1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

Support I need to know the Truth about Android Anti-Viruses...

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Carador, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Carador

    Carador Newbie
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    15
    Posts:
    13
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011

    Jul 9, 2011
    13
    0
    15
    My brother is a sales rep. for Verizon and he has told me numerous times not to get an anti-virus app for my 2.2 Thunderbolt because he claims Androids can't get viruses and that the anti-virus apps may just brick my phone and become inoperable all together. But other reliable sources recommend them, so what is the truth about them? Should I get one? Can Androids actually become infected? And who is right in this?
     

    Advertisement

  2. WormDoes

    WormDoes Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    313
    Posts:
    3,199
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2010

    Aug 8, 2010
    3,199
    1,270
    313
    Sales
    Massachusetts
    Your brother is right, don't use them. They'll cause more harm than good. I'm curious what "reliable sources" have told you otherwise?
     
    seVer and AllyWonders like this.
  3. AllyWonders

    AllyWonders Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    23
    Posts:
    82
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2010

    Nov 23, 2010
    82
    30
    23
    ^ +1 android devices can't get a virus ... an anti virus just causes harm than good. :p
     
  4. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH
    Rank:
     #4
    Points:
    3,933
    Posts:
    32,968
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2010

    Feb 19, 2010
    32,968
    25,379
    3,933
    Male
    I got my first Android a year ago April. I had to do a factory-data reset, wiping all data and starting entirely over after the first week because I downloaded and installed and anti-virus.

    HowEVER, this program is different and non-intrusive: Lockout Mobile Security It will check programs on the way in to being downloaded and will help you locate your phone if you lose it. I recommend it highly.

    Additionally, it is not enTIRely true that the Android can't get a virus, so be careful to know what your downloading and to read over the "permissions" the app is requesting.

    Steven
     
    seVer and AllyWonders like this.
  5. kxs783kms

    kxs783kms Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    84
    Joined:
    May 4, 2010

    May 4, 2010
    84
    3
    16
    +1...I keep Lookout Mobile Security on all of my phones. Not exactly for the malicious app scan (which is an added benefit to me.) I keep it on mine, mainly for the free "find your phone" feature.
     
  6. SeekerOfTheWay

    SeekerOfTheWay Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    78
    Posts:
    607
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2011

    Jun 12, 2011
    607
    80
    78
    Bealls
    Florida
    What do the malicious apps do? I was looking at anti virus apps yesterday.
     
  7. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    813
    Posts:
    10,472
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2010

    Jul 29, 2010
    10,472
    4,693
    813
    ...
    FG
    Check out the thread linked in my sig.

    The best antivirus for your phone is an educated user antivirus apps protect against past threats that you will likely not encounter if you don’t use pirated apps
     
    SeekerOfTheWay likes this.
  8. Cockadoo

    Cockadoo Newbie
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    12
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011

    Jul 16, 2011
    12
    2
    16
    You're Brother is correct! An anti virus like norton could brick phone. Shady little companies like norton i wouldn't use. It's impossible to get a virus on an android until you get online with it so be careful. Stay away from an anti virus they are secretly designed to brick phones. Your brother is correct. I love that guy
     

Share This Page

Loading...