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"Spam" is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages, especially advertising, indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media, such as mobile phones.

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How to find out which app fills my gallery with images?

Since yesterday my gallery is getting filled with pictures I never asked for. Looking at metadata didn't reveal which app is doing this: Could you suggest how to fix this?
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What does it mean when it says a Spam report message might be sent to carrier

I accidentally reported a conversation that I did not mean to report spam, and my carrier is someone I don't want to see these messages. What does it mean when it says it might get sent to the ...
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Can you stop people from adding you to RCS group chats?

I keep getting added to RCS group chats by Nigerian/Filipino numbers asking for my credit card details, so I would like to know if there's something I can do to stop that. Can I require my approval ...
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Block spam SMS based on unique words

I have many annoying SMSes with unique words, such as: "For Cancel Enter 12". I am looking for a way to filter those SMSes based on a phrase.
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Proof of unique device

Does Android offer ways to sign a proof of a unique hardware device? It can be a cryptographic proof; it does not need to be fixed id, so it can be used for tracking This would be mainly used to ...
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Where is the phone blacklist stored? [duplicate]

I have a problem with spam calls, they call me many times a day. To solve this problem, I've tried many call blockers apps (NoPhoneSpam, Calls Blacklist, CallBlocker, etc...) and none of them work. ...
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Prevent SMS from being classified as spam on Android

One-time-password SMS send during MFA by our system is classified by Android OS as spam. Is there anything that can be done to prevent that from happening? How does Android OS determine what SMS is ...
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Spam porn notifications from Google Drive [duplicate]

Regularly I've been getting Google Drive SPAM notifications saying that a file was shared with me and a porn / sexual message linked with it. I'm familiar there's a block feature https://support....
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What is vendor_audit and why is it spamming my logs?

I have an app spamming my logcat messages and I assume it is responsible for slow operation of my device. The logs all look like this and there are thousands: 2022-01-18 18:02:19.204 646-646/? E/audit:...
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How can I report a spam phone number, without blocking it? Stock android

Every spam call I get is from a different "burner" number. Android asks me if I wish to "block and report" the number. I wish to report it, but not block it, as it may be a ...
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How do smartphones decide whether a phone call is spam or not?

Like everyone else, I'm receiving spam calls. With my current job, most communication goes over the Internet (online meetings, chats, etc.) so in my case, it's nearly only spam. What I'm wondering is ...
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How do I block "you missed a call from..." messages for blocked spam calls?

Android does a great job of blocking spam callers. However, my phone provider sends me messages when I miss calls, so while I don't receive the spam calls themselves I always receive these follow-up ...
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Stop receiving text messages in my Samsung Note 8 that are sent from spammers email address

I have been getting unwanted text messages on my Samsung Note 8 coming from a spammers email account. I have not found a way to block these text messages coming from email accounts. The feature that ...
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When "might" reported spam be sent to my carrier, and when "might" this incur an additional cost?

From https://support.google.com/messages/answer/9061432?hl=en Learn about spam reports If you report spam, Google will get a copy of up to 10 of the spammer's last messages so we can improve spam ...
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SMS starts with "ACTA" sent without my consent

On 26-Feb-2020 at 4.24 PM IST, an unknown SMS has been sent from my Redmi 7A Android phone without my consent to a completely unknown number. It starts with "ACTA" and then contains some ...
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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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How to block LINE stamp spam

In the Android app LINE, since yesterday, I started receiving spam messages like this one (below the advertisment): The spammer (with the name LINEスタンプ in this case, can also be LINEで応募) appears in ...
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How to receive call and force that call to ring indefinitely to the caller but not the receiver

My ultimate goal is to handle incoming calls that are obviously robospam, in such a way so that the robocaller cannot detect that this is a valid phone number with a real human at the end (including ...
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How to prevent unwanted DBG_FMMDM spam from filling up your logcat buffers

I asked this question on Stack Overflow but was advised to ask it here. I am attempting to debug an error using logcat in Android Studio on my testing device, a Galaxy s9 plus running Pie. Suddenly I ...
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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 block Spam SMS messages from contacts without number?

I receive spam from "Bubbleroom" contact without contact details after pressing three dots regularly. I am thinking how you can block messages from "no phone number" and such cases. Those messages ...
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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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Find out which one of my installed app open spam links

I have a galaxy s7 edge. In the past few weeks I'm facing a problem, My device open some Telegram app channels and try to join me on these channels. I'm android developer and based on my experience I ...
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How do I access Whatsapp messages from a contact I reported?

I blocked a contact and reported it on WhatsApp. I just found out that the messages have been deleted ....it marked as spam messages .. How do I get back those messages?
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Identify spammy application

From time to time I get a window with spam on a Galaxy Tab 3. If I press multitask key i get the name of the app is "Ads", but i don't have any app called "Ads". My first question is why after ...
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Can I report phone numbers as NOT spam callers?

