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Sometimes apps will become unresponsive. Others the phone will get very warm. The iPhone model i have is the 11 and it's running iOS 16. The battery lasts a few days if I dont use it, but if I use any apps the battery tends to drain faster than it probably should. Is there any way to check whether or not someone installed a rootkit to the system and is monitoring whatever I'm doing?

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10 minutes ago, adrien2050 said:

Is there any way to check whether or not someone installed a rootkit to the system and is monitoring whatever I'm doing?

It's best to open a support ticket so one of the mobile device support agents can assist you with this.

Please note it may take a few days before a reply though due to high ticket volumes. Please only open one ticket

Consumer Support
https://support.malwarebytes.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

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35 minutes ago, adrien2050 said:

Is there any way to check whether or not someone installed a rootkit to the system and is monitoring whatever I'm doing?

Only by taking the phone to a specialist in such things. It's highly doubtful that such a thing has happened to you unless you are a professional journalist or political activist of interest to a nation-state that purchased Pegasus spyware. But since you are running iOS 16, I doubt that they have come up with a version that would work on your iPhone.

In your situation, it's best to take it to an Apple Store for help from their Genius desk (or certified Apple technician if you don't have access to a store). They have some diagnostics that are unavailable to the public that might be able to isolate the problem for you.

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On 11/26/2022 at 7:24 PM, adrien2050 said:

Sometimes apps will become unresponsive. Others the phone will get very warm. The iPhone model i have is the 11 and it's running iOS 16. The battery lasts a few days if I dont use it, but if I use any apps the battery tends to drain faster than it probably should. Is there any way to check whether or not someone installed a rootkit to the system and is monitoring whatever I'm doing?

If I'm being honest here, what you're describing is a pretty typical description of how a phone works, and this is not at all an indication of any kind of infection. Some apps absolutely can become unresponsive, or devour power at a fast enough rate to cause the phone to become warm. These can both be symptoms of a buggy app, and the latter can also be a sign of an app that simply needs a lot of power for what it does, such as a a game.

iPhone malware is quite rare, and generally only used by powerful organizations, so I would focus on treating these issues as a technical problem rather than a security problem.

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