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  1. alysariah's Avatar
    I feel I need to get some antivirus protection on my new device. I am new to android and would like to know what you veterans recommend.
    09-01-2013 09:54 AM
  2. privatesamso's Avatar
    I got Kaspersky on my Nexus 4

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 4
    09-01-2013 09:56 AM
  3. patruns's Avatar
    I have Norton on all my devices. The paid app is $30 a year, but can be used on up to 10 devices. They also have a free version which should be sufficient for your needs. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...mobilesecurity
    09-01-2013 10:07 AM
  4. jd914's Avatar
    Android veteran here, been on Android since Eclair. You absolutely do NOT need antivirus of any kind. Just make sure you get all apps from the Play Store and you'll never run into issues. Viruses don't exist on Android. I have never gotten malware or any virus. All Malware and virus programs are just bloatware and a total waste of money, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
    WestOkid likes this.
    09-01-2013 11:32 AM
  5. still1's Avatar
    You don't need an antivirus as long as you only download apps from playstore.
    to make it even safer. download apps which is popular and have good reviews -- Optional

    also, play service now has a build in antivirus scanner which scans side loaded apps. Playstore apps are scanned by google on their server
    dont check unknown source and there is no way an app can install itself.
    09-01-2013 12:04 PM
  6. djenkins6's Avatar
    I've been using avg free version for years.

    Posted via Android Central App
    09-01-2013 12:12 PM
  7. jd914's Avatar
    I've been using avg free version for years.

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    The kicker here is that you didn't have to. Oh well to each his own.

    Sent from my GT-I9505G using Tapatalk 4
    09-01-2013 12:30 PM
  8. PATHIAN's Avatar
    I love Kaspersky products, but currently KMS (Kaspersky Mobile Security) doesn't support Android 4.3.

    NOTE: If you try installing KMS from the Google Play Store, it will point out the Nexus 7 2013 is incompatible, but I normally download the APK from Kaspersky's server which was how I managed to install it.

    I've tried it with my Nexus 7 2013 and at first glance it works okay, but some websites fail to load properly (e.g. Deviantart.com) with a 404 error. Same with certain apps, such as the Drippler Nexus 7 app. Once I moved to AVG Free for Android the issues went away. It's a shame, but until KMS supports 4.3 I'll have to wait to use my personal favourite AV products on my Nexus.
    09-01-2013 01:09 PM
  9. harryhoudini66's Avatar
    I have been using Avast on my machines and ones I build or repair for other for years. I installed it on my Android devices more so for the anti theft features. Like others said, unless you are installing from unknown sources, you are fine. With Avast you can have a siren play, send a message, GPS locate and other cool things. You can also have a friend send these commands if needed. Now that Google released Device Manager, it is not needed as much.
    09-01-2013 01:32 PM
  10. titaniumSS's Avatar
    The only device you'll need AV on is a Windows machine. Just like said above, I've been using Android since 2.2 and have yet to run into a virus.
    alysariah likes this.
    09-01-2013 01:39 PM
  11. alysariah's Avatar
    wow, thanks to everyone for the replies. since I will prob only download from google play, I should be ok? only thing I might want to do is download the app that allows you to see flash. hopefully, I'll be ok with that.
    amston likes this.
    09-01-2013 04:15 PM
  12. genoist's Avatar
    The way I prevent virus infection on my devices is by not installing viruses.
    09-03-2013 10:13 AM
  13. Liquidretro's Avatar
    None,

    Install your apps from the play store and you will be fine.
    alysariah likes this.
    09-03-2013 11:48 AM
  14. mikemike162012's Avatar
    Android veteran here, been on Android since Eclair. You absolutely do NOT need antivirus of any kind. Just make sure you get all apps from the Play Store and you'll never run into issues. Viruses don't exist on Android. I have never gotten malware or any virus. All Malware and virus programs are just bloatware and a total waste of money, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
    Well from experience is that I download 2 apps from google store (was on 3.2 & 4.0) which is live wallpaper and both of them had adware installed within it which make your tablet and ram slow down. Wouldn't have known (if not for reading the reviews that the app install malware) and can't disable the adware if not for installing an antivirus app. Since someone later said google play service now scan app for virus, well that something new to me. Hope it really works. But to be safe, I would recommend installing one antivirus to scan your tablet occasionally to remove unwanted spyware or to clean up your system privacy settings.
    alysariah likes this.
    09-03-2013 02:18 PM
  15. WestOkid's Avatar
    Android veteran here, been on Android since Eclair. You absolutely do NOT need antivirus of any kind. Just make sure you get all apps from the Play Store and you'll never run into issues. Viruses don't exist on Android. I have never gotten malware or any virus. All Malware and virus programs are just bloatware and a total waste of money, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
    Totally agree. Almost all the virus/Malware figures about Android are from foreign markets, particularly China, where there are many third party app stores. It's a shame that this manipulation takes place. Even when something hits the Play Store, it is so obscure, I wonder if the anti virus makers put it there themselves.
    People need to understand the A/V business has no market in mobile and the PC business is drying up. They are desperate. They need people to feel vulnerable to survive. Apple doesn't allow third-party app stores, so A/V companies have no choice but to site Android.


