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  1. fabris40's Avatar
    I have been using AVG antivirus on my note 4. Is it really necessary or is it another battery eater? What do you think?
    01-02-2015 08:21 AM
  2. Haalcyon's Avatar
    I don't and I disabled the Lookout included on my AT&T Note 4. I've never had a reason to need it or its resource drain.

    from the IV✒
    01-02-2015 08:43 AM
  3. Almeuit's Avatar
    I don't use anything on my phone.
    01-02-2015 09:48 AM
  4. ahutchga1972's Avatar
    No Antivirus here

    Posted via the Android Central App
    01-02-2015 11:28 AM
  5. muzzy996's Avatar
    Nope. I believe in safe browsing and behavior as being the best protection. Mobile devices push the envelope of performance with these tiny processors so taxing them with the overhead of anti-virus software to account for my behavior is not desirable to me.

    If all you use your device for is general browsing of mainstream websites (no porn), stick with applications from reliable sources (play store and you read through the reviews prior to installing), and practice safe email practice (don't open attachments that you weren't expecting without examining the context of the message) then you shouldn't need anti-virus software.

    Sent from my SM-P900 using Tapatalk
    01-02-2015 01:02 PM
  6. Ambivalencetech's Avatar
    Running kaspersky. I had an extra license after installing the multi device version. Just prior to that used ESET mobile security. Why you may ask? Donno, just cos I can. That said, I haven't noticed any battery drain. On a different note, do apps like SD maid or SU battery saver have untoward effects?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    01-02-2015 01:50 PM
  7. Faisal Hashmi's Avatar
    I don't usually find antiviruses help a lot on mobile, I just try to be careful with websites I'm visiting. My dad's phone had a weird malware that pushed him to download random malware apps. It was a nightmare.
    01-02-2015 03:00 PM
  8. kobe008's Avatar
    No, there isn't any need for antivirus on android.
    01-02-2015 03:10 PM
  9. mty msi's Avatar
    Lookout is the first app I install on my phones. Since I always use it it's impossible for me to say if it's worthwhile or not. According to the Lookout app I've never had a virus or malware and I don't go online much. I'm well satisfied with both the performance and battery life of my N4 so I'll keep using Lookout.
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    01-02-2015 06:17 PM
  10. beh's Avatar
    Android is not safer than any other operating system and as it becomes more and more dominant in the world it will get hacked more and more IMO. Thus I have tried a number of protection programs and settled on Bitdefender by subscription because it comes from a well respected company in the security business, doesn't hog resources or burden the battery while providing protection. I did find one app that tested better than all the others but it is only in beta, is a battery hog, and has absolutely no tech support. If those things change I would seriously consider it as my security software.
    01-02-2015 06:31 PM
  11. Jamie Wooten's Avatar
    I had lookout on my Note 3 and it seemed like it slowed it down. Haven't tried it on my Note 4. Of course I'm not going to shady websites to really worry about it much.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    01-02-2015 11:16 PM
  12. freakout311style's Avatar
    I use Sophos Antivirus & Security on my phone. It seems to be light on resources and battery, has web filtering (on native browser and Chrome only) to block sites based on categories (adult, spyware, known phishing/fraud websites, etc.) and a bunch of device based protection settings (loss & theft, privacy/security advisor).
    01-03-2015 10:55 AM
  13. Mecomug's Avatar
    No antivirus either

    Posted via the Android Central App
    01-04-2015 03:07 AM
  14. DMarie04's Avatar
    I use the WebRoot Anywhere Premier. I have that on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro laptop & it allows me to use the protection on 3 devices. I like WebRoot & have had good experience with them. Its simple yet feature full. I always have something installed on my phone, since at times, I need to do some banking from my mobile. I haven't noticed any slow down with my N4.

