1. Will Shelton's Avatar
    Here's the deal; I have a Nokia Lumia 520 with 8.1 on it. I received an e-mail from my schools tech company saying that my phone had a Trojan virus on it. The IT guys thought it was my computer that was the problem, but apparently not, and because everyone is so adamant about the fact that there is no need for some kind of anti-virus they are telling me to reset my phone to factory settings. Not really in the mood to do that, so any advice?
    10-09-2014 02:35 PM
  2. several potatos's Avatar
    Your tech guy is an *****
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    10-09-2014 02:45 PM
  3. Funky Cricket's Avatar
    1: how would they know it has a Trojan? They can't scan it, anything you connect a phone to should be in an open DMZ anyway, the most a phone connects to is email, and you can't run anything from the email viewer.
    2: What school? I don't think any non college has funds to tell who is doing what, let alone something like you are describing.
    3: It sounds fishy to me, did they ask you to run or install anything? I don't trust it.

    Source: I'm a senior network engineer for an MSP.
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    10-09-2014 02:46 PM
  4. awilliams1701's Avatar
    It doesn't seem likely. First of all like the iphone windows phone prevents you from running anything you want. Second of all because its not the same thing as desktop windows that means the vulnerabilities aren't the same therefore any exploit has to target windows phone directly. Because of the fact that we have at best 4%-5% of the marketshare, why would anyone waste their time creating one? Its the same reason that mac's usually don't get viruses. Its not because they are more secure (in fact it appears they are actually the least secure) but due to their low marketshare no one wastes their time on developing viruses them except in rare cases.

    So could there be a virus for WP? Possibly but not likely. Problem is that because of the way windows phone works you can't make an A/V that actually does anything useful in the first place. I think at best you could accidentally copy a virus from your computer to your phone and then from your phone to another computer. The virus wouldn't affect the phone but it would affect the computers involved. It would be a carrier only worst likely case.
    10-09-2014 02:50 PM
  5. Pacus1x's Avatar
    Pretty sure there is no need for a WP anti virus. That guy must overlook (Maybe on purpose) something in their PC's system, most likely the trojan is there not in your phone, simply is not possible because most of the malware are coded to work-infiltrate in most popular OS like Windows x86-64.
    10-09-2014 02:51 PM
  6. Geddeeee's Avatar
    Your tech guy is an *****
    Best quote of the day!!!!

    Windows Phones DO NOT have viruses.... End of discussion...

    How do I know this?? I have deliberately tried to 'infect' my 1520 with numerous viruses and the like. It just doesn't do anything. Files can be copied, but do not go any further, even when run deliberately.
    The OS is a completely compartmentalised 'sandbox'.. Relax and have a laugh at your 'IT guy's' expense.. What a d**k!!!
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    10-09-2014 02:57 PM
  7. several potatos's Avatar
    I actually only said a word most children's shows say.
    10-09-2014 03:14 PM
  8. Jas00555's Avatar
    I actually only said a word most children's shows say.
    What was it? *****?

    Edit: Yep, it's *****.

    Double edit: ID10T
    several potatos likes this.
    10-09-2014 03:24 PM
  9. Funky Cricket's Avatar
    I still suspect something else. other wise that guy has no business doing his job. But being a security guy, I don't trust much :P
    10-09-2014 03:41 PM
  10. xandros9's Avatar
    Sounds more like a scammer than an IT guy.
    10-09-2014 06:26 PM
  11. broughshane's Avatar
    Just delete the email message from your phone and pc now ! Trojans and virus have a hard time with firewalls and the easy route on to a pc is in email form. And the phone Trojan or virus, what they will do ! is through a app from the store. Yes the odd 1 turns up and are very rare with windows phone now and more with android and its from untrustworthy side loaded apps at that, and not from the Google store. Your IT guys are not very good and forget about them.
    10-10-2014 04:24 PM
  12. jmshub's Avatar
    But being a security guy, I don't trust much :P
    I like that line.
    10-10-2014 04:37 PM
  13. Funky Cricket's Avatar
    thanks JMSHUB. Training for white hat stuff as made me a bit paranoid.
    10-10-2014 04:42 PM

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