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Task killers and Antivirus apps

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by tigrr07, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. tigrr07

    tigrr07 Well-Known Member
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    I've been reading a lot about the task killer and AV apps here, but I am wondering if...

    1 - are TK apps really nessessary? Does it help with battery life and why would you want to kill an app? I've read somewhere that TK apps are not nesscessary b/c android is a linux system.

    2 - Can we get viruses on our phones? Are the Free AV apps we get here in Canada, since we cannot buy apps, good? Do they really protect our phones?

    I have a HTC Magic w/Rogers.

    Thanks in advance for your tips and opinions.
     

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  2. thepinkc

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    I think Task Killers are a personal preference. I haven't noticed any noticeable change in battery life when I was using it religiously to shut down applications and when I don't use it. Some people like the feeling that nothing's running. Android does shut down applications after a period of time if they need the memory for something else.

    As with antivirus, I haven't done enough research to have an opinion about it, so I will wait to see what everyone else says.
     
  3. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert
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    I also have gone with and without task killers. I find my system is more stable without them and many phantom problems have resolved by letting the Android operating system juggle it's own tasks. As for anti-virus programs, at this point I have done fine without them. I am sure as the Android user base increases, threats will increase, I will have to take a second look. But for now, my system is task killer and anti-virus free and running great.
     
  4. KlaymenDK

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  5. Szadzik

    Szadzik Android Expert
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    I use Advanced Task Manager because it allows me to uninstall stuff easier than normally.
     
  6. MarkHirt

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    Really?

    Easier than Market--> My Downloads--> select app --> Uninstall
     
  7. Szadzik

    Szadzik Android Expert
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    Really.
    Top curtain, ATM, click and hold on the name of app, choose uninstall.
     
  8. grainysand

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    I prefer AndroidMate for that. File explorer and scans your SD card for .apk for easy installations, also lets you uninstall and kill running processes too.
     

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