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    Default How many of you guys use Anti-virus apps on your phone?

    I use to but I dont on my new note 3 I think its waste of time

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    Last edited by NotJustAPhone; 04-28-2014 at 10:45 AM.
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    I use Avast Antivirus. I use it mostly for peace of mind, but it's anti-theft features are actually really useful. And, I also plan to use the app-locking feature whenever I hand someone my phone, but I keep forgetting to do that.
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    I promptly turned off Lookout when I got my Note and do not use any antivirus on my phone.
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    Kaspersky in use here.

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    Someone on here told me that the Antivirus was not needed. Been without it for 3 months. All is well.

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    Avg.

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    I use AVG and Avast. Ever since I had my original note I've always used a combination of 2 anti virus packages on my devices. Probably do nothing but hey they are free and stop me from installing pest apps, like those that put adds on the menu bar of those apps that send you unwanted text messages that you pay for. I do read the permissions closely when deciding whether to install and app but one might slip though the net occasionally so it's good the have a back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdevenberg View Post
    I promptly turned off Lookout when I got my Note and do not use any antivirus on my phone.
    Any reason you shut it off? Bad app? Or just against them in general?
    I'm in Australia with telstra and it is a "telstra recommended app" in the play store. Deciding whether to bother or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceEpyon View Post
    Any reason you shut it off? Bad app? Or just against them in general?
    I'm in Australia with telstra and it is a "telstra recommended app" in the play store. Deciding whether to bother or not.

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    Because a little bit of common sense is all you need to avoid needing one and I do not want it running in the background using device resources and battery. Due to the way mobile OSs sandbox apps, a true virus is more or less impossible on mobile. So that means these "antivirus" software are actually anti-malware software. There are a few easy steps to avoid downloading malware on your device. First and foremost, make sure you do not leave "Allow apps from outside sources" checked. If you have an apk you want to side load, go in and check the box, install your app, then uncheck the box. Second, pay attention to the permissions apps you are downloading are requiring. Can't figure out why a wallpaper app needs access to your entire phonebook? Neither can I and I would not install that app. Finally, Google has checks built into Android that will verify apps, and strengthened these checks in KitKat and the recent Play Store developer TOS update.

    TL/DR: I'm not going to let an app constantly run in the background to prevent what a little common sense and reading app permissions will also prevent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shanghaichica View Post
    Probably do nothing but hey they are free and stop me from installing pest apps, like those that put adds on the menu bar of those apps that send you unwanted text messages that you pay for.
    I know part two of your point is now explicitly against the developer TOS since the most recent update. Google will actively pull down apps that do that.
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    Thanks for the reply. Just came across from iPhone 3 weeks ago buying a note 3. So still learning and it appears that antivirus is one of the great android debates haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceEpyon View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Just came across from iPhone 3 weeks ago buying a note 3. So still learning and it appears that antivirus is one of the great android debates haha.

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    It is sort of a debate. Users are divided on whether or not you should use them or not, but security experts pretty much agree that while they do not cause any harm, they don't do any good either. It is just like the great task killer debate of a couple years ago. People installed task killers (which were arguably needed on Android 1.x) and thought they were doing their phones good by not keeping the RAM all the way full (not understanding that keeping the RAM near full is just how Linux opperates), and were actually slowing their phones down and decreasing battery life. In the end, they saw reason and almost no one uses a task killer now. We will be saying the same thing of "anti-virus" in 1-2 years.
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    I use AVG, not sure I really need it because I only download from PlayStore. I guess it gives me a piece of mind.
    Last edited by spencerdl; 04-15-2014 at 09:59 AM.
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    I can understand not needing a task killer I guess, I still use clean master though to rid junk files.. I guess it works as advertised.. lol
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    I continued to use Lookout as a carry over from my previous Android phone.
    It works well. I don't think I really need it, or the advanced features available.
    I keep it to scan updates and new app downloads, which works quite quickly.

    What I do notice is nearly every 2nd time I turn my screen on it notifies a full scan is just complete, or is in progress. It doesn't bother me though as it has no impact on my battery whatsoever, or doesn't appear on the high usage battery list. So I will keep it. I don't use task killers and got rid of Clean Master after a short trial.

