1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Hi if I visit a dodgy website and click on it by mistake can it download a virus on my phone or do I need to give it permission to download it
    04-04-2020 11:35 PM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    If you didn't download or open anything you should be fine .
    04-04-2020 11:37 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! That's highly unlikely. "Drive-by" malware is exceedingly rare, since malware on Android almost always has to be installed to cause problems (which is why they always try to fool you into thinking you're installing some important app).

    Please register on this forum, which will allow you to engage in discussion more easily, as well as post images. https://forums.androidcentral.com/as...community.html
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    04-04-2020 11:37 PM
  4. Runnermar's Avatar
    Hi I have reset my phone after know and ran Avast and malwarebytes before I reset and nothing came up but worried my data already been stolen

    Here is the link on Google https://www.google.com/search?q=spar...obile&ie=UTF-8
    04-04-2020 11:52 PM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    Hi , welcome !

    I don't think you have anything to worry about , but you can change your password to accounts to have peace of mind .
    04-04-2020 11:58 PM
  6. Runnermar's Avatar
    What about my pictures etc
    04-04-2020 11:59 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    What is this link of? Is the site you searched for the one you accidentally went to?

    It's highly unlikely your data was stolen just by going to a shady website.

    Not sure what you mean by "What about my pictures etc."
    04-05-2020 12:03 AM
  8. Runnermar's Avatar
    I went on this site and clicked on that link and it open up another site. Pictures in my gallery

    Just really worried my data has now been comprised
    04-05-2020 12:09 AM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    What do you mean by "pictures in my gallery"? Which link did you click?

    Just because there are some images downloaded on the phone doesn't mean your data has been compromised. I really don't think you're in any danger.
    04-05-2020 12:19 AM
  10. Runnermar's Avatar
    Its photos which I took of me and my family in my gallery plus all my other data and the link I clicked on was the (sparklesrm.com)

    So what do you think

    Am really panicking
    04-05-2020 12:22 AM
  11. mustang7757's Avatar
    Its photos which I took of me and my family in my gallery plus all my other data and the link I clicked on was the (sparklesrm.com)
    I'm not following you ?
    You saying that website took pictures from your gallery ?
    04-05-2020 12:50 AM
  12. Runnermar's Avatar
    Nope what am saying is am worried if malware got downloaded on my phone and took a copy of these and my other data
    04-05-2020 12:55 AM
  13. B. Diddy's Avatar
    As mentioned before, malware works by having you approve of its installation. If something downloads but isn't installed, it doesn't do anything. I think you're fine.

    Here's my usual spiel about malware:

    For the most part, it's still quite difficult to get an actual virus on your phone, because malware requires you to manually accept the installation (which is why they try to fool you into thinking you're installing something legitimate). Use common sense:

    1. Avoid shady websites that deal with things like porn, gambling, and "free" (aka pirated) apps/music/movies.

    2. Never ever tap on a link that appears in a popup while browsing, especially if they're warning you that your phone is infected -- they're just trying to scare you into installing some bogus "antivirus" app that is probably malicious itself.

    3. Only install apps from well-established app sources like Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore. Read a bunch of app reviews before installing an app to look for any complaints about adware or suspected malware.

    4. Turn on Google Play Protect features in Settings>Google>Security (or in the Play Store settings). This allows Google to periodically scan your phone's apps to look for malware.

    5. Turn off "Unknown Sources" in Settings>Security (or in Special App Access on newer phones). This prevents any app that wasn't obtained from Google Play Store from being installed (which could include malicious apps that are inadvertently downloaded).
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    04-05-2020 12:59 AM
  14. mustang7757's Avatar
    I agree with B. diddy
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    04-05-2020 01:03 AM
  15. Runnermar's Avatar
    It's just I saw on here it can https://security.stackexchange.com/q...android-device

    That what is concerning me aswell

    What you think
    04-05-2020 01:18 AM
  16. anon(10614692)'s Avatar
    Just forget about it and move on. You used the best malware apps which confirmed your device is clean. You will drive yourself mad worrying for no reason.
    B. Diddy and ManiacJoe like this.
    04-05-2020 05:23 AM
  17. Runnermar's Avatar
    Now am getting freaked out as I just got a cold call from a chinese number even know I live in the uk

    +861118549751 is the number that called me

    Can anyone please advise me am panicking
    04-07-2020 06:24 AM
  18. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Many people get spam calls, even from abroad. That happens to me, but my Pixel 3 XL is great at identifying spam and not even bothering to ring. Which phone do you have? If your Phone app doesn't have its own spam filter, then check with your carrier. If they don't have a spam filter feature either, and if you continue to get spam calls, then you could always ask your carrier to get a new number.
    04-07-2020 12:07 PM
  19. Runnermar's Avatar
    Ok so it ain't connected to the website then

    And it's a Samsung Galaxy

    Just worried me that website then 2 days later that phone call
    04-07-2020 12:21 PM
  20. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I think it's coincidence. But keep an eye out for a sudden increase in spam calls.
    04-07-2020 12:42 PM
  21. Runnermar's Avatar
    Ok so do you think that my phone was hacked with malware then
    04-07-2020 12:47 PM
  22. B. Diddy's Avatar
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    04-07-2020 01:25 PM
  23. Runnermar's Avatar
    Ok its just really spooked me as I said having that literally 2 days later
    04-07-2020 10:00 PM

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