Threat description


Category: Malware
Type: Trojan
Platform: SymbOS
Aliases: Trojan:SymbOS/Romride.B


Trojan:SymbOS/Romride.B installs a malfunctioning system configuration file.


Automatic action

CAUTION! This method will remove all data on the device including calendar and phone numbers:

  • Power off the phone
  • Hold the following three buttons down - "answer call" + "*" + "3"
  • Keep holding down the buttons and power on the phone
  • Depending on the model, you will either get text that reads "formatting" or a start-up dialog that asks for the initial phone settings
  • Your phone is now formatted and can be used again

Technical Details

Trojan:SymbOS/Romride.B affects devices running the Symbian S60 operating system. It is distributed in a malicious SIS file named 'Data Update By MSF.sis' and when executed, installs a malfunctioning system configuration files into the C: drive of the phone.

This is followed by different effects depending on the version of ROM software installed on the device. Effects witnessed vary from start up failure to no apparent effect at all.

If the phone has been rebooted and will not start again, it can be recovered with a hard format keycode that is entered in the phone at boot.


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