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    Hi guys! What is the best anti-virus application for the S4?
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    I have norton and I love it.
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    Depending on your carrier, Lookout comes preinstalled and is pretty good. Avast Mobile is also rising in the ranks. Lookout has a bonus of being a phone tracker as well though.
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    Are anti virus apps a real need for android phones ? I have very less knowledge and so i am asking. If i stick to obly Play Store apps and dont wonder into dark websites, am i not safe ?

    But yes, the other features of an anti virus app, tracker, remote locker, remote wipe, etc....are more prominent features of anti virus app.....right ? Please advive me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somdk View Post
    Are anti virus apps a real need for android phones ? I have very less knowledge and so i am asking. If i stick to obly Play Store apps and dont wonder into dark websites, am i not safe ?

    But yes, the other features of an anti virus app, tracker, remote locker, remote wipe, etc....are more prominent features of anti virus app.....right ? Please advive me...

    Thanks.

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    For the most part, if your phone is not rooted and you're not sideloading (installing apps from unknown sources), you really do not have anything to worry about. However, better safe than sorry. All it takes is that one day an app makes it past Google scrutiny and infects everyone who clicks install before it gets pulled from the Play Store. Some antivirus apps include location and remote locking features. It's best to read their description and get one that's multi-purpose to cut down on installing extra apps.
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    Anti virus apps are a complete waste of battery and memory resources on your phone. Some do have some nice features for tracking and remotely wiping your device but as far as anti virus it's not needed. Having worked in a service center I've dealt with thousands of android devices and they don't get viruses.

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    You shouldn't need one

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    You don't need anti-virus on an android device if you download apps from the playstore and do not attempt too download pirated apps from risky sites.

    All those "malware" scares you hear about on tech sites are just a free way for anti-virus app developers too advertise their app and gain users.



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    It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Malicious apps make it into the Play Store from time to time. It's a small price to pay for a piece of mind that I'm protected at all times. Apps aren't the only thing you have to worry about. Since we have NFC, cloud services, email, etc., which we can share files with everybody, who's to say those docs/files aren't infected? I use Kaspersky.
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    I was wondering if it was necessary also...I wonder how well the locate and wipe features on the apps actually work, but of course I haven't tested it out myself haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaleesag88 View Post
    I was wondering if it was necessary also...I wonder how well the locate and wipe features on the apps actually work, but of course I haven't tested it out myself haha

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    ADM (Android Device Manager), Lookout, Seekdroid (pure track/wipe) & Best Buy Geek Squad (track/wipe/diagnostics) all work as advertised from personal experience. You just have to be sure to grant them administrative permissions. One bonus I can confirm is that ADM will queue commands issued to the phone. So if it's off, once it comes on, it will alarm/lock automatically. I haven't tried this yet with the others. And one thing I like about GeekSquad's is that it can activate the cameras and take pictures but you have to be using their insurance to use the app (which I am).
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    I use Avast! since my Galaxy Ace. It's free and great. Can track and send commands to the phone from their website or via SMS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fr0gburp3r View Post
    It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Malicious apps make it into the Play Store from time to time. It's a small price to pay for a piece of mind that I'm protected at all times. Apps aren't the only thing you have to worry about. Since we have NFC, cloud services, email, etc., which we can share files with everybody, who's to say those docs/files aren't infected? I use Kaspersky.
    No, it's a huge price to pay. Anti-Virus apps are resource heavy and are un-necessary. Malware gets into the playstore in apps made by shafy developers and are pretty easy too spot. If you download apps from trusted developers and check app permissions (a wallpaper app shouldn't have access to your messages) I guarantee you will not pick up malware from the Play Store. If you go and pirate apps, you deserve to get malware.

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    I think most people wouldn't need smart phone anti-virus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msavic6 View Post
    No, it's a huge price to pay. Anti-Virus apps are resource heavy and are un-necessary. Malware gets into the playstore in apps made by shafy developers and are pretty easy too spot. If you download apps from trusted developers and check app permissions (a wallpaper app shouldn't have access to your messages) I guarantee you will not pick up malware from the Play Store. If you go and pirate apps, you deserve to get malware.

