1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Hi, I have noticed a file in my internal storage called ".sems"
    Click on it and it comes up with a file called

    "sa_groups_img_family_grid.png"

    It reappears after I delete it, doese anyone know what it is please, hardly any information on Google, thanks

    C
    12-09-2018 01:33 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! A png file is an image file. What does the image show?

    A period in front of a filename means it's intended to be a hidden file. This doesn't mean it's malware, since many system files and folders have a leading period, to prevent the user from accidentally modifying or deleting them.
    12-09-2018 01:58 PM
  3. Bluboys's Avatar
    Hi B. Diddy, many thanks for your reply. I am C, I have just signed up.

    Here's the image
    Attached Thumbnails .sems file, keeps appearing after I delete it. No information on Google?-sa_groups_img_family_grid.png  
    12-09-2018 04:32 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Ok, and I'm assuming ".sems" is a folder, not a file, correct? It sounds like it's related to some kind of chat or social media app. Which ones do you have installed on your phone?
    12-09-2018 08:35 PM
  5. Android Central Question's Avatar
    sa_groups_img_family_grid

    The icon shows it self as two figures- man & woman.
    03-21-2019 06:16 PM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central.

    What phone do you have? Where do you see this? Is it in a specific app?
    03-21-2019 06:54 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! I've seen this mentioned several times before. It's most likely an image that's utilized by some app. What's the name of the directory it's in? FYI, just because you can't identify what a file is for doesn't automatically make it rubbish -- this line of thinking can be a bit risky, since it leads people to delete files or folders that end up being important for the correct function of other apps.
    Laura Knotek and coffin fly like this.
    03-23-2019 03:07 AM
  8. coffin fly's Avatar
    It is in Files storage.
    I have a Samsung S8.

    Each time i delete it,
    It simply reappears.
    03-27-2019 11:21 PM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    "Files" doesn't sound like the actual directory -- you may just be referring to the file manager app called "Files" or "My Files." Using the file manager, select that file, then tap Menu, then Info or Details -- that should give you the actual directory the file is saved to.

    If it keeps reappearing, that suggests the app that's responsible keeps regenerating it or caching it.
    03-27-2019 11:27 PM
  10. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I merged a couple of these threads together, since they're asking about the exact same image file.
    04-08-2019 01:14 AM
  11. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I just thought of something -- if this is only seen on Samsung phones, then I wonder if this is an icon that represents a Family Group in the Samsung Contacts app: https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=wch7d7aW
    04-08-2019 01:29 AM
  12. eletricman96's Avatar
    I have the same issue on my Galaxy S8. Here's the log info my phone is definitely hacked
    Attached Thumbnails .sems file, keeps appearing after I delete it. No information on Google?-screenshot_20190505-085447_mixplorer.jpg   .sems file, keeps appearing after I delete it. No information on Google?-screenshot_20190505-085555_mixplorer.jpg  
    05-05-2019 11:56 AM
  13. Rukbat's Avatar
    The only "hacking" I can see in that log is that some process in base.apk can't run - because the phone's not rooted. That's not hacking, unless it's a virus. But since the phone's not rooted, it can't run, so at worst it would be some sort of lame attempt at hacking ... that failed.

    Am I missing some line in there that indicates hacking?
    05-05-2019 03:11 PM

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