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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Rita Santos, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. Rita Santos

    Rita Santos Lurker
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    I'm hoping someone can help me here. Yesterday I was doing some research for an essay when I clicked a website (very dumb of me, who never clicks suspicious websites or links) that redirected me. I immediately backed off, the page didn't load. If anything I spent about a second there. Being the paranoid person I am, I have malware bytes installed, scanned, clear. Avast, clear. Sophos warned me about a PUA, which was a .com.google.chrome(some letters) file. Immediately deleted it, but then again Sophos also warned me about another app being a PUA, when it's in fact, safe.

    I cleared the google chrome cache. I'd like to note that I DID NOT download anything, I didn't click any links, I didn't click anything but the back button, I didn't give any permissions. I'm on android 10, Xiaomi redmi note 7 (encrypted), and updated to miui12 last night. My phone isn't acting odd or anything.

    I'm just extremely worried about being infected. I checked that website on hybrid analysis which came back as malicious (attack method as hooking), virus total said the same, but google safe browsing didn't detect anything, this site was detected as malicious on 2-3 checkers. I was on google chrome at the time. Should I be concerned?

    I don't do banking on my phone as I have a separate apple device for that, but I had a picture of myy debit card somewhere in my camera roll.

    Is there anything else I can do, for peace of mind? Thanks in advance.
     



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  2. ocnbrze

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

    its really hard to get viruses on an android phone. i have been on android since it came into existence. not once have i installed an anti-virus app. i have never been hacked nor have been infected with anything malware, adware and the such. i think you should be ok. if anything to protect your accounts, i would set-up 2 step verification where available on all of your accounts.

    so just relax, i think your fine from the sounds of it;)
     
  3. Rita Santos

    Rita Santos Lurker
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    Everyone has been reassuring, thank you. I have 2 step verification turned on for basically everything. This has happened to me before, but I simply went down the rabbit hole this time and probably overreacted.
     
  4. ocnbrze

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

    yeah i think your good. just keep an eye on things and you should be fine.
     
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  5. Rita Santos

    Rita Santos Lurker
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    Do you recommend doing anything to protect myself? I changed some of my passwords, I have the latest Android updates. I have turned of unknown app and in between.
     
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  6. ocnbrze

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

    that's pretty good right there. i do not see anything else that you need to do to protect yourself.
     
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  7. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I, on the otherhand, was not an enthusiastic Android user from the beginning.

    Having started late, and hating computers, let alone hearing constant 'hacking' and 'online horror' stories- well, I was just as paranoid as you.

    In the beginning.

    After a time, I came to read and realize a few truths.

    Viruses do not exist on Android. Malware exists, but YOU have to put it onto your device yourself.

    Anti-anything software exists to prey upon our insecurities, and only promotes paranoia.
    (How many of those apps do you have, how many did you run, and did they make you feel any better?)

    If you read about this subject on XDA, it can shed some light for you about this.

    Don't take this the wrong way, because I was just like you with this when I started.

    It was difficult, but eventually I ditched all of those apps.
    If your device is not rooted, there is little if anything that can get in and do harm.

    Ads are the main threat.
    Yes, ads.

    Preventing them is your best bet to avoid threats and irritation.
     
    #7 puppykickr, Jan 25, 2021
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2021
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  8. Rita Santos

    Rita Santos Lurker
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    I know alot more about windows and computers. No offense is taken! Thank you. No, my phone is not rooted, I wouldn't jailbreak or do such a thing. I have 2. I uninstalled only 1. Thank you for your advice. I'm in a tough situation and everything sets me off.
     
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  9. PaulFelder

    PaulFelder Lurker

    I think you're exaggerating a lot. I also visited such sites a couple of times, but nothing happened. It is not so easy to bring a virus into your computer, especially if there are protective programs such as antivirus, Malware software, and others. Still, you are right to worry about this, because now scammers come up with thousands of different ways to cyberattack every day. If they manage to get your personal data, they can blackmail you with it or gain access to your bank accounts. On the Internet, you can find more information about how to protect yourself from cyber-attacks. This is actually very important, so you need to take security measures.
     
    #9 PaulFelder, Mar 19, 2021
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2021
  10. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Do not sideload.
     
  11. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert


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    Without sideloading, I would have nothing on my device!
     
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