1. Ndyamuhaki's Avatar
    I recently downloaded an apk from some telegram channel claiming that it gave free data but as soon as I installed it, the phone froze for sometime and SMS texts were sending to my contacts without me knowing about it. All my photos and videos were gone. I was hacked!
    How can I stop any further access to my phone from the hacker?
    11-29-2021 06:21 AM
  2. Smokeaire01's Avatar
    I recently downloaded an apk from some telegram channel claiming that it gave free data but as soon as I installed it, the phone froze for sometime and SMS texts were sending to my contacts without me knowing about it. All my photos and videos were gone. I was hacked!
    How can I stop any further access to my phone from the hacker?
    I'm afraid you'll have to do a factory reset. I think you learned a valuable lesson.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-29-2021 06:29 AM
  3. Mooncatt's Avatar
    I agree with a factory reset, but I would also change all of your passwords. Preferably do this from another trusted device. If that isn't possible, do it only after the reset. Chances are this is just spamming and not harvesting your passwords, but I wouldn't take any chances. It should go without saying, but never download apk's from random sources like this in the future. Stick with the Google Play store if at all possible.

    And congrats may be in order for being one of the only "I've been hacked" threads that have any real validity. They are usually people misunderstanding how Android works.
    11-29-2021 06:36 AM
  4. joeldf's Avatar
    Agree with the comments above.

    The other lesson to learn here is that nothing is for free.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-29-2021 07:57 AM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    And congrats may be in order for being one of the only "I've been hacked" threads that have any real validity. They are usually people misunderstanding how Android works.
    LOLOL
    11-29-2021 10:45 AM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Agree with the comments above.

    The other lesson to learn here is that nothing is for free.
    Good point, although if you look hard enough, there are a FEW decent apps that are legitimately free, like Total Commander.
    11-29-2021 10:48 AM
  7. mustang7757's Avatar
    I agree with a factory reset, but I would also change all of your passwords. Preferably do this from another trusted device. If that isn't possible, do it only after the reset. Chances are this is just spamming and not harvesting your passwords, but I wouldn't take any chances. It should go without saying, but never download apk's from random sources like this in the future. Stick with the Google Play store if at all possible.

    And congrats may be in order for being one of the only "I've been hacked" threads that have any real validity. They are usually people misunderstanding how Android works.
    11-29-2021 11:04 AM
  8. joeldf's Avatar
    Good point, although if you look hard enough, there are a FEW decent apps that are legitimately free, like Total Commander.
    True. There are plenty quality free apps out there. But I was thinking of what the OP said the app was said to provide - free data.

    What kind of free data?

    That sent up a red flag immediately in my mind. That's one of those things you read up on first.
    B. Diddy and Laura Knotek like this.
    11-29-2021 11:08 AM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    True. There are plenty quality free apps out there. But I was thinking of what the OP said the app was said to provide - free data.

    What kind of free data?

    That sent up a red flag immediately in my mind. That's one of those things you read up on first.
    Oh yeah, most definitely!
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    11-29-2021 11:12 AM

Similar Threads

  1. How can I disable a call status popup that appears after every call?
    By zapspan in forum General Help and How To
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-29-2021, 08:59 PM
  2. Can't Change Facebook Notification Sound
    By KingCharlessIII in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-29-2021, 11:14 AM
  3. Can't Change Facebook Notification Sound
    By KingCharlessIII in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-29-2021, 03:11 AM
  4. How can I block background data for removed apps
    By Android Central Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-29-2021, 01:30 AM
  5. Why can't I change my lock screen wallpaper?
    By Android Central Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-28-2021, 09:26 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD