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« on: March 08, 2011, 04:08:15 AM »

Link to article.

This can be bad, if you are not on Gingerbread which I know most of you aren't.

I recommend an immediate Soft/hard Reset.

Don't back up any APPS. if you want to use titanium backup backup only system apps. Not user Apps.

I take security very seriously, google has too much info on these phones which is linked to the gmail accounts, I would not take chances.

It doesn't state since when this has been happening just that it has been happening and they have fixed it. Plus I don't think google will tell you the full extent of the damage that is possible. So Everyone on less than 2.3 (Gingerbread) format now. The only exception would be if you never used market.

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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 06:04:11 AM »

I see on the news yesterday that Google have got a kill switch engineered into the Android system and had used it to delete all apps that were known to be bad ones.

In fact the link you posted gives info on it

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Google is currently remotely removing the malicious applications from all affected devices, according to the blog post.

"We are pushing an Android Market security update to all affected devices that undoes the exploits to prevent the attacker(s) from accessing any more information from affected devices. If your device has been affected, you will receive an email from android-market-support@google.com over the next 72 hours. You will also receive a notification on your device that "Android Market Security Tool March 2011" has been installed. You may also receive notification(s) on your device that an application has been removed. You are not required to take any action from there; the update will automatically undo the exploit. Within 24 hours of the exploit being undone, you will receive a second email," said Cannings.
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 06:55:35 AM »

I don't trust Google.

Google is the most info hogging company I know.

Plus, counter-measures they applied will not be the same as a fresh phone.

Their Solution may fix it, my solution will fix it.

What they will most likely do is let Market control the problem by either silently uninstalling the apps in question and replacing them with the correct apps.

This should solve the issue but lingering files and apps are also an issue.

Note I said Should, I didn't say will.

The thing is unless they release exactly what they will do to solve the issue it is a guess if they will completely eradicate the issue.

Hence, I recommend a Soft Reset with a format of your internal and External Drive.

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011, 10:47:40 AM »

I think soft reset & hard reset instruction would be helpful on this thread


to soft reset:1. Here is a simple way, press volume up key and power button together for 5 secs. It will turn off and on automatically.

to factory reset: Settings/Privacy/factory reset
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 07:56:48 AM »

I'm pretty sure that's in the how to thread, 1st post but people seem to skip going there even though it's pinned. Perhaps there needs to be some topics pinned on the splash page, before you enter any of the subgroups.

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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2011, 03:53:28 PM »

I thought I noticed some of my app vanish. What about the Norton anti virus app is the any good.  Smile
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 04:07:22 AM »

Here's something from friends on XDA...

you can check whether your phone is infected by going to Settings > Applications > Running services and look for “DownloadManageService” . If this service is present then you have the bug.

If this is the case follow IronSingh's instructions.
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2011, 08:45:31 AM »

Here's something from friends on XDA...

you can check whether your phone is infected by going to Settings > Applications > Running services and look for “DownloadManageService” . If this service is present then you have the bug.

If this is the case follow IronSingh's instructions.

I don't have "DownloadManageService" but there is sumthing called "DMService" which could mean same and definitely sound same thing...
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2011, 09:33:31 AM »

Update from my end on "DMService" -
a post in Xda says DMService = DeviceManagmentService is responsible for OTA updates and if you don't plan to do the same you could remove which in turn save The Precious Battery life...
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=811567&page=2

Felt good that DMService is not DownloadManageService... Pheww  Laugh
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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2011, 01:43:40 PM »

Update from my end on "DMService" -
a post in Xda says DMService = DeviceManagmentService is responsible for OTA updates and if you don't plan to do the same you could remove which in turn save The Precious Battery life...
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=811567&page=2

Felt good that DMService is not DownloadManageService... Pheww  Laugh


Lol - yup... I had the same thoughts.

Thought I would post a link to the list of apps that's corrupt. you can find it here...
http://www.samsunggalaxysforum.com/tutorials/avoid-malware-on-your-andriod-device/
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2011, 06:35:37 AM »

is any improvement in performance if use linux?
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2011, 03:32:20 PM »

Oh, dang! Angry Birds on my mobile keeps disappearing from the home screen, and once or twice it's even vanished from the App Drawer, only to reappear after a while.

Should I do a reset? What's the difference between soft and factory reset? Embarrased
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2011, 03:23:48 AM »

1) back up your data; contacts etc.
  • a) if your phone is rooted then use titanuim backup - this can be downloaded from the market for free
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2) soft reset = Volume up + power key - hold in and the phone will reboot. shouldn't loose anything but you never know better to be safe with a backup first than sorry afterwards.
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3) factory reset is found here: settings/Privacy/Factory data reset - you will loose all data but your phone will be free.
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finally, you may want to consider moving from froyo to stock gingerbread or a rom that contains gingerbread base such as darky's.

hope this helps. btw, did you check my other thread with a list of the dodgy apps?
http://www.samsunggalaxysforum.com/tutorials/avoid-malware-on-your-andriod-device/
that way you will be sure not to DL the same problem again.
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2011, 07:54:21 PM »

Thanks lisa. Repped Happy

Anyway, so a soft reset is basically the same as a factory reset (which I've actually done a couple of times before), but I get to keep all my data? How is that any different from simply powering the phone off? Thanks.

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I know! I really wish that my carrier'd start rolling out the Gingerbread update already. Shouldn't be too hard, as the version they're releasing is the vanilla GT-i9000; They'll just have to wait for the official firmware to pull through, I guess.

P.S.
I started a thread just a while back. Mind helping me with it? It's sorta relevant to your advice to move on to Gingerbread:

http://www.samsunggalaxysforum.com/samsung-galaxys-general-discussion/darky's-rom-vs-official-2-3-update/

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