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    Today I saw a notification in system tray with a star shaped icon (which was also visible when on the system task bar itself before opening the notifications popup) ..

    it said "Urgent: Virus Found!"
    and below it "click here to fix"


    I was very doubtful about what it was, but still clicked, it gave the standard option to select one of the browsers, i selected the native browser, it tried to open some junk url ... (something like http://kundil.us/?/....) before the tab automatically closed.


    Now what doi i make of this?

    Are there viruses for android as well?

    Is this some malware?


    where do i start to troubleshoot and weed out this malware?

    Thanks for your help!
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    Sounds like malware to me...
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    I didnt realize there could be malware for a tablet too

    maybe i was too naiive

    can someone point me towards troubleshooting steps? what do i do now?

    should i just uninstall recently installed apps one by one?

    (Does android show any genuine alerts like the one I described?)
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    Android is well-targeted by malware.
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    Did some quick googling on Android Antivirus - found Avast to be one of the better rated apps - installed, scanned, no problems found.

    Not sure where the original notification came from or whether any residual infection,

    will keep an eye out for erratic behaviour.

    (one thing I noticed after the original notification was that the Google Reader icon that was present on my homescreen went missing. I had to recreate the shortcut.)
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    I personally would wipe my system and start over.
    Quidquid Latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noseph View Post
    I personally would wipe my system and start over.

    Alien 2 I think.....lets just take off and nuke them from space ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kataran View Post
    Alien 2 I think.....lets just take off and nuke them from space ;-)
    Definitely the Nuclear option should always be on the table when security is involved.
    Quidquid Latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

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    Palm Pre Plus -> Palm Pre 2 > Samsung Galaxy Nexus & HP TouchPad

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    If we can get back on topic ... here's a screenshot of my screen -- I got the second alert from this malware today with the same Icon and I am not going to click it.

    SCREENSHOT attached.

    Does anyone recognize this malware? What antivirus is likely to detect this? Its obvious that Avast couldnt ....

    Thanks!
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  10. #10  
    could it also be some 'free' program you downloaded that is spamming your notifications?
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    Quote Originally Posted by albert_e View Post


    SCREENSHOT attached.

    Does anyone recognize this malware? What antivirus is likely to detect this? Its obvious that Avast couldnt ....

    Thanks!
    You probably have to reinstalled the whole CM9 program again....start from fresh or something.


    Sorry, for changing the subject, I just hates seeing those bunch applications for the android OS but not for the dead HP tablet TouchPad. Like Google Chrome Beta, full tablet Pandora among others, silly of those app developers only focusing on iPad or the Android only.
    Owner of an HP TouchPad (32GB) and a brand new Palm Pre 3 (16GB) for VZ wireless.
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    Try AVG if avast didn't work, since they both use different detection engines.
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    I agree It looks like Malware
    32G Touchpad
    iphone 5 on sprint wouldn't leave a good relationship
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    Thanks all for pitching in.

    I did some more research.

    It seems that notifications like these (the icon with a star and a red dot in the middle) are likely from something called "AirPush" networks.

    There are well reviewed some apps that detect and remove these -- will try them out when I get back home tonoght -- and post my updates here.
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    AirPush Sends Ads to Your Notification Pane (And Why I Think It’s Horrible)

    "AirPush’s technology will allow developers to send advertisements to your notification pane even if you’re not using the app."
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    just when i thought Android was a viable option
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    AirPush it was.

    Installed AirPush detector. It detected one app that was using AirPush notifications - "3d FireFlies Live Wallpaper".

    Uninstalled it immediately.

    Also installed the app AddOns Detector and saw that another Live Wallpaper app -- starlight Live Wallpaper -- was using Push Notifications

    There was no legitimate reason for a wallpaper app to use it -- so I uninstalled it too.

    feeling easy now --unless i start seeing the same spam notifications again

    hope this is enough --and no reinstall of OS is required

    Hope my update helps others

    Thanks all for your inputs
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    Yep fireflies wallpaper was the one that got me too
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    Glad you both got it sorted out. At least it is documented now in case others run into the same problem.
    Touchpad Handbrake Video Settings:
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    Quote Originally Posted by intron View Post
    "AirPush’s technology will allow developers to send advertisements to your notification pane even if you’re not using the app."
    Things like that are why I never really enjoy using Android. It's a mess and does not benefit the user.
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