[Q] Unexpected system app - Poss Spy Related ?
I have a question which I am hoping someone can help with.
I have an Experia X8 in standard configeration.
I discovered an app in the app manager with no name. This was after having good reason to beleive I may have been tracked or had spy ware loaded without my knoledge.
The phone would not load apps (failed at the point of instalation).
The phone was only used for calls and texts, and had one app loaded (GOSMSPRO) for text messages.
I consulted Vodafone and Sony Erricson and they advised to take it to the police. After 3 months the police lab returned the phone saying it tested negative for spy software.
I did some research and used moborobo and ESFile explorer.
I identified the un named system app as "Picker.apk". The phone app manager reported it as version 1 (but with no name) and 44Kb size.
Moborobo reported it with name (Picker.apk) but with a size of 52.12Kb.
Sony Erricson have told me that this app should not be there, on two seperate calls on different days.
They said they had seen this kind of thing before, and offered to do a "factory reload" if I wanted.
They also said they had done "factory reloads" for people that had appeared to have spy apps on there phones, as the normal software reinstall (via PC Companion) does not reload the Rom, as I discovered.
I rooted the phone and messed arround trying to load a new ROM to clear out all that was in there, but have not got it right so far...
My question is, how did this App get into the system apps in Rom as the phone was not rooted.
I have since discovered that some spy and tracking apps have an "auto delete if Sim is changed" feature in their features list.
I did remove my contract sim and put it in my new phone, and put a pay as you go sim in the sony, before I discovered I was being tracked--Thats how I found out !
Any help, advice or thoughts would be greatly apreciated.