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    Default Anti-virus? Also, can I remove the bloatware with out rooting?

    So I am new to Android and the Evo and am coming from a blackberry bold, security wasn't to much of an issue there. but in the market I noticed AVG for android. the thought hadnt even occurred to me that I might need this. Is this something that is recommended? do many evo users have anti virus software?

    Also, I just got that update this morning and Im so not happy it installed more apps that I will never use on the phone. Is there any way to get rid of the blockbuster, kindle, other sprint bloat ware that is installed with out rooting the phone?

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    1. i think the vast majority of us agree that there is no need for antivirus software for Android at this time. that may change in the future - but for now - no need to worry about viruses IMO. if that changes - you will read about it here on this site first. of course - it is recommended to lock down your device and private data using security features.

    2. the bloatware can't be removed unless you Root your device. Rooting has its pros and cons and i suggest you do a lot of reading before you consider it. i personally don't do it because i don't need the additional headaches and hassles relative to the nominal value it would provide me. so i just let it go.

    3. read the battery tips thread to maximize your battery life.

    enjoy your new EVO!
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    Actually... the lookout antivirus is pretty cool. There was a article in the news about a guy who got car-jacked at gun point. her realized that his phone was still in his car so he activated his lookout security and it gave the location of his phone, which was in his car. Needless to say the cops found the guys car and phone.

    You never know when a developer will develop a malicious app. The anti securities are good to have in this event. Same thing with emails... someone could embed something in an email also. but it's your call, i'd argue that there isn't a need for them

    Here's the article
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    Quote Originally Posted by truslide View Post
    Actually... the lookout antivirus is pretty cool. There was a article in the news about a guy who got car-jacked at gun point. her realized that his phone was still in his car so he activated his lookout security and it gave the location of his phone, which was in his car. Needless to say the cops found the guys car and phone.

    You never know when a developer will develop a malicious app. The anti securities are good to have in this event. Same thing with emails... someone could embed something in an email also. but it's your call, i'd argue that there isn't a need for them

    Here's the article
    ther is no need for anti-vrius........ YET.
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    As far as getting rid of bloatware, there is a temporary root exploit that can handle that.
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    +1 on lookout, but because of its other features, not because of its anti-virus.
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    To remove bloatware without root read this thread:

    http://forum.androidcentral.com/htc-...rid-bloat.html

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    Thanks for all the info guys. I will look in to Look Out and read up about the temp root. I had been researching android before I got my phone and wasn't sure I was ready to root for a while. Appreciate all the help!

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