LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Mobile
User Name
Password
Linux - Mobile This forum is for the discussion of all topics relating to Mobile Linux. This includes Android, Tizen, Firefox OS, Sailfish OS, Maemo, MeeGo, Ubuntu Mobile, WebOS, Open Mobile Alliance and other similar projects and products.
A reminder that LQ now has a dedicated Android sister site: AndroidQuestions.org

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 06-11-2018, 01:53 AM   #1
business_kid
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Ireland
Distribution: Slackware & Android
Posts: 8,924

Rep: Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916
Mobile Malware?


My phone (Samsung S7 edge) has recently started acting up. I will be trying to use some app when it takes a notion, opens a web advertisement followed in short order by the play store on some random app.

I gather some malware has got in. I install few apps, browse little and stay off social networks. I have no malware protection loaded. How should I go about getting rid of whatever it is.
 
Old 06-11-2018, 08:56 AM   #2
coralfang
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2010
Location: Bristol, UK
Distribution: Slackware, FreeBSD
Posts: 650
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 191Reputation: 191
I don't have an idea on malware scanners, other than kaspersky is typically one of the best for detection rates of malware, i'd recommend trying that and giving a scan.

Check what apps are installed through the playstore for a start. Some dodgy apps that have spam behaviour like that can simply be uninstalled, a friend had something like this once and we managed to find out it was a game he'd installed quite a long time ago, but never really played it - but the process was always running in the background for the purpose of giving random notifications in the form of ads.

If it's not pure evil malware (in the sense of avoiding detection/hiding itself), then you might have the luck of just being able to uninstall it once you find what app is causing that behaviour.
 
Old 06-11-2018, 10:33 AM   #3
jsbjsb001
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2009
Location: Somewhere on earth? Maybe I'm a figment of your imagination?
Distribution: A number of them over the years...
Posts: 1,521

Rep: Reputation: 734Reputation: 734Reputation: 734Reputation: 734Reputation: 734Reputation: 734Reputation: 734
I use Sophos on my phone. AFAICS, it doesn't take up a lot of resources.
 
Old 06-12-2018, 01:16 AM   #4
ondoho
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Dec 2013
Posts: 8,485
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066Reputation: 2066
i never had that problem, but i use this app:
https://f-droid.org/packages/org.adaway/
and it has an extra feature that searches for malware apps. it once told me to uninstall an app.

that said, android is just as opaque to me as windows...
 
Old 06-12-2018, 01:56 AM   #5
business_kid
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Ireland
Distribution: Slackware & Android
Posts: 8,924

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916
Thanks guys, I will try those 3 apps. I have installed nothing but play store apps. Some I can trust completely (JW Library, Netflix,mail.com, Firefox, For Browser, VLC, etc.) because they have huge userbases. The only game installed is Temple Minesweeper. A few utilities, & one movie downloader. Most I have on a tablet as well, and that is trouble free.

I will report back on viruses/malware
 
Old 06-12-2018, 03:32 AM   #6
business_kid
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Ireland
Distribution: Slackware & Android
Posts: 8,924

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916
Right. Despite my poor security settings, kapersky found nothing. They also wanted me to pay them money, something that I object to. I gave them one month's worth, and there won't be a second month.

Sophos was free. It detected nothing, but fingered a few apps: Where's My Droid, Alert (An epilepsy monitoring app), Learn Muscle Anatomy, & Power Calc Pro. All have been installed for several months on two devices (phone & tablet) without issue.

The Alert is ransomware (you have to cough up so your choice of guy is notified if you throw a siezure) and I am not paying;I will reinstall all except the Alert. If the problem persists I will post again.

Last edited by business_kid; 06-12-2018 at 07:57 AM.
 
Old 06-12-2018, 08:26 AM   #7
business_kid
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Ireland
Distribution: Slackware & Android
Posts: 8,924

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916Reputation: 916
I seem to have got it. Something apparently attached itself to Movie Play Box app. This works fine on the tablet, but throws up ads on the phone. I stopped & uninstalled it, then powered off the phone. On powering up, the app was gone from the Play Store :-o.

This seems to be it. Thanks for the recommendations.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Facing issue with 'jQuery Malware' and 'JS Malware' virus attack taru.tarak Linux - Security 2 11-09-2017 11:18 PM
LXer: Report: Android is home to 96% of new mobile malware LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 03-07-2013 08:12 PM
[SOLVED] May have contracted malware. Yes, malware. Firefox on Ubuntu Fiesty. Seeking a fix drachenchen Linux - Security 22 08-17-2008 01:05 PM
May have contracted malware. Yes, malware. Firefox on Ubuntu Fiesty. Seeking a fix drachenchen Linux - Security 1 06-12-2008 05:10 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Mobile

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:56 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration