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  1. hawwie_4's Avatar
    Help! MSN sports brought me to this website for an article, while reading a popup on my phone said "warning your phone has a virus" my browser opened another tab and brought me to this thing for the Google play store. Does my phone have malware on it? If so how can I check if I do and remove the malware?
    01-12-2015 03:08 PM
  2. ramyZgHR's Avatar
    Just ignore it man...
    01-12-2015 03:12 PM
  3. vepac's Avatar
    No, your phone isn't infected.
    01-12-2015 03:13 PM
  4. hawwie_4's Avatar
    How are you so sure?
    01-12-2015 03:36 PM
  5. Marcos Buccella's Avatar
    These are fake messages for Android users. As of now, there's no malware on Windows Phone
    01-12-2015 03:39 PM
  6. Ruined's Avatar
    Help! MSN sports brought me to this website for an article, while reading a popup on my phone said "warning your phone has a virus" my browser opened another tab and brought me to this thing for the Google play store. Does my phone have malware on it? If so how can I check if I do and remove the malware?
    You can't get malware from the web on a windows phone. What you got is a popup scare tactic and browser redirect to buy some android software off the google play store, nothing more.
    01-12-2015 03:41 PM
  7. bokchoy1's Avatar
    It's scareware meant to frighten you into buying/installing something that may or may not be a legitimate antivirus app. The fact that it led to Google Play makes it all the more ridiculous as it's clearly targeted to Android (which counts for the majority of mobile users), not WP.
    01-12-2015 03:43 PM
  8. MaxyBley's Avatar
    Help! MSN sports brought me to this website for an article, while reading a popup on my phone said "warning your phone has a virus" my browser opened another tab and brought me to this thing for the Google play store. Does my phone have malware on it? If so how can I check if I do and remove the malware?

    Lol I think I know what it is. If you were using Internet Explorer than the site though your phone was an Android. And the pop up message was probably an ad. The ad was a trap, it was just trying to make you think that your phone was infected and then offered an app to "fix" your phone from this "virus".

    That's what I think happened.
    Last edited by MaxyBley; 01-12-2015 at 07:20 PM.
    01-12-2015 04:00 PM
  9. wayn1ak's Avatar
    I came across the same situation on my Lumia 928. I was on the Facebook app and clicked an article which opened in IE. While reading the article, a banner that is native to the WP OS popped up warning me of malware/virus. It's actually concerning because it does not look like an ad on the webpage, it's actually a black banner similar to how Cortana notifies you of a calendar event!
    01-12-2015 04:08 PM
  10. hawwie_4's Avatar
    That is just like how mine went
    01-12-2015 04:15 PM
  11. hawwie_4's Avatar
    Additionally, Microsoft just sent me a random text with a link in it...
    01-12-2015 04:16 PM
  12. Marcos Buccella's Avatar
    As others pointed out, it's just scareware. You're not infected.
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    01-12-2015 04:31 PM
  13. alex athanasopoulos's Avatar
    The ridiculous malware advertisement has happened to me many, many times. Never cared to open it and see where it would direct. And still after 1,6 year my L920 is in great form.

    Relax and keep playing with your wp.
    Marcos Buccella and hawwie_4 like this.
    01-12-2015 04:35 PM
  14. hawwie_4's Avatar
    Any idea on the text from Microsoft?
    01-12-2015 04:43 PM
  15. xandros9's Avatar
    Any idea on the text from Microsoft?
    What does it say?
    01-12-2015 06:16 PM
  16. raycpl's Avatar
    Probably "W10 is coming soon" !!!!
    01-12-2015 06:21 PM
  17. hawwie_4's Avatar
    It was a link to windows phone.com about why they send text messages. I think its because I changed some sync settings for all my devices.
    01-12-2015 06:32 PM
  18. hawwie_4's Avatar
    Probably "W10 is coming soon" !!!!
    I wish it said Denim download now available
    wphashan likes this.
    01-12-2015 06:32 PM
  19. MaxyBley's Avatar
    I came across the same situation on my Lumia 928. I was on the Facebook app and clicked an article which opened in IE. While reading the article, a banner that is native to the WP OS popped up warning me of malware/virus. It's actually concerning because it does not look like an ad on the webpage, it's actually a black banner similar to how Cortana notifies you of a calendar event!

    Did like these have been around sine the Windows XP days. Remember how windows XP pop ups were? There were people that made ads that looked like the XP pop up window. Even with Facebook, there are some scams ads saying "you have a new friend request". Just don't ever click these stuff. Most of the time they're malware and viruses.
    01-12-2015 07:24 PM
  20. bokchoy1's Avatar
    ...
    While reading the article, a banner that is native to the WP OS popped up warning me of malware/virus. It's actually concerning because it does not look like an ad on the webpage, it's actually a black banner similar to how Cortana notifies you of a calendar event!
    I'm no developer or anything but the banner appearance is probably just how WP displays pop-ups/notifications.

    I've seen pictures of fake "Your computer is infected!" pop-ups before. The funniest example looked very fake because the content looked like it was designed for Windows XP, only it was showing on a Mac with native Mac window borders and controls.

    My point is, the ad content can come from anywhere but it's your operating system that chooses how to display it. In your case the black banner is equivalent to window borders and window controls on a desktop. Am I making sense?
    hawwie_4 likes this.
    01-12-2015 07:53 PM
  21. hawwie_4's Avatar
    Anyone know why Microsoft would text me a link to windows phone.com and include a security code in the text message?
    01-12-2015 08:01 PM
  22. anon(9057135)'s Avatar
    Anyone know why Microsoft would text me a link to windows phone.com and include a security code in the text message?
    Marketing I believe. Either for Money, or The AD was leaked through a trusted advertiser
    01-12-2015 08:07 PM
  23. Legoboyii's Avatar
    @hawwie_4
    If you had two step authentication with your phone set up
    Its possible someone tried to login to your account
    Just change the pass and you'll be set.
    01-12-2015 08:07 PM
  24. anon(9057135)'s Avatar
    I just contacted Microsoft about this.
    01-12-2015 08:13 PM
  25. hawwie_4's Avatar
    I just contacted Microsoft about this.
    Why did you contact Microsoft?
    01-12-2015 08:15 PM
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