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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by canyouhearmeno, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. canyouhearmeno

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    Hello,

    I'm not sure if this is the correct area to post this but I'll give it a go.

    I have a notification on my HTC Sensation that says "Virus Detected - Tap here to get rid of it"

    Now I'm not sure what to do, I had this notification before and tapped it and my significant other freaked out on me saying I just let in a virus so I excited out of that program before I could figure out what the heck is going on. It is now saying the same thing and I'm wary about tapping on it.

    Can anyone help me figure out if this is spam or a legitimate issue and what I can do to deal with it?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Harry2

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    I don't think it's a virus, it's aggressively spam.

    Some free apps push ads in the phone's notification bar.

    It is known as notification push advertising of companies like
    AirPush
    LeadBolt
    Appenda
    IAC
    Moolah Media
    TapIt
    Urban Airship
    Xtify

    If free Apps contain any one of this named addons they'll push spam on the notification bar :(

    Run 'Addons Detector' and 'AirPush Detector' to find out when one of these AirPush addons is in one of your apps.
    With 'Addons Detector' use the filter 'Push Notifications'.

    Free apps which contain such kind of addon you should uninstall and you'll get rid of this notification bar spam :)
    But don't forget to write an review in Market before you uninstall!

    AirPush stands as catchword for this kind of spam.
    For more info you could search in this forum for AirPush.

    Harry
     
  3. canyouhearmeno

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    Thanks so much! I'm glad its not an actual virus or something. I've deleted a couple apps that I suspect are spaming me so I hope this helps.

    Thanks again!
     
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    You're welcome :)

    Harry
     
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    What apps were they? Someone should keep a list eh? :)
     
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    Download AirPush Detector from the Market. It will detect and identify the guilty apps. I agree that there should be a list kept... if not here, then maybe in it's own (sticky) thread.
     
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    Thanks a lot.
     
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    I thought that apps that spammed like that were recently banned from the Play store.

    And apps that spam like that and claim that they can fix a so-called virus are usually lying and trying to get your money and/or personal info and/or an actual virus.
     
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    You'll note that the thread is from the time before those new policies went into effect ;)
     
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    Yeah, I, umm, missed the fact that this thread got necrobumped. Oops.
     
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    In addition to the great advice that Harry has given, be sure to check the following forum stickies to learn a bit more. ;)

    http://androidforums.com/android-ap...s-unwanted-shortcuts-browsers-redirected.html

    http://androidforums.com/android-ap...explained-security-tips-avoiding-malware.html

    Harry you should have those two links in your sig lol. You're good with this stuff! :)
     
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