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Old January 17th, 2012, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have the Samsung Galaxy S 2 LTE on Rogers Wireless in Ontario, Canada. I've read a few different theories and on this and wanted to know if you guys think a anti-virus app is necessary for the phone? and if so which one would you recommend?

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IMHO anti virus app's are a waste of time.

In recent tests, most of the free anti virus app's could not detect 9 out of 10 viruses and malware whilst the best one of all only managed a 32% detection rate. Even paid versions only managed about a 50% detection. Compare this to computer anti virus programmes that have around a 98% detection rate.

Also, let's not forget that these are only effective against known viruses and malware and, like all anti virus software, offer no protection against new and unknown malware.

See here:-

Android antivirus apps are useless, here’s what to do instead | ExtremeTech

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Popular free antivirus apps for Android fail anti-malware tests | ZDNet

Worst case scenario is that these so-called anti virus app's can lead the user into a false sense of security and they become complacent about installing anything and everything without checking first.

The best way of avoiding malware is by not being complacent or stupid and following these guidelines:-

Android permissions explained, security tips, and avoiding malware
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Old January 17th, 2012, 03:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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IMHO anti virus app's are a waste of time.

In recent tests, most of the free anti virus app's could not detect 9 out of 10 viruses and malware whilst the best one of all only managed a 32% detection rate. Even paid versions only managed about a 50% detection. Compare this to computer anti virus programmes that have around a 98% detection rate.

Also, let's not forget that these are only effective against known viruses and malware and, like all anti virus software, offer no protection against new and unknown malware.

See here:-

Android antivirus apps are useless, here’s what to do instead | ExtremeTech

and here:-

Popular free antivirus apps for Android fail anti-malware tests | ZDNet

The best way of avoiding malware is by not being complacent or stupid and following these guidelines:-

Android permissions explained, security tips, and avoiding malware
surely they cant hurt, something like avg security app, or lookout, scan in background etc, and they dont take it too much background memory, plus they can locate your phone if stolen/misplaced?
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surely they cant hurt, something like avg security app, or lookout, scan in background etc, and they dont take it too much background memory, plus they can locate your phone if stolen/misplaced?
Just don't expect it to protect you from viruses. Their scans only pick up, if you are lucky, 1 in 9. So after a scan, that shows you have no malware on your phone or that an app is safe to install, you could, more often than not, be infected if it was malware.

If you want an app that locates your missing phone then Android Lost will do that for you.
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uh, I used to use Avast Pro, but after a while it started to suck up like 10% of my battery even If anyone was using it. So I ripped off the Avast..
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