Got an interesting issue, maybe you can solve

While writing a comment today dealing with how Google Home was not recording my kids requests and quite often not mine, I was researching my activity on Google.

TL;DR – sites I’m not visiting appearing in Chrome on Android, how does one find what app spawned them?

I discovered some interesting activity in my browser. Evidently right as I walked into the office, or about the time I hit WiFi, I was supposedly (according to my activity logs,) browsing a porn website and a potato recipe in Chrome on my Galaxy Note 8.

Now for me to walk and browse isn’t abnormal. That said, I wasn’t. There’s probably video I wasn’t. Phone was in my back pocket and was not looked at from 6:52-8:45.

I also wasn’t going to a site called strip chat, nor was I planning a baked potato based sexual act at 8:25am.

I checked the activity, it had come from my Note 8, and was during a time I was not on it. I swear. I’ve probably got video of me talking to a coworker while my phone was browsing Stripchat and being the millionth visitor somewhere 3 minutes later.

Opened up Chrome on the phone at 8:45 to see what was going on, yup, there’s a site called Stripchat although the millionth visitor site is nowhere to be found, nor the potatoes.

Now there’s another layer to the oddness. A little before this I was supposedly playing some game according to Google. This game, I didn’t recognize. And I’d tell you what it is, but I’m not seeing it on My Activity any more.

Let’s assume for the sake of sanity I misread the My Activity and that I don’t have a piece of malware that’s got access to erase my activity on Google.

As this is not a popup, this is going on in the Chrome browser on my phone, the logs I know that I have say effectively that I visited this site… well, yes, the browser did indeed visit a porn site at about the exact time I walked into WiFi range at work. What triggered that action?

Also for reasons unknown I’m evidently hot and heavy into baked potatoes.

So, on inspection – Stripchat remained, I didn’t see a congrats, nor were my spuds there.

As this isn’t a pop up, don’t know what triggered it. It’s not actively running in the foreground. Not a terribly useful trail I can find.

Any idea how one finds that “potatoeffers” open in Chrome was requested by a particular app? Why Chrome triggered at 8:25? Anything useful?

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6 thoughts on “Got an interesting issue, maybe you can solve

  • February 12, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Google’s stuff is great… when it works. Which, as someone who has been using a Google Home for several years now, seems both random and temperamental. I have auto-unlock for my door… which only seems to work “when it wants to”. Half the time in my car, if I tell Google to play a station on Pandora, it will either ignore the request entirely or say “I’m sorry, I couldn’t open that app”. And my ChromeCast Ultra out of nowhere two days ago decided it just didn’t feel like streaming YouTube videos anymore from Google Home. Now anytime I ask one of the Home devices to stream, instead of the YouTube Video I get an error message telling me that the video can’t play because I have to “turn off restricted mode”. Except that the video isn’t mature content and there’s no way to toggle a “restricted mode” on OR off when it comes to Chromecast or Google Home. So… no more streaming videos with the Chromecast.
    Google’s ecosystem has a long way to go before I would consider it anything close to reliable.

  • February 12, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Don’t know about the potatoes but stripchat is well known malware (or virus, depending on your definition). Google “stripchat malware” for information and removal.

    • February 12, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Only thing I see on malware or popups is PC programs / chrome for pc. This was in Android chrome.

  • February 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Upon examining my apps I notice there’s a new game I didn’t install that was installed yesterday. Install location was the play store. Think a kiddo might have installed it, it might be the game I saw listed before it disappeared… going to remove and see if that doesn’t make the oddness go away.

  • March 12, 2020 at 3:32 am

    Could you have permitted a website to send you notifications/updates and that site was hacked so as to get your phone to hit up these other dodgy sites?

    • March 12, 2020 at 6:59 am

      After uninstalling a game or two my kiddo downloaded it stopped popping up. Think it was just a bad app


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