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    Malware on iPhone4 running ios5?

    Just had mobile bill for son's iPhone. He's exceeded his data usage and landed a bill for £158, but I'm not sure it's his fault.

    Having analysed the usage, I'm seeing the same pattern every night around 10pm (when I know he's in bed and asleep) of load of 1Meg and 0.5Meg GPRS records. It feels like a worm?

    He's turned data off on his phone, so there's zero usage, but can anyone suggest what to use to scan this phone to check it... and how to prevent it future please?
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    blat it, then re-add the apps he actually uses and see what happens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    blat it, then re-add the apps he actually uses and see what happens?
    Yes. That's probably the best option.

    He's not a happy bunny. It's on my card and the rule from day one is that any over-shot on the bill is paid for by him... so he's got to come up with £158.... that'll teach him.

    Is AV an option on iPhones? or is it still a too new.

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    I think apple still claim it's not needed? there are a couple from a quick google though, intego?

    If it's a rogue app though it might not pick it up - maybe it'll just be a lesson to check what he's installing a bit better

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    settings --> Location services --> Camera --> Slide Off

    Otherwise Each photo that is taken will most likely contain and use the GPS location data which if you are out and about and don't have access to wifi will most likely use Edge or 3G to obtain this info ??

    I would just flatten it to factory defaults and only put back the apps he requires, I would run anti malware / anti virus scans on said computer before re setting it up again.

    You can disable location services for other items in there as well, I normally enable airplane ( aeroplane ) mode on my iPhone before I go to bed so it can't communicate with anything ( which saves on battery ) and means no one can call me whilst I am trying to sleep

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    It seems to have gone pear-shaped on December 18th... the day he downloaded an app recommended on the gadget show. I agree it's a lesson for him... and he's been lucky it wasn't that expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    It seems to have gone pear-shaped on December 18th... the day he downloaded an app recommended on the gadget show. I agree it's a lesson for him... and he's been lucky it wasn't that expensive.
    Which app was that ?

    I would also as something you can try is get him to call said provider whether it is 02 / orange or whoever and if his bill gets to a certain amount that they contact him or disable network service ( excluding him calling the free number so he can talk to someone )

    If it is defo that one app then maybe remove it

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    The app he downloaded that day was onavo - data compression. Can't say it was definitely that, but it seems suspicious that it was the only thing he downloaded that day.

    Phone is now wiped. Malware scan in progress on computer.

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    Onavo did a press release back in october saying it may charge for every MB of compressed data it does, so perhaps its that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Onavo did a press release back in october saying it may charge for every MB of compressed data it does, so perhaps its that?
    I don't think so, there are masses of successive GPRS connections all for 1000, 1001 or 500 kBy that start when the phone is otherwise quiet.

    The only benefactor is his mobile provider

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    Does he have the personal hotspot enabled? That feature will allow users to connect the iPhone and use it as a wifi hot spot. Maybe he has it enabled without a password and someone on the street is using it?

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    I don't think it is hotspot... not from where the phone is when the use is happening. Now the phone has been wiped we'll do controlled release of apps back on to it and monitor closely what happens. As things go back on it. Hopefully whatever it was has now disappeared. I'm not convinced it's Onavo, but I'm sure there'll turn out to be some free trial app he downloaded and forgot about.
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    Also is it properly close the apps when he has finished? Maybe there was loads running in the background all eating into usage.

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    Could be anything. He's had the phone for nearly a year and this has is drastically different to every other month's usage. Vigilance is the key... and after this I think he'll be vigilant!

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    How old is he? Maybe he has just discovered you can get naughty pictures on the internet and that he's not really 'asleep' :P

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