Odd Android Malware Attacks Windows PCs, Triggers Your Microphone

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Elder 1

The only problem I ever have with viruses is when I forget to turn off the AV software before backing up my virus collection. If you want to protect your machine learn how to use policy editor. Before that learn what all the settings mean. Back up the original policy settings before proceeding.

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PCWolf

This is more proof that those boobs at at the Android's Google Play Store are not keeping us safe from hackers & spammers. I wonder how many Applications are stealing our phone numbers, contact lists & contact information & selling that info to spammers. I think I'm just going to wipe every app not made by Google itself out of my phone & just install things from companies I know I can trust, until those monkeys at Google Play start taking security more seriously & pay more attention to whats being put on the Google Play Store.

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MaximumPC_Reader

boobs? PCWolf, I didn't realize you worked at Google Play Store...
Oh you don't? Well then before you start name calling, perhaps you should apply and prevent this type of thing from happening. By the sounds of it, it would be nothing for you to spot an infected app. We could use skilled people like yourself protecting us unskilled boobs.

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MaximumMike

But... It's not Google's job to keep you computer safe. It's yours.

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Jox

I don't leave any recording devices connected to my PC when I'm not actively using them (the external USB hub makes this easier).

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't really out to get you.

-Jox

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Panwo1

Don't you know that every speaker is a microphone. Every speaker is a microphone. Every speaker is a microphone. Ignorance is how they succeed.

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legionera

The mic of my Toshiba isn't working. As much as I know it's a software issue. I'd be happy to get infected and have that thing to work. :D

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MaximumPC_Reader

My Lenovo Thinkpad T61 doesn't have a built in Webcam or microphone. I believe it was optional. However there is a marking above the LCD screen that indicates where it would be should I have opted in for the accessory.

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big_montana

So I take it you do not have a laptop with an integrated microphone? Kind of hard to disconnect those now isn't it? That and just about every laptop now comes with webcams with a built-in mic.

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Jox

You are correct. While I do own a laptop, it's an older model that doesn't have a built-in webcam or microphone. I barely use it as my desktop PC is far superior. Also, I was speaking specifically of my case, not offering advice.

-Jox

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iheartpcs

Here's a tip for downloading apps to your PC or phone: If it has the word "clean" in it's title, DON'T FUCKING DOWNLOAD IT!!!!

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MaximumPC_Reader

Like the AV programs that turn out to be Viruses themselves. You know those annoying popups you get should you wander upon a malicious web site. Stating you could be at risk, and you can protect your PC by downloading this AV prog.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Frustrating, isn't it?

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HeroOfCanton

You forgot about CCleaner, a very good app. Lawyered. Solid advice, otherwise.

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iheartpcs

If one doesn't download the bad "clean", one doesn't need the good "clean"

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Cleaver

You haven't tried CCleaner, have you. I guarantee it will find something on your allegedly immaculate computer that needs decluttered.

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