With this CIQ mess, I checked my phone. not there, but I found something else.... Wtf is Keytracer?General

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  1. nspriggs

    nspriggs Well-Known Member

    It has access to just about everything, and I can't find a way to remove it.





    Does anyone else have this?

    Does anyone know what this is?

    Go to Settings>> Applications>> Manage Applications>> All to see if you have it.

  2. sog805

    sog805 Member

    I have a Samsung Charge and it also has the keytracer app...wtf is this?
  3. pl0323

    pl0323 Well-Known Member

    That's not on my Indulge, don't know what it is. Not on Android Market either???

    Found this in another forum: Googling didn't turn up much information on what it actually does, but I do know it is part of Touchwiz...
  4. tiede

    tiede Well-Known Member

    i has it. All Indulges do, AFAIK
    And it seems to be an integral part of touchWiz as well, so all Samsung devices have it...

    See this xda link for it's presence being noted on the Epic: [Files & Guide] All *.apks & Framework / Apps safe to remove - xda-developers

    Nobody seems to actually knows what it does, at least not that I can find readily on Google, but I did find this app permissions list on a University of Colorado's CS website, which lists it as having "INJECT_CODE" permission, whatever that means.
    I've saved that page in my local Android folder, just in case that link goes dead...

    for the inquisitive mind in all of us, the full apk name of the keytracer app is
    com.android.keytracer, and no, you won't find it on the market!
  5. AndroidxGuy

    AndroidxGuy Well-Known Member

    I found this on my indulge months ago but I don't recall ever actually seeing it running on the phone but it's there nonetheless
  6. tiede

    tiede Well-Known Member

    AndroidxGuy, if this is a rootkit, you wouldn't be able to tell if it's running by the usual means, since the OS itself wouldn't know the difference. Notice, I did say IF. It's still not known if this is not just a nice benign app to help touchwiz be more "touchwizzy"...
  7. AndroidxGuy

    AndroidxGuy Well-Known Member

    I have network monitor on my phone and for the 3+ months I've had it I have not seen keytracer appear on it's list of programs sending or receiving data although some data appears as system data
  8. nspriggs

    nspriggs Well-Known Member

    I don't think that it has any legitimate purpose. I've had the app frozen with Titanium Backup since yesterday afternoon. I have rebooted the phone a few times since then, and I have still not noticed anything running awry. The phone seems fine.

    I also can't see a reason that a legitimate app would be named "keytracer," but on the other hand, why would they name a malicious app "keytracer"?

    Also, if it was just a part of TouchWiz, why would it need permission to do everything?

    This whole thing makes no sense to me.
  9. tiede

    tiede Well-Known Member

    And our android 1984 saga continues ...

    Is this part of all Samsungs? Or just the Epic / galaxy line of phones?
    How long has this been in Samsung phones?...
    the answer to this and other paranoid questions will be revealed. When the whole government/corporate spying establishment crumbles under the weight of our inquisitive and prying minds!
    stay tuned! ... (cue ominous music)
  10. Enders

    Enders Active Member

    I got this app on my phone too.

    Samsung Intercept: Froyo 2.2 on Virgin Mobile. No touch wiz.
  11. nspriggs

    nspriggs Well-Known Member

    And the plot thickens...
  12. Shatterproof

    Shatterproof Well-Known Member

    I have the indulge R910 with Basix and I just seen that I also have it on my phone. I went to /system/app/ and found it there so I held it dwn and pressed move, I moved it onto my sd card because I didnt want to risk deleting it without knowing exactly what it is. So far I have not had any issues since moving it about 15mins ago, I did have the option to delete with r/w access though.
  13. Williamw545

    Williamw545 Well-Known Member

    I have had this app froze for awhile with no ill effects, also before I froze it I never noticed it running for whatever that's worth.
  14. CarlyPoptart

    CarlyPoptart New Member

    The Samsung gem and acclaim also have keytracer..we have u.s cellular and their team is working to find answers since we notified them today
  15. k0nane

    k0nane Well-Known Member Developer

    Keytracer is nothing to be worried about. It's not a keylogger.

    And there is no CIQ on the Indulge. If there was, I'd have removed it many months ago.
  16. NFLprincess

    NFLprincess Member

    I've had my Android since Christmas 2011. Because of what I read here (btw, y'all are fantastic) I'm vigilant in monitoring all apps on my phone. 2 hours ago I found a new app, Keytracer, that is only found in "All Apps" not under "downloaded". This app was NOT there before. Also over the last 3 or 4 days everytime I check on "running" apps maps and voicesearch are always on and I always force stop. What is this app? It won't allow me to uninstall. I haven't rooted yet. Kind of intimated by it so if y'all have advice on rooting for dummies I would be appreciative.

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