04-26-2016 02:14 AM
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  1. Brian3's Avatar
    Hi All,

    I was wondering if Windows Phone can get viruses?

    I stupidly click on a link that I thought was a youtube video, my friend shared on facebook (The new facebook layout makes it hard for me to see what the sources of the links are, opps). On windows phone it redirected me to facebooks mobile site. When I clicked on it on the desktop, Norton Internet Security informed me that it had blocked an attack.

    Seeing as Windows phone is a little more closed, I'm only slightly concerned. But I wanted the WP central community's opinion. Is it likely that Windows Phone become comprised? One thing that was slightly strange was that when I unlocked the phone a few minutes later, my phone crashed and restarted. However, I also think I may have gotten a call at the exact same time, and that may have caused the crash.

    If it helps I'm on a Lumia 920 running Lumia Black/GDR3
    04-05-2014 02:12 AM
  2. 963Delta's Avatar
    Windows Phones cannot get viruses. The crash may have just been a coincidence.
    04-05-2014 02:19 AM
  3. HarkAtYou's Avatar
    WP cannot get viruses, in theory. But certainly not from clicking a link on Facebook.
    04-05-2014 02:26 AM
  4. kingenu's Avatar
    NO.

    this is a secure os i believe
    04-05-2014 02:35 AM
  5. Tashan's Avatar
    Sad to say, but not convinced with the answers shared by fellow members till now.

    Even I have the same question.The protection of many of the details that I usually never kept on my earlier Android phone, and besides being one major reason for me to change to Windows Phone was the availability of the amazing secured OS.

    But, how can I be assured that surfing the web on the phone doesn't invite viruses? Of any kind be it malware, adware, etc.

    This is something I definitely desire to know in more details with good reasoning and supporting examples, if any.

    ​Thanks :)
    k72 likes this.
    04-05-2014 02:46 AM
  6. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Nothing is 100% immune. Windows Phone has its security through obscurity. Basically, once WP really takes off it will have virus and malware levels on par with Apple's iOS. It is very unlikely you got a virus from that, but it is still a possibility.
    04-05-2014 02:50 AM
  7. Jaskys's Avatar
    Tashan, you need to understand that viruses cannot just pop up from nowhere, they have to be made for WP, which isn't likely.

    There's much much bigger targets for hackers, PCs and androids
    anadi1984 likes this.
    04-05-2014 02:52 AM
  8. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    Sad to say, but not convinced with the answers shared by fellow members till now.

    Even I have the same question.The protection of many of the details that I usually never kept on my earlier Android phone, and besides being one major reason for me to change to Windows Phone was the availability of the amazing secured OS.

    But, how can I be assured that surfing the web on the phone doesn't invite viruses? Of any kind be it malware, adware, etc.

    This is something I definitely desire to know in more details with good reasoning and supporting examples, if any.

    ​Thanks :)
    Because you can choose not to let any websites store anything on your WP. In WP8, go to IE settings and advanced. You can see what websites have previously stored files on phone and delete them too.
    Virus needs a place to live before it infects. On WP, everything is sandboxed. That's why nothing from IE is stored in shared environment with system files.
    04-05-2014 02:54 AM
  9. Brian3's Avatar
    Okay, Thanks you all.

    I checked my browser settings and I thankfully had "Websites can store files on my phone" turned off. And the cookie setting was "Block some." It seems very unlikely that that happened. Next time I will be more careful and see that the link is actually to Youtube, and not some weird website.

    The crash was weird, but like I said, I also think I got a phone call right as I unlocked the phone. Maybe that caused the crash.
    04-05-2014 03:39 AM
  10. Cheewii Poon's Avatar
    Any system can theoretically get viruses, but Windows Phone is not open source like Android or Windows and therefore, has a stronger "immune system", so to speak. Besides, if Microsoft can't get app developers to make apps specifically for Windows Phone, what makes you think hackers will bother coding a virus just for Windows Phone instead of making one for Android? ;)
    lucaspestana and k72 like this.
    04-05-2014 12:21 PM
  11. Pete's Avatar
    Windows phones cant be infected by viruses. The only code that is allowed to execute comes from either the windows phone store or the operating system itself. If you download a file through internet explorer, it wont be able to execute. Same goes for email attachments.

    Web sites can do odd things if there badly crafted, it doesn't mean there's a virus at work.
    Kashan Osama likes this.
    04-05-2014 01:23 PM
  12. Amy Smedley's Avatar
    I have a windows phone and I am sure that I have a virus.... I say this because I have clicked on links on Facebook and ever since I have visited these sites (celeb photo's/ stories etc) my phone freezes up, has pop ups and closes my browser on its own. So I'm fairly sure that it CAN in FACT get a virus. Now I have to figure out how to fix it!
    10-18-2014 09:31 PM
  13. mjrtoo's Avatar
    I have a windows phone and I am sure that I have a virus.... I say this because I have clicked on links on Facebook and ever since I have visited these sites (celeb photo's/ stories etc) my phone freezes up, has pop ups and closes my browser on its own. So I'm fairly sure that it CAN in FACT get a virus. Now I have to figure out how to fix it!
    There's no virus, I've noticed that IE crashes and locks up occasionally since the Cyan/8.1.1 update.

    Websites do popups all the time.
    10-18-2014 09:44 PM
  14. elcono's Avatar
    There seems to be alot of delusion on this post/thread

    Wp8 can get viruses. I recently got the fileinfo72 browser redirect virus which constantly tries to take you to porn sites when you open a new tab

    Now I cant find any AV software to remedy this that works on wp8......
    avengerxp and prasath1234 like this.
    03-13-2015 05:09 PM
  15. D M C's Avatar
    I think WP isn't popular enough to to get Virus and Google services.

