Pop up camera pops up randomly while browsing

  1. Zyenoa
    Donut Aug 31, 2019

    Zyenoa , Aug 31, 2019 :
    Hello there,

    For the past two weeks, my pop up camera has randomly been popping up while browsing on Firefox. The problem doesn't persist on any other app and hasn't been occurring while it's in my pocket as far as I'm aware.

    Has anyone been having a similar issue? I've seen a few having a problem like this with WhatsApp video, but not really my issue.

    Looking for any advice! Thank you!

    xHellblazer and mjvh80 like this.
  2. Neddard
    Lollipop Aug 31, 2019

    Neddard , Aug 31, 2019 :
    Does it happen on specific websites?
    Does it happen when browsing with Chrome?

  3. Zyenoa
    Donut Aug 31, 2019

    Zyenoa , Aug 31, 2019 :
    Hey! I haven't tested enough on chrome, but when I have been on it to check certain articles from newsfeed, it doesn't seem to pop up. No specific website, it seems to be on a random basis. Last site it happened on was a food blog, but it's happened on sites related to aviation news.

    I use Bitdefender Mobile AV, which enables safe browsing. Checked that app and nothing has come up to do with the camera.

    The camera never used to pop up until the two most recent updates. I am on Android version 9.5.11.GM21BA

  4. shubham412302
    Cupcake Aug 31, 2019

    shubham412302 , Aug 31, 2019 :
    probably a new spyware running on those websites which bitdwfender is unaware of. Atleast due to pop up camera you know someone is trying to spy.

  5. Zyenoa
    Donut Aug 31, 2019

    Zyenoa , Aug 31, 2019 :
    I did think this. However, the camera seems to pop up for pretty much half a second and then close. It barely gets to fully pop up. Could it still be the case?

  6. mjvh80
    Cupcake Sep 4, 2019

  7. shubham412302
    Cupcake Sep 4, 2019

    shubham412302 , Sep 4, 2019 :
    I have private DNS as dns.adguard.com and so it must have blocked the ad/spyware for my phone.

  8. unExplodeX
    Eclair Sep 4, 2019

    unExplodeX , Sep 4, 2019 :
    i really hope all DNS works but try clearing cache and try disabling usage for camera on Mozilla maybe its allowed there some websites have spyware and adware that is forcing the app to use your camera. well i hope this resolves your issue.

  9. Yomach
    Cupcake Sep 6, 2019

    Yomach , Sep 6, 2019 :
    I'm seeing the same thing, and I can confirm it only happens on Firefox and not on Chrome. (on that guardion page)
    Has anyone posted it on Firefox to let them know?

  10. G_Mihai_Lungu_GWSP
    Cupcake Sep 6, 2019

  11. O1559267692479
    Cupcake Sep 11, 2019

    O1559267692479 , Sep 11, 2019 :
    Same thing for me, but only on this url: https://adammunich.com/how-to-repair-the-parts-that-explode-in-lenovo-yoga-laptops/

    Disabling camera permission for firefox prevents this. For sure there's is some bad code out there (ad network or ad) requesting a camera picture from the front camera which somehow bypasses Firefox's internal permissions.

    It also needs you to close and start Firefox in order to reproduce.

    The guardian url isn't doing it anymore but the one above does it every time for me on first load.

  12. edricus
    Cupcake Sep 13, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    edricus , Sep 13, 2019 at 4:51 PM :
    I have the same issue it really scare me I'll inform Mozilla about this and tell their response. It only happens in Firefox too. Maybe on other browser beside chrome ?

  13. Zyenoa
    Donut Sep 13, 2019 at 9:34 PM

    Zyenoa , Sep 13, 2019 at 9:34 PM :
    Hello all

    The response above stating to clear the cache and disable the camera access permission seems to have worked for me. Fingers crossed nothing else will happen. Hopefully it's something that will be patched.