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    Default Does anyone use antivirus?

    Do you use any antivirus app for your Moto x and is it really necessary?

    Im using AVG premium ever since I got a smarthphone.

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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    I used avast because of my work byod policies. I find that it does nothing.

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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    I also have used avg in the past. Put don't use one on moto x
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4runnerbrett View Post
    I also have used avg in the past. Put don't use one on moto x
    Oh? Why is that?

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    I'm not downloading stuff like I used to on my galaxy s3.
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    You don't need antivirus with Android just be carefuland stick to the official Google Play Store that's all I know is a huge wireless misconception that's all

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    The reason I asked is because I'm planning to remove the antivirus since its running in the background most of the time, and it consume battery. I want to prolong the usage of my battery by removing this antivirus.

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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    This is what Im talkin about..

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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    I stopped using antivirus when I got my Moto X.

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    Android since 2009. Tablet & phones. Never used antivirus. I don't root or side load & only use Google Play Store. No Antivirus needed.

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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    I use LookOut on all of my android devices, it seems to do a good job without draining system resources.
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    I do not use any antivirus software.
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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    Nope. Anti-Virus software on an Android device is pointless as long as you watch what you give permission to. And even then Google play constantly scans every app on your phone for malicious code, then prompts you to uninstall it if malicious software is found. Most antivirus software for Android is a process and battery life waster.

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    I use 360 security and I find it works great tho I am on moto g and battery life is awesome I get 1 day and 18 hrs on a charge with 25% left ...did use avg on my S3 and it ate the battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by limitbreak09 View Post
    Do you use any antivirus app for your Moto x and is it really necessary?
    -No.

    -No.

    I'm typing this on a laptop that is AV free.
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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    I use Lookout mainly for other features but I do manually use the malware scan once in a while.Otherwise I leave malware option off.
    Is it necessary? Not really
    Does it drain my battery ? No
    I still have great battery life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidnc View Post
    I use Lookout mainly for other features but I do manually use the malware scan once in a while.Otherwise I leave malware option off.
    Is it necessary? Not really
    Does it drain my battery ? No
    I still have great battery life.
    Found an app in another thread. I use Advanced Mobile Care now. Got rid of Lookout. Battery seems to be better now.

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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    This post is a year old, but I think still relevant. Relying on an antivirus app alone isn't sufficient, but neither is trusting that there's nothing in the Play Store that's a potential threat.

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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    In the past Microsoft remove AVG from their app store because it does nothing except collect users data for ads purposes. Similar to Linux computer you don't need antivirus, the harm done to the system tenda to be scripts that download and launch. Most antivirus just scan apks, but you're downloading apks from the Playstore anyway. If you are sideloading an apk and have network, Google sevices will scan that apk for virus as well, so its kind of pointless to have an antivirus.

    There are malware apps that can utilize automation to install adwares or malware if you allow installing apks from Unknown sources, so just remember to disable that when you're done side loading. Also disable USB debugging.

    One thing you can't stop is adwares that come with most freewares and large amount of paid apps, some are more concerning than others since apps can have permission to your info like contacts, location, imei, etc. This can be stopped with ads blocking which require root and App Ops which Google removed access to starting with 4.4.2, unless you have root.

    Apps that steal your info etc are still just apps imo, it does what it's designed to do, you just have to be careful of what you download. Real malware to me is when something have a capability to exploit some part of Android or have a piece of Trojan in it and doesn't do what the user intend. I think Google does a poor job at checking apps submission since it doesn't involved human intervention.

    People have to realized a lot of malware are web based and you can't fault the OS for it. The problem here is that many Android utilize web interface fully or partially so they are susceptible to these usual kind of exploits.

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    Default Re: Does anyone use antivirus?

    Well I currently use CM security. I have noticed no difference in battery and it scans everything I download before being able to use it. Such as pictures or apks from unknown sources. I find it works well for me and as it has a heartbleed scanner it warned me not to use tapatalk as it got put on a blacklist (resolved) I find that antivirus' arent essential if youre just gonna download from google play. But if your a download freak and download things of the internet every 5 minutes then I would suggest using an antivirus

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