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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by andy_48, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. andy_48

    andy_48 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I have a notification that I do not recognise: "Slides requests sensitive permissions". It is in red with an icon that is a red key on a white background in a red triangle. When I clicked on it it seemed to start an app analysing my phone and SD card memory.

    I freaked out, powered off the phone immediately and whipped out my SD card. I powered it back on and this notification reappeared.

    Any idea what this is and is it safe? If not, how do I get rid of it?

    Samsung Galaxy S4, Android 5.0.1

     


  2. Best Answer:
    Post #17 by subsonic170, Jan 29, 2016 (2 points)

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  3. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Can you post a screenshot?
     
  4. andy_48

    andy_48 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Sorry, no. I powered it down again (extreme paranoia). Just turned it on and it hasn't reappeared. If it does I'll take a screenshot.

    Now worried it's loaded deep in my OS and I can't see it!
     
  5. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Is the phone rooted? If not, it can only get so far, and a factory data reset should clear it up. Have you installed any potentially pirated apps or from weird 3rd parties? Not asking to be accusatory, but that's a common vessel for the transport of malware.:(
     
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  6. andy_48

    andy_48 Newbie
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    Not rooted. Haven't loaded any new apps for weeks.
     
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  7. andy_48

    andy_48 Newbie
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    Thanks for you reply, by the way. Appreciate it.
     
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  8. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    That's what are little community is about. Welcome to AF.

    I've tried searching based on the error message or the description but am coming up empty. Maybe another member will chime in with ideas or if you see it again, we can get a peak at the screenshot.
     
  9. I've not seen it.

    Is Clean Master from Cheetah Software installed on the device?

    ... Thom
     
  10. andy_48

    andy_48 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Yes. Might that be the culprit?
     
  11. jjhuopa

    jjhuopa Lurker

    I got this notofication also. Here's a screenshot. Looks evil. My phone is rooted and with TWRP, Galaxy K Zoom, Android 4.4.
     

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  12. jjhuopa

    jjhuopa Lurker

    I don't have Clean Master installed.
     
  13. andy_48

    andy_48 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    That's the one! Agreed, it looks evil hence my panic!
     
  14. jjhuopa

    jjhuopa Lurker

    Ran a scan with Avast, no malware found.
     
  15. evanrmurphy

    evanrmurphy Lurker

    I'm seeing this too. Looks like a brand new phenomenon. This thread is the only search result on Google for the query android "requests sensitive permissions".

    Here's a large screenshot from my Moto X running Android 4.4.4, not rooted:

    Screenshot_2016-01-29-12-01-30.png
     
  16. evanrmurphy

    evanrmurphy Lurker

    Powered my phone off and then back on and it hasn't reappeared.

    No, I don't have Clean Master installed.
     
  17. jjhuopa

    jjhuopa Lurker

    Mine reappeared after reboot.
     
  18. subsonic170

    subsonic170 Lurker

    Long press on the notification and you'll see it's from ES File Explorer. I've been thinking I should remove this anyway since they keep adding crap I don't want.
     
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  19. rnicolson

    rnicolson Lurker

    I have just removed ES File Explorer as well and all the notifications went away. Seems to be the problem.
     
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  20. evanrmurphy

    evanrmurphy Lurker

    Ohh good find! I also have ES File Explorer installed.
     
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  21. andy_48

    andy_48 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, subsonic170. I too had ES File Explorer which I have now uninstalled. Panic over!
     
  22. toggeli

    toggeli Lurker

    I'm developing a program on my phone which does nothing special apart from requesting publicly accessible files from the external SD card. After upgrading, ES-File Exploring started saying that my program demanded sensitive permissions!
    ES Explorer goes too far!
     
  23. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!
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    Honestly I'd get rid of clean master as well. Cheetah mobile is notorious for malware apps. I guarantee if you search the site for cheetah mobile you will come across many threads telling you to uninstall anything made by them.

    Also, as far as clean master or similar type apps, take a look at these threads as you might change your mind about using them:

    http://androidforums.com/threads/why-you-dont-need-a-task-killer.335110/

    http://androidforums.com/threads/pu...k-killers-ram-optimizers-and-the-like.896663/
     
  24. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Es File explore used to be good back in the cupcake/gingerbread days as a free root browser with a good ui and networking abilities; however, they did a ui update with ice cream sandwich and it went downhill from there. The best free one from the store at this point in time is probably JRummy's Root Browser; although, i use CMfilemanager because it works great and has no ads only thing its missing is the ability to read .db files.
     
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  25. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!
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    +1 for root browser. I use that along with x-plore file manager. I settled on those two a long time ago and have never looked back.
     
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  26. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Android Expert

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