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Reformat Android TV box?

xxxHolic 31,585 5,570 August 23, 2015 at 08:57 PM
I just bought Android TV box loaded with XBMC on Amazon for $50.
Quad-Core Cortex-A5.
1G RAM.
Internal Memory: 8GB.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-re...rtainment/

I worry that the seller has installed Trojans, malware on this box.
Can I reformat the Android TV box? Then I reinstall the Android 4.4
Is it possible? Has anyone tried it?

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What makes you think it might be infected? This isn't a widespread problem. If you are concerned I might recommend buying a brand new device from a large well known brand vs used with a user installed rom.

You would need to reinstall the rom on it and you probably need root. You would have to get that from the manufacturer if its available. You can't just use a generic version of android as you need the 'Drivers" for the specific hardware.
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There are no trojans that affect Android at this time.
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Quote from morethanajew View Post :
There are no trojans that affect Android at this time.
Are you sure?
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Are you sure?
The biggest thread for a thing like that is a 3rd party keyboard, where the keyboard app can log your keystrokes and send them somewhere.

It's not a widespread problem. And it's the only real concern.

With a TV box you probably won't use an on screen keyboard. You'd probably use a remote hardware keyboard, which nullifies that issue.

If you want to wipe it just for argument's sake, you can perform a factory reset on it. It should be in the main settings somewhere. If not there is probably a way to reboot it to the recovery module, where you can perform the factory reset. This will basically delete everything except the system partition. It will remove all user loaded apps and data.

Unless the previous owner rooted it, installed some kind of bad app as a system app, then unrooted it so you couldn't remove it yourself, then this will absolutely kill any kind of malicious app that was installed (even though none probably were ever installed)

If you want to be extra secure after that, just look at the system apps one by one and make sure you can identify each of them. A quick google search will tell you what each one is if it's not clear.

You can also see how likely of a possibility that rooting the device was in the first place by googlign the model number and 'rooting' to see if a root solution even exists for that device. If it doesn't the odds that this person created one himself just to root this one box so he could sell it to you to possibly rob you seem pretty slim.

At that point you are being paranoid though.

But the factory reset is always a good idea.
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