1. Roni96's Avatar
    I'm new to android. Do I need to have an anti-malware or can I live without one? Is there any free ones?
    09-28-2014 03:16 AM
  2. rrballer11's Avatar
    As long as you don't download apps that aren't on google play I think you should be fine

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    09-28-2014 11:39 PM
  3. AndroidHabit's Avatar
    I would have one since virus apps do get passed google. Also not all apps are bad when downloading from third party site, its the site and not the app most of the time.
    I have downloaded hundreds of apps and never had anything happen.
    I download more apps from unknown sources than from the play store.
    However I do pay for some apps on the play store even those could be malware.
    Just use something but I could personally recommend this.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ecurity.mobile
    Small app size with no permissions, it also only updates the virus database through the play store.
    This app gives good information on the apps you download and is made in Germany.
    You know they always make good stuff.
    Plus its the easiest to set up, just set and forget, no hard to use antivirus to get used to.
    09-28-2014 11:56 PM
  4. gdmin's Avatar
    I dont and never use one... Android user since 2010 and never catched virus.. 1) always download your stuff from google play 2) if you're going to download it from other sources scan it first at virustotal.com that's it and you'll be safe.

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    09-29-2014 12:05 AM
  5. Roni96's Avatar
    I've heard that you can get virus even from the Google play but I guess I'm wrong? Or what I've heard is that Google doesn't check the apps and games in the Google play the same way as Apple and Microsoft do.
    09-29-2014 07:38 AM
  6. AndroidHabit's Avatar
    I've heard that you can get virus even from the Google play but I guess I'm wrong? Or what I've heard is that Google doesn't check the apps and games in the Google play the same way as Apple and Microsoft do.
    You are not wrong, you can get a virus from the play store an they don't check as good as apple or Microsoft.
    09-29-2014 10:10 AM
  7. AndroidHabit's Avatar
    I dont and never use one... Android user since 2010 and never catched virus.. 1) always download your stuff from google play 2) if you're going to download it from other sources scan it first at virustotal.com that's it and you'll be safe.

    Sent from my phone with tapatalk
    So don't have a an antivirus but scan them with virustotal? Might as well have the antivirus on your phone at all times man.
    09-29-2014 10:12 AM
  8. Roni96's Avatar
    You are not wrong, you can get a virus from the play store an they don't check as good as apple or Microsoft.
    Ok thanks for telling me
    So don't have a an antivirus but scan them with virustotal? Might as well have the antivirus on your phone at all times man.
    Yeah I think I'll get one just in case. I don't think I'll download anything "bad"/apps that have viruses in them but I'll still protect my phone because you never know.
    09-29-2014 10:16 AM
  9. gdmin's Avatar
    So don't have a an antivirus but scan them with virustotal? Might as well have the antivirus on your phone at all times man.
    I dont download apks from internet everyday not even every month... Why waste my battery and ram?

    To those who said u can have virus from playstore please give me one link to the virus at playstore RIGHT NOW or stop talking BS.

    Thank you.

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    BullGuard8 likes this.
    09-29-2014 05:16 PM
  10. Kianski's Avatar
    I use lookout and disconnect. Lookout has a load of features, so it's definitely worthwhile getting, especially for free! Disconnect stops 'malvertising', which I thought why not?
    09-29-2014 06:06 PM
  11. AndroidHabit's Avatar
    I dont download apks from internet everyday not even every month... Why waste my battery and ram?

    To those who said u can have virus from playstore please give me one link to the virus at playstore RIGHT NOW or stop talking BS.

    Thank you.

    Sent from my phone with tapatalk
    Here you go.
    Malware in the Google Play Store: Enemy inside the gates - TechRepublic

    Don't think it doesn't happen.
    m_kock likes this.
    09-30-2014 11:58 PM
  12. colyn1353's Avatar
    There is no absolute security in any device connected to the internet in any way.. However not all but many infestations are caused by the user not paying attention to what he/she is installing. Even a Linux desktop can get infected in one way or another even though there are no virus/malware in the wild specific to Linux.
    You should only download trusted apps etc to insure you don't get hit.
    If you feel you need protection I would suggest Lookout and pay for the pro version..
    10-01-2014 06:41 PM
  13. Matthew Pielichowski's Avatar
    I have felt it was a hastle when I had my phone installed with an Antivirus especially because every time I had a new download it would do the scan - checking. I also some some heat problems - (not sure if exactly related to the installation of the AV) which maybe the cause.
    10-13-2014 07:53 PM
  14. 1dtbrown's Avatar
    I have all my computing devices protected with a popular software program which backs up my computers in a cloud. I did this in response to the virus which locks your computer until you pay a ransom. F them. These programs probably are reactive to viruses so if we are unlucky and get caught up in a new virus we are probably screwed.

    With that said you are more likely to catch a virus via a email link you open so be careful.
    10-15-2014 10:04 AM
  15. MPSecuritylabs's Avatar
    I believe personally Anti Virus app is much needed, just download from play store. "Kspy is best "
    03-02-2015 02:45 AM
  16. Tamanna Khan's Avatar
    Is installing anti-virus app is necessary for every android users...also want to know is there any problem if I am downloading images from google....?
    03-09-2015 05:44 AM
  17. Goosinurwife's Avatar
    I use to have a windows phone and I can say 100 percent sure windows an mac crapphone are the most secure android u will defently need an antivirus and if u are 1 of those idiots that root the phone keep reading and yes downloading images from goole is bad some will have viruses

    but if u root ur dumb an ur already owned
    Rooting Your Phone Just Makes it More Vulnerable to Malware
    03-09-2015 10:23 AM
  18. vanitharaj's Avatar
    Yes, you're correct. Anti-virus is much needed and it protects you from malicious and phishing websites
    06-19-2015 05:04 AM

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