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Malware on phone

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    Registered Users Posts: 1,358 ✭✭✭ Shane O' Malley


    I seem to have something on my Android phone that keeps opening dodgy sites on chrome. I have an Kaspersky antivirus but it is not finding it.

    I was wondering if it is possible to see which app is opening the link. Is there a log somewhere. I cant find any other symptoms (Not using battery, no freezing, no crashes) No new apps installed and list of apps updated in the last 3 days are all well known apps.

    Any ideas on how i should approach it. DuckDuckgo is my default browser. I have closed most of the open pages on that and the rest are all established sites, Restarted the phone also.


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  • Setting -> applications -> Chrome -> Storage then Clear data and cache




  • How will that get me closer to identifying the app that is opening those pages. There is nothing in chrome that is opening those pages as far as I can tell.




  • You must check the applications installed on your phone, I think you have installed a sponsored application, try to close all the applications (Setting -> applications ->Force Stop) and then open each application individually to detect the suspicious application.




  • MeHappy wrote: »
    You must check the applications installed on your phone, I think you have installed a sponsored application, try to close all the applications (Setting -> applications ->Force Stop) and then open each application individually to detect the suspicious application.

    Yes i understand that technique but was wondering if maybe there was a log of which app opened a webpage.
    In the end i found it another way. (Well two ways)

    Under Apps & Notifications i could see the list of apps and when they most recently sent a notification. On that list there was a long installed app for scanning barcodes that was showing a recent notification. Since i had never seen a notification from that app ever i looked in a bit deeper. It had not been updated but i assume it was a poor implementation of the in-app ads that allowed it to open web pages.

    Uninstalled the app, no more problems and developer contacted.

    I could have also found the same information from the google Digital welbeing app.

    Thanks

    Shane


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