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As many as 5 million Android handsets infected with newly discovered trojan

0. phoneArena 28 Jan 2012, 15:34 posted on

Symantec has released information about a newly discovered threat known as “Android.Counterclank.” It is a variant of a previously discovered Trojan horse called “Android.Tonclank.”...

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posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:13

7. Sammy4ever (unregistered)


GUYS HOW DO I KNOW IF IT'S STILL IN MY PHONE OR NOT? CZ I SAW THIS ICON ON MY HOME SCREEN ONCE AND REMOVED IT, AND HOW CAN I REMOVE THIS MALWARE? PLEASE I HATE THAT!!! AND NO THE CAPS LOCK IS NOT BROKEN, I'M JUST SO ANGRY! :P

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:20

10. dinzle (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


Just instal norton (its free) and do a scan if it is there it should tell you

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:23

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


That works too but I hate Norton tho (personal experience (

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:51 6

31. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


dont install norton. it just boggs down your phone and offers ZERO protection. there is no such thing as an "antivirus" on your phone. its junk. its just name branded malware.

Just uninstall the app and all will be fine.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:22

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Unsinstall the app

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 01:21

47. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


There are a ton of antivirus app in the market that do the scanning, ex. NetQin, LookOut, Norton etc. those should help identify the culprit somehow. . .

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:17

9. BioTek (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Now is the time for me to take a break from downloading apps off the market.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:31 1

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I just use pages like Android police for app reference and the top apps

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:35

15. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, if you have this installed in your phone, then maybe you should get a phone that you can handle....

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:45 1

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sexy apps are obvious but I see at least 4 apps people can easily fall for

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:50

20. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


just seems weird - I download from websites all the time - you just have to know where you can go...

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:52 2

32. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


easy way to stay away. if you see a name brand like "Counterstrike" and its not being made by Valve, do not download it.

information is power :)

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 01:22

48. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Amen.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:45 1

17. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Same here....

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:47 1

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I would like to see if they actually said a good estimate 1-5m is a big margin

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:54 1

21. palmguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


I want some other company besides Norton (company selling the cure) to say this.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:54 4

22. johnfranckiv (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


http://www.androidcentral.com/android-malware-scare-may-have-been-premature

phone arena.. stop spreading the FUD

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 17:17 1

23. joey18 (Posts: 589; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


Google makes this shiet to get more money thas why virus spread all over phones this only money google wans i keep my iphone f**k google my old android phone reboots alot it freece liked pole north

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 00:32

43. Tarkio (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


Don't forget thas, alot, and like pole north.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 11:30

70. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


HAHA!! Pole North.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 18:29

25. smartx84 (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


yup yup i got one even two, believe it or not, on my homescreen.... i think it is either a trojan or i read somewhere that it is some kind of "app for adds" things that a company published...

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:11 1

27. broking (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


A heads up, just because you have that icon on your home screens does not mean that you have the "malware". That icon has been a default icon on plenty of phones. Also don't always trust what Norton says when it comes to virus, especially when the "solution" is to download their product. It would be like BP saying unleaded gas hurts Toyotas, so you can only buy Premium gas for them.

Now this could be a legitimate malware case, but as a cellphone technician I have seen more harm caused to phones due to anti-viruses, task killers, and battery saver than with viruses and the such.

Your best protection against malware, spyware, and viruses is being careful and not downloading sketchy (yes, I did just say sketchy) apps like nude clothed ladies.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:20 1

28. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*looks at the app list and chuckles*

Okay.

*keeps playing with my malware free phone*

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 20:55 3

34. andrwroepke (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Should of have bought and iPhone
haha

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:35

37. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


lmao...Not.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 00:34 2

44. Tarkio (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


Should of have learned English..... You deserve to be using "and" iphone.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:06 3

35. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


as usual people and PA don't do their research before writing an article...

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 23:02 2

39. nacho69 (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Is there a lot of security problems like this one on the android platform? I was thinking of getting an android phone or tablet soon, but now I'm thinking about it. Also, is there a faster way of deleting an app?

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 23:37 1

41. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I can't believe the two pages of comments...seriously? If you ended up with this malware then it's pretty much your fault. Just reading the list of names and I have almost no sympathy. At least one thing is good, it's much easier to rid your Android phone of malware than it is on a PC. Norton can keep their brand of garbage virus scanning to themselves, I swear it's like these guys make these viruses and malware up since when their scanners find something you have to actually be paying to actually get it removed. I have had better success with free viruses and malware removal software than I ever had with Norton. Norton tends to get many things a bit wrong when it scans too, but it's to be expected though. Back to using my malware free Android phone.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 00:27 1

42. Tarkio (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


How would Symantec know this? Did Anonymous tell them?

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