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Can Kindle Fire HD devices get viruses from the Internet?

So I do visit some sketchy websites on my kindle fire hd (4th generation) and I frequently get pop ups. (My friend told me that you can't get viruses on a mobile device.) I usually just hit "OK" and x out of the pop up as quick as possible, before doing whatever I planned on doing on said websites. I've done this for around a year and I have had little problems here and there. My volume will increase and decrease on it's own occasionally. It will go into sleep mode on it's own (While I'm using it, I could be tapping it and actively using the device and it'll do this.). On some occasions, it restarts on its own. So does my kindle have a virus? And if so, how can I remove it?

7 Answers

  • 3 years ago
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    Yes, but most virus' are meant for Windows OS etc so it's lower risk but there out there. I've come across ads and hijacker apps that lock you out etc, be careful, only download apps that have good feedback on the play/app store.

    From the sounds of it your Power and Volume buttons might be worn out but I would do a factory reset (backup anything you need to keep first, ie photos, music etc) to see if that fixes that.

    • Richard
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      3 years agoReport

      Although most viruses are created for Windows, other systems can be virus carriers. If you download a file with a Windows virus it may not affect your Kindle, but could be bad news if you transfer the file to a Windows PC.

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  • 3 years ago

    Try installing an anti-virus package that will run on the Kindle and do a full scan of the device. I don't know about the Kindle Fire, but I have successfully used Avast anti-virus free on an Android based Kobo e-Reader.

    The vast majority of modern computer based devices can suffer from virus and malware infections. Most are aimed at Windows as this is be far the most common operating system, and is architecturally one of the less secure in this respect. Having said that, I have one Windows 98 system that has taken an unusual path to virus elimination. When it boots, it copies a disk image into RAM, then closes down the hard drive before actually starting Windows 98. If the system picks up a virus, it is automatically eliminated the next time the system boots and the disk image is reloaded. The disk image itself is stored in a compressed file in an Ext2 filesystem that Windows systems do not understand. It would have to be an exceptional virus that could restart the hard disk, mount the Ext2 filesystem, decompress the Windows 98 image, plant a virus, then compress it again without breaking anything in the process.

    I would try a virus scan with a good AV package before attempting anything more drastic like a factory reset.

    I hope this helps.

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  • 3 years ago

    There are two ways a device can get an infection. One is by exploit, one is by user installed. This is true for All devices. Kindle Fire is Android based. If it's an older device with an older version of Android, the chances of it having an exploit go up. If you have an up to date version, the chances of an exploit is way less. A popup ad could contain code to exploit the device. Now, all devices can get an infection if you let it run. If you installed random apps from places, it's possible you got an infection. If you stuck with the Amazon store, you still could have got an infection but your problems could be something else.

    Reset your device to factory settings. Get your device looked at for volume hardware damage.

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  • 3 years ago

    Whatever it is that you call them the new type of malware that exist today can actually root your device take control of it and there's nothing absolutely nothing you can do neither can the manufacturer reverted back. I have seen the odd person here on Yahoo with this new type of malware and even restoring to factory conditions doesn't get rid of it so keep playing as long as you're rich and can afford to buy a whole new device if you get hacked then don't worry about it

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  • 3 years ago

    Yes. You can get viruses on mobile devices. Yes, you can get viruses on Android devices. Yes, you can get viruses on Kindle Fire's.

    Typically tou would remove "gremlins" by resetting to factory default settings.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Your friend is wrong. Mobile devices can and do get viruses and other malware.

  • 3 years ago

    Yes. Be careful

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