can I know the best way to find out/search malware spyware and others on android?

Discussion in 'mobile device security' started by mantra, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    Hi

    can i know the best way to search and destry malware ,spyware and others stuff on android phones?

    i have installed Anti Spy & Spyware Scanner and bitdefeder trial (free version ) they have found nothing

    a friend of mine suggest me to connect to my pc via usb and use kaspersky or other av to scann a non rooted mobile

    the phone is not mine ,it's my girlfriend's phone , there is something because there is a strange behavior the facebook messanger password are changed frequently and another application does not work correctly
    she has installed a player sended by an her friend via whatsapp

    I stopped this application , cleaned cache and uninstalled ,checked the insalled application , uninstalled cleaned and reinstalled but the issie is still here
    can you give me some adivise?
    android v9
    thanks
     
  2. trott3r

    trott3r Registered Member

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    I would be tempted to do a factory refresh as it is the only way to be sure its clean.
     
  3. reasonablePrivacy

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    I would be tempted too, but even that can't assure it is 100% clean. Whole firmware reflashing is the only way to be sure it is clean.
    However this is not-so-old Android version, so I don't think it is very probable that malware penetrated OS that deep. Factory refresh should be enough in this case.

    @mantra if you don't want to factory reset at least check which apps have these permissions:
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/do-apps-need-all-the-permissions.421685/#post-2936785
     
  4. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    hi
    but there are antimalware software to scan it ?
    i factory reset will delete all my settings
    by the way
    is android v6 so vulnerable ?
    before an hard reset , i will try to clean it
    thanks
     
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    Android 9 was released 2 years ago. Android 6 is very old and certainly vulnerable. There were malware developed for Android 6 that can persist even between factory reset.
     
  7. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    Hi
    so for android 5 and 6 the best way to flash it again, even the device it's pretty old
    by the way i have installed and scanned avira , kaspersky ,malwarebyte and 360 Security all for android
    i guess they have cleaned it , but connect via usb to pc and scan from pc ,is a bad idea (seeing windows can't scan all the android folders) ?
    I was able to isolate this player *.apk , scanned with virus total , for all the scanners is 100% clean

    I did not know it they are so aggressive
    thanks
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2020
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