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    lol a huge price to pay? What are you, 12, and don't have any source of income except maybe some allowance from Mommy and Daddy? We own smartphones that cost hundreds of dollars but it's a huge price to pay for an app? That's a good one. You can't guarantee anything. Do you personally know every developer in the Play Store? I see no performance drop on my S4. It's always lagged even before I installed an AV app. lol
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    I don't ever say "never". The last couple of weeks, while on two different forums that I read, one was a very well known android developers site and one was a sports site forum, I had two very explicit pornographic pop ups pop up while I was reading them. Both times, it was the same pop up. Not sure how or where they came from (I don't visit those kind of sites, intentionally).

    So, I did a few things to try to alleviate/eliminate them from occurring again. Besides doing some wipes and things that was suggested to me, I have now downloaded an anti virus (in my case, A vast), I also downloaded an ad blocker (from xda) and I downloaded tapatalk which also seems to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fr0gburp3r View Post
    lol a huge price to pay? What are you, 12, and don't have any source of income except maybe some allowance from Mommy and Daddy? We own smartphones that cost hundreds of dollars but it's a huge price to pay for an app? That's a good one. You can't guarantee anything. Do you personally know every developer in the Play Store? I see no performance drop on my S4. It's always lagged even before I installed an AV app. lol
    You clearly misunderstood what I was saying in regards to the price. The price is the deterioation in performance when an antivirus app is not necessary.

    Since you clearly don't know and continue too spew non sense, Google has a built in safety measure that "verifies" all apps installed on your phone for malware and they also have added missing device functionalitiy so you have no reason too install an anti virus app. That is of course unless you're paranoid that someone is going too steal your high and mighty "income" and feel the need too protect yourself by an app created by some developer you don't know.

    Good one, call me 12 yet you use the term "lol".

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    Quote Originally Posted by msavic6 View Post
    You clearly misunderstood what I was saying in regards to the price. The price is the deterioation in performance when an antivirus app is not necessary.

    Since you clearly don't know and continue too spew non sense, Google has a built in safety measure that "verifies" all apps installed on your phone for malware and they also have added missing device functionalitiy so you have no reason too install an anti virus app. That is of course unless you're paranoid that someone is going too steal your high and mighty "income" and feel the need too protect yourself by an app created by some developer you don't know.

    Good one, call me 12 yet you use the term "lol".

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    I did understand which is why I stated my S4 lags before and after I installed an AV app. I used "lol" because I laughed out loud and thought I could just save time by typing the whole thing out. So are you 100% certain that it is impossible to get infected as long as we install apps only from the Play Store?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fr0gburp3r View Post
    I did understand which is why I stated my S4 lags before and after I installed an AV app. I used "lol" because I laughed out loud and thought I could just save time by typing the whole thing out. So are you 100% certain that it is impossible to get infected as long as we install apps only from the Play Store?
    I am 99.9% sure that you will not be infected if you correctly follow the safety measures in place and think before downloading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msavic6 View Post
    I am 99.9% sure that you will not be infected if you correctly follow the safety measures in place and think before downloading.

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    That's what millions of users thought when they were infected with "Badnews". So there is still a chance of getting infected.
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    Go with your comfort level. If you feel safer using an antivirus then ignore the bickering children and use one. I'm currently using Norton. I've used AVG and AVAST in the past and liked them but decided Norton was the one. I use it on my PC as well so I went with what I knew.

    Most of the top name antivirus apps have been refined so they aren't resource heavy anymore so that argument is moot. Call me old school but I believe better safe than sorry. I still use Advanced Task Killer as well. I've noticed that with out it I have huge battery drains so once again I protect my comfort level.
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    In case anyone wants real data on how necessary anti-virus apps are:

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    You guys just revived a 4 month old thread lol

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    I use AVG. Used it on my Galaxy Tab 2 a few years back as well. Completely free and never let me down. I use that together with AVG Privacy Fix and Malware Bytes Anti Malware, so my phone is locked down (could lock it down further though :P)
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    You guys just revived a 4 month old thread lol

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