Third Party Applications to be cautious of

Discussion in 'Cydia Apps' started by Lincoln, May 8, 2008.

  1. Lincoln

    Lincoln New Member

    There are a few applications that can be downloaded form Installer that can seriously mess up your iPhone. These will be listed in this thread, which will be updated as new dangerous apps come out and old ones are fixed.

    While some users have reported successfully using these applications, be aware that it is possible for them to make your phone completely unresponsive, as Kate did to mine. The methods I used to recover the phone would not be easy to do for a novice computer user. So, use at your own risk.

    If you know of any other apps or packages that should be avoided, please say so below and I will ad them

    Currently, this application is just as - if not more - dangerous than Kate. It is an app that can change your boot logo without having to restore your device. Great concept, right? Well, the developer of the app probably didn't put much time into it. If you use it, there's a very good chance that your device will go into DFU mode - you will not be able to use SSH, remove the phone from DFU, and therefore, everything on your device will be lost.

    Caterpillar, now known as Kate, should be avoided at all costs. The features it includes work because of the app tinkering with the filesystem in such ways that the phone is unstable. Symptoms reported include flashing black and white lines, icon order reset, all settings reset, and the iPhone being inoperable. In most cases, a restore is necessary.

    Caution thread for Kate

    "Surprise" Winterboard Theme:

    Installing this theme will cause the iPhone to play a Rick Astley song upon boot, and then become unresponsive. A Restore will be required. Don't just be caution about this, avoid it completely.

    Screenshot was the first screenshot-taking application for the iPhone. It too however, presents issues. A common result of the app is flashing black and white lines, as well as refusal to boot.

    Note that you can also take screenshots with the application 'Capture' and with the method from Apple that can be enabled.

    Caution thread for Screenshot

    Customize 2.0:
    Especially in the alpha and beta stages, this version of Customize is dangerous. In commonly results in the SWOD (Spinning Wheel of Death) in which the iPhone is hung. Refusal to boot has also been reported, as well as the phone being thrown into DFU mode.

    Caution thread for Customize 2.0

    "Tap Tap Revolution" Guitar Hero theme:

    While the application Tap Tap Revolution is safe, this theme is not on firmware 1.1.3 and up. After it has been installed, the iPhone will reboot and will not boot, it will simply hang on the Apple logo and you will have to Restore unless you have SSH turned on.

    If you do have SSH turned on, SSH into your iPhone and delete, located in the /Applications folder. Then reboot.

    Caution thread for the Guitar Hero theme


    Ants can cause the phone to get very slow, and eventually crash. Having too many 'Ants' on the screen at once will cause everything else to slow down, and once it goes on for long enough, the phone will crash.

    If you do use Ants, do not set the application to use too many 'Ants'.


    While vWallpaper is a great concept, the videos can cause lagging and flashing black and white lines. The phone may randomly reboot at times and/or refuse to boot. It's probably wise to avoid this app until it becomes more stable.

    Apollo IM:

    Apollo may crash at times, and in turn cause the entire phone to do so. Once the phone boots, it will continuously reboot, leading to a Restore.

    Alternatives to the application include MobileChat and Fring.


    iToday can cause all of the applications on the iPhone to hand upon launch and then crash. It can also hang the entire iPhone and leave no option but to Restore.
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  2. Good stuff, John. Many thanks.
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  4. psylichon

    psylichon Moderator

    Is Ringtones stable yet? I heard about that causing all sorts of issues upon first release. Does it still delete your stock ringtones without warning?
  5. Bone

    Bone Zealot

    ants as well as vwallpaper are two that caused me hrs apon hrs of wrk to fix as well.
  6. themanofthedark

    themanofthedark New Member

    Ringtones are safe.

    John, you beat me to it,

    as I was helping Dana earlier I told him I would create this tonight.

    I don't know whether to be thankful or jealous.

    I'm going to go with thankful.

    excellent thread.

    by the way, I advice everyone to stay away from Apollo.
  7. Banjo456

    Banjo456 New Member

    Stay away from appollo AIM y? what else could you use for AIM
  8. Lincoln

    Lincoln New Member

    I'll add those listed once I get back to the Mac. Sam, what were some of the issues caused by Apollo?

    - John
  9. themanofthedark

    themanofthedark New Member

    Apollo often caused hanging of the phone, and sometimes lead to the one tap syndrome.


    Apollo would crash, and the entire phone would have to be reset,
    Then, once it booted, unless you have KillBoard, you're screwed, all you can do is keep resetting.

    use MobileChat v2.23
  10. Banjo456

    Banjo456 New Member

    Can I use AIM with this one
  11. themanofthedark

    themanofthedark New Member


    you can use

    and ICQ
  12. Starry

    Starry Guest

    I like MobilChat :).. but I can't use Yahoo with it :(
  13. free2rhyme590

    free2rhyme590 New Member

    when i downloaded vwallpaper, it totally messed up my phone!!!! it worked at first but then when i would go to lock my phone, the screen wouldnt entirely lock...the bottom part(slide to unlock) would stay on... then when i would go into any app on my phone, my screen was unresponsive!!! then the spinning wheel of death came on!!! i had to restore as a new phone!!! needless to say... im staying away from vwallpaper
  14. themanofthedark

    themanofthedark New Member

    I havent seen you here in AGES

    where have you been?
  15. patrickj

    patrickj Genius

    I like Fring for IM (with VOIP thrown in as well) - works with Skype, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, Twitter, Yahoo, and AIM and the running in the background thing works great with it ...
  16. Lincoln

    Lincoln New Member

    Fring added.

    - John
  17. patrickj

    patrickj Genius

    To your phone?
  18. slc1noles

    slc1noles New Member

    I thought I unistalled Kate and now look what happened!

    I'm totally freaking out! I installed Kate and then followed a bunch of directions on how to get rid of it (hold it down till the X appears and then delete it.) My ipod touch was working fine after I did that and now today it's back to how it was. Whenever I open an application it freezes. Kate is no longer on my ipod least the icon isn't there. What can I do???

    Please help! I would appreciate it so much...I don't want to have to restore my whole iPod touch.
  19. Lincoln

    Lincoln New Member

    Have you tried rebooting yet? If that doesn't work, restoring might be your only option.

    @ Patrick - added to the list as an alternative to Apollo.

    - John
  20. patrickj

    patrickj Genius

    Oh, got ya - cool.
  21. BBGT2

    BBGT2 Member

    I had issues with Customize the first 3 tries but something kept bringing me back and now it works flawlessly. No problems with Kate either 4 days in.
    Great thread, thank you Dana for suggesting it.


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