1. uncaged74's Avatar
    With my new purchase and return to the Android world with my new Samsung S8+ and trying to learn all I can, there are things I see here and there that has me thinking of installing an antivirus on my phone.

    With the IPhones it's really not a concern, but being that Droids are much like Windows in some ways, I am thinking maybe I should.

    Being in IT and dealing with all the stuff I do day to day I can say the following:
    I do NOT like: Symantec, Norton, & McAffee

    I have grown fond of Viper and Bitdefender.

    So, first let me ask should I even bother? 2nd if I should install something I am partial to Bit Defender but open to other options.

    Lastly, I located BitDefender on the web saying $14.99 (don't know if that is yearly or what) but then it said you can go into apps and find it and it's howing there as free but iffy about the logo doesn't match IMHO or maybe I am being a bit paranoid.

    I forgot to add I use Malwarebytes a lot but only for manual scans not active protection and it works quite well. Thinking I can buy the active protection option. Thoughts on that?
    07-25-2017 09:34 AM
  2. ABOSWORTH007's Avatar
    I think it's unnecessary. I've been using Android phones since 2013 and I've never used antivirus and have never had an issue getting viruses or anything. If it gives you peace of mind, I think it's fine but I honestly don't feel that it's worth it. Just my opinion.
    07-25-2017 09:41 AM
  3. claykin's Avatar
    if you stick to apps from the play store you really don't need antivirus. In the 4 years I'm using Android, all my phones have had Lookout Premium (provided by TMobile). Never has lookout detected anything on my phones.

    if you're the type that will install apps outside the play store, antivirus may be a good choice for you.

    I've read some people claim that since not all Android phones are patched quickly, antivirus should be used....however as with most vulnerabilities, if one is exploited odds are the antivirus will be rendered useless, just like most windows vulnerabilities.
    07-25-2017 09:45 AM
  4. Doug Moffat's Avatar
    I'm a novice but it seems that unless you're sideloading apps or browsing adult sites that a virus program is unnecessary. I've used them and never seem to have benefited.
    07-25-2017 09:51 AM
  5. Aquila's Avatar
    It is 100% unnecessary unless you're doing stupid things. If you're aware of common sense defense and aren't going out of your way to install shady stuff you'll be more than fine.
    bhatech and Jona005 like this.
    07-25-2017 09:57 AM
  6. TylerLV76's Avatar
    It is 100% unnecessary unless you're doing stupid things. If you're aware of common sense defense and aren't going out of your way to install shady stuff you'll be more than fine.
    Or doing alot of "Christmas Shopping" on your phone. Right Aquila?
    07-25-2017 10:01 AM
  7. bhatech's Avatar
    I actually feel those apps to be malware

    Never ever used one and I also know what I'm doing. If you take general precautions like not side loading, installing apps out of playstore unless you know what that APK is going and is from a trusted source etc. Also, practicing general safe browsing habits etc you should be fine.
    07-25-2017 10:07 AM
  8. Almeuit's Avatar
    I don't bother. I just use reputable apps.
    07-25-2017 10:08 AM
  9. Aquila's Avatar
    Or doing alot of "Christmas Shopping" on your phone. Right Aquila?
    lol I still meant that literally.
    07-25-2017 10:09 AM
  10. TylerLV76's Avatar
    lol I still meant that literally.
    Yep, uh huh We all Christmas Shop, nobody is judging you lol
    07-25-2017 10:11 AM
  11. Aquila's Avatar
    I actually feel those apps to be malware

    Never ever used one and I also know what I'm doing. If you take general precautions like not side loading, installing apps out of playstore unless you know what that APK is going and is from a trusted source etc. Also, practicing general safe browsing habits etc you should be fine.
    Many of them are adware.
    07-25-2017 10:21 AM
  12. TylerLV76's Avatar
    Many of them are adware.
    Didnt Google just release their own malware app last week? I wonder if that ones worth giving a go.
    07-25-2017 10:22 AM
  13. Aquila's Avatar
    Didnt Google just release their own malware app last week? I wonder if that ones worth giving a go.
    Do you mean Google Play Protect? Or something else?
    07-25-2017 10:23 AM
  14. TylerLV76's Avatar
    That may be it. I got some email about it and never really paid it much attention. Is that a malware protector app?
    07-25-2017 10:24 AM
  15. Aquila's Avatar
    07-25-2017 10:30 AM
  16. uncaged74's Avatar
    Yep, uh huh We all Christmas Shop, nobody is judging you lol
    The Secure Folder is perfect for my all year Christmas shopping.
    07-25-2017 10:46 AM
  17. Troneas's Avatar
    no, no, no. get something useful such as a good ad-blocker app (not browser extension) or a good VPN which will also provide defense against malicious web-sites and such instead.


    every other service such as phone tracking and app scanning is either provided by google or your OEM, or both.
    07-25-2017 10:57 AM
  18. uncaged74's Avatar
    Well then, I won't be pursuing this. Thank for setting me straight.
    07-25-2017 11:34 AM

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