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Added to the Dr.Web virus database: 2015-03-18

Virus description added:

This is a Trojan infecting Android mobile devices. It can be distributed by cybercriminals via a modified version of the official Google+ client application.

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When launched, Android.Selfmite.1.origin prompts the user to grant it administrative privileges.


The Trojan creates several URL shortcuts on the home screen. These shortcuts, depending on the device's location, lead to different websites that generate a profit for Trojan makers with every user’s visit.

Android.Selfmite.1.origin is able to "advertise" certain applications available via Google Play by displaying respective sections of the software catalogue.

The malware can send infinite number of short text messages to all of the contacts found in the device's phone book. Depending on what instructions the Trojan receives from the command and control server, these SMS messages may contain links to websites as well as download links for specific application and the malicious program itself.

Curing recommendations


  1. If the mobile device is operating normally, download and install Dr.Web for Android Light. Run a full system scan and follow recommendations to neutralize the detected threats.
  2. If the mobile device has been locked by Android.Locker ransomware (the message on the screen tells you that you have broken some law or demands a set ransom amount; or you will see some other announcement that prevents you from using the handheld normally), do the following:
    • Load your smartphone or tablet in the safe mode (depending on the operating system version and specifications of the particular mobile device involved, this procedure can be performed in various ways; seek clarification from the user guide that was shipped with the device, or contact its manufacturer);
    • Once you have activated safe mode, install the Dr.Web для Android Light onto the infected handheld and run a full scan of the system; follow the steps recommended for neutralizing the threats that have been detected;
    • Switch off your device and turn it on as normal.

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