Did I just download malware?


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Feb 15, 2016
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So, I opened an email on my Galaxy 4 that had an attachment from "USAA". I don't have a USAA account, I knew it was a scam email, I only opened it to block the sender. As soon as I opened the email though, a message popped up from my phone saying "download completed". I did not click the attachment, so I have no idea why it started downloading anything! Literally, all I did was open the email.

I've since run Avast and Malwarebytes and neither found anything. I also checked my download history and could not find anything, but if nothing downloaded, why did I get that message? Is it possible to download an attachment just by opening an email? What do you guys think?

B. Diddy

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Welcome to Android Central! You're probably ok, because you typically have to agree to install a malware package, not just download it. Use your My Files app to look in the Download directory--do you see that file there?