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  1. SMD's Avatar
    On my wife's S3 last night she got a random popup (on her home screen) that said:

    "Your cell may have a virus" with two buttons to select labeled: "No Thanks" and "Get help". I didn't hit either out of a fear that it was somehow something bad no matter which button I selected. So I restarted the phone and it went away. There was no other way to back out of it or ignore it.

    My other thought was maybe it was just some popup ad of some sort on my wife's phone and if I hit "get help" it would then take me to some anti-virus app. That's what I'm thinking it was now.

    Anyone seen this before or know what it's about?
    05-13-2013 05:55 PM
  2. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    If you don't have an anti-virus app installed already, tapping "get help" could be a lot worse than taking you to an anti-virus app. I would look at recently installed apps as the likely source.

    You can install a legitimate anti-virus app (search the Play store) and let it run to see what it finds, but I think you did the right thing by not tapping either of those buttons.
    05-13-2013 06:02 PM
  3. MrDoh's Avatar
    Yep, clicking on those things gives them permission to install malware...Restarting your phone sounds like exactly the right thing to do. I've seen these on computers several times, and the best thing to do there is to just restart, or power off, or whatever, so you don't touch anything that belongs to that popup. I did find one instance of this on google, where a popup window like that came with an app, so chances are that's what happened. So yes, take a look at the last apps that you've downloaded and think about whether you really need them *smile*.
    05-13-2013 08:50 PM
  4. japetty's Avatar
    Don't click on the popup. I can say you will have nothing but issues. It is more than likely an advertisement you get from an app you downloaded to the phone for free. Those free apps come with strings attached, nothing is really free.
    Good OL MC likes this.
    05-13-2013 11:04 PM
  5. SMD's Avatar
    She seems to get lots of weird apps pushed to her phone. I think "Pintrest" was causing much of that but I've since removed it from her phone. Now, weeks later this happened. Strange. Maybe meyerweb is right, I should download an anti-virus app on her phone and run a scan or something. Fortunately, my S3 doesn't have the same issues.
    05-14-2013 12:48 AM
  6. krazyfj's Avatar
    I'm getting "Android Warning" virus detected, then a button to remove virus, then under that it says "google play". I down loaded AVG but the only thing it found was a suspicious text message from directtv, how do I get rid of the warning?
    09-13-2013 07:11 AM
  7. Good OL MC's Avatar
    She seems to get lots of weird apps pushed to her phone. I think "Pintrest" was causing much of that but I've since removed it from her phone. Now, weeks later this happened. Strange. Maybe meyerweb is right, I should download an anti-virus app on her phone and run a scan or something. Fortunately, my S3 doesn't have the same issues.
    I would just reset the phone at this point. Never hurts. She downloaded a crappy app and it is spamming her. Like someone said earlier: those free apps can have strings attached.


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    09-13-2013 09:20 AM
  8. GSDer's Avatar
    krazyfj,
    You have almost certainly installed an app that is spamming you with this warning (to get you to install some other crapware).

    You can try:
    Mobile Security & Antivirus: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...mobilesecurity
    Addons Detector: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...addonsdetector
    Lookout Ad Network Detector: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...out.addetector
    AirPush Detector: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...irpushdetector

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM 10.2 using Tapatalk 4
    goin_nil likes this.
    09-14-2013 01:38 PM
  9. AxlMyk's Avatar
    ALWAYS read the reviews before installing an app. People report things like that.

