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My Android mobile keeps downloading files.


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#1 English Teacher

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 02:05 PM

Hi,

 

I have noticed over the last few weeks that my Android phone keeps downloading around 50 files. These files are not named but have alpha-numerical names.

 

I have Avast on the mobile but that doesn't find anything.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 02:57 PM

Do you use Firefox? Because occasionally I find unidentified files under the device storage downloads folder when I surf the web.



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Posted 10 May 2016 - 03:04 PM

Hi SuperSapien64

 

No, I just use the normal explorer or rarely Chrome.

 

Edited because I didn't read the message properly.

 

I discovered it by chance. I was checking an email that had just arrived and I saw that something was downloading. It just said "Downloading 51 files" then with alpha-numerical numbers.

 

No sign of what was being downloaded at all.


Edited by English Teacher, 10 May 2016 - 04:48 PM.

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 06:15 PM

Hi SuperSapien64

 

No, I just use the normal explorer or rarely Chrome.

 

Edited because I didn't read the message properly.

 

I discovered it by chance. I was checking an email that had just arrived and I saw that something was downloading. It just said "Downloading 51 files" then with alpha-numerical numbers.

 

No sign of what was being downloaded at all.

What do you use for your email application?



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Posted 12 May 2016 - 01:15 AM

Hi,

 

Thanks for your input, the only application I have is the Gmail one.

 

I happened again yesterday, I just pressed the button to turn on the screen (I wanted to see the time) and I saw it downloading about 40ish files again, alpha-numerical.

 

Is there any program or something where I could see what files had been modified?


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Posted 12 May 2016 - 03:14 AM

Hi English Teacher,

 

Do you know the file extention(s) for these files? (e.g. jpg, pdf, mp3, etc)

 

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 01:41 PM

Hey, I'm having the same issue.   It started yesterday.  Downloads anywhere from 2-80 files within 2-5 seconds.  The file names are all huge, so I cant see what they end in, and clicking on the notification does not do anything.

 

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 08:19 AM

Thanks for your input psychosq.....

 

That's the same as mine. Random alpha-numerical file names, downloading 30-60ish files at a time.


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 03:19 AM

What I have just noticed is that sometimes you are advised that xxx ap has just been updated.

 

I saw this today. They are probably legit apps but for some reason it doesn't give the name of the app updating while it is.


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 12:33 PM

Do you have auto update enabled within Google Play? You might want to turn it off, and see if that stops the random file downloading you're experiencing.

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 05:19 PM

Hi Animal,

 

Thanks for the suggestion.

I have just turned off the auto-updates.

In case nobody knows how to do this, open Play Store, Click on the 3 horizontal lines (where you would type in what you were searching for), now scroll down to settings, Under the "General" heading (it's the first one at the time of writing), touch "Auto-Update" and then select "Do not auto-update Apps"

 

I'll post back with the results in a day or two.


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 06:34 PM

You're quite welcome for the suggestion.

Thank you for adding the directions on how to turn off auto update. For others who may read this thread for similar issues.

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 10:34 AM

Your welcome Animal,

 

I like precise advice as well as if, or rather, when I have a problem I don't want to search for how to do something else.

 

Anyway just to say that despite the automatic updates being disabled....it's still downloading. It is doing it right at this moment about 60ish files.


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 03:46 PM

UPDATE:

 

It's not long downloaded another 70ish files.......this time though there was the word "Unity"

 

Now I'm going to look and see what Apps are from this company.

 

Off we go....


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