Is anti virus necessary?

bobby james

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Sorry guys, I'm still very new to Android. My friend told me to install an anti virus app from the market. I've never heard of anti virus for a phone (been an iphone user for 4 years, go easy on me). Is it really necessary to have one? If so, what are some of the better ones?
 

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Although virus's havent been the mainstream headline grabber for Android yet, rogue apps are, specifically those containing malware.

Call it "peace of mind" when you install an anti-v on your device. You must remember, The Android Market, unlike apple's market, does not certify apps before developers submit them for distribution. The Android Market will wait until people complain before they remove an app.Usually it is Malware.

In theory, ant-v apps are supposed to scan an app after installation. Also, they have device tracking features and some other useful items.

There are several on the market, some free along with their paid versions.

I use AVG as they've been around for awhile.
 

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If you are savvy about what you are downloading and watch what permissions an app is requesting you'll be fine. Like Moscow said, and anti-virus will give you piece of mind but isn't necessary. Remember, smart phones are mobile pc's. They can be susceptible to malware if you are not careful with what is downloaded.
 

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One more important note; if you Root your device, pretty much everything you install will be tagged as a Threat. Just ignore it. Like Rom Manager, SetCpu, file managers etc.

If I remember, the paid versions may allow you to set "exclusions" for certain apps that require root access.
 

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I came to these forums to ask the same question. News about Avast Beta came out today, but I just don't know if A/V is REALLY necessary yet. I'm careful about what I install, and I don't root. I think I'll avoid A/V for now.

The article caught my eye because I use Avast free edition on all my PCs.
 

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Only for peace of mind. Do I run it?

Yes, on my phone, but not on my tab.

Have recently been thinking about Lookout Security.

But, you don;t have to be rooted to worry about rogue apps. Can happen to unrooted devices.
 

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