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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by pkoutoul, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. pkoutoul

    pkoutoul Member
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    Here's a weird problem that just started occurring recently on my Galaxy S5 (AT&T) on 4.4.2.

    When I look at my wifi networks, I see a list that includes many secured networks that I don't recognize and believe to be fake -- see attachment. (The open network at the bottom is a real one, BTW. Scrolling down reveals yet more of these fake networks.) There are two strange things about these connections.

    First, I am certain that they are not real networks. I live 60 miles from where I work and no matter where I am, they always show up and always with a very strong signal. My house is in a rural area with fewer than 5 other houses within a quarter mile of me and yet I get this at home.

    Second, I cannot get my phone to forget these. Long-pressing on any of them gives only the option to connect, unlike with real networks where you get the option to forget the connection. Obviously, I'm not about to attempt a connection.

    This appears to be something coming from the phone itself, which has me concerned about malware. Anyone else ever see anything like this? I've seen a couple similar posts elsewhere but no answers so far.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date was April 2014. Features and Specs include a 5.1" inch screen, 16MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2800mAh battery.

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