How do u fix a phone with malware

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by maxx2496, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. maxx2496

    maxx2496 Active Member
    16

    Jun 8, 2010
    33
    2
    16
    making money
    here
    I wanted to bring this up because i have yet to see a resolution anywhere...
    Hypothetically speaking, if i were to innocently download an app from the android market and come to find out it is some type of malware, How would i fix my phone? I assume uninstalling the app and doing a complete restore/erase of the device maybe.... To someone who is more knowledgeable, would there be any additional steps to take to ensure that the malware would be rid of? And also, would a complete erase of the phone be necessary? Or just to uninstall the app itself?
     

    Advertisement
  2. chrismmm

    chrismmm Well-Known Member
    26

    Jun 4, 2010
    66
    5
    26
    IT
    North Georgia
    hypothetically speaking. install an appl to id the supposed virus and remove it
     
  3. nightfishing

    nightfishing Well-Known Member
    93

    May 2, 2010
    588
    111
    93
    There are no viruses and therefore any app that would claim to id and remove one is at best bogus and at worst malicious.

    If you have an app that is acting maliciously (keylogger etc) removing it should be sufficient. I do not believe there is any way for one app to change any other app or system file on the phone.

    The OS is designed for apps to run sandboxed.
     
    maxx2496 likes this.
  4. Biggest Fro

    Biggest Fro Well-Known Member
    38

    Jan 20, 2010
    182
    17
    38
    ...which is why all those "Anti-Virus" apps in the market are 100% worthless. :D
     
  5. Nodders

    Nodders Well-Known Member
    53

    Feb 15, 2010
    477
    50
    53
    Unless you are rooted and an app gets su permission and puts thing where it shouldn't be - in which case things could get nasty. A reflash should do it (could a virus hypothetically get into the bootloader?), but not sure of anything less extreme
     
  6. bluenova

    bluenova OK Computer
    VIP Member
    143

    Jan 11, 2010
    1,617
    243
    143
    Driver
    W Midlands, UK
    +1, an app cannot do any harm unless you give it su permissions.

    Just to add rooting your phone does not make it vulnerable either as you still have to specifically give an app permission to use root.
     

Share This Page

Loading...