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I hope I'm only paranoid, but I'm not sure if I just got a virus

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 05:47 PM

So I was just scrolling through news articles on "upday" on my galaxy s7 with slightly out of date software when I happened upon some rubbish about Katie Price being "topless in front of her kids!" and out of sheer curiousity I clicked the link, which to my dismay forced me out of the app and a pop up appeared saying "chrome has stopped working". Usually I'd not have bothered about something like this, but then another pop up followed that one saying "system ui has stopped working", and the phone locked. I unlocked it again, only to be faced with the system ui pop up and the phone locking again. As I realised I've just been forced out of my phone after a risky click I panicked a little and restarted the phone. After restarting, I managed to get in ok, but still panicking I went through and deleted an assortment of apps like my Halifax mobile banking app that I was particularly worried about. I then downloaded the free mcafee antivirus software (I know, a little late) and performed a scan. Nothing showed up, so, still paranoid, I opted to perform a "deep check" that apparently looks through files and messages etc for anything hiding. The scan got to 90% complete until it landed on a certain Samsung Pay file called base.apk (or something similar to that but longer) and after holding on that file for a while, much longer than any other, the app crashed. Now, even more paranoid, I switched on a vpn and tried again. The scan landed on the same file, at the same percentage and crashed again. I tried this another couple of times garnering the same result. Now paranoid and panicking, I went through and deleted everything I thought had a password or personal information and force stopped Samsung Pay. Fortunately, I hadn't added my banking details into Samsung Pay because I already didn't trust it, so even though I could not delete it, I felt slightly better. Anyway, after panicking and being generally confused I decided to look for a forum to moan at somebody who knows what they are talking about even a bit more than I do to make me feel a little better. So, I feel like this time I'm not so lucky and have given myself a virus. If you think I have too, what should I do about it? Thanks

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