June 27th, 2012, 10:28 AM
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Spam Icon Randomly Appeared On Desktop
Has anyone encountered a random icon appearing on your android desktop?
I've hardly used my phone at all today, but noticed this afternoon an Icon called "NetSpend" with an image, blue w white text "NETSPEND Prepaid Card You Are Approved".
Clearly bunk, no idea where it came from. I haven't installed any new apps recently, thogh I did download Ad Network Detector once I noticed it. Couldn't identify it.
I can long press the icon, and it will let me drag it off the desktop into the trash, but I don't know if that will really address the root cause.
Essentially it's a Bookmark shortcut with a customized icon (though it's url is not in my browser's bookmarks)
I intended to launch the icon to see what it redirected to, and found it attempted to run a series of redirect links, faster than I was able to longpress-select-copy the URL for examination. Then the Bionic's shitty default browser FB share feature popped up proposing to post a link so I went to airplane mode before any more damage could be done, and changed my FB password from my laptop.
Links included references to hjlas.com. the-awardzcenter.org, livemobilesearch.com, & surveyrewardscenter.org
Just trying to be as thorough as possible in order to identify and draw awareness.
Anyone seen anything like this before? If I delete the icon, am I in the clear, or is there something else lurking potentially on my system?