Accidentally opened suspicious email on android phone.

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Offline mooseboy018

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Accidentally opened suspicious email on android phone.
« on: November 15, 2014, 06:31:38 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this. Normally I would post this in the malware removal section, but I'm not sure if there's even a way to post any kind of scan results with a phone.

I know better than to open up suspicious looking emails, but today I accidentally opened one when I received a gmail notification on my phone. I deleted it right away. I don't remember the exact name, but the sender was listed as something like root@serverhost and then something that looked like Spanish.

I scanned my phone with the free antivirus program I usually use, and it said there aren't any threats. But I don't know if I trust it. I've heard these types of apps on phones aren't that reliable.

Do you have any suggestions? I'm worried that my phone could be infected with something even though I haven't noticed anything wrong with it yet.

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Re: Accidentally opened suspicious email on android phone.
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2014, 07:20:19 PM »
This is a new one on me, but I will give it a shot. What scanner are you using?

If you are unsure about it, you m might want to consider another one.  I know ESET has an Android scanner, and I believe Bitdefender and AVG also have Android scanners as well. I have looked and I think you can use the online scanner at Bitdefender to scan your phone.

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Re: Accidentally opened suspicious email on android phone.
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2014, 08:03:37 PM »
I'm using CM Security. Ive heard that android virus scanners in general aren't the best at finding everything. And I assume that website scanner is a safe and reliable place?

Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Accidentally opened suspicious email on android phone.
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2014, 08:30:13 PM »
Bitdefender is reliable, but I forgot the link. http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html

As for android scanner in general, I suspect that there may be glitches, but they are being tested. The results are here.

But, just so that you know, I have no idea how well they work. I do not have an android device so I cannot test them.

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Re: Accidentally opened suspicious email on android phone.
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2014, 08:55:42 PM »
Pressing the scan button just brings me to a page to install their app. I might try to use that or whatever one seems to be the best on that other link you posted.

As far as the email itself, do you know what it might be? The email said something like "thanks for signing the guest list." I'm worried that it could be one of those fake wedding emails.

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Re: Accidentally opened suspicious email on android phone.
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2014, 10:41:06 PM »
If it was one of them going around, it would be crypto locker. If it were that, you probably would not be able to use your phone.  Did it have an attachment? Did you open the attachment? If not, then no worries. If you did, then we worry.

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Re: Accidentally opened suspicious email on android phone.
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2014, 02:49:39 PM »
MalwareBytes has an antimalware package for Android/Kindle devices available free from either Google Play  or Amazon.  I have been using that, plus Adblock Plus to guard my devices.  The two seem to work well.  You might try to grab MBAM, turn everything else off, and scan with it.  See what it finds.  After years of use, MBAM did find and kill some PUPS on my phone. 

Adblock Plus is independently maintained, and can be installed from an apk from it's site.  Once installed, you must manually open the settings for each of the networks you connect to each network separately.  Go to Setting/Advanced/Proxy, and enter "localhost" no quotes.  Set the proxy port to 2020, and voila, ads gone for the most part, for your entire device.
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Re: Accidentally opened suspicious email on android phone.
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2014, 12:18:40 AM »
If it was one of them going around, it would be crypto locker. If it were that, you probably would not be able to use your phone.  Did it have an attachment? Did you open the attachment? If not, then no worries. If you did, then we worry.

If it had an attachment, I didn't even notice. So I know I definitely didn't open anything.

MalwareBytes has an antimalware package for Android/Kindle devices available free from either Google Play  or Amazon.  I have been using that, plus Adblock Plus to guard my devices.  The two seem to work well.  You might try to grab MBAM, turn everything else off, and scan with it.  See what it finds.  After years of use, MBAM did find and kill some PUPS on my phone. 

Adblock Plus is independently maintained, and can be installed from an apk from it's site.  Once installed, you must manually open the settings for each of the networks you connect to each network separately.  Go to Setting/Advanced/Proxy, and enter "localhost" no quotes.  Set the proxy port to 2020, and voila, ads gone for the most part, for your entire device.

Thanks for the suggestions. I installed MBAM, and my scan came out completely clean. I'll give installing Adblock a try too.