looking for an antivirus that doesn't run on memory?

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  1. Double44

    Double44 Well-Known Member

    I've been looking for an antivirus app that doesn't run in the background all the time. I only want to use the scanning portion of the app, not have it monitor Android the whole time. My phone is small on RAM so I need all that I can get. I'm not a heavy web user and only access internet through apps, but I still need to keep the ads at bay.

    Is there such an app, or any options to turn off monitoring? I've already tried Norton and Lookout but they run in the background, and as far as I could tell there was no way to turn them off.

  2. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    No need for antivirus for Android.

    Linux user #266351. Android since v1.0
  3. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    I know that Avast can be set to scan apps on installation but not when executed, if that's what you want.

    But there's a difference between malware protection (more accurate description than antivirus) and an ad blocker, so that bit isn't clear to me.
  4. shelliewnj

    shelliewnj Well-Known Member

    is there an android ad blocker? sorry to "step" on the OP's toes so to speak, but since it was mentioned, rather post it here than start a new thread.
  5. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    As long as you get your apps from the Play Store, you won’t get a virus. You might get some obnoxious marketing, especially on free apps, but that doesn’t actually break anything. I’ve had almost a hundred apps for over two years and have had no such problems.
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  6. RyanB

    RyanB Distributor of Awesome VIP Member

    Spot on. If the person downloading the app just checks the reviews and makes sure that the permissions aren't unreasonable, you'll be pretty darn safe. I've been using apps from Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and yet other sources, with no problems.
  7. ktchong

    ktchong Well-Known Member

    Dr. Web has the smallest footprint on phone resources, but it's pricey at $75. Thank goodness I bought it back when it was cheaper.

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