Oct 14, 2014

Has my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 been compromised?



I have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that I think has been compromised. Weird things keep happening like phone settings crashing, default apps changing, and under CPU usage dh watchdog.th keeps appearing.

I have googled watchdog and from what I found I have never installed such an app. Today my security app alerted me to a threat of nakeder attack through my android system. I'm not that savvy in mobile devices so I didn't completely understand. It mentioned shellshock. Please help. How can I find out if someone installed spyware?
10/16/2014
If it's still under warranty you might consider sending it back or having it looked at by the manufacturer. It sounds like something is fishy with it. Good luck with it.
10/16/2014
If your device isn’t rooted, it’s unlikely that you have to worry about shellshock. However, that doesn’t mean that you haven’t inadvertently installed malware/spyware. Probably the easiest and most effective thing you can do to make sure that any malware is removed is to do a factory reset. You will have to reinstall all of your apps, and do it carefully so you don’t install malware again. It won’t do any good if you wipe the slate and just reinstall the same app that caused the problem to begin with. Narrow it down - when did the problems start happening? What did you install just before the problems cropped up.

If you decide to do a factory reset and don’t know how to do it, here is a guide for the Note 3. Keep in mind that you will lose EVERYTHING on the device, so make sure that you have all photos, documents, etc. backed up to the cloud before you proceed. http://www.androidpit.com/forum/594713/samsung-galaxy-note-3-how-to-factory-reset-the-samsung-galaxy-note-3
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