1. Equix's Avatar
    In search of a credible spotify hack, I installed infected apk's. (After 4 tries or so, I did find a legit apk.)

    A chrome tab would open to a different phishing site every 15 min or so. Also, a hover-type of app would show up and ask if I wanted to install various apps which I assume belong to the creator of the malware.

    I immediately knew it was the APK's when I checked my download history and saw that the 1st 3 or so apk downloads were each 3.4 Mb and the real one was 35 or so.

    I tried to remove it with Avast mobile security, but it did not detect anything.

    This morning I installed MalwareBytes and it did manage to find the infected app. In the list of infected apps/files at the conclusion, it appears as an "unnamed" app with no picture.

    When I tried to uninstall, it would fail saying the app had administrator permission and needed to be deleted another way. So, I did the following.

    Settings > Apps >
    Upper righthand menu > Special access > Device admin apps > and unchecked the permissions granted to the same mysterious app.

    This allowed MalwareBytes to uninstall the app successful.

    Not sure if I can post the legit link here. Just be careful out there.
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    05-29-2018 12:17 PM
  2. Mooncatt's Avatar
    I'll just say don't use hacked apps (discussions of which are against the rules here) and download the legitimate versions from reliable places like Google Play or Amazon's app store.
    05-29-2018 01:05 PM
  3. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Discussion of cracked apps that steal paid services is not permitted here at Android Central. Thread closed.
    mary beth hale likes this.
    05-29-2018 01:43 PM

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