    Posted From MY Next Big Thing!!
    01-04-2015 07:08 PM
  15. Lambertoid's Avatar
    Look out

    i hate big phones thats why i got a.. (phablet)
    01-04-2015 07:54 PM
  16. pantlesspenguin's Avatar
    I use Lookout Premium since it's free with T-Mo's JUMP program. I have it set to scan apps that I download, a daily scan, and safe browsing and it doesn't seem too taxing on my battery.
    monsieurms, shaleem and indysteve9 like this.
    01-04-2015 09:03 PM
  17. FBA's Avatar
    No AV software on anything I own...but my mail goes through a hosted Anti SPAM/ AV server, so really, the only thing I need to do is safe browsing...
    01-04-2015 09:37 PM
  18. Android D's Avatar
    Use lookout...I am the kinda person who tries to get Paid apps for FREE...LOL !!

    Hence need to have that protection...lol
    01-04-2015 10:05 PM
  19. LightspeeD00711's Avatar
    BitDefender is the best. It's small and very light on the resourses. The free is okay, 7/10. But The paid one is 10/10. And u can search on-line for free 12month's license give-aways and promotions. i got a spare too
    01-30-2015 09:06 AM
  20. bbmjack's Avatar
    I don't believe in antivirus on mobile phone

    KRASIVA
    01-30-2015 09:38 AM
  21. shaleem's Avatar
    Nope. I believe in safe browsing and behavior as being the best protection. Mobile devices push the envelope of performance with these tiny processors so taxing them with the overhead of anti-virus software to account for my behavior is not desirable to me.

    If all you use your device for is general browsing of mainstream websites (no porn), stick with applications from reliable sources (play store and you read through the reviews prior to installing), and practice safe email practice (don't open attachments that you weren't expecting without examining the context of the message) then you shouldn't need anti-virus software.

    Sent from my SM-P900 using Tapatalk
    Though I agree completely with you, I still have Norton Mobile anti virus on my Note 4. Doesn't make sense to some, but it makes me feel better.
    01-30-2015 09:47 AM
  22. grover5's Avatar
    I use Lookout Premium since it's free with T-Mo's JUMP program. I have it set to scan apps that I download, a daily scan, and safe browsing and it doesn't seem too taxing on my battery.
    Same here. Lookout has been good for me and its free with jump.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    01-30-2015 09:50 AM
  23. Haalcyon's Avatar
    The question is if the anti-virus packages are worth theit weight. ...eapecially if you're not viewing pron, visiting malicious webseites, and only installing apps from the Play store.

    I'm just a regular mobile consumer and I've never had any malicious content on any of my may devices. I once used Avast but realized it seemed completely unnecessary.
    01-30-2015 12:43 PM
  24. monsieurms's Avatar
    I have been using AVG antivirus on my note 4. Is it really necessary or is it another battery eater? What do you think?
    Essential as far as I'm concerned. Malware attacks are increasing regularly in Android.

    Google Pulls Sketchy Android Apps -- But Not Before Millions Downloaded Them

    I don't believe in antivirus on mobile phone

    KRASIVA
    Unfortunately, that doesn't mean the viruses don't believe in attacking your phone. Check the article I cited above...

    I don't usually find antiviruses help a lot on mobile, I just try to be careful with websites I'm visiting.
    Malware attacks are increasing in frequency and becoming more and more sophisticated. For example, in the article I just cited above, it doesn't matter what website you visited, because the malware occurred from a program actually downloaded from Google Play.

    My phone's performance is fine. AV programs don't cost much. Better safe than sorry. I see no downside to using an AV program.

    I hate to use the analogy, but it's like listening to people say "I never backup and never had a problem." Then, one day they lose their hard drive "Oh, no, I lost 6 years of wedding and baby pictures...!"

    Security is a process. The attacks are increasing in frequency. Most people have a casual attitude to phone security. I think increasingly we are going to find that is a BIG, BIG mistake. Because when the bad guys understand where the vulnerabilities are, that's where they attack. Phones today include saved credit cards, logins to critical apps, etc. It is potentially a serious issue.
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    02-05-2015 06:42 AM
  25. monsieurms's Avatar
    Well, here's another good article. Expect more like it in the future. When devices are unprotected, they become prime targets. Protection may not fix all the problems--but lack of protection is likely to create some.

    Android malware spies on you even after phone is shut down
    02-20-2015 03:22 PM
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