Droid Incredible browser comes pre-installed with spyware?General


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  1. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    ***WARNING***

    DO NOT CLICK OR GO TO ANY OF THE SITES I MENTIONED BELOW FOR SECURITY REASONS


    I've had this problem since I bought my Droid Inc over a month ago but I haven't posted about it until now.

    Whenever I type a new URL into the stock browser, if I press any letter, a list of sites pop up that aren't my favorites. Some of these sites are Asian, and I know that others are known spyware sites.

    For example, if I press a certain letter when starting to type a URL, these sites pop up:

    http://www.m

    Mail.ru
    Mixi.jp
    Mininova.org
    MyWebSearch.com
    Maktoob.com
    Megaclick.com

    another example...

    http://www.c

    Clicksor.com
    Cnzz.com
    Chinaz.com
    Cricinfo.com
    Clickbank.com
    China.com

    What the hell is this stuff? I've never been to any of these sites on my phone, and these aren't my favorites.

    I noticed this happening the day I bought my Droid Inc and before I installed any third-party apps. Could Google be behind this? Doubleclick is one of the sites that pops up on this thing too.

    Clearing my browser history or cache doesn't fix this.
     

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  2. sabrewings

    sabrewings Well-Known Member

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    It's just popular websites preloaded. I think all android stock browsers do it. You picked the worst of the list.

    Also there is Mozilla, Microsoft, Megaupload, Megavideo, etc.
     
  3. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    These aren't popular websites though. They're known virus/browser exploit sites.

    Doubleclick
    Zedo
    FastBrowserSearch
    MyWebSearch
    TribalFusion
    FastClick
    Clickbank
    Clicksor
    LinkBank

    Why would anyone go to these "popular" sites other than to get a virus?
     
  4. sabrewings

    sabrewings Well-Known Member

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    If I had to guess, they're probably based off traffic statistics through Google.
     
  5. Vaseline Smith

    Vaseline Smith Well-Known Member

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    Definitely a cause for concern
     
  6. howarmat

    howarmat Well-Known Member

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    this

    its a google phone, it pulls data from google on the fly. its not "installed" on the phone :rolleyes:
     
  7. Adamx

    Adamx Well-Known Member

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    well then google needs to clean it's crap up.
     
  8. Railz

    Railz Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but also stupid people need to stop visiting these sites. People wonder how they get virus on their computers...
     
  9. superchaos

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    A lot of those sites are found as links in junk email for viagra and stuff. They are popular because people actually open the emails by mistake or on purpose.
     
  10. waynester

    waynester Well-Known Member

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    yes some of those are associated with malware, though google owns double click
    mywebsearch used to be a booger to clean off of win xp, others you list I rem from anti-malware /removal sites.
    I'm kinda the goto pc guy with friends and family, one of my sisters loved playing online free games :eek: , once a month I'd have to go clean out her pc.
    not sure why , using google search engine, you would have these sites as choices , they have been pretty good at policing lately.
    maybe something to do with mobile?
     
  11. waynester

    waynester Well-Known Member

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    I just tried the http...c
    I get expected results hits on c-span, http client, c++ etc.
    on http...d
    get similar hits, meaning as expected , duluth minn. ,d-addicts (torrent site) etc.
    these are from google home web page
    are you signing in to google then searching?

    If I got the results you are seeing on my home pc, I would start looking for malware

    *try it again, could be when you got these results there was an malware program hitting the web, making it a hot topic
     
  12. cougar618

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    I'm seeing those exact websites....

    Subscribing for an answer.
     
  13. waynester

    waynester Well-Known Member

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    clear cookies , well I would clear all under the" privacy settings"
    cookies, cache, history, form,passwords and location access

    IMO it's easier to start from scratch , please rem I am going off of basic pc cleaning
     
  14. waynester

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    I just tried http....m
    got m&m candies, m.facebook etc. again as expected
     
  15. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Cleared everything and signed out of Google and the stuff is still there :confused:
     
  16. Droidus

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    Google should be made aware of this, blacklisted sites should not be coming up like that.
     
  17. waynester

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    ok some general suggestions, again please rem I'm basing this on PC as in windows , no experience in android/linux.

    try another browser, dolphin hd, xscope,skyfire.
    I have lookout app, on mine its a web based "find my phone" type app, but it comes with a basic anti-virus .

    try one of the free anti-virus apps, I dont use them , but I'm not the one having probs

    but do rem, 99% of time it's the operator that downloads , views attachments or searches for certain things.
    So make sure of your downloads, few weeks back google did pull some apps from market due to malware
     
  18. waynester

    waynester Well-Known Member

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    google cant control what might be in browser, if this were happening to me from a "fresh" phone I would be talking to vzw, which would prob pass it to htc.

    something else to consider is it a refurb?
     
  19. sabrewings

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    It's probably just pulling from the most viewed sites on the net through Google. You guys are chasing your tails thinking its any malware on the phone. Google should be notified. A different browser that doesn't have this feature would fix it.
     
  20. woop

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    I'm thinking the same thing.
     
  21. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    No refurb. I bought it at Best Buy in late May competely brand new.
     
  22. rushmore

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    Not seen any of those pop up... where U B searchin'? ;)
     
  23. waynester

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    These should not be results as he explains.
    google a few of them, your hits will be dealing with scams , the yahoo of the middle east, russian mail, click fraud, torrent/file sharing site and so on.
    when have you ever seen these type results , unless using the above keywords?

    http....c should not get the results he claims
     
  24. rushmore

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    Correct. Google mainly weights searches based on local and not global search habits. The OP may have typed a site that had nothing to do with the sites, but is somehow hyper-linked. That is all it takes.
     
  25. waynester

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    did you get it with an sd card?
    The only reported cases I found re malware shipped with phone were actually on sd card. Initial run of Samsung S8500 Wave smartphones in germany and 3000 htc magic android phones in spain.

    So it's unlikely you got it that way, but those are still not common search results obtained in the way you describe
     

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