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Be careful – the Steamy Window application for Android may contain a virus

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Be careful – the Steamy Window application for Android may contain a virus
The wide spread of smartphones on the market means that personal computers are no longer the only target of hacker attacks – if you have a cell phone working under operating system you need to be as alerted about viruses as you are with your computer. A good example is provided by Symantec that discovered and published on their blog information about a modified version of the funny Steamy Window application, reportedly found on an unofficial 3rd-party app store.

Besides its basic functionality (the screen turns into steamy window that can be cleaned using your finger) the infected version requires access to your personal data, messages and a full Internet access. After the installation process is completed the application starts adding bookmarks to your browser (most of them leading to other infected websites), installing applications and sending text messages, all of these of course without any notification or warning.

Symantec recommends that you are always alerted when given program requests some permission or wants access to your personal data and if any of these requests look suspicious it is always better to cancel the installation. It is also a good idea to install only applications from the official Google catalogue - Android Market. There you can find the safe version of Steamy Window that is created by Swiss Codemonkeys.

source: Symantec Connect via Los Angeles Times

Be careful – the Steamy Window application for Android may contain a virus

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posted on 01 Mar 2011, 11:25 3

1. shinobi (Posts: 8; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Well I wanna warn everybody about this and two more looks like1- IPhone slider (which unlock the screen) and2- live wallpaper which looks like a girl cleaning screen with a sponge.After I downbload it to my new Samsung Vibrant it was a black window appear on a middle of phone screen asking if I wanna make this default wallpaper.When I push OK guess what happened?All my apps was dissapeared and screen become black,nothing was available even incoming calls in another words my phone just died.Called T-Mobile and they try to restart-nothing,went to their branch-same picture.So cause I got it about week ago they saent me the new one and since that time I am so careful about any app which is on a Android market.By the way I have IPhone and never had such problem ! All of you please be careful what you download ))))))

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 12:51 1

3. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Sorry but when you actually have better grammar, your story would actually seem plausible.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 22:13

12. smiley36 (unregistered)


hey porkguy. what a boring life!!! i think you have all the time in the world to just check on somebodyelse's grammar huh?! pathetic... did u not get the sense?

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 11:52 2

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


DO NOT INSTALL ANYTHING OUT OF THE ANDROID MARKET UNLESS IS A TRUSTED SOURCE! thanks for your time

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 12:55 2

4. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


This is scary shit! I kept thinking this Android virus issue was greatly exaggerated. O_O

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 13:32 1

5. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


How is this not exaggerated? First off, you can only get it if you install questionable apps from a THIRD PARTY STORE. Second, it's NOT A VIRUS if it doesn't spread on its own, so if the only way to get it is through that app then only a small number of people get infected and it stays that way.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 14:23 2

6. kanon (Posts: 36; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


If you all just understood how a unix distribution works.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 15:10 2

7. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Tell us!

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 16:40 1

8. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


thumbs down everyone to show debates on phonearena are stupid :) feel free to thumbs me down because i just did it to myself ;)

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 17:29 2

9. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


How is your comment not stupid? Did you contribute anything by it?
What is this space here below the article for in your opinion?

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 18:10 2

10. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Debates on phonearena are stupid...yet you go through the trouble of creating a username? Hmm

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 18:11 1

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


If they are stupid why dont u leave... and yes.. u r the only one who has agreed with urself...

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