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Offline Westcoast19

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Suspicious site for malware detected. What to do?
« on: May 09, 2021, 06:49:58 PM »
I was browsing the internet on my android phone via Chrome when a pop-up alerted me of a suspicious site. I immediately closed the browser and looked at the Avast mobile log. It said the web site in question "has been reported as a malware site." I tapped scan (Avast mobile free version) and it said "no threats detected." Just to be on the safe side I restarted my phone, ran another scan, and got "no threats detected" message again. I'm assuming no malware is on my phone now, but I wanted to ask people here if there is anything else I should do to ensure that my smart safe is malware free? Thank you for advice in advance.

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Re: Suspicious site for malware detected. What to do?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2021, 07:34:35 PM »
Essentially the Avast Web Shield has blocked the site from loading, preventing anything coming down to your phone.

Was this site one that you had intentionally connected to ?
Or was it one redirected from a site or perhaps an add-on/extension in chrome ?
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Re: Suspicious site for malware detected. What to do?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2021, 03:00:10 AM »
Thank you for your response.The web site was among those listed when I did a search on Google. The pop-up appeared when I tapped on the URL to go to that site.

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Re: Suspicious site for malware detected. What to do?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2021, 03:20:47 AM »
Thank you for your response.The web site was among those listed when I did a search on Google. The pop-up appeared when I tapped on the URL to go to that site.

You're welcome.

If a popup appears unsolicited, I would advise just to close it and never click it as you have no idea where it is going to take you.

Having done a search you should just get a list of matching results.  If a popup occurs when you click that link a popup appears, there is some underlying redirection going on (commonly ads, but could be a malicious redirect). 

The fact that Avast alerted when you clicked the link means Avast has prevented you connecting to that link/site and preventing anything being downloaded to your mobile.  So you should in theory be OK, having run some scan appears to confirm this as nothing was found.
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Re: Suspicious site for malware detected. What to do?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2021, 03:57:10 PM »
I am in a similar situation. What to do?

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Re: Suspicious site for malware detected. What to do?
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2021, 10:32:32 AM »
If you have since scanned your phone and nothing found, then the shield has done its job and protected you.
Same as DavidR Reply#1 above