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Old 06-02-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default Help! Do I have a virus on my Vita?

When I play games on Vita I see my username and some strange characters behind it in games. Like williebrillie666_ or sometimes with other games different characters. Does this mean I have a virus. I read about virusses on the internet and some people say, the Vita can't have virusses and others say it can. Who must I believe? Please help me, cause I'm worries here.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:07 PM   #2
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I haven't heard about any cases of Vita virus attacks, so I think it's unlikely.
Does it actually do any harm, besides displaying weird characters?
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:10 PM   #3
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No it just works fine. But can anybody tell me what those weird characters are?
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No it just works fine. But can anybody tell me what those weird characters are?
Did you download anything or access anything that isn't from PSN?
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:22 PM   #5
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No I didn't download anything, just watched a movie that didn't have anything to do with psn. Okay I admit it was porn:P Anyway, can you really get a virus from that?
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Everything which runs some kind of software which can be altered can have a virus. And yes you can get some from watching videos because data is stored on your system.

But no, you don't have any and it's highly doubtful you'll ever get one on your Vita from watching a vid. The impact size for something so specific would be to small to anyone caring about.

From what it looks like it's just display error. Your name is somewhere stored as a variable and it looks like it's not translated properly from written form with additional identifiers to what needs to be displayed and thus is showing an additional Byte.
Did you restart your Vita since?
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:39 PM   #7
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You mean just turning it of, yes I did, but that did't solve the problem.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:08 PM   #8
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Did you notice the problem happening after watching the video?
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Vita can get viruses?
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:42 AM   #10
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Did you notice the problem happening after watching the video?
I must honnestly say I don't know cause therfore I barely used my vita. It's from the latest period I use it often.

But what c1ned1ne said:

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Everything which runs some kind of software which can be altered can have a virus. And yes you can get some from watching videos because data is stored on your system.

But no, you don't have any and it's highly doubtful you'll ever get one on your Vita from watching a vid. The impact size for something so specific would be to small to anyone caring about.
This.

I think he's right. There is a slim chance you ge a virus on vita. But for virus software writers it's way more attractive to write for windows.

Strangest thing is. I cannot find anything about those strange characters on the internet. So am I really the only one with this issue?
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