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Strange behavior after installing "anti-virus"


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  1. askpcguy

    askpcguy Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Last night I downloaded antivirus free by droidSecurity inc.

    I ran a scan and it said I had something suspicious but would not allow me to view any details. Eh lame, I removed the app and jumped into bed.

    Today I was out driving around and got a warning my internal Phone memory was low. I took a look and it said 150 MB free. Hrmmm so I rebooted the phone and maybe I was being dumb because I thought you could cancel the SIM password and use the device as a PDA with no access to make phone calls.

    Anyhow I restored my clockwork recovery nandroid backup from a couple of days ago and now things seem better. Phone has 0.9 GB free.

    Are there any good applications to help manage the available memory on the phone?

    Samsung Captivate on ATT.
     

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  2. twdawson

    twdawson Active Member

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    Please dont tell me we need antivirus software on android now for gods sake.

    Is this true or what?
     
  3. sookster54

    sookster54 Well-Known Member

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    Yes and no, there ARE malicious apps out there, and it's the user's fault if they download and accept the permissions without reading them- the apps can't do anything unless it has the permissions (services that costs money for example), so if you download and install a custom icon pack that requires reading and making phone calls or a pingpong game that requires calendar and contacts personal data access and accept it, you're taking a risk. I use Lookout, not exactly an antivirus, but it scans each app you install for any malware.
     
  4. aminaked

    aminaked Well-Known Member

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    There are no know Android viruses. Trojans/spyware do exist. Only install software from trusted sources, be careful what privileges you grant, and make sure you really trust anything you put passwords into--including browsers, email clients, bank apps, and keyboards.

    Antivirus on Android should be uninstalled, in my opinion. Just be careful what you install.
     
  5. askpcguy

    askpcguy Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Use clockwork recovery's nandroid backup in addition to titainum backup. This wont guard against malicious software from doing damage, but I restored my phone while driving in about 25 minutes.

    Mcafee was making a virus scanner for Android but that was only in Korea.

    Wish Google would make app devs list why each level of access is needed.

    Busybox and Internet access: to download the current version.
     

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