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  1. TSLA

    TSLA Lurker
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    Good day! I climbed the system and found this: "com.qualcomm.qti.appnetaccess" what could it be and what is it for? Is it some kind of secret virus? Can I delete it?

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    Post #2 by Hadron, Apr 22, 2021 (2 points)

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  3. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    A very important lesson: not everything you don't recognise is a "virus". (Technically nothing is, because a virus is a specific subclass of malware which doesn't exist for Android. However the word is widely misused to refer to any sort of malware.)

    Let's look at the name, com.qualcomm.qti.appnetaccess:

    • "Qualcomm" are the manufacturers of the SoC (system on a chip) at the heart of most Android devices. So the fact that the package has qualcomm in the name gives you a big clue as to where it comes from.
    • "qti" is "Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated", which merely reinforces that this is an app provided by the manufacturer of your phone's processor.
    • As for what "appnetaccess" means, let's break it down: "app net access".

    I don't know precisely what it does, but it's likely that this is involved in providing network access for the system (the network interface is one of the functions provided by the SoC). Whether that means the internet or the phone network I can't be sure.

    Hopefully you can't delete it even if you want to, unless you have rooted the device. If you have rooted the device, don't delete it: something important would break, and you'd almost certainly have to learn how to reflash your phone before you could use it again. This is, incidentally, why the phone user is not given administrator (root) privileges out of the box: because there are people who would delete anything they didn't recognise without asking, and then complain to the manufacturer when their phone stopped working ;).
    #2 Hadron, Apr 22, 2021
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2021
  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    I agree with what @Hadron posted, given it's naming structure the file is likely to be a network-related config/support file and it's probably something you should avoid messing with as a general practice. Once you start perusing through the system directories that make up the Android OS in your phone there are going to be tens of thousands of similarly named files, and most of them you should leave as is.
  5. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    I agree with @Hadron and @svim. There really is no need to go thru your system apps and processes. It will just drive you nuts as many of the processes have weird, unusual, and malicious looking names. Just ignore those.

    Android does a pretty good job at minimizing the risk of viruses. If anything you might get malware that usually comes when you install something else. So as long as you are careful on what you download and install, I would not worry about viruses and malware.
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  6. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Delete them all then post your findings!
    Cmon, people.
    Not everything is a virus on your device!
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  7. I agree with all of you. Maybe, it's an honest question.
  8. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I'm sure it's an honest question. But the tendency some people have to assume that anything they don't recognise must be malware generates unnecessary stress for them, so if others read this thread and take in the message that this is unlikely that will be a good thing.
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  9. Not everything is a virus on your device!
  10. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    ummmm you just plagerized @Dannydet ........do you have something original to say or contribute to this thread?
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