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  1. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Hi I was going through system apps and saw a app called perso on my Samsung a40. Can someone tell me if this is malware or not

    Many thanks
    03-26-2020 08:35 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! I moved this from the Pixel 3a forum to the General Help forum (since there's no dedicated subforum for the Galaxy A40).

    Looks like it's a longstanding system app: https://androidforums.com/threads/wa...-2-app.409530/
    03-26-2020 08:42 PM
  3. Jockyspider's Avatar
    So is this a malware virus or is it completely safe
    03-26-2020 08:45 PM
  4. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Also what is slocation app
    03-26-2020 08:52 PM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    It's not malware. In that thread, it was mentioned that the system name is com.sec.android.personalization, which means it's a system app.

    Here's another thread confirming that it's legit: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho....php?t=2242278
    03-26-2020 09:05 PM
  6. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Ok what about slocation
    03-26-2020 09:06 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Where are you seeing that? Show us a screenshot: http://forums.androidcentral.com/gen...d-central.html
    03-26-2020 09:22 PM
  8. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Here
    Attached Thumbnails Samsung a40 app malware or not-screenshot_20200328-014059_settings.jpg  
    03-27-2020 08:43 PM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Select it so we can see the app info. Chances are it's a system app.
    03-27-2020 08:44 PM
  10. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Uploaded screen shot here
    03-27-2020 08:44 PM
  11. Jockyspider's Avatar
    App info
    Attached Thumbnails Samsung a40 app malware or not-screenshot_20200328-014531_settings.jpg   Samsung a40 app malware or not-screenshot_20200328-014533_settings.jpg  
    03-27-2020 08:47 PM
  12. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Also can I ask advise on a good anti virus software was looking at malwarebytes as heard good things about the software in the past
    03-27-2020 08:58 PM
  13. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The fact that there's a Disable button makes it most likely that it's a system app that has to do with location services. I wouldn't worry about it.

    Malwarebytes is generally well-regarded, but as long as you have good browsing and app installation habits, your risk of malware is low. 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).
    03-27-2020 09:18 PM
  14. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Ok thank you. I did reset my phone last night just incase. So if I download malwarebytes it will pick up if their is any malicious stuff and not been on any dodgy sites only one that are trusted
    03-27-2020 09:21 PM
  15. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Malwarebytes is good, but no security app can guarantee that it will catch 100% of malware that exists. That being said, malware on Android devices is still pretty rare, despite the hyped-up articles you see from time to time on tech sites. Most of that kind of malware affects users who stupidly install really shady apps, most often from sources outside the Play Store, or who think they deserve free music and movies from shady sites that regular people would otherwise have to pay for.
    03-27-2020 09:23 PM
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    I do have chrome set as downloads blocked
    03-27-2020 09:31 PM
  17. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Thank you for your help as well do appreciate it
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    03-27-2020 09:51 PM
  18. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Any idea about this as well can't see anything about it online
    Attached Thumbnails Samsung a40 app malware or not-screenshot_20200401-212521_settings.jpg   Samsung a40 app malware or not-screenshot_20200401-212533_settings.jpg  
    04-01-2020 03:27 PM
  19. Jockyspider's Avatar
    And this aswell please
    Attached Thumbnails Samsung a40 app malware or not-screenshot_20200401-213810_settings.jpg   Samsung a40 app malware or not-screenshot_20200401-213813_settings.jpg  
    04-01-2020 03:39 PM
  20. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Are these malware or spyware. Or are these apps safe on my phone
    04-01-2020 03:41 PM
  21. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Last one
    Attached Thumbnails Samsung a40 app malware or not-screenshot_20200401-214946_settings.jpg  
    04-01-2020 03:50 PM
  22. B. Diddy's Avatar
    NSDSWebApp probably has to do with network service discovery: https://developer.android.com/traini...wirelessly/nsd

    TEEgris is a Samsung security component: https://developer.samsung.com/teegris/overview.html

    Package Installer is a system app used for app installation.

    Is there a reason you're so concerned about malware on your phone? Did you get it from a less than reliable source, or have you been seeing unusual behavior of the phone? If you go through every system app that you don't recognize, you might give yourself unnecessary anxiety.
    04-01-2020 05:01 PM
  23. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Nope it's just that am worried that it might be on their I bought my phone from argos retailer. I had system restored my phone and was going through apps I could disable and saw these apps on their.
    04-01-2020 05:17 PM
  24. Jockyspider's Avatar
    Also malwarebytes scan came back clean and I had system restored my device as said. Does that mean that if there was any malware etc it would of been wiped off
    04-01-2020 05:20 PM
  25. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I think you're fine.
    04-01-2020 05:54 PM
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