1. ZukoFury22's Avatar
    I was on a random porn website when a pop up appear, I didn't read the rest, I just clicked cancel, and then it popped up again, so I pressed back and it disappear, since then I cleared cache on my browser, restarted my phone, and checked malwarebytes (Nothing was found). Is my phone safe now?
    10-19-2022 12:33 PM
  2. OhAlfie's Avatar
    oy
    10-19-2022 02:10 PM
  3. tismydroid's Avatar
    Probably not safe. Porn sites are notorious for installing malware. Good luck with that.

    Sent from my SM-S908U using AC Forums mobile app
    10-19-2022 02:16 PM
  4. fuzzylumpkin's Avatar
    It'll be fine. For future reference, you don't want to interact with an ad or pop-up like that at all. Just go back or kill the tab.

    But if you didn't explicitly allow it to install something, the chances that it has done anything to your phone are almost zero.
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    10-19-2022 02:25 PM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    Look at this guideline

    https://forums.androidcentral.com/sh....php?t=1015048


    I'll leave a Link to register so you can communicate here, As a guest account you can only post questions but can't reply.

    https://forums.androidcentral.com/sh...d.php?t=409154
    10-19-2022 03:08 PM
  6. belodion's Avatar
    You have to understand human nature, then apply that understanding. Thus you will see that the true message is “We want your money, but have no products or services to offer, so we are trying to get it by threatening you.”
    10-19-2022 03:16 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! These kinds of browser popup ads disguised to look like system alerts are all bogus, and are associated with the website you're visiting. Avoid that website from now on, and definitely never tap on any link in those browser pop-ups (unless you really want to install some malware).
    J Dubbs likes this.
    10-19-2022 07:34 PM
  8. J Dubbs's Avatar
    Like was mentioned above, never click anything on pop-ups like that. The button may SAY cancel, but they just want you to click on the pop-up to install the malware... it doesn't matter what the button says as long as you click it.
    belodion likes this.
    10-20-2022 02:47 AM
  9. ZukoFury22's Avatar
    What if I did clicked on it?

    What should I do next? I've been constantly worry all day and I don't know what to do.
    10-20-2022 05:06 AM
  10. fuzzylumpkin's Avatar
    What if I did clicked on it?
    Oh, well in that case...

    In seven days a young Japanese girl named Sadako who died years ago at the bottom of a well is going to crawl out of your phone screen and kill you... the only way to stop it is to get someone else to click on that pop-up.

    If you're going to get this much anxiety over one little pop-up, you should probably get off the internet now and never come back. Your phone is fine.
    10-20-2022 05:54 AM
  11. VidJunky's Avatar
    What should I do next? I've been constantly worry all day and I don't know what to do.
    I'm a little surprised that this is your first encounter with anything like this but you should not worry. I know everyone says not to say stuff like that, don't worry, because people are going to do what they do, so let me put it like this, there's no need to worry. These ads are mostly designed to scare people and get them to do one of two things. They either want people to follow the link to someplace where they they will either phish for information or get them to install something. This is all about making money and skimming information.

    You how ever are the type of person they are hoping to avoid. You went looking for answers and asking questions and will not fall for their BS the next time something silly pops up on your screen. They want that panicked person who is ashamed and scared that someone will find out what they were doing and will agree to anything. This is the reason they generally come from porn sites.

    What to do? Well in general you don't have to do anything. You didn't agree to anything, you didn't allow them to install anything, you didn't divulge any personal information, you're good to go.

    I know I just said you don't need to do anything but something you can do in the future would be to use a VPN. They usually block ads or have a feature that will and they can also protect your information, to a point anyway. The drawback to VPNs is that some sites will censor results, block content or do other things that limit access when a VPN is detected.

    You could also use a straight up ad blocker but it faces similar drawbacks to a VPN.

    If nothing else just remember anything they are pushing is not good and if an ad scares you or tries to it's not good.

    Best wishes.
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    10-20-2022 07:49 AM
  12. B. Diddy's Avatar
    What if I did clicked on it?
    Simply tapping on it is unlikely to be dangerous in itself. As long as you didn't subsequently accept or agree to any app downloads or installations, you should be fine.

    I made you the owner of the original guest post to make it easier for you to find.
    10-20-2022 12:55 PM
  13. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I'm a little surprised that this is your first encounter with anything like this but you should not worry. I know everyone says not to say stuff like that, don't worry, because people are going to do what they do, so let me put it like this, there's no need to worry. These ads are mostly designed to scare people and get them to do one of two things. They either want people to follow the link to someplace where they they will either phish for information or get them to install something. This is all about making money and skimming information.

    You how ever are the type of person they are hoping to avoid. You went looking for answers and asking questions and will not fall for their BS the next time something silly pops up on your screen. They want that panicked person who is ashamed and scared that someone will find out what they were doing and will agree to anything. This is the reason they generally come from porn sites.

    What to do? Well in general you don't have to do anything. You didn't agree to anything, you didn't allow them to install anything, you didn't divulge any personal information, you're good to go.

    I know I just said you don't need to do anything but something you can do in the future would be to use a VPN. They usually block ads or have a feature that will and they can also protect your information, to a point anyway. The drawback to VPNs is that some sites will censor results, block content or do other things that limit access when a VPN is detected.

    You could also use a straight up ad blocker but it faces similar drawbacks to a VPN.

    If nothing else just remember anything they are pushing is not good and if an ad scares you or tries to it's not good.

    Best wishes.
    Excellent response!
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    10-20-2022 12:57 PM
  14. mustang7757's Avatar
    What if I did clicked on it?
    What should I do next? I've been constantly worry all day and I don't know what to do.
    You paid no attention to link i put for you

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    10-20-2022 12:57 PM
  15. ZukoFury22's Avatar
    I did, I checked it over and over with that guideline and other malware guidelines, I'm just worried that something affect my phone because I clicked cancel on a pop up ad that said they'll lock my phone in one day, when your not supposed to click the ad itself.
    10-20-2022 04:49 PM
  16. mustang7757's Avatar
    I did, I checked it over and over with that guideline and other malware guidelines, I'm just worried that something affect my phone because I clicked cancel on a pop up ad that said they'll lock my phone in one day, when your not supposed to click the ad itself.
    You should be ok then

    Sent from my Pixel 7 Pro using AC Forums mobile app
    10-20-2022 05:18 PM
  17. mustang7757's Avatar
    [I did a clean up in the thread , let the Mods do their work and leave to them who decides if a thread gets closed , thank you !]

    Sent from my Pixel 7 Pro using AC Forums mobile app
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    10-20-2022 05:20 PM
  18. Mooncatt's Avatar
    This article should alleviate most fears. Long story short, there are many levels of protection in how Android functions, to the point you have to pretty much be trying to infect yourself with malware for it to succeed (and even then, the vulnerability is likely already patched).

    https://www.computerworld.com/articl...ty-scares.html
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    10-20-2022 05:29 PM

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