    Thanks to the Mods for renaming this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdevenberg View Post
    Because a little bit of common sense is all you need to avoid needing one and I do not want it running in the background using device resources and battery. Due to the way mobile OSs sandbox apps, a true virus is more or less impossible on mobile. So that means these "antivirus" software are actually anti-malware software. There are a few easy steps to avoid downloading malware on your device. First and foremost, make sure you do not leave "Allow apps from outside sources" checked. If you have an apk you want to side load, go in and check the box, install your app, then uncheck the box. Second, pay attention to the permissions apps you are downloading are requiring. Can't figure out why a wallpaper app needs access to your entire phonebook? Neither can I and I would not install that app. Finally, Google has checks built into Android that will verify apps, and strengthened these checks in KitKat and the recent Play Store developer TOS update.

    TL/DR: I'm not going to let an app constantly run in the background to prevent what a little common sense and reading app permissions will also prevent.
    I agree with you in principle about checking permissions, and I do, but now every update on my most basic apps want access to virtually everything. My bank today wanted a new permission to read my sms. I came to a point last year when I said no more when Chrome wanted access to the cameras and mike, and don't use it or like it. If we are using Android we are using Google, and Google controls what app developers are allowed.
    I don't like it. I just have to assume most permissions are legaleez to cover develpers in every user situation, and they are not sitting at a bank of screens all day laughing at us. OK more likely that someone is trying to defraud us.

    I only use the little apps I need and like (83 downloaded). I only use or have heard of maybe 10 % of apps listed in the favorite apps thread.

    I would be interested in a legal take on these permissions, though I am sure it has been discussed at eternal length in related AC forums.

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    I learned my lesson the hard way - not using an A/V app, my phone got hacked and caught fire. My house burned down and I had to go stay in an expensive hotel with my 5 cats, 2 dogs, 4 kids and wife. Now I don't use a smartphone anymore...

    I recently unretired this one however and no one can hack me now!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdevenberg View Post
    Because a little bit of common sense is all you need to avoid needing one and I do not want it running in the background using device resources and battery. Due to the way mobile OSs sandbox apps, a true virus is more or less impossible on mobile. So that means these "antivirus" software are actually anti-malware software. There are a few easy steps to avoid downloading malware on your device. First and foremost, make sure you do not leave "Allow apps from outside sources" checked. If you have an apk you want to side load, go in and check the box, install your app, then uncheck the box. Second, pay attention to the permissions apps you are downloading are requiring. Can't figure out why a wallpaper app needs access to your entire phonebook? Neither can I and I would not install that app. Finally, Google has checks built into Android that will verify apps, and strengthened these checks in KitKat and the recent Play Store developer TOS update.

    TL/DR: I'm not going to let an app constantly run in the background to prevent what a little common sense and reading app permissions will also prevent.
    They don't really use much resources. I use AVG Pro mainly for the anti-malware and tracking the phone if lost. I don't think i've ever seen a virus detected though.
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    I turned off Lookout when it started using a lot of the battery. I see it as prety much a waste of time. Even if the phone did become infected, it's pretty easy to just do a factory reset. I don't particularly worry about it getting lost or stolen as I keep a pretty tight reign on this thing. I don't let anyone even hold it unless I'm standing right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBA View Post
    I learned my lesson the hard way - not using an A/V app, my phone got hacked and caught fire. My house burned down and I had to go stay in an expensive hotel with my 5 cats, 2 dogs, 4 kids and wife. Now I don't use a smartphone anymore...

    I recently unretired this one however and no one can hack me now!!!!!!

    Now THAT'S what I call BAD luck

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    I dont use anti virus on my phones nor on my Windows PC. I'm just awesome like that
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    I think that mobile device rarley gets viruses if u go to your internet you never get malware but if you do, it never installs any malware or Ads plus it runs in the background so yes heavy battery drain

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    I use avast
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    My note came with lookout *kanye shrug*
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    I use Bitdefender.

    I don't know if it works. It always says I am free of viruses and every App I download is clean.
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