General Best Antivirus ???

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  1. 1slo_CR

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    Looking for the best antivirus app, free or $$. Ones that actually function like stated, dont use up a ton of space, easy on battery life and doesnt require installing and unistalling for it to work.
     

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  2. Caloy

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    If android will be exposed to threats that I would need an anti virus program to protect myself, then it would be the time I resign myself that I would be buying an Apple product despite everything I hate about Apple. The way I see it, it's the OS developer (in this case Google) to maintain security of their product.

    I don't like companies who depend on the threat to stay in business. It is not in their best interest to completely eradicate the threat.

    Happy New Year!!!
     
  3. fivebass52

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    Lookout is an app that scans your phone on a daily basis, and also scans apps when you download them. Works well and has a lost phone feature as well...
     
  4. h1r0ll3r

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    I use AVG on my laptop so I figured I'd give the Android App a chance. For the most part, seems like it works well (haven't gotten any viruses yet :)) so I think it works pretty well. It'll warn me if an app I'm trying to install has potential viruses or is loaded with spam so that's a nice plus. I initially used the free version but later upgraded to the paid version since it's only a one time fee.
     
  5. casarosa

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    In all the years that I have used android have never had a virus, yes AVG for the laptop OK no problem
     
  6. Lennatron

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    Browsing the Play Store I found something called AVG Pro for Sprint:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=store.antivirus&feature=more_from_developer

    I notice its $3 cheaper than the regular AVG paid version. I read the description and the Sprint version seems to be exactly the same as AVG paid.

    Now I'm wondering why its $3 cheaper. Maybe because Sprint gives AVG money so we Sprint users get a discounted price? What do you guys think, is there any reason not to buy this over the regular paid version?
     
  7. girolez

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    I vote for lookout too, but also I used Seekdroid to find my HTC Desire in a bag of rubbish in a skip at the local tip (dont ask how that happened!:)

    Its worth having an app with location features...

    Roger
     
  8. XMB

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    Avast Mobile Security seems good.

    Does not seem to affect my GN2 battery life of performance.

    It has lots of features including remote locate and wipe.

    Gets a good score on AV Test Report and is free!
     
  9. softarno

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    +100000 toAvast
    Add to that the anti theft feature its amazing
    Its so light nd never affect the battery
     
  10. evohicks

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    I think if you're careful then you won't need to worry about viruses. Just be careful what source you download from and use trusted apps from the play store.
    I don't see the need for an antivirus tbh but there again I backup my phone every now and then and google have all my contact details so I would just reset the phone if needed.
     
  11. drexappeal

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    yup. I downloaded Avast based on the multiple reviews I read that always had this at the top of the list (or near the top). It's so light that it doesn't affect my battery life at all, I have it sync'd to run scans on Sunday early morning before I wake up for work (so it doesn't mess with my schedule), and it's been perfect for my needs.
     
  12. willowlee

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    Just wondering but do we really need antivirus on our phone? I have been using phones for years and have never encounter a virus. I know its better safe than sorry, but has anyone here ever got their phone caught a virus? And if so, what did it do?
     
  13. twister6

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    AppBrain Ad detector is great to weed out apps with Push notification. Just disable Live detection mode to preserve battery. Also, been using Lookout for years, although sometime I think its doing more of a snooping around to get a list of all your apps for statistics purposes.

    Very important to read reviews and user rating before you download and install a new app. If you see thousands of downloads with an average of at least 4 star rating, it gives a better piece of mind.
     
  14. Droid_Genius

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    Stick to Market apps and your generally safe, I never use those antivirus they just use resources IMO honestly
     

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