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Is there a chance of apk files being harmful?

Discussion in 'Android Tech Support' started by mynameisevans, Nov 14, 2012.

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    Hi all, would like to check if apk files have ability to be harmful to the phone if it is not opened?

    Here's what happened. I was reading some tweets and happened to click on one of the links my friend had tweeted. It opened my browser and downloaded a file called adultgallery.apk automatically, without my permission. The file name said it all, and i immediately deleted the file without opening it. Will it cause any harm to my phone since i did not open the suspicious file?

    Thanks in advance,

    Evans
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    I doubt it will cause any harm. If it could, I think you would've known shortly after downloading it.

    Tapped from a Galaxy Nexus using Xparent ICS
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    Thanks for the reply. I guess its not much of a problem then. :)
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    Exactly the same thing happened to me yesterday, I deleted the apk file but it has just downloaded itself again.
    How can I stop it from automatically downloading this file without my permission?
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    Try downloading a virus scanning app such as Lookout and run that. Hopefully that helps.
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    Also uncheck the option to install apps from unknown sources.... You should only check that when you are installing from a backup...... If that is checked it can download but not install anything....
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