I have the opposite situation as this question. I received a call which Google marked as Suspected Spam Caller, but it was a legitimate call from a company I do business with. Can I report to Google ...
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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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How do I get rid of spam SMSs that do not want to delete?

I get these spam SMSs on my Sony Xperia. I try to delete them, but I can't. I select the SMS to delete, then confirm to delete. It takes ages and then my phone tells me the message is deleted, but it ...
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How to stop a specific whatsapp chat from using mobile data?

I'm on a computer science course, and a few of my peers made a whatsapp group for anybody on the course to join. There are about 100 or so people in the group, and often I "lurk" on it to get help ...
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Automatically, seamlessly block Google-suspected spam calls

The Google Phone app now reports when a suspected call is spam. Right now when I receive such a call, I have the choice to block that number. But what I'd like to do is pre-emptively set it up so that ...
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Can I report phone numbers as spam callers?

Google recently introduced a feature that lets me know if someone is a suspected spam caller. However, sometimes I get calls from numbers that aren't listed as spam callers but are still spam callers. ...
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How to stop SMS spam from mobile operator?

I keep getting SMS spam from Three mobile and I'm looking for a way to block it. The problem is that the SMSes don't come from a regular number, it just says "From Three" but there's no associated ...
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I think my phone might be infected

Over the last couple days, my phone has been acting weird. I have the Galaxy S6 Active. Over the last couple days, whenever I try to open something, rather than opening the app I want, it'll go ...
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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 ...
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What does the report in "block and report" do?

In the August Marshmallow 6.0.1 update, there appears to be a new feature called "block and report", which is triggered for some new calls. In this case, it was actually spam. Blocking adds the number ...
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Can't uninstall any programs in safe mode

Every time I try to open App manager(in Safe Mode) spams pop up, porn icons installs and so on. Simply, I don't have time to reach the app manager. Help me please! Smartphone: Getnord Cat
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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 ...
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App sending spam messages to my contacts

My phone sent the following message to all of my contacts: Install this voice messenger just to talk http://mrv.withmechat.us/Cun I know I didn't send this message and not to mention it sent it to ...
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Spam in comment section on Google Play - what is more powerfull vote down or flag as spam? [closed]

I am a developer who develops one of the main digital version of newspaper in my country. Many (not most) tend to write what they think about politics instead posting valuable comments. I would like ...
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How to report a contact as spam in Whatsapp?

I received a message from a new phone number about some advertising information. When I opened the message I saw "Report Spam" option to report the spam to whatsapp. However once I replied to that ...
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How to block texts received from numbers that are longer than n digits?

In South Africa, we are plagued with SMS spam, and it's practically impossible to get rid of it. All the numbers that the spammers use are usually 13 or 14 digits - much longer than the standard 10 ...
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How to stop my Android device from being spammed in the browser as well as in the application? [closed]

Recently I have downloaded two games: Deer Hunter PreHistoric Worm But after that I have my browser which keeps redirecting me to http://ad.adsmatte.com It is happening every time I load the page – ...
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How do I select the number of an incoming SMS?

I received some SMSes that show up both in my SMS app and in Google Hangouts; however for the life of me I can't figure out how to just copy that number (in order to report it as a spammer), short of ...
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how to check DKIM signatures in emails

I'm looking for a gmail-compatible app that can check DKIM signatures on incoming emails. Also, i'd like my outgoing emails to be signed correctly, so they are less likely to be filtered as spam... ...
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How to prevent phone operator from opening spam popups?

My phone operator, Movistar Argentina, is sending a lot of spam. I managed to block most of the SMS, however it has now also started opening ad popups on my phone (see below). I've looked at How do ...
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sms anti-spam application compatible with android 4.4 & hangouts?

I want to block spam sms, at the same time I want to keep using hangouts for sms. Is it possible? What application should I install?
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Undo "Flag as spam" on Google Play Store?

I've accidentally marked some reviews for some apps as spam, and they were removed (or were hidden from me). The problem with clicking on this button is that there is no going back. It doesn't ask ...
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How to block calls/SMS by contact name (might have multiple phone numbers)?

I'm using Moto X. I used to blacklist spammers directly into the downloaded app or the built-in Android blocker. The problem is that every time that I reset my phone to factory settings, I have to ...
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My samsung s2 is being spammed & I have 2 apps that I can't uninstall. Please help

My son was playing games on my samsung and now I am being spammed all day long for the past week. I have installed Airpush Detector and it said that they don't detect any push ads on my phone from ...
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How can I block Android apps to send emails on my behalf?

In some Android apps there is a "Login with GMail" option. I often login with that. Some apps are sending emails on my behalf to my GMail contacts, as I saw them in my "Sent items". I want to know ...
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