New Symbian (S60v3, S60v5 and Anna) Hacking Method – Dr.Web Anti-Virus App Workaround

Update – Unfortunately this method is not working in Nokia Belle phones, so if you are looking to hack a Symbian mobile having Belle then please refer to this new post (Nokia 808 PureView hack is described in this post). The following method works perfectly in Anna and older Symbian phones.

In a recent post I described “Flashing the phone with a hacked uda” to hack Symbian^3 phones. However a new Symbian hacking method emerged recently which is very easy and simple (no flashing or custom uda required thus no risk of dead phone). Actually this method utilizes the all capability (system read/write access) credentials of an antivirus app to copy the three .ldd files (ROM Patcher driver files) inside C:/sys/bin folder. ROMPatcher hacks the phone with the help of these files (only if the files are present in C:/sys/bin).
Anyway, exactly follow the steps given below to hack any Symbian phone (S60v3, S60v5 and Symbian Anna) –

1. If you have memory card as “E:/” drive in your phone (as in older phones without mass storage memory) or if there is only Mass memory and no memory card inserted in new phones – then download this file (zip archive)
However, if your phone has mass memory and memory card as well (memory card will become “F:/” drive in newer phones like N8) then download this zip file
Remember that the zip file MUST be chosen according to the phone (whether memory card is “E” or “F” drive in your phone).

2. Extract the zip file in PC and open the folder named “Private” (that is inside the zip file). Copy the entire folder “20024113” (that is inside “Private”).

3. Connect the phone with PC (using data cable) in “Mass Storage Mode“. Make sure that DO NOT connect the phone in Nokia Ovi Suite mode plus make sure that neither Nokia PC Suite nor Nokia Suite is running when you connect the phone with PC (because system folders can not be accessed in these modes). Alternatively you may also connect the Memory card with PC via a card reader.

4. Now go to My Computer and open memory card connected to PC (make sure that you are opening memory card and not mass memory in new phones). Now find and open the “Private” folder and paste the above copied “20024113” folder inside it. Now disconnect the phone (or memory card) from PC. If you don’t see “Private” folder in memory card then enable the “Show hidden and System files” option in your PC. If there is no “Private” folder still then create it yourself in the root of Memory Card.

5. Download Dr. Web Anti-virus app from here and install it (select Memory card as the installation location). Run Dr. Web app from menu (cancel the warning) and go to “Options/Quarantine“. Select all three files in Quarantine via “Options/Select All”. Now select “Options/Restore”. Exit Dr.Web

6. Download ROMPatcher+(signed) from here and install it in the phone. Launch ROMPatcher from menu and go to “Options/All Patches/Apply”. On selecting “Apply” the installed patches will become activated.
Bingo! Now your phone is hacked and you can install any unsigned app plus have full access to system folders (read/write to sys/private) via X-plore etc. No need of any damn certificate/key…….. R.I.P. SymbianSigned!!!

However these patches will become deactivated on restarting the phone. If you want to make them permanently “activated” then launch ROM Patcher and go to Options and select “Add to auto” to all the patches one by one.This method is applicable to all Symbian 3rd, 5th ed, Symbian^3 and Symbian Anna phones (but not Belle). You can uninstall Dr. Web app after the process is over. Also note that doing a Hard reset/format will un-hack the phone and you will have to repeat the process again.
For any help or problem feel free to comment and do share your experience here.

UPDATE (1) – It looks like that in older E series phones the above method is not working as good as in newer 5th ed and Symbian^3 devices. Some possible solutions include –
1. Format/hard reset the phone and try again
2. Update the phone to the latest available firmware and then try the hacking method again

UPDATE (2) – If your phone is still giving error during unsigned app installation after successfully applying the above hack (or red cross appears in ROM Patcher on applying the patch) then download this file (contains hacked installservers for all S60 versions) and extract the contents. Now select and copy the correct “installserver.exe” (according to your phone) and paste in phone’s C:/sys/bin folder (use X-plore to do this). Restart the phone and done.

By Symbian hacking we generally mean – full read/write access to system folders and ability to install any unsigned app without any certificate or other error. Besides, many advanced mods are possible only in a hacked phone.

If the above hack does not work for you anyhow then try these similar hacks (described in this post).

