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Old 05-16-2010, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I started having some strange issues with my BlackBerry yesterday that seem very virus-like.

Shortly after using BBM, my phone sent a ton of smiley faces () to several of my BBM contacts, along with some junk spam message.

I haven't had the problem since rebooting my phone, but now I have an issue where I can't search for contacts in my phone from the homescreen. I have to go into my address book and search from there...

Has anyone had a similar problem and/or can anyone suggest a solution?
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First thing with any wonky BB behavior is to pull the battery for 30 seconds or so. There are no viruses for BlackBerrys.
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If there was a BB virus, it would be all over the news and all of the various BB forums and sites. Has not been one to date.

Funky things happen to electronic devices all the time. As Rambo pointed out, at the first sign of a problem, pull the battery and see if that fixes it. Usually does,
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It is the PEBKAB virus.
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It is the PEBKAB virus.
Most likely.
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I am seeing a lot more of them recently.
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Isn't it the PEBKAC virus?
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Similar - actually a variant.

C = Chair
B = Brain

Very similar
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And often distributed in the same manner. Not generally contagious, but there seem to be more and more cases popping up these days.
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They do tend to appear in clusters.
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Especially weekends and holidays.
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Interesting reading on the BB security from RIM

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My Verizon BB Tour has recently begun acting VERY sluggish, making doing just about anything on my phone a major pain. Anytime i navigate anywhere through the phone, it takes 20-60 seconds to react and in addition to that main issue, now when i web browse the arrow won't allow me to select any links by pushing the trackball button, rendering my web browsing nearly impossible.

Everyone online maintains that there aren't any BB viruses and to just "pull my battery"....which I've had to do enough times to know that definitely hasn't helped the problem. PC viruses I've encountered seem to have similar symptoms...

I'm close to just taking the phone into Verizon, but thought I'd post this in case anyone has words of wisdom...
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I think you should return it.
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My Verizon BB Tour has recently begun acting VERY sluggish, making doing just about anything on my phone a major pain. Anytime i navigate anywhere through the phone, it takes 20-60 seconds to react and in addition to that main issue, now when i web browse the arrow won't allow me to select any links by pushing the trackball button, rendering my web browsing nearly impossible.

Everyone online maintains that there aren't any BB viruses and to just "pull my battery"....which I've had to do enough times to know that definitely hasn't helped the problem. PC viruses I've encountered seem to have similar symptoms...

I'm close to just taking the phone into Verizon, but thought I'd post this in case anyone has words of wisdom...
There still aren't any viruses on BlackBerry.
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How about now?
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How about now?
Nope.
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:19 PM   #20 (permalink)
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When you reboot your phone you will lose any data that wasn't backed up off the phone.
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