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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by HunnieBunnie, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. HunnieBunnie

    HunnieBunnie Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I have been getting messages to download a free thing to scan for viruses and spyware. I have been ignoring them. I would never download something like that to my computer. Are these even legit? Anyone get them?? Can my phone get a virus anyway??
     



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  2. alfick3

    alfick3 Android Expert

    Viruses are possible, but not highly probable.
     
  3. Where are the messages from? Random texts on your phone or something on your PC? Don't ever install anything that is offered to you in this manner, guaranteed it's some form of malware. Although phones generally don't get viruses like PC's, there are plenty of malicious apps that can harvest data and personal info from your phone and do other bad things. Only install apps from the Play store, and stick with ones that are from known developers with lots of downloads and positive reviews.
     
  4. unnamedny

    unnamedny Android Expert

    if you are getting this messages, that means that you already installed something you should not have.
     
  5. OcalaFlGuy

    OcalaFlGuy Android Expert

    That there ^^^ What HE said.

    Bruce in Ocala, FL
     
  6. HunnieBunnie

    HunnieBunnie Well-Known Member
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    It comes in on the very top of the phone where my little messages icon comes in with the little M on it. It comes in with a little gold star symbol. If I tap it to get rid of it, it starts to connect through metroweb. I just stop the connection and close the metroweb app.

    I have not downloaded anything except a few things from the app store. The apps I have are Pulse, eBay, Merriam-Webster, BBC News, Craigslist, Yahoo Mail, Yard Sale Treasures, GWiki, TED, History Eraser BofA, Chase, babbel French, Amazon, and WFAA. All of these came from the app store.

    Believe me, I am not smart enough with these phones to do anything very sophisticated with them.
     
  7. blaze420916

    blaze420916 Android Expert

    It's a form of advertising and spam one of the apps you have pushes those messages. Get rid of the app that does it and those messages will stop. There is a app that will search your apps to find which one does it but I'm not sure of the name. Someone in here will point you to the right direction or just Google it
     
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  8. Eyepatchdude

    Eyepatchdude Well-Known Member

    Yeah.. run the airpush detector.. it'll tell you which app is being naughty and sending you ads in the notification bar
     
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  9. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid

    My bet is on the history eraser :p
     
  10. blaze420916

    blaze420916 Android Expert

    I have history eraser and I don't get notifications like that:D
     
  11. viperdink

    viperdink Android Expert

    I use history eraser all the time but i usally run "norton spot" first to find the loop holes. Then i install Ad blocker, the one Game theory has shared.
    Using the three stops most of this after you uninstall the apps that let the junk there in the first place.

    Edit; Adblocker need rooting ; nvm
     
  12. HunnieBunnie

    HunnieBunnie Well-Known Member
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  13. devilswife66

    devilswife66 Lurker

    Hello, I am completely new to the forum, and I have never tried to root or anything like that. However, I have recently discovered that my husband has put some kind of spyware on my phone, and I want it off, or I would like info on some kind of counter spyware. Can you help me or direct me to the right forum for this? I have an LG Motion 4G by Metro PCS, and I have a couple of suspicious looking apps on here that I can't remove. Its really frustrating to know that he can have this kind of control over my phone, and I am helpless.
     
  14. Spdfreak34

    Spdfreak34 Android Enthusiast

    What are the names of the suspicious apps? The more information you give the better help you will receive.
     
  15. OcalaFlGuy

    OcalaFlGuy Android Expert

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  16. HunnieBunnie

    HunnieBunnie Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Okay, another one came in today. A little gold star appeared at the top left hand corner of phone's screen. I tapped, it and saw that it came from ad.leadbolt.apps or some such. I tapped on it and it too me to lw.pch.com/?adld=12465&extld=137-1168137&p=10036210, an ad for publisher's clearing house. So, the leadbolt is what is pushing these ads to me. There is an app on their site to down loa to "opt out" of their ads, but I have not downloaded it. I am afraid it might make things worse.

    Any ideas what app is causing this junk to come in via leadbolt ads?
     

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