Welcome to the Android Central Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Results 1 to 22 of 22
Like Tree3Likes
  • 1 Post By alysariah
  • 1 Post By mikemike162012
  • 1 Post By B. Diddy
  1. Thread Author  Thread Author    #1  

    Default antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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.
  2. #2  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    I got Kaspersky on my Nexus 4

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 4
  3. #3  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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
    Pat

    Galaxy Nexus 10 - stock KitKat 4.4.4
    Galaxy Nexus 7 (2nd Generation) - stock KitKat 4.4.4
    Chromecast
    Nexus 5 - stock KitKat 4.4.4
  4. #4  
    jd914's Avatar
    Banned

    Posts
    804 Posts
    Global Posts
    4,377 Global Posts

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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
    Thanked by:
  5. #5  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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.
  6. #6  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    I've been using avg free version for years.

    Posted via Android Central App
  7. #7  
    jd914's Avatar
    Banned

    Posts
    804 Posts
    Global Posts
    4,377 Global Posts

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    Quote Originally Posted by djenkins6 View Post
    I've been using avg free version for years.

    Posted via Android Central App
    The kicker here is that you didn't have to. Oh well to each his own.

    Sent from my GT-I9505G using Tapatalk 4
  8. #8  
    PATHIAN's Avatar

    Posts
    7 Posts
    Global Posts
    17 Global Posts

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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.
  9. #9  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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.
  10. #10  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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.
    Sprint: HTC Touch, HTC Hero, HTC Evo 3D, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
    Samsung Series 3 Chromebook
    2013 Nexus 7
    Thanked by:
  11. Thread Author  Thread Author    #11  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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.
  12. #12  
    genoist's Avatar

    Posts
    114 Posts
    Global Posts
    117 Global Posts
    ROM
    Stock

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    The way I prevent virus infection on my devices is by not installing viruses.
    "This is my timey-wimey detector. It goes "ding!" when there's stuff." - The Doctor
  13. #13  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    None,

    Install your apps from the play store and you will be fine.
    Thanked by:
  14. #14  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    Quote Originally Posted by jd914 View Post
    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.
    Thanked by:
  15. #15  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    Quote Originally Posted by jd914 View Post
    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
  16. #16  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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.
    HTC One of the Red variety
    Nexus 7 2013
    Droid DNA
    Droid Incredible (MP3 Player)
  17. #17  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikemike162012 View Post
    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
  18. #18  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    Quote Originally Posted by WestOkid View Post
    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
    Thanked by:
    jolphil likes this.
  19. #19  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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
  20. #20  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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?
  21. #21  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marthadm View Post
    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.
  22. #22  

    Default Re: antivirus app recommendation for the new nexus 7?

    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.

Similar Threads

  1. [APP] DroidPHP A PHP Webserver for android
    By Shushant Kumar in forum Software Development and Hacking
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-27-2014, 07:37 AM
  2. Suggestions for 10" tablet with 3G please
    By Sipho_Hotstix in forum Introductions
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-07-2013, 01:55 PM
  3. Replies: 12
    Last Post: 09-05-2013, 03:10 PM
  4. Anyone seriously consider the Droid Mini?
    By mkreef in forum Moto X (2013)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-01-2013, 11:43 AM
  5. Efficient back up and transfer to new n7
    By Litazberry in forum Google Nexus 7 Tablet (2012)
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-01-2013, 10:23 AM

Posting Permissions