How to easily protect your HTC EVO by removing HTCLoggers

Evo 3d and 4g
This article is intended for rooted HTC EVO 4G and HTC EVO 3D users.

Well, as we reported yesterday, HTC has been tracking our data for awhile now and apparently the information is available to any app that tries hard enough to get it. Sure, the world isn't going to end, your HTC EVO won't blow up, and your girlfriend won't leave you. But, the information gained in the past three days is still pretty hard to swallow. 

As is customary, HTC issued a PR statement letting us all know they will fix the issue as soon as possible. 

Screw that! Let's fix it now.

If you are rooted and know how to flash a .zip, save some time, and just grab the patch here. And yes, this will work on all HTC EVO ROMs. 

Need more instructions? Then join me below.

First, you are going to need to be rooted. I'm sorry, but there is no way around this. To fix these files, we must remove system apps, libs, and logs, so you need root!

Rooting is not hard and can be done on any HTC EVO 4G or HTC EVO 3D (both are affected by this vulnerability). Search our site for a how-to on rooting your device.

Once rooted, you can grab the application ROM Manager. Even if you are not new to rooting, I am going to recommend ROM Manager (the free version will work fine) to complete this tutorial. Those that are new will have to select the first option: Flash ClockworkMod Recovery. Once this is done, you are ready to protect your EVO!

Now, let's grab the patch. I compiled this pretty quickly, but what this file will do is remove the HtcLoggers.apk, its associated lib file, and any logs the app has already collected. 

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Move the flashable .zip to the root of your EVO's SD card. Then open up ROM Manager (make sure your SD card has mounted). Go to Install ROM from SD card, then locate the loggers_remover.zip patch you downloaded. 

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You will be asked what options to select when installing. Select none because a Dalvik cache wipe is included during the flash. Once you hit OK, your phone will reboot and flash the .zip. Be patient during this process. 

After you have rebooted, every file pertaining to HTCLoggers will be gone and your EVO will be safe! Before and after pictures shown below.

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*Sigh of relief*

As a reminder, this does not remove Carrier IQ. That requires a bit more work and must be cooked into the ROM. If you are worried about the data collected from CIQ, then switch to a ROM that has it removed. 

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Sam Sarsten

Sam Sarsten is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged with Pocketables in 2012.

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29 thoughts on “How to easily protect your HTC EVO by removing HTCLoggers

  • Avatar of mike carey
    October 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm
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    So this will remove the loggers, but isn’t all the data still on the phone for the apps to do what ever they want with ?

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  • Avatar of Sam Sarsten
    October 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm
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    Nope. This removes the folder that contained the logs. I got your back ;)

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  • Avatar of Chris Greeney
    October 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm
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    Still doesn’t work for those of us with S-ON with HBOOT 1.5 even though we have that root through Clockwork that you had posted recently.

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    October 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm
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    pretty sure you can simply remove htcloggers.apk via adb

    nandroid backup
    adb shell
    su
    rm htcloggers.apk – will try in the morning

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  • Avatar of Stormer
    October 5, 2011 at 12:11 am
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    wait, I thought if you were rooted this was not an issue? I have the Swagged out rom. I don’t even see a log folder..

    /data/data/com.htc.loggers

    Not there.. do I need to “do” anything, yes or no?

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  • Avatar of Vic
    October 5, 2011 at 1:32 am
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    what about if you only freeze the apk with titanium backup?

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  • Avatar of Steve
    October 5, 2011 at 3:27 am
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    Vic, I wondered the same thing.

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  • Avatar of Sam Sarsten
    October 5, 2011 at 3:35 am
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    Only some ROMs remove the HTCLoggers file. Since version 1.9.0.2 Swagged Out Stock has had those files removed.

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    October 5, 2011 at 4:24 am
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    Sam, he said he had hboot 1.50 / that it doesn’t work… that’s what my response was for. Not going against your piece, just that it doesn’t work for anyone who got OTA / is left with unlocked bootloader and S-ON (according to Chris Greeney).

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  • Avatar of Steve
    October 5, 2011 at 4:40 am
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    Where are the log files?

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  • Avatar of Sam Sarsten
    October 5, 2011 at 4:49 am
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    Ah.. I was replying via email. Didnt see who you were talking to. Didnt think you were questioning me tho ;)

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  • Avatar of Vic
    October 5, 2011 at 4:52 am
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    can anyone identify the log files?

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  • Avatar of Danny
    October 5, 2011 at 5:24 am
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    Awesome article! I just checked those folders for the files and it appears that my rom already has these removed. Im running MikG v2.55
    Thanks for the write up though!

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  • Avatar of Chris Greeney
    October 5, 2011 at 6:07 am
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    Did that work by chance? Thanks!

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  • Avatar of Outlawsys
    October 5, 2011 at 7:00 am
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    I just recently rooted my stock phone. It worked.

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    October 5, 2011 at 7:11 am
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    nope… non-writable partition…

    adb remount operation not permitted

    there’s a command that remounts it read/write from within, it’s on a USB stick of mine which is loaned to a friend who was supposed to return it yesterday…

    Once I get that back (or get back to the computer that has all my rooting stuff on it)

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  • Avatar of Chris
    October 5, 2011 at 7:31 am
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    I am also using MikG, but I am running 2.52 and the file is already gone as well. But thank you for showing how to check it and remove it if it was there.

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    October 5, 2011 at 7:37 am
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    I also just realized that putting someone’s name and a comma after it looks like you’re being stern… have to modify with “Hey” to not…

    freakin’ language of text… rassle frazzle…

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  • Avatar of Stormer
    October 5, 2011 at 9:03 am
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    I have…

    SWAGGED OUT | STOCK v0.9.9

    Am I good?

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  • Avatar of shfity_z
    October 6, 2011 at 2:15 am
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    Ok I have a rooted (no custom rom) evo3d and have tried the steps above several times and the files and apk remain. Any ideas on what I’m doing wrong?

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  • Avatar of Sener
    October 7, 2011 at 7:15 am
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    I think its only for HTC Roms that still have the file (if it wasnt removed by dev.) Im on Cm7 Evo4g with none of theose files…

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  • Avatar of Eric B
    October 7, 2011 at 8:05 am
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    I just want to double check. I have SNSGB V1.6. This removes BOTH CIG and the HTC loggers correct? I’ve been waiting to root and I felt this issue was a good time to do it. Thanks for the feedback and an awesome site!

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  • Avatar of noobip
    October 7, 2011 at 10:57 am
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    I got the 3D HTC unlocked with S-ON and 1.5 HTBOOT. I can confirm that this patch has worked like a charm for me. Thanks!

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  • Avatar of Dania Varela
    May 5, 2012 at 7:10 am
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    Hi Sam,
    The file loggers_remover.zip is not available for download anymore.
    Can you please upload it or route me to a new link?

    Thank you.

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  • Avatar of jose
    July 6, 2012 at 5:46 am
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    hello can you please re post the file to download thanks

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