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How to remove the Baidu folder on Sony Xperia devices

Sony Xperia users have spotted a mysterious Baidu folder in the 10.5.1.A.0.283 firmware update. After further investigation, users found out that this Baidu folder was sending information without the users knowledge to an unknown location in China, Beijing. With this folder, the Chinese government can do the following:

  • Read status and identity of your device
  • Make pictures and videos without your knowledge
  • Get your exact location
  • Read the contents of your USB memory
  • Read or edit accounts
  • Change security settings
  • Completely manage your network access
  • Couple with bluetooth devices
  • Know what apps you are using
  • Prevent your device from entering sleep mode
  • Change audio settings
  • Change system setting

All this, without the users knowledge or permission of course. Sony made an official statement on its forums  confirming that in future updates, this folder will be removed. But there is a way to fix the issue right now and will prevent your personal data to be send to remote Chinese servers.

Baidu folder Sony Xperia

How to remove the Baidu folder on Sony Xperia devices

  1. Download Terminal Emulator for android here
  2. Once installed, run the following command:  pm block
  3. Clean the data of your MyXperia App
  4. Delete the Baidu folder manually, it can be found on the Internal Storage of your device
  5. Reboot your Device

This should prevent any more personal data being send without your knowledge to Chinese servers.