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SMS Scheduler app flagged as Android/Spyware.Gizmo


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Can you fill in the details on what Spyware.Gizmo does? I can't find much information about it.

The app has limited Android permissions. Due to what it does it can send SMS messages and insert them into the message history, but you must have other reasons to flag it. Thanks.

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Hi Nmb52,

Spyware apps like Gizmo are detected because of how they can be abused and are sometimes used to deliberately spy on someone. Apps like this have been used to stock and harass victims. These apps can be installed on a device without a users knowledge, deliberately hide there installation tracks for better spying and prevent removal. 

If you knowingly have installed this app then you can whitelist the app so it is no longer detected.

Regards,

-Armando

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Hi Armando,

Thanks much for your response. I installed the SMS Scheduler app to be able to send scheduled SMS messages, as that capability does not work in my messaging app.

I know the flagship app of Gizmoquip, the group that wrote SMS Scheduler, is "SMS Tracker", which is designed to be the sort of app you describe, one that can be installed without a user necessarily knowing it and track information. They are quite open about that, as they sell it for tracking one's children.

The SMS Scheduler app is a separate app from that, one of a few others besides the tracker they have released.

Is the SMS Scheduler being tagged as spyware in "guilt by association" because it is made by the same group that makes SMS Tracker? Or does it have its own spyware built in? If I whitelist it, just what am I whitelisting? According to Gizmoquip's support response, it is not a virus or malware. I have asked a few more specific questions of Gizmoquip, but it seems to me that Malwarebytes could also be more forthcoming about the details of just why they tagged this particular app as spyware.

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In an exchange with Gizmoquip's support staff, they have assured me that the SMS Scheduler app "does not collect and transmit ANY information from the device for any reason".

Without further information about what the Spyware.Gizmo label includes, I would guess that Malwarebytes is flagging the app by association with the SMS Tracker app, rather that doing an individual analysis on the file. If that is the case, it seems a bit aggressive.

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