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Rukbat

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You can never tell. If a site you normally go to gets hacked, it can be sending out malware when you connect to it. (It's happened many, many times.) And most anti-virus apps and anti-malware apps don't take up much space or CPU time, so it doesn't hurt to be save rather than sorry. (We see so many questions of the form of "now that I've gotten this virus ...". Have something good installed and you won't even know you got it.)
 

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You can never tell. If a site you normally go to gets hacked, it can be sending out malware when you connect to it. (It's happened many, many times.) And most anti-virus apps and anti-malware apps don't take up much space or CPU time, so it doesn't hurt to be save rather than sorry. (We see so many questions of the form of "now that I've gotten this virus ...". Have something good installed and you won't even know you got it.)

How often is it a virus? Never. It's a bad app that causes pop up ads that, guess what, bypass apps like lookout. Anti virus apps on Android are notorious for being useless, wasting battery, and being annoying. As for malware from hacked sites, this isn't windows 98. Home wifi is set up for https by default, if it's not it should be, Google has been serious about sites running https, it even tells you. No one with a brain connects to a public WiFi without a VPN.

Are apps like lookout bad, of course not. But they are only necessary if you go to sketchy sites, download apps from unknown sources, or the very rare occasion of an actual hack.

Been using smartphones since the Droid bionic, I have never had, nor have I known anyone to get a virus, a real virus, bad apps, sure. Make sure Google play protect it's on and your golden.

https://www.lookout.com/know-your-mobile/android-virus