    --Tapatalk on SGS3.
    goin_nil likes this.
    09-14-2013 08:53 PM
  10. Sonjams1's Avatar
    I was on Classic Opera Browser on my Galaxy S3 and I was searching for an animated birthday pic for a niece, Google of course! Anyhoo, when I clicked on the pic it said something about a locked site, I just thought that it meant you cant hotlink so i clicked on "go to site". Then a screen came up saying a virus called Tapsnake has been detected and to remove immediately click "ok". Without thinking i clicked but then it showed this screen on the pic i am posting and i took a screen shot then closed the browser and turned my phone completely off then back on, i just felt safer doing this, and giving it a minute b4 turning back on, instead of restarting. Then I looked up a few words from the web address and came to Android Central! I had forgotten all about this site! So I see we can post pics so here it is, what do we do when we get something like this pop up and is there somewhere we can report it to? Oh and by the way, I immediately went to the playstore and downloaded and antivirus app from there and did a scan, the only thing that came up was an app called "Rotten Friends", it's a Halloween/Gore photo editing app that I downloaded b4 Halloween! Nothing about any virus or Tapsnake or such! THANK GOD!Popup says "Your cell may have a virus"-screenshot_2013-11-23-18-27-50.png
    11-23-2013 08:37 PM
  11. rxgadget's Avatar
    I was on Classic Opera Browser on my Galaxy S3 and I was searching for an animated birthday pic for a niece, Google of course! Anyhoo, when I clicked on the pic it said something about a locked site, I just thought that it meant you cant hotlink so i clicked on "go to site". Then a screen came up saying a virus called Tapsnake has been detected and to remove immediately click "ok". Without thinking i clicked but then it showed this screen on the pic i am posting and i took a screen shot then closed the browser and turned my phone completely off then back on, i just felt safer doing this, and giving it a minute b4 turning back on, instead of restarting. Then I looked up a few words from the web address and came to Android Central! I had forgotten all about this site! So I see we can post pics so here it is, what do we do when we get something like this pop up and is there somewhere we can report it to? Oh and by the way, I immediately went to the playstore and downloaded and antivirus app from there and did a scan, the only thing that came up was an app called "Rotten Friends", it's a Halloween/Gore photo editing app that I downloaded b4 Halloween! Nothing about any virus or Tapsnake or such! THANK GOD!Click image for larger version. 

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    First thing is un install everything that you did not want on your phone. I had a couple weird text messages cone through but luckily nothing if these pop up screens. Consider s Factory Reset and choose to install everything on your own and not what Google chooses or has in memory. This way you control what is on your phone.

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    11-24-2013 03:13 AM
  12. Sonjams1's Avatar
    there's tons i dnt want on here like all the at&t preinstalled! But then I have to root, and although theres umteen million videos n how to's, i dont want to brick my phone and i havent figured out what reasons i need to, or what i would root for! i dont understand all the rom talk n stuff! im not worried about the warranty, cause truth be told, i have better insurance on my phone from where i got it, n all id have to do is stomp it into oblivian to get a new replacement! Its just the living w/out for a few days!
    11-24-2013 10:53 AM
  13. GSDer's Avatar
    Sonjams1,
    If you installed and ran one of the well-known anti-virus apps like Lookout: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...id=com.lookout then you should be safe. You could also try something like AirPush Detector: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...irpushdetector just to see if any crapware got installed.

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM 10.2 using Tapatalk 4
    11-24-2013 11:12 AM
  14. cheycheyk7's Avatar
    I was on Classic Opera Browser on my Galaxy S3 and I was searching for an animated birthday pic for a niece, Google of course! Anyhoo, when I clicked on the pic it said something about a locked site, I just thought that it meant you cant hotlink so i clicked on "go to site". Then a screen came up saying a virus called Tapsnake has been detected and to remove immediately click "ok". Without thinking i clicked but then it showed this screen on the pic i am posting and i took a screen shot then closed the browser and turned my phone completely off then back on, i just felt safer doing this, and giving it a minute b4 turning back on, instead of restarting. Then I looked up a few words from the web address and came to Android Central! I had forgotten all about this site! So I see we can post pics so here it is, what do we do when we get something like this pop up and is there somewhere we can report it to? Oh and by the way, I immediately went to the playstore and downloaded and antivirus app from there and did a scan, the only thing that came up was an app called "Rotten Friends", it's a Halloween/Gore photo editing app that I downloaded b4 Halloween! Nothing about any virus or Tapsnake or such! THANK GOD!Click image for larger version. 

