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Could my cell phone have gotten a virus from a text message?


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#1 gmtjohny

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:28 AM

Hi, I have a Samsung Flight and I accidentily opened a text message attachment, could I have a gotten a cell phone virus? Thanks.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:20 AM

what kind of attachment did you open?
do you notice some weird things or get comments from friends that you are spamming them ?

you can allways install an anti virus program and scan the phone.
for example avast from the android play market

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:55 AM

what kind of attachment did you open?

I am not sure, I selected cancel before it could open.

do you notice some weird things or get comments from friends that you are spamming them ?

No.

you can allways install an anti virus program and scan the phone.
for example avast from the android play market

Could I install antivirus on my computer and scan the phone that way?

Also, if I remove the SIM card and replace it with another would that remove any virus?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:18 AM

ow i just looked for your cellphone specs and you are on the Samsung OS.
there were almost no infections writen for this kind of OS.
with your OS i don't think it's possible to install an anti-virus app.
maybe you can scan the phone as 'external device' from the computer.

if you cancelled the attachment then it was never completely open.
the SIM card is not the place where most infections are being stored so changing would not make much difference.

i wouldn't worry about being infected,
everything points out that you did nothing wrong and your cellphone just isn't a device where infections are writen for..

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:25 AM

ow i just looked for your cellphone specs and you are on the Samsung OS.
there were almost no infections writen for this kind of OS.
with your OS i don't think it's possible to install an anti-virus app.
maybe you can scan the phone as 'external device' from the computer.

if you cancelled the attachment then it was never completely open.
the SIM card is not the place where most infections are being stored so changing would not make much difference.

i wouldn't worry about being infected,
everything points out that you did nothing wrong and your cellphone just isn't a device where infections are writen for..

If I scan my phone with an av program would that basically catch anything that would unlikely be on it? And where are viruses stored?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:34 AM

if you were to scan the phone as external device it will scan the data files.
if some kind of file would be infected like for example an attachment that is found,
the virus program should quarantaine or delete this.

i think that is the only thing you can do.
or you can reset the device to factory defaults, in this case you would delete everything including any infections.

there is a large range of virussen, malware, infections and scams, all work very different.
in your case you should watch out for attachments and any scams like phonecalls or sms that ask for passwords and private stuff.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:30 AM

edit. removed double post

Edited by iceremover, 06 November 2012 - 05:31 AM.


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:39 AM

if you were to scan the phone as external device it will scan the data files.
if some kind of file would be infected like for example an attachment that is found,
the virus program should quarantaine or delete this.

i think that is the only thing you can do.
or you can reset the device to factory defaults, in this case you would delete everything including any infections.

there is a large range of virussen, malware, infections and scams, all work very different.
in your case you should watch out for attachments and any scams like phonecalls or sms that ask for passwords and private stuff.

Alright thanks. :)

One final question, I do in fact believe I canceled the download before it finished. Does that mean I stopped it from possibly infecting me?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:25 AM

in most cases you need to open the attachment in order to get infected.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:26 AM

One other question, what av do you recommend to scan it with?




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