security breech or something else?


  1. erikamit

    erikamit New Member

    I'm sitting in class typing notes in Polaris office using my new Samsung galaxy tab and a Microsoft wedge Bluetooth keyboard. The tablet is on silent mode , as always. It doesn't have phone capabilities (no service in our area). Suddenly, the tablet starts playing music, full blast, bringing the lecture to a standstill. I press the power button to sleep the tablet. No response, the noise continues. I open settings and turn off the sound there. I check my web browser. 4 tabs of bank pages are open for a bank I've never heard of. After class, I leave the room with the tablet on sleep and I hear a click. The tablet sound is on again, and the bank page is open. I installed Norton when I got the tablet month ago. And avast this afternoon. Scanning reports no issues. What's going on?

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  2. RazorSharp

    RazorSharp Well-Known Member

    Pop-up ads, perhaps?
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  3. erikamit

    erikamit New Member

    I have now uninstalled every app that ever showed an ad. If I'm using the tablet in class, I can't risk having pop ups. Not with full blast sound when the tablet is on silent mode. I'll turn off WiFi as well for class. Hopefully, that will be enough.
  4. erikamit

    erikamit New Member

    And just for good measure, I have a miniplug from an old set of earbuds to jam into the headphone jack as a physical backup to silent mode. It's so frustrating to have to resort to such measures. I wish there was some way to prevent madware from taking over my device.
  5. Joelgp83

    Joelgp83 Well-Known Member

    The reason is probably this: Android has 3 separate volume sliders in operation -- Ringer volume, Speaker Media volume, and Headset Media Volume. Silent mode only affects Ringer Volume. You'll have to manually activate an app (one that uses your speakers to play wave data, like your music player, Youtube app, or a video game console emulator if you have one), then use the volume rockers on the side to adjust the volume all the way down, with no headphones attached to it.

    You'll notice the on-screen volume display reads "Media Volume" instead of "Ringer Volume" as you decrease the volume.

    I hope this solves your problem! :D
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member

    The apps that use push advertising often don't show up other ads, and don't announce that they are doing it.

    Just to be sure, install Addons Detector, Airpush Detector or Lookout Ad Network Detector and check you've nothing that's using push notifications/advertising.
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  7. Rachel A

    Rachel A Well-Known Member

    I'm somewhat confused here. You say the tablet doesn't have 'phone' service - I assume you mean data. Where you connected to any sort of campus WiFi at the time?

    Just trying to understand how a device with no data connection can have 4 active Web pages open on an online bank.

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