Previously I had posted on the forum "blocked 3yr old sony Xperia sp by mcafee" the tread has now been closed. I never intended to offend other members, especially member triple6, but I'm sorry to say, this is a forum to discuss technology problems. And I'm sorry triple6, you don't know me, and you had no right to imply that I am not the legal and rightful owner of my own phone.
Anyway it has been resolved, and I'm sorry to say I was correct, and I have MY PHONE THAT I OWN back in full working order!
What went wrong. The mcafee mobile security had expired over the almost 3years that I've had the device. When I put my new sim in, I was asked "welcome to your new sony, let's get started" (after 3years!). These are configuration settings, SMS/data, wifi etc etc. As mcafee had previously been installed, mcafee treated me as a new customer, as my new SIM no and email address was not recognized by them. I then got 30days from that point, as if it were a trial version, then my phone blocked. Mcafee had only recorded the date when the 30days expired from when my new SIM was changed. Since I've had MY PROPERTY back and in working order, I now have obviously removed mcafee. I then installed CM security anti virus software. CM security found a Trojan, that mcafee did not find!!!!!! Everything is now fine and in working order, and I have access to my own email account again etc etc. So in respect to member triple6, I felt that I had to share the results, as that thread is now closed. Also may I just say, if you leave a page open from the mcafee knoledge website, it does indeed have a time limit untill it expires, and almost all lower android OS, have big security issues. And it is correct that commonly viruses can attach themselves to video media files, as if they are linked to a social apps they can become more contagious. As most of us use these social apps these days, we are open to vulnerabilities, which genuine hackers exploit.
Not everyone changes phone every year for the latest and greatest, many of us are quite happy to keep our old phones. But this is like owning a Mac computer, like previously I have owned. You buy a top tier product, you then buy some nice new software. One year later the OS is changed, then you are told that you can't upgrade your OS and your previous expensive software that you have bought will no longer work! In a way the android system is the same, as it's constantly updated. So if your phone is a number of years old, it then won't work with your banking app, social apps, etc etc, then you are forced to buy another.
For me owning an old phone and being quite happy not to buy another, was the whole problem. The mcafee system when expired should of not been running on the OS for almost three years. I took a picture of my phone, on the box it came in (proof of puchase) with the mcafee app open, stating it had expired! Maybe soon I will be told when my other apps won't work, as the apps will not support and older OS!
But I will say this. Im not a thief, a hacker and don't have a degree in computer sience. I'm an ex engineer for the ministry of defense in the UK (and so I hope) I still have some intelligence. I resolved my own problem with my own phone, by my own, no other third party was ever involved in resolving the technical issue my phone had. We rely so much these days on our phones, what they can do, and what's inside them. But it's not so easy to own something that is not the latest and greatest, or the must have.