

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Scanning Android for malwares without start via a computer

I would like to scan my smart phone (Android ) without launching it like a rescue disk scanning Windows without launching Microsoft Windows.I know malwares working in Windows are different from ...
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Find the file referred to by a home screen icon

I have an icon in my home screen that I haven't installed and looks like malware (Logo of O2, which is not my network, with the name "Priority". I opened it once and it showed commercials). Last ...
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Why has my phone locked me out?

I would add photos of what it says but it won't let me. It's telling me that I have illegal content on my phone yet I don't to my knowledge, and I can leave the screen that it is locked on to check. ...
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Google Play Store is showing “top developer” sign randomly and wrong. Why?

I was trying to search for podcast apps. When the apps are listed, some of them have "top developer" sign (blue diamond), and when I select one app and go into it and come back to search results again,...
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What is ProwlerAgent?

Like the asker of this SO question, I'm receiving crash reports that mention something called ProwlerAgent. Whatever ProwlerAgent is, it appears to have insinuated itself into my app's classpath: ...
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What are the possible reactions of clicking an ad inside an app?

From famous and "trusted" android apps to not so famous and "risky" apps: What actions can be triggered by clicking on an advertisement inside the application ? Could just that click install a virus ...
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What is kcjlogger on Kyocera phones?

I have a Kyocera Hydro. There is a directory on the phone kcjlogger. It sounds suspicious. Does anyone know what it is or how I can investigate to find out? I was unable to find any answers searching. ...
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SMS sent automatically with message “HouslistacZ GMAIL” to unknown number

My phone has been sending the following message automatically about once a week since I bought it 1 year ago. As far as I see, there is no scheduled time for sending this message and the message ...
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Malware on LG G3 redirecting all browsers

More or less two or three weeks ago strange pop ups came up on my PC. Antivirus detected ga.js as virus. I thought it was a false positive. Then I've found that the thing somehow jumped on my phone. ...
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How do I do the emergency turn off Android device with embedded battery?

Imagine your device is hacked and you want to turn it off now (because of it is using network in bad manner), but the rootkit blocked all functions. How do I forcibly turn off the device? I've tried ...
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How to root the HTC Desire 300 (also known as Zara Mini)

Okay please forgive me if this has already been answered, I've read a few questions on here but I still don't understand. Firstly, I'm not a "techie" or anything like that, so some of the really ...
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Why do I sometimes get requests for root access from unusual applications?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 running a rooted stock firmware, Occasionally I get a popup from my superuser application saying that an application that I did not specifically install or launch has ...
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Possible Virus; Eratic Behavior on Galaxy Pocket Neo

Some time ago(a few months) I've bought a Galaxy Pocket Neo from a local internet store, which isn't really famous (actually everyone I asked knew nothing about it). It turned out to be a branch of ...
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Got text message with 'download' button, how would I look at the link source or gain further info to see if this is safe? 2.3.6metropcs

In the 'messaging' app that comes standard with metropcs, I received a text message that had 'no subject' and was just a download button. I know the person, so there is no need to mention not to trust ...
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If I buy a used and infected android phone, will flashing a new custom recovery and custom ROM make it safe to use?

If I buy a used and infected phone with a expensive spyware on it that the antivirus does not detect or is unable to remove than will flashing a new custom recovery and custom ROM make it safe to use? ...
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Is appgallery.cloud.huawei.com a Huawei site or kind of malware?

I started to receive notifications urging to install the official Huawei app store, kind of alternative to Google Play Store. I would be glad, but the app immediately requires to give about all ...
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Will a hard reset remove any malicious software/viruses/malware from my Experia X?

I suspect my phone is compromised, and if a simple hard reset will fix all potential problems, I'll do that. Will that solve all potential problems? I'm concerned that the guy who just replaced my ...
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Avoid getting infected by Faketoken malware

In the past, the Faketoken malware was quite spreading, and in these days, it has started spreading again. I found article about few thousand Android phones being infected. How to avoid getting ...
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If I root and unroot my phone, is it safe for banking?

I have a Micromax phone that comes with App Center, bloatware that automatically installs nasty apps without permission. I'd like to get rid of it. I have tried this on my other phone by the following ...
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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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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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'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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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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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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Some apps are installing constantly

Some apps are installing constantly and when I delete those apps, they again get installed. Quick Heal mobile antivirus shows that these are malware and resolve the problem, but sometimes they are ...
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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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Gaining higher privileges

When an application requests access to some features of the phone, for example to read SMS storage, it always asks the user for permission for the second time. Is there a way to bypass/disable this ...
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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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Why is there another Phone icon in my Apps?

The second Phone app on the list appeared a few minutes ago after I accepted the permissions of my Messaging app. It wasn't there earlier when I took look at the Apps which is weird. Also it looks ...
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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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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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How to remove adware popups from notifications in S8?

So I visited a torrent site (not sure if it's the cause 100% though) on my S8 last night & since then have been getting the popups shown in the screenshot. I downloaded & ran Malwarebytes, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...