Virus?

Discussion in 'Android Tech Support' started by Peewee, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Peewee

    Peewee New Member

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    My laptop got a virus through a facebook post a 'Friend" sent me. I found it, killed it and thought that was it! Now a friend told me she got a TON of weird texts from me! Could it have gotten to my PHONE? I use FB on my phone too!! **** I didn't know my PHONE could get a virus! Can it???
     
  2. henrykend

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    I think I have a similar issue! I got a virus through my email on my laptop and now email from my phone is acting funky....
     
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    Its my understanding that there are no virus for linux. Malware is the real threat to android users. There are other ways to send texts than through your phone. Did you have a copy of the texts on your phone?

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    can I run malware on it?
     
  5. hoppermi

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    Sure. Its the wild west in the market. Always read what permissions you are granting to an app. If its a wallpaper but wants access to your phone logs or email that would be a red flag, for example.

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    Would malware make the phone go crazy? My Droid has been steadily getting less and less stable, to the point where now I'm lucky if I can get a couple of "lucid" hours out of it. The behavior I'm seeing has been described in several other posts here - basically, it acts like it's on crack. It jumps into my contacts and makes random phone calls, opens new text messages and starts typing garbage, flies up and down through menus, and basically locks up to all external attempts to get it to do anything. I end up having to pop the battery out.

    Here's the interesting thing. I've tried every possible fix and/or idea I could get my hands on to fix it and nothing worked. The only "fix" I've found (if you want to call it that) is to knock the battery out. That works anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of days, but increasingly it's only a couple of minutes. I got so sick of it tonight I didn't care what data would be lost and performed a factory reset, wiping everything out. After the phone restarted, it didn't even take 30 seconds for it to go apesh!t again.

    And here's the REALLY interesting thing - I recorded what the phone was doing for my imminent conversations with Verizon. Since this is after the factory reset there shouldn't be any of my info left - no contacts, no call log, no favorites, nothing. While the phone is freaking out, I'm watching as it calls voicemail a couple of times, and then it calls a different number that I didn't recognize. It hangs up, and opens a web browser, and then searches for "ATM machines". Then it backs out of that, and goes into a text message where it starts typing garbage again. Since it's about to send a 10,000 character text that I'll get billed for, I knocked the battery out again and went back to watch the video.

    The number that it called was 773-975-5700, which happens to be for First American Bank in Lincoln Park, IL. I've never heard of this bank, and sure as hell don't bank there. What are the odds of a phone with NO data on it randomly calling a bank AND searching for "ATM machines" on Google????

    So again, I'm definitely not an expert - could that possibly be caused by malware? Seems a bit phishy to me… Any insight would be greatly appreciated!!
     
  7. harrellj

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    I agree, it sounds fishy. Question though, do you have any non-market apps installed? So far, the only known malware is not available through the Market.

    Yeah, yeah.. I'm on my phone. So?
     
  8. Dpaulin

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    Nope, no non-market apps. As a matter of fact, I haven't really messed with the phone at all - nothing but market apps, haven't tried rooting it, nothing.
     
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    Dpaulin...if you are not rooted and dont have non market apps I would bring to a Verizon tech for fixing. Could be malware not a virus. Could also be task killer.

    If you all have a auto task killers it will cause problems. It works against Google's 2.2 froyo os.

    Go through all your apps under manage apps and see what permissions they have. Get rid of fishy ones if you don't need them.

    I am rooted and use plenty of non market apps and don't have problems. I just watch the permission that each app asks for.

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  10. Dpaulin

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    The latest suspicious activity happened after a factory reset, so there are currently no apps installed whatsoever - just whatever comes standard on the phone. Definitely agree about getting to a Verizon tech, though! Pretty interesting...
     
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    Can you post the video to youtube to share?i find this issue fascinating and really odd

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    As far as the bank call and ATM search idk, but the other weird behavior it sounds like a problem I had. I called it phantom screen touches. It was like I was touching the screen randomly. It would jump all over the place. I had just pulled a screen protector off. Ended up getting a replacement phone. They thought it was the screen.

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