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Android downloading unwanted videos

route666

Standard Member
Hi I have a Galaxy S2 running Android 4.0. Just recently I have been finding a folder in my gallery called VideoAmplifierCache with a video in it that I didn't download. It's a video advert for online casino. This is about the 3rd time this folder and a random video have appeared, I have been deleting the folder and video each time.
I'm abit worried that the security of my phone has been compromised.
Any ideas what it is or what I should do?
 

Subtlebrick

Active Member
It does sound a bit dodgy. Are you running any antivirus? Also, if you press and hold the video in your gallery, then select details from the pop up menu, does it give you any clues to where it came from?
 

RottenFox

Distinguished Member
Could be an app with admob, or airpush which "serve" a crapload of ads to you, and will do every time you are on the net/data enabled.

Try AdAway(google it), or Adblockplus for Android.

Google recently removed all adblockers from the market, due to violation, so now, they can push all kinds of crap at us.
So you'll have to sideload an adblocker, or manually sort out your HOSTS file, see if that sorts it.

Even Google Play Services does it, which was added recently to the Market, and theres nothing you can do, it's part of the Market and even when you uninstall it, it just comes back again.

You could always download something like Avast(free), from the Android Market, install it, run it to check then uninstall it again, because IMO, it's trash, uses up far too much resources, but for your peace of mind, it might find something, and fix/remove it.
 
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route666

Standard Member
I was using Kaspersky virus scan, never have I been alerted.
I tried Avast, it found nothing.
I have downloaded AdAway, see if this stops it, I shall let you all know.

Thanks.
 

bubs999

Well-known Member
I was using Kaspersky virus scan, never have I been alerted.
I tried Avast, it found nothing.
I have downloaded AdAway, see if this stops it, I shall let you all know.

Thanks.

Try Airpush detector, it's by Dan Bjorge (I think that's how he spells his name)
It will identify what app is doing the downloading and you can remove it, worked for me when I had adverts appearing in my notification bar
 

Dodgy_Geezer

Well-known Member
And this is exactly why I don't like Android.

Lord knows how we got to a state where you need a 'ckin Anti Virus for a moby :mad:

And it's only going to get worse, people don't realise that Google's revenue model is built purely upon advertising. Android is a natural extension of this and has been built to make it very easy for adware and crapware to be shoved onto a phone with very little effort.
 

route666

Standard Member
Video just reappeared!

The title is:
511ccbeffc860cd916004131-m31-1500

The video is on Youtube!

I have AdAway, but I guess it hasn't worked :-X
 

route666

Standard Member
And this is exactly why I don't like Android.

Lord knows how we got to a state where you need a 'ckin Anti Virus for a moby :mad:

And it's only going to get worse, people don't realise that Google's revenue model is built purely upon advertising. Android is a natural extension of this and has been built to make it very easy for adware and crapware to be shoved onto a phone with very little effort.

Yeah i think i'm done with Android, I don't fancy iOS so I guess that leaves me with WP8 when my contract is up.
 

route666

Standard Member
Try Airpush detector, it's by Dan Bjorge (I think that's how he spells his name)
It will identify what app is doing the downloading and you can remove it, worked for me when I had adverts appearing in my notification bar

Tried Airpush Detector, it found nothing. And the video is back. I'm so bloody fed up with this now!!
 

Subtlebrick

Active Member
Tried Airpush Detector, it found nothing. And the video is back. I'm so bloody fed up with this now!!

Are you running the Photobucket app?
I just googled the filename you posted 511ccbeffc860cd916004131-m31-1500 and all of the results seem to be associated with Photobucket.
Now there may be some perfectly innocent explanation for that (I really don't have a clue how this stuff works). But it can't hurt to try removing the app, then the video, and see if it comes back?
 

route666

Standard Member
Are you running the Photobucket app?
I just googled the filename you posted 511ccbeffc860cd916004131-m31-1500 and all of the results seem to be associated with Photobucket.
Now there may be some perfectly innocent explanation for that (I really don't have a clue how this stuff works). But it can't hurt to try removing the app, then the video, and see if it comes back?

I haven't got Photobucket... The only "photo" app I have is Photo Grid
 

Subtlebrick

Active Member
You could always remove all of your most recent apps. See if that gets rid of it. Then load the recent ones back one at a time with a day in between and see if you can hunt it down that way.
 

route666

Standard Member
You could always remove all of your most recent apps. See if that gets rid of it. Then load the recent ones back one at a time with a day in between and see if you can hunt it down that way.

Yeah i have given this a shot. I'll be back with my findings!
 

route666

Standard Member
The vid came back this morning. So I have uninstalled another load of apps :-!
 

route666

Standard Member
And it's back again!!!

I've done a factory reboot. Cant be arsed with this crap no more.
 
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Some Bloke

Well-known Member
This might help locate the problem source App.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.denper.addonsdetector&feature=search_result

I recommend this Firewall (no rooting of your phone is required).
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.greyshirts.firewall&feature=search_result

It's different to all the other firewalls I've seen.
You can select Allow, Custom or Block.
Custom is like a prompt, when an App try to contact to internet, it will prompt you to allow or block it.

You can also specify which IP addresses it can connect to when you are allowing the App.
So you could block any inbuilt ads the App might have, but still allow the App to connect to the internet.

I've also got a massive hosts file list of things to block, if that's any use to you.
(I've tried posting in this thread, but there's too many lines of text).
 

ssmita76

Banned
You should check your setting option & also you must use antivirus that will stop unwanted apps or software and will ask you before installing.
 

Rammit1500

Standard Member
Hi I have a Galaxy S2 running Android 4.0. Just recently I have been finding a folder in my gallery called VideoAmplifierCache with a video in it that I didn't download. It's a video advert for online casino. This is about the 3rd time this folder and a random video have appeared, I have been deleting the folder and video each time.
I'm abit worried that the security of my phone has been compromised.
Any ideas what it is or what I should do?

I'm having the same issue and made the same mistake as you, which is how I found your your post. It's not called "videoAMPLIFIERcache", it's "videoAPPLIFIERcache", and according to the fine folks over on the AndroidCentral forums it's spam courtesy of Hill Climb Racing.

Link: Applifier video cache - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com
 

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