    Both will be available when WP get some decent market share.
    prasath1234 likes this.
    03-13-2015 05:39 PM
  16. neo158's Avatar
    There seems to be alot of delusion on this post/thread

    Wp8 can get viruses. I recently got the fileinfo72 browser redirect virus which constantly tries to take you to porn sites when you open a new tab

    Now I cant find any AV software to remedy this that works on wp8......
    No, WP8 can't get viruses. It may be based on the NT kernel but it has far more in common with Windows RT than Windows 8, being ARM based I think you'll find that unless that virus has an ARM WinRT version then it won't be able to execute.

    Browser redirections are NOT viruses, they can be caused by them but in this case it's certainly just a dodgy website redirecting you instead.

    So yes, there is a lot of "...delusion on this post/thread" but it's coming from those who think WP can be infected by viruses.
    Last edited by neo158; 03-16-2015 at 01:12 PM.
    lucaspestana likes this.
    03-13-2015 09:17 PM
  17. lamdfer's Avatar
    WPhones cannot get viruses.
    xandros9 likes this.
    03-16-2015 10:14 AM
  18. someone2639's Avatar
    Not yet. (muahaha)
    k72 and xandros9 like this.
    03-16-2015 10:25 AM
  19. Ramizk's Avatar
    i accidentally clicked on a link and then i got a pop up msg saying my device is got infected. then when i clicked back the web page says the link you just used infected your device. the browser then started acting crazy and pop up msg arrived that say msg from webpage - my device had 13 viruses. it started automatically searching for some shopping apps. i cleared everything deleted cookies and data from browser but i again pop up for sometime on certain web pages. after device restart it stopped appearing but im scared. help me.

    P.S. i forgot to take the screen shot of the msgs.
    04-18-2015 03:04 AM
  20. xandros9's Avatar
    i accidentally clicked on a link and then i got a pop up msg saying my device is got infected. then when i clicked back the web page says the link you just used infected your device. the browser then started acting crazy and pop up msg arrived that say msg from webpage - my device had 13 viruses. it started automatically searching for some shopping apps. i cleared everything deleted cookies and data from browser but i again pop up for sometime on certain web pages. after device restart it stopped appearing but im scared. help me.

    P.S. i forgot to take the screen shot of the msgs.
    You're almost certainly safe.
    It's nothing more than a scary alert popup by the site and a redirect to a shopping app page. (yup, people lie and use fear to get what they want)
    If you notice sometimes, they might say that your Android has been "infected."

    best solution is probably to avoid the sketchier sites.
    prasath1234 likes this.
    04-18-2015 10:50 AM
  21. Per Ekelund's Avatar
    I have virus on my Windows phone (Nokia Lumia 1320). Message: "A critical update is ready - download no?". If you answer yes, you will loose contact with your phone. You will only see two screws running gainst each other. It goes on until the phone is out of battery. When loading, the picture eats all power. You will need to get your seller to reprogram. So, sure, Windows Ohone can get virus.
    04-26-2015 05:40 AM
  22. booog89's Avatar
    I have virus on my Windows phone (Nokia Lumia 1320). Message: "A critical update is ready - download no?". If you answer yes, you will loose contact with your phone. You will only see two screws running gainst each other. It goes on until the phone is out of battery. When loading, the picture eats all power. You will need to get your seller to reprogram. So, sure, Windows Ohone can get virus.
    Nope it's not a virus. It's just an update to fix bugs which your phone still facing. Bugs such as:

    - scroll issues
    - IE crashes
    - system updates

    WP still fresh thou... It's coding is different than the desktop windows. So im sure WP is not yet vulnerable to malware/virus. I think the only way for WP to get infected is through the store.
    ven07, xandros9 and neo158 like this.
    04-26-2015 06:09 AM
  23. neo158's Avatar
    I have virus on my Windows phone (Nokia Lumia 1320). Message: "A critical update is ready - download no?". If you answer yes, you will loose contact with your phone. You will only see two screws running gainst each other. It goes on until the phone is out of battery. When loading, the picture eats all power. You will need to get your seller to reprogram. So, sure, Windows Ohone can get virus.
    No, Windows Phone can't get viruses. That's a system update and you should read my post further up to see why WP can't be infected by them.
    04-26-2015 08:03 AM
  24. Torcher Death's Avatar
    This thread was fun to read even though it deals with a serious issue.
    To clear things up, windows phone as of now is very secure due to sandboxing nature & low market share (probably the only plus point). Of course, its not virus resistant, its just there is no WP specific virus yet & hopefully stays that way.
    As for the people with issues on IE, that's cause the sites are mostly built for chrome & other browsers & since IE tries to fake itself as being an android browser, you'll see stupid pop-ups like "Your ANDROID device has xx viruses" or others redirecting you to play store & unlike desktop where these open as new windows, on the phone, they just take over your current tab & refuse to go unless you hit back repeatedly.
    So rest assured that for now, your phones are very secure & just steer clear of random links.
    lucaspestana and ven07 like this.
    04-26-2015 08:40 AM
  25. Torcher Death's Avatar
    I have virus on my Windows phone (Nokia Lumia 1320). Message: "A critical update is ready - download no?". If you answer yes, you will loose contact with your phone. You will only see two screws running gainst each other. It goes on until the phone is out of battery. When loading, the picture eats all power. You will need to get your seller to reprogram. So, sure, Windows Ohone can get virus.
    Thats an update for your phone & not a virus. Also, its best to plug your phone into charge while updating, preferably on Wi-Fi or a faster network.
    xandros9, neo158 and k72 like this.
    04-26-2015 08:44 AM
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