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Old December 26th, 2012, 06:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Avast on experia u?

Hello, i wonder if my avast on android does any good? Or it drains only my battery? What i upload from my pc i always scan with PC AVAST and is it needed me again to scan it on the cellphone?

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Old December 27th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does it to any good? That's debatable. If you ask me, it won't find out about spyware until after you've installed it on your phone, and even then it's a toss up whether or not it catches it. If you feel safer, go ahead. Does it run in the background? Yep.
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Old December 27th, 2012, 11:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have Avast on my phone. The main reason I installed it is the location and anti-theft feature, as it competes with what you would have to pay for with Lookout but for free. The network monitor is a huge battery hog so I disable that.. and the SMS scanner because I'm paranoid they're reading my messages. The firewall works really good (if you're rooted). But as far as malware.. it's probably not a big issue but at the same time it's better to be safe than sorry. I have it only scan apps when they are installed. Otherwise it just slows down the phone scanning the same apps over and over.
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But as far as malware.. it's probably not a big issue but at the same time it's better to be safe than sorry.
Has it ever caught anything on your device?
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Old December 29th, 2012, 12:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Has it ever caught anything on your device?
Nope.. but I only install apps from Google Play, Amazon, or XDA. And I pay very close attention to the permissions the app needs.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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With all due respect, why bother with it then?
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Old December 29th, 2012, 03:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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With all due respect, why bother with it then?
Mainly for the anti-theft features, which work very well from a web page instead of having to text the phone or pay for lookout. No one should own a device that can contain so much personal information and not have a way to locate or wipe it remotely if it's lost or stolen. The firewall works well too, so I was able to uninstall droidwall in favor of an all in one app.

It also has a nice call blocker so my phone doesn't ring from clients over the weekend. I used to use an app called Advanced Call Manager for that. Even if I decided to disable the malware scanner I would still use Avast considering it combines the features of several stand alone apps I use to have, for free.
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Yep I installed Avast too but turned off the scanning since it slows the phone down. I use it for call and sms blocking and the anti-theft.
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Has it ever caught anything on your device?
Yup.

I also have it for phone location, but the other day I turned on the scan and installed an app (from the Play Store BTW) that a member was worried might be malware after Lookout flagged it to them, and Avast flagged it immediately.

That was the only thing though.
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