Can an Email account have a virus?

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  1. ZingXao

    ZingXao Well-Known Member

    Is it possible or not?

    On my old phone, I was signed into Gmail. A friend sent me a link and it took me to a site I didn't want to be on. I came off the site, cleared history and cookies etc. When that phone started to act strange, I moved my SD card, SIM and the Gmail account to another Android phone.

    From the link that was sent to me, could anything have infected the SD card, SIM or my Gmail account? Or are they all okay and clean to use?

  2. ZingXao

    ZingXao Well-Known Member

  3. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Absolutely, the SD card could contain malware.
  4. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    Yep. If anything I would suggest to maybe download an AntiVirus application or just Wipe the SD card.
  5. ZingXao

    ZingXao Well-Known Member

    I've just bought the Nexus 4, and obviously my SD card won't be going in there, it's stayed in my old phone. I haven't transferred my SIM across either, because I'm moving network, and the old SIM is a full sized one, not a micro SIM.

    Now the problem is, I've emailed all of my contacts to myself from the phone with the SD card in. The email address it's been sent to is the email I use for my Google account, but now am wary of downloading my contacts from that account, because it was emailed from the phone with the SD card in.

    What do I do? Is the email account and vCard that in the email okay and safe to download to my Nexus or have I lost all of my numbers now??
  6. ZingXao

    ZingXao Well-Known Member

    Sorry for the double post. Just don't wanna mess up my new phone.

    So I have my Nexus 4 with no SIM card in, and obviously no SD card. I have logged into my Google account on it, along with my email. My old phone with the suspect SD card, are still logged into my Gmail account, the same one as I've just logged in to with the Nexus 4. From my old phone I've deleted all emails, including ones to myself were I've emailed my contacts through. I didn't save any contacts from the email on to my Nexus. I've wiped my SD card on the old phone and scanned it with avast!, came back clean. Can I now email my contacts to myself and then download them to my Nexus or will I need to input them all manually?
  7. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    If the old phone is an android, did you sync the contacts with your Gmail account? If so you can just sync them with the new phone, no need to send a vcf. That would be safest.

    I don't think you need to worry about mailing a vcard file with your contacts anyway. That's a data file that is read into your contacts storage app, not an application which you install and which could contain other stuff. A malformed vcf just won't import properly - I can't see how it could actually install malware itself. And you can always look at the vcf on another computer if you want (Android malware won't bother a windows/mac/linux computer). Plus I've never heard of an actual android email virus.

    So I reckon opening a vcf with the contacts app should be ok. If you get an unexpected application installation dialog you should cancel.
  8. ZingXao

    ZingXao Well-Known Member

    Well just to be safe, I did a factory reset on my old Android phone so it wasn't linked to my Gmail/Google account. I did a factory reset to my Nexus 4 to start again, and then linked my Google account to it - and because I'd deleted all emails and stuff I've essentially got a fresh new Gmail account.

    I'll just input my contact manually, I don't use half of them anyway.

    So, would a factory reset remove any possible viruses from either phone? And now I've wiped all emails from my Gmail account is that safe/clean whatever to use as my Google play account on my Nexus 4 again?

    Sorry, I'm just really paranoid about viruses :/
  9. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    There aren't any actual viruses for Android that I've ever heard of, ie malicious aps which can spread themselves. Trojans (apps which turn out to have something nasty hidden in them), yes, but they rely on you installing them.

    Unless the phone was rooted, nothing installed on it can survive a factory reset.
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  10. ZingXao

    ZingXao Well-Known Member

    So everything I've done, i.e. factory reset on both phones, starting afresh with the Nexus 4, logging in with my email - which has everything cleared from it etc. mean my Nexus 4 is perfectly okay and clean then? There wouldn't be anything on my email account, right?
  11. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    The only way an email could infect a phone would be if the email contains an apk attachment and you install that apk. Otherwise, no.

    While you could send a dodgy app via an email, the account itself cannot be infected.
  12. ZingXao

    ZingXao Well-Known Member

    Okay cool.

    One more thing then I'll stop asking questions regarding this haha.

    Android Beam. So my brother has a Nexus 7, and I had them next to each other comparing the screens side by side. I didn't touch them back to back.

    I was on his browser and noticed he'd been on some dodgy stuff. He's a teenager after all. Now, I'm wondering whether holding my Nexus 4 and his 7 next to each other could have activated Android Beam, or do they need to be touching back to back? And what kind of content can be sent through?

    I just would like to keep my device clean and running perfectly, and just hate the thought of something transferring from his device to mine. From the circumstances provided, is that possible?

    Again, this is my last question. Thanks.
  13. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    You'll need someone with a newer device than me to answer that one - I've no experience with NFC. Though I'd be a little surprised if you could transfer stuff without confirmation (unless you can set it to just accept anything from a particular device without asking questions), as that would seem a huge security fail. But I'd wait for someone whose actually used these devices to give a more informed answer.
  14. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Both people have to activate and accept the android beam for it to go through. There's also some pretty loud beeps involved.

    It would be very obvious if any files were transferred.
  15. Metroid Prime

    Metroid Prime Oil Can!!! Oil Can!!! VIP Member

    Yeah, I have not heard of any viruses written for Android either. Only malicious apps.
  16. Thom

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  17. ZingXao

    ZingXao Well-Known Member

    Sooo... my Nexus 4 is definitely clean and virus free/malware free then?

    Definitely no need for a second factory reset?
  18. Metroid Prime

    Metroid Prime Oil Can!!! Oil Can!!! VIP Member

    I wouldn't think, but if you want you could download an AV like Avast or Lookout. Other than that I'd say your fine.
  19. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    When I get spam emails, there are often their .zip attachment in my Download folder on the SD card.
    These attachments contain trojans and viruses, they do not harm my Android phone but they would harm my PC if I'd transfer and open them on the PC.

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  20. Davdi

    Davdi Well-Known Member Contributor

    Avast is worth having for its remote wipe and 'find my phone' capabilities.
  21. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    You can uninstall the antivirus and keep the functionality of the antitheft :)

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