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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by AlyssaAutopsy, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. AlyssaAutopsy

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    I stupidly didn't realize right away that Internet Connected Phone = Possibility of Viruses because I was simply to excited to own a cool phone. (Droid Incredible... got it FREE! :D)


    I downloaded some sort of software that scans everything I download, but is there something to help me look for and eliminate viruses, the way I can on my PC? (I'm constantly having to remove those pesky Trojans...)

    Also, it needs to be FREE.
     

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  2. Knewz

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    If you have an android phone, you don't have viruses. Not one reported viral attack on any android device. Malware/spyware maybe, but no virus.
     
  3. tehsusenoh

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    Android is much like Linux in that any type of malware is rare. (In fact, Android is built upon Linux, but I digress)

    However, you can install Lookout.

    I can guarantee 100% that there is no Android virus/malware/trojan/botnet/etc that will go from your phone to your computer. You can put an infected file onto the SD card, and in that case the device itself poses no threat, but that's no different than a flash drive, or an iPod, in that you have to open the file to cause any damage.
     
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    thanks i'll install that :)
     
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    All these virus scanners are battery drainers and not worth it.
     
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    Even if they used more battery, which I do not believe they do, I'm pretty sure that people would rather have security and a little less battery life.
     
  7. EarlyMon

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    Until you try one and are willing to help based on experience, maybe it's best we don't have any anti-virus flame wars.

    Sorry, I've just been seeing too many of those.

    Cheers, thanks a lot! :) ;)
     
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    In my humble opinion, the best defense against malwares or virus is your common sense.

    Malwares are commonly embedded in app. Do not install everything under the sun..... especially the free game, free utility app or free theme from unknown publisher.

    No anti-virus software can protect you 100% if you are not be careful yourself.
     

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