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I suspect my android phone has been compromised


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#1 CubicR

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 03:51 PM

How can I check to see if there's anything malicious on my phone?  I use avg for antivirus, but not so sure how good it is.  A few months ago it kept rebooting itself for no reason and ever since I've suspected it's been hacked or compromised.

 

 

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 04:18 PM

Is it still rebooting itself? Did you install anything about the same time as the rebooting issue?

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 04:41 PM

No it hasn't rebooted in quite some time and no I hadn't installed anything at that time.



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 06:10 PM

If the activity has stopped and you didn't install anything. I doubt you are compromised and there may have been some sort of bug that got corrected. Or it could have been a sequence of thermal events.

If it's not doing it now, there would be no way of knowing today for certain what it was several months ago.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 11:58 AM

Yes you maybe right about that.  The phone was new at the time and I was working outdoors where it was remote, very cold.  You've made a very astute observation!

 

 

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:16 PM

:thumbup2:

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 02:31 AM

How can I check to see if there's anything malicious on my phone?  I use avg for antivirus, but not so sure how good it is.  A few months ago it kept rebooting itself for no reason and ever since I've suspected it's been hacked or compromised.

 

 

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What version of android are you using?

Is that rooted?

Is that Stock rom?

 

If it is rooted,there is chance of compermised.



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Posted 25 June 2015 - 09:24 AM

Hello,

 

I'm using android version 4.0.4, samsung model sch-s738c

 

No, it isn't rooted

 

Yep, everything is stock

 

 

Thanks,

 

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 09:52 PM

I should say I didn't root it and wouldn't know how to tell.



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Posted 25 June 2015 - 11:54 PM

Hello,

 

I'm using android version 4.0.4, samsung model sch-s738c

 

No, it isn't rooted

 

Yep, everything is stock

 

 

Thanks,

 

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Then no problem.

 

Tips:

Install apps only from Trusted source like Play Store.

 

 



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Posted 27 June 2015 - 09:57 AM

download an antivirus from the play store first. then after you scan the phone, any virus that causes the rebooting should have been deleted. In addition, it might be a bug that has been corrected in an update of the OS which you have. 



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:21 AM

I've been running antivirus for quite a while.  Is it possible for a phone to have some kind of a rootkit?



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 01:15 PM

Only if you installed it. The nature of Android dictates that the user must actually install any malware. Just like you would install an App. Android is Linux based so it does not allow for self extracting malware like Windows.

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 05:33 AM

The rebooting may be the phone being overclocked (happens sometimes with my s4) If you only dwnload from trusted sources like google play and your phone isn't rooted than no, you weren't compromised. No need to worry  :thumbup2:


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 03:53 PM

always best you reboot your phone after every download. However, ensure that your antivirus is up to date and scans all downloaded app before you open.. safety measures against viruses :)






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