January 22nd, 2010, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ErisDroid?
I have read in this forum that some people have the Task killer or Advanced Task killer and some have questioned anti-virus.
Here is my question part 1 of 2, Do I need a task killer? I noticed the available memory increase when I close selected apps. My phone dragged one time due to a defective app that I since removed.
Part 2 of 2, Do I need an anti-virus? I follow the rules to not get a virus, but this is a small computer. I suppose that any website or e-mail attachment is at risk. I know not to open attachments from unknown senders. But really do I need it?
I just downloaded Mobile security, that has anti-virus, online backup, and phone locator. It's really cool and gives the option to turn off features you don't want. It's free too!
I hope that CaddyMan and OfTheDamned will respond. I just want to know if I wasted that space or if this is a good idea.
Wow, I've never been requested before. Be careful or you will give me a big head.
I have made my views on task killers pretty clear on any thread that involves the topic. I think they cause too many problems for people and actually cause lag on most devices. I have yet to find anyone that has stopped using one and seen a decline in performance. Most see great improvement. If you really feel that you just have to have something like this on your phone, then the only one I would consider is Advanced Task Manager. It does not appear to cause as many problems as the others do.
As far as an anti-virus goes, I don't have anything. The backup software as well as the location software doesn't sound like a bad idea. I would probably take a look at Mobile Defense
instead though, the reviews on Mobile Security don't read that great.
Not sure how many viruses are written for the Android OS, but I doubt there are many. Most viruses are written to attack Internet Explorer and the Windows OS. Anti-virus software is mainly designed to protect the information on a computer/device more than it is the hardware. I have netbooks that I don't bother putting anti-virus software on simply because the data stored on them is not that important to me. A good backup utility would probably cover your phone. Not sure which one is a good one though. Maybe others could make a suggestion.
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