Preinstalled bloatware and possibly phishing tools on some devices?

Did you get any bloatware preinstalled on your device?

  • Yes

    Votes: 5 55.6%
  • No

    Votes: 3 33.3%
  • No, but I have heard of others who did

    Votes: 1 11.1%

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zenolijo

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Sep 21, 2012
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Since i live in Europe i couldn't buy the Mi4i through a well known seller and got it through Aliexpress.

I havn't owned a Xiaomi phone before, but the amount of crapware preinstalled is insane. I was able to disable some of it, but not all.

The phone does some random actions every now and then too, such as when i fully shutdown chrome and start it again it will open an ad in a new tab which is very annoying. It has also downloaded some random files named 1.tmp, 2.tmp, 3.tmp, 4.tmp and 5.tmp which i havn't downloaded at all. Just connected to a new wifi and I saw that these five files started downloading from my notification tray and instantly canceled the download which worked fine. I have not installed any third party apps that are not on google play, and the only apps i have downloaded from google play are Google Music, Soundcloud, Plex, Reddit Sync and Terminal Emulator and all of those are clean.

Does anyone else have the annoying apps DU Speed Booster, DU Battery Booster, DC Share or Monoplay preinstalled on their devices? When i ran MIUI on my nexus 5 a year ago i didn't get those apps preinstalled, and they are pissing me off and i can't remove them. The youtube app is also extremely outdated and it isn't able to update through the play store.

The security app doesn't report that there are any viruses, but i'm not really counting on that.
I have had the phone for 4 days now and rooted 1hr ago, and will try to fix some of these things like removing the preinstalled crapapps, and if it messes up the phone i'll just do a factory reset.

Have anyone else had these problems? I love the hardware of the Mi4i and I'm still getting used to MIUI, but all this crapware and strange behaviour annoys me alot.
 
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ruffain

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Nov 22, 2013
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Srinagar
I got mine from the official retailer of mi and no apps where installed expect from two keyboard apps which I uninstalled the first day

Sent from my Mi 4i using Tapatalk
 

zenolijo

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Sep 21, 2012
15
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I first removed some apps with root, but some of the preinstalled apps were still unable to be removed, so i went and downloaded the developer rom, flashed it and did a full data reset. Works great now, battery is improved and the speed of the device is waaaay better. Had some stuttering every now and then before, but now it's barely anywhere!

Now when the experience isn't bottlenecked by the software anymore, the Mi4i is a great device!

If anyone wonders, i bought it from the Aliexpress seller Hong Kong Goldway, so don't buy it there. It's the real product and shipping with DHL was just 5$, but the crapware was horrible.
 

ruffain

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Nov 22, 2013
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Srinagar
I first removed some apps with root, but some of the preinstalled apps were still unable to be removed, so i went and downloaded the developer rom, flashed it and did a full data reset. Works great now, battery is improved and the speed of the device is waaaay better. Had some stuttering every now and then before, but now it's barely anywhere!

Now when the experience isn't bottlenecked by the software anymore, the Mi4i is a great device!

If anyone wonders, i bought it from the Aliexpress seller Hong Kong Goldway, so don't buy it there. It's the real product and shipping with DHL was just 5$, but the crapware was horrible.
Enjoy :)

Sent from my Mi 4i using Tapatalk
 

rideboarder1

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Jun 2, 2010
7
4
Hi there.

i got all these preinstalled spam apps too on my mi 4i. i ordered it via aliexpress (hong kong goldway). To be on the safe side root your phone and flash the original firmware from the xiaomi website. dont type in any password or do bank stuff with the phone before you not removed all this spamware. But hongkong goldway is not bad at all - they ship very quick.
 

ewawowa

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Jan 15, 2015
20
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so glad its not just me

I am so glad its not just me thats had problems with the bloatware. I thought something was up when i had 2 different antivirus software on here. this morning its been installing porn apps! I got mine from coolicool.
Being a complete newbie if someone could point me towards how to flash the new firmware onto the phone id appreciate it.
Dan.

---------- Post added at 10:55 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:05 AM ----------

ahhh found a site androidxda with the rom and instructions.
 

rideboarder1

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Jun 2, 2010
7
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I am so glad its not just me thats had problems with the bloatware. I thought something was up when i had 2 different antivirus software on here. this morning its been installing porn apps! I got mine from coolicool.
Being a complete newbie if someone could point me towards how to flash the new firmware onto the phone id appreciate it.
Dan.

---------- Post added at 10:55 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:05 AM ----------

ahhh found a site androidxda with the rom and instructions.