    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
    09-03-2013 04:21 PM
  16. stkorn97's Avatar
    Yeah, I dont bother with one, never even crossed my mind to run one. Its more of a common sense thing, know what you are downloading before doing it. I download apks from outside sources quite a bit, but its usually from a bigger site like XDA where its taken from another phone or tablet etc.. So theres no realy concern about what Im downloading.
    09-03-2013 04:26 PM
  17. WestOkid's Avatar
    Well from experience is that I download 2 apps from google store (was on 3.2 & 4.0) which is live wallpaper and both of them had adware installed within it which make your tablet and ram slow down. Wouldn't have known (if not for reading the reviews that the app install malware) and can't disable the adware if not for installing an antivirus app. Since someone later said google play service now scan app for virus, well that something new to me. Hope it really works. But to be safe, I would recommend installing one antivirus to scan your tablet occasionally to remove unwanted spyware or to clean up your system privacy settings.
    Ad ware is not malware. They have nothing to do with each other. Every platform, every browser has adware. That is a business model we hate, but drives the majority of free apps. As for slowing down your phone. That's just bad code. Again, this can occur I a Google app. It certainly will occur when you are running a real-time antivirus program.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
    09-03-2013 04:27 PM
  18. mikemike162012's Avatar
    Ad ware is not malware. They have nothing to do with each other. Every platform, every browser has adware. That is a business model we hate, but drives the majority of free apps. As for slowing down your phone. That's just bad code. Again, this can occur I a Google app. It certainly will occur when you are running a real-time antivirus program.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
    While i agree with you that free app usually comes with ads, i disagree with your definition that adware is not the same as malware. You're partially correct if its displaying ads only. However, there are other form of adware such as described here, "Adware is any software that, once installed on your computer, tracks your internet browsing habits and sends you popups containing advertisements related to the sites and topics you've visited. While this type of software may sound innocent, and even helpful, it consumes and slows down your computer's processor and internet connection speed. Additionally, some adware has keyloggers and spyware built into the program, leading to greater damage to your computer and possible invasion of your private data."

    And the definition for malware, "Malware is short for malicious software. Malware is a broad term that encompasses computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, and others. Malware is designed to interfere with normal computer operation, usually giving hackers a chance to gain access to your computer and collect sensitive personal information."

    Again the 2 app I installed were downloaded from google store. and at a time when google wasn't even concern about their app quality when it only concern is to have as much apps as possible than the apple store. And if you searched the internet for malicious app on android a year or two ago, it was real. I suppose google now has focus on a much stricter policy on app quality now.

    Edited reference link: Yet Another Bunch of Malicious Apps Found on Google Play | Symantec Connect Community
    jolphil likes this.
    09-03-2013 06:13 PM
  19. WestOkid's Avatar
    That happens all the time. I would love for one of these A/V companies to publish apps that people use. Also where the permissions are not correct. Otherwise, we are talking about someone actually downloading a camera app from an unknown publisher that requires network access , contact access, and more and they install it. I don't know anyone that does that. That may be why I feel comfortable. That said, the bottom line is people should feel comfortable with their devices and do what ever it takes to provide peace of mind.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 4
    09-03-2013 07:56 PM
  20. Marthadm's Avatar
    I'm getting a pop message (got twice) that a virus has infected muy Nexus 7 2013 with a link. Of course I just close it. Should I be worried?
    03-16-2014 11:17 PM
  21. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I'm getting a pop message (got twice) that a virus has infected muy Nexus 7 2013 with a link. Of course I just close it. Should I be worried?
    Welcome to Android Central! That is almost certainly just a popup ad from your browser. You don't have a virus, so ignore the popup.

    Posted via Android Central App
    brosko likes this.
    03-17-2014 04:15 AM
  22. Relgoshan's Avatar
    By far the best thing for security would be 1) rational permissions that align better with real world apps, and 2) some decent user accessible logfile that can be dumped just like with hijackthis. Wireshark is not a good solution for trying to sort out malicious network traffic.
    03-17-2014 02:59 PM
  23. Joy Fish's Avatar
    I feel I need to get some antivirus protection on my new device. I am new to android and would like to know what you veterans recommend.
    please help me I clicked on a little so when I clicked on it and said that I had a wig worm should I beworriedha
    01-16-2015 11:20 PM
  24. Joy Fish's Avatar
    I clicked on a little popup ad that said remove viruses for free when I clicked on it and said that my device had a virus a wigworm what should I do plz help
    01-16-2015 11:25 PM
  25. Sleepy_ER_Dr's Avatar
    I use Kaspersky Mobile security for my Nexus 5 and 7 devices. Works well for me. But then again, I only download from the Google play services store. The main thing that I keep it for is its antitheft feature in case my gadgets are lost or stolen.
    01-17-2015 07:15 PM
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