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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by p4r4d1se, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. p4r4d1se

    p4r4d1se Lurker
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    I was using my LG LG-L38C with android 2.3.6 to find directions on the web when this screen came up that reads, "the page at 'http://antivirusandroid.mobi' says: Memory Warning! Your phone has (7) serious errors! Press OK below to start the recovery process..." the back button doesn't work so I cannot use the browser and I don't want to press the "OK" button without knowing what this is. Also my provider is straight talk wireless. Please help.
     



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  2. olbriar

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    Hello again p4. I'd be extremely suspicious about anything I could not back out of. That said... I searched the web and these forms for your warning and came up dry. Unless I'm missing something.. I think you have hit a site that is trying to spam you. I may be wrong but I'd pull the power long before I'd click Ok on anything I did not solicit. I hope this helps.
     
  3. p4r4d1se

    p4r4d1se Lurker
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    Thanks for the info/advice. I turned the power off and back on and it went away. I can't wait to see what I'll discover on this site. Aloha
     
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  4. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Never ever download/install anything when you dont know what it is.
    Also i dont think(?) Theres any way something on your browser would know if you have a virus. Its pretty hard to get a virus on android without actively installing it so you did the right thing man :)
     
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  5. gwtracy

    gwtracy Lurker

    Great that you did not press the OK button. The message you received is basically asking your permission to install malware on your Android device. If you had you clicked OK, your device would have become infected. Rebooting is the correct procedure to avoid getting infected. Also, it really helps if you report the site to google and to stopbadware (Search for how to report a malware infected site).

    The source of this malware appears to be compromised ad servers. A number of legitimate but poorly maintained web sites are linked to these ad servers. Instead of showing you the ads that the webmaster originally thought would be shown, the ad servers have been compromised and now attempt to install malware on your device.

    My advice is to NEVER GO BACK to the site where you experienced the problem -- clearly the site's owner is paying no attention to the security of the site, which places its users (you) at great risk of getting a virus.

    And DO REPORT THE SITE to google and stopbadware -- that will cause the compromised domain to be found and pulled.
     
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  6. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    And only install apps from places you trust (Google Play, Amazon and pretty much nowhere else). and read and understand the permissions that the app is asking for. If you're not happy with them then don't install the app, and do email the developer asking the reason for the permissions. See here for an explanation of Android's permissions: App Permissions Explained - What Do They Really Mean? - AndroidPIT
     
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