Hi Dan!
Download the Miui Phone Manager from the official website (you need this because of the phone drivers - restart your computer). after that install the root tool (you can find it here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-4i/development/tool-native-root-twrp-recovery-efs-t3122346) - after that go to settings on your phone and tap on "MIUI version" so often until you phone displays "you are now developer". after that go to settings -> Additional settings and click on "developer options". Turn "USB debugging" on. Download the official MIUI Firmware here: http://en.miui.com/download-263.html (pick the stable version). Put this on your phone via USB. After all that start the root tool on your computer (connect phone via usb now too) and type 1 + enter on the computer. Wait...i think your mobile restarts. Next start root tool again and type 2 + enter. After your phone restarts again. push Power off + volume down buttons some seconds together. now your phone starts into twrp. now tap "install" and then from zip and go there where you put the MIUI Firmware . Tap on it - then swype to flash. Then wait. you can wipe cache, davlic cache in twrp after that too after the firmware flash procedere. I think thats it ;)
 
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LhorB

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I'm worried, too!!

Hi there!!

The same is happening to me, I bought it through Pandawill... I'm very glad to find this forum, I'm newbie too and I was really worried not finding answers... Now I will try to understand what are you talking about, and I hope to solve it with your instructions, guys.

So, until I manage to do all this, should I unintall all my apps to avoid someone catch my passwords???
 

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    I first removed some apps with root, but some of the preinstalled apps were still unable to be removed, so i went and downloaded the developer rom, flashed it and did a full data reset. Works great now, battery is improved and the speed of the device is waaaay better. Had some stuttering every now and then before, but now it's barely anywhere!

    Now when the experience isn't bottlenecked by the software anymore, the Mi4i is a great device!

    If anyone wonders, i bought it from the Aliexpress seller Hong Kong Goldway, so don't buy it there. It's the real product and shipping with DHL was just 5$, but the crapware was horrible.
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    Since i live in Europe i couldn't buy the Mi4i through a well known seller and got it through Aliexpress.

    I havn't owned a Xiaomi phone before, but the amount of crapware preinstalled is insane. I was able to disable some of it, but not all.

    The phone does some random actions every now and then too, such as when i fully shutdown chrome and start it again it will open an ad in a new tab which is very annoying. It has also downloaded some random files named 1.tmp, 2.tmp, 3.tmp, 4.tmp and 5.tmp which i havn't downloaded at all. Just connected to a new wifi and I saw that these five files started downloading from my notification tray and instantly canceled the download which worked fine. I have not installed any third party apps that are not on google play, and the only apps i have downloaded from google play are Google Music, Soundcloud, Plex, Reddit Sync and Terminal Emulator and all of those are clean.

    Does anyone else have the annoying apps DU Speed Booster, DU Battery Booster, DC Share or Monoplay preinstalled on their devices? When i ran MIUI on my nexus 5 a year ago i didn't get those apps preinstalled, and they are pissing me off and i can't remove them. The youtube app is also extremely outdated and it isn't able to update through the play store.

    The security app doesn't report that there are any viruses, but i'm not really counting on that.
    I have had the phone for 4 days now and rooted 1hr ago, and will try to fix some of these things like removing the preinstalled crapapps, and if it messes up the phone i'll just do a factory reset.

    Have anyone else had these problems? I love the hardware of the Mi4i and I'm still getting used to MIUI, but all this crapware and strange behaviour annoys me alot.
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    I am so glad its not just me thats had problems with the bloatware. I thought something was up when i had 2 different antivirus software on here. this morning its been installing porn apps! I got mine from coolicool.
    Being a complete newbie if someone could point me towards how to flash the new firmware onto the phone id appreciate it.
    Dan.

    ---------- Post added at 10:55 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:05 AM ----------

    ahhh found a site androidxda with the rom and instructions.

    Hi Dan!
    Download the Miui Phone Manager from the official website (you need this because of the phone drivers - restart your computer). after that install the root tool (you can find it here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-4i/development/tool-native-root-twrp-recovery-efs-t3122346) - after that go to settings on your phone and tap on "MIUI version" so often until you phone displays "you are now developer". after that go to settings -> Additional settings and click on "developer options". Turn "USB debugging" on. Download the official MIUI Firmware here: http://en.miui.com/download-263.html (pick the stable version). Put this on your phone via USB. After all that start the root tool on your computer (connect phone via usb now too) and type 1 + enter on the computer. Wait...i think your mobile restarts. Next start root tool again and type 2 + enter. After your phone restarts again. push Power off + volume down buttons some seconds together. now your phone starts into twrp. now tap "install" and then from zip and go there where you put the MIUI Firmware . Tap on it - then swype to flash. Then wait. you can wipe cache, davlic cache in twrp after that too after the firmware flash procedere. I think thats it ;)