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16 Responses to New Symbian (S60v3, S60v5 and Anna) Hacking Method – Dr.Web Anti-Virus App Workaround

  1. drix September 18, 2011 at 5:17 AM #

    maybe you dont know to answer how to fixed the “/sys/bin/
    patcher*.ldd Not found!” using card reader that’s why you didnt answer my question. well anyway thanks. great help for those who’ve done it well.

    • Shoaib Siddiqui September 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM #

      Actually the error “/sys/bin/….ldd not found” denotes that the three files have not been copied to the sysbin folder. That means the procedure has not been followed as described…..otherwise the Dr.Web app would have shifted the files in that folder and the error would not have happened….carefully repeat all the steps again

  2. emad December 20, 2011 at 8:27 AM #

    respected doc, i have a problem whenever i restart my phone i have to again apply the patches. I there any way when i restart my phone the patches remain applied.

    • Shoaib Siddiqui December 21, 2011 at 9:22 PM #

      Its very simple bro, just launch ROM Patcher and go to “Options/Add to auto”. Do this for all the patches and done! now you dont have to enable patches manually on restart.

  3. Chin December 26, 2011 at 12:52 AM #

    Thanks a lot! It works perfectly! But can I remove the two apps (dr web and rom patcher) now?

    • Shoaib Siddiqui December 27, 2011 at 9:05 PM #

      You may remove Dr Web app but not ROM Patcher as it is essential for hacking.

  4. Tobi April 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM #

    Thanks Doc. for these tips. However, before I proceed, I need to know if I will lose installed apps stored in my memory card when I do this. Do I have to uninstall the already installed apps from my memory card?

    Secondly, I need you to tell me where to install each app. I noticed in the comments that RomPatcher should be installed in C: . What about the rest of the softwares? If you can make a simple list that’d be nice. Thanks again.

    • Shoaib Siddiqui April 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

      No, hacking will not affect any installed app in any way and you don’t need to uninstall anything. You can install ROM Patcher in any drive but Dr.Web app must be installed in the drive (E or F) where you have copied the “Private” folder contents.

  5. Vincent January 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM #

    I also encountered ‘\sys\bin\Patcher*LDD not found!’ on ROMPatcher.
    The confusing part is the ‘mass storage’ and ‘memory card’.
    A note to those who want to apply this hack.
    If ‘’ doesn’t work, try ‘’.
    It will surely work!

    Yes Dr. Shoaib Siddiqui, R.I.P. SymbianSigned!!!
    Thanks for your very much details guide.

  6. Anil Kumar April 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM #

    Working perfectly on E52 software version 91.004. Used E drive zip files as mentioned. Thank you.

  7. anonymous December 9, 2013 at 3:17 AM #

    It’s 08.12.13 and this trick worked great on my Nokia E72, which also has the latest firmware on it. I managed to successfully install SwitchOff (freeware automatic phone shutdown for Symbian) without any certificate errors. Thank you a lot!

  8. shehan December 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM #

    Thanks a lot. Worked fine on my Nokia N86 8MP.

  9. Kevin April 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM #

    Hi there,

    Been wanting to disable the camera flash sound for my Nokia E72 for a year or so and have tried everything from downloading mute-camera.sis files to signing the applications myself. Then I’ve tried everything in between.

    As a final, final effort I looked at the possibility of finding the actual audio file that it calls with the camera sound and try overwrite it/delete it so I know I needed to hack my phone. This led me yo DigiPassion and after much installing (Dr. Web Anti-Virus, X-plore) patching everything and copying the installserver file (I actually just copied the file using my computer, the sys/bin folder showed up fine).

    THEN since we don’t need signed applications since it was hacked, I proceeded to install the original mute-camera.sis file and VOILA – no more sounds. Absolutely delighted.

    Many thanks for your detailed tutorials, being able to hack my phone gives me a good sense of accomplishment, even if I get strange looks when I say I still use a Nokia E72!!!!!


  10. MAK April 22, 2015 at 12:53 AM #

    thx dude, great work. Worked for me.
    Did a phone restart before restoring from Dr. Web quarantine.

  11. Gregory May 4, 2016 at 10:07 PM #

    Works like a charm, you are a genius, Sir, thanks a lot for help, you made my day! 🙂
    Greetings from Poland ;]

  12. Loganix December 23, 2017 at 2:08 AM #

    Worked like a charm, thanks a lot for this great tutorial! 😀

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