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Re: Best antivirus for android
Originally Posted by Rem22
To me it sounds like you're approaching anti-virus and malware from a PC perspective. I am definitely on the side of you really don't need anti-virus if you only install apps from reputable app stores (e.g. Play Store, Amazon App Store, Humble Bundle, etc. Here's why.
All reputable app stores that I'm aware of (i.e. the Play Store and Amazon App Store) scan their apps for malware. Sites like Humble Bundle only get apps directly from developers. So you know all those apps are safe.
You mentioned having something to protect you from malicious website and scanning of photos, videos, and other files. By default, apps from "unknown sources" (i.e. anything not from the Google Play Store) are not allowed to be installed. Even if you choose to change that setting (usually under Security settings) and allow unknown sources, Android will not allow anything to be installed without prompting you. So a virus cannot get installed in the background without you knowing (like on a PC). The only thing a malicious website or file could do is prompt you do download or install an app. Don't download or install apps from any website you don't trust. If you get a prompt to install an app, and you don't know where it came from hit "cancel".
There are some malicious website that will try to trick you into installing an app, but like I said they can't do it without you accepting. Most viruses and malware on android come from app pirating websites. At these sites people upload pirated or cracked apps, and the sites don't scan them. So hackers sometimes upload malicious apps. Don't pirate apps, and use some common sense and you'll be fine.
There are some virus scanning apps that include anti-theft protection. You might want to consider this usage, but remember that Google allows you to lock or wipe a lost phone remotely without any extra app. Some 3rd party apps will go a step further and take a picture of the thief or send a message with it's location.
A bigger problem than viruses, is apps with overly aggressive ads ... some even verge on data mining. An app that I'd highly recommend for this is "Ad-Network Detector" by Lookout. http://play.google.com/store/apps/de...out.addetector It will scan every app and tell you what ad-networks it's using and what it can do. For example if it can push ads to the notification bar, change your homepage or bookmarks, collect personal info, etc. (Technically this isn't "malware" because the app told you it could do these things when you installed it, and you gave it permission.) Remember, many free apps (especially games) rely on ads and ad networks to make money; that's why they can be free. But there are certain lines that ad-networks shouldn't cross.
I hope this helps!