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    Mine just did this, so it isn't a virus?
    01-01-2014 10:55 AM
  15. ffejjj's Avatar
    This happen to me before. Turned out that it was a wallpaper I loaded. It has permission to add sous and what not to my phone. Once I tracked it down and removed the wallpaper all the pop ups stopped

    My Evo lte Filling the shoes of my HTC One
    01-01-2014 10:58 AM
  16. GSDer's Avatar
    Mine just did this, so it isn't a virus?
    It looks like adware designed to get you to install their crapware.

    Are you also using Opera by any chance?

    If you're really worried you could install one of the anti-virus applications listed earlier in the thread, or any of the other reputable ones from the Google Play Store.

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM -0.001 using Tapatalk
    01-02-2014 12:34 AM
  17. Doge Crew's Avatar
    I went to go "download" Bike Race "cheats" (You can't blame me. It's frustrating.) for my Samsung and I got this screen.

    Popup says "Your cell may have a virus"-androidvirus.png
    I just swiped it away from my multitask bar... (Note that I'm using BlueStacks.)
    06-12-2014 11:17 AM
  18. vivagal's Avatar
    when i'm browsing its shows my fone has 13 virus also i'm getting "Android Warning" virus detected, then a button to remove virus, then under that it says "google play". I down loaded 360 security . i used it to scan my fone after scanning its says "NO VIRUS FOUND"but im still getting the same message from Andriod over and over again...., how do I get rid of this virus ???????????
    08-20-2015 02:24 AM
  19. goodgrl's Avatar
    when i'm browsing its shows my fone has 13 virus also i'm getting "Android Warning" virus detected, then a button to remove virus, then under that it says "google play". I down loaded 360 security . i used it to scan my fone after scanning its says "NO VIRUS FOUND"but im still getting the same message from Andriod over and over again...., how do I get rid of this virus ???????????
    I'm having the same issue. Scans of my phone detect no problem and I've only downloaded from the Google store so not sure what app could be causing this. Did u get a solution?
    11-28-2015 02:12 PM
  20. nubby_bubbs's Avatar
    Same thing happened to me on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, so does that mean it was fake?
    12-01-2015 07:46 AM
  21. GFxer's Avatar
    These popups are usually from fake apps or stupid websites. I recommend your install an antivirus and do a full scan and as for the webpages, just close them when you see one.
    12-09-2015 04:31 PM
  22. rickthedroid's Avatar
    I just saw that popup on my mobile, and immediately backed out of the add I was using and ran my security app. I use Lookout and it has saved more than once, great app! There is a free version, Anyway, the security app said everything was hunky dory!
    12-18-2015 01:02 PM
  23. Xavier Mccarthy's Avatar
    When I downloaded the app would only play music nothing else
    04-09-2016 08:05 PM
  24. oleyh's Avatar
    Anti-virus for smartphone are more useless than bloatware. They get nothing at all.
    Only way to get rid of pop ups, and also to get rid of virus is to format your phone, the hard way preferentially.
    Btw, i also get tons of "You have a viRuS!!!11!" or "Update your firmmware NOW!!!!" messages in random pages making the phone vibrating and unresponsive, adblock for Samsung navigator helps, allot.
    Everytime i suspect i might have something rotten fishy inside, i nuke my phone. Only way to have absolute sure. My banking info is too precious for me...
    04-27-2016 07:22 PM
  25. aleah taschek's Avatar
    when i'm browsing its shows my fone has 13 virus also i'm getting "Android Warning" virus detected, then a button to remove virus, then under that it says "google play". I down loaded 360 security . i used it to scan my fone after scanning its says "NO VIRUS FOUND"but im still getting the same message from Andriod over and over again...., how do I get rid of this virus ???????????
    I'm getting the same thing and I don't understand what's going on
    08-10-2016 01:33 PM
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