Riskware:Android/SmsPay

Classification

Riskware

Riskware

Android

SmsPay.[variant], Android.Riskware.SmsPay.[variant], Riskware:Android/Smspay.[variant]

Summary

Riskware:Android/SmsPay identifies an Android application that includes SMS-sending functionality.

Removal

Automatic action

Once the scan is complete, the F-Secure security product will ask if you want to uninstall the file, move it to the quarantine or keep it installed on your device.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

SmsPay variants are repackaged legitimate apps that contain an additional module to send and receive SMS messages. While not malicious in itself, such functionality is also commonly misused by Android malware to silently send premium-rate or spam SMS messages.

The app's SMS-sending behavior may result in unexpectedly high phone charges if the user is unaware of the app's capabilities. This behavior may also be legally questionable, depending on the jurisdiction and if it is done without the user's knowledge or consent.

While apps with this behavior may be legitimately used by the device's authorized user, they are classified by security programs as riskware because in the hands of unauthorized users, they can also be used to cause damage to the user's data or the device.

If you are confident that you are aware of the risks involved in using the app and consent to its use, you may choose to keep the app installed on your device.