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    A good anti-virus and anti-spyware ?

    Looking for a good low cost Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware. Tried to download AVG, but Droid wouldn't accept it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yozz View Post
    Looking for a good low cost Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware. Tried to download AVG, but Droid wouldn't accept it.
    You don't need it. You have nothing to worry about. They are resource hogs anyway.
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    Thanks for the reply, but I would like to know why I don't need a anti-virus/anti-spyware?
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    What are you downloading that you think would be suspect?
    Right not there isn't too much interest in crapping all over android os, so once people start worrying as a whole then you should worry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yozz View Post
    Thanks for the reply, but I would like to know why I don't need a anti-virus/anti-spyware?
    Name one known, in the wild, android virus? This anit Windows Xp and it's 100,000 virues. I've heard of ONE such virus in Russia. Kaspersky reported it but other then that....


    Theres an Android Trojan Virus Running Around
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    Android is a Linux OS. It is VERY hard to make a virus for a Linux OS, and even harder to get the user to execute it. Also, Android is just a smartphone platform. This makes it an even smaller part of the market. Because of these reasons, viruses are very few and far between, making anti-viruses and spyware programs useless.
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    Even that link says that it had permissions for the app to do sms messages
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    Even that link says that it had permissions for the app to do sms messages
    Yeah, no program is going to stop you from downloading an app that gets permissions like that. Just be on the look out for suspicious apps and pay attention to what permissions they want.
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    Usually, we do not need it on a cell phone.
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    Call me paranoid, but just because it is 'hard' to program a virus for a system, does not necessarily mean it isn't impossible for one to happen.

    Macintosh made prior claims to that as well, and Mac OS X's primary root base is a Linux version. Problem is, it also has a few viruses. Few and far between, there is still viruses for many platforms and it can and will happen.

    The one thing that helps, however, is just being cautious. Simply stating that you won't get a virus because it is a Linux core... Is just inviting problems.

    Also, the reason why PCs are getting a brunt of the problem is the coding tools they have put out there for every joe schmoe to code stuff and the sloppy coding in general is part of the reason, but also the fact that the majority computer market is PC, which includes Businesses. The target will always be for the most popular thing.

    In closer to mobile phones, there have been the occasional virus for the iPhone, one of the more popular Smartphones. Since the iPhone is more popular and easier to get apps for than the Blackberry, it is currently the biggest target.

    The important thing to note also, is history... People are too quick to forget certain things.

    Macintosh, when it was popular among the schools and homes... Was the most easily infected computer OS in the 80s and early 90s for one simple reason... The ease of use of the OS and its popularity. PCs had viruses, but were far and few between simply on the fact that it required execution and transmission was rather difficult. The Mac OS suffered it the most simply on a simple design of how Floppy disks worked for it.

    Windows became the new virus focused one due to market share kiltered it over with the ease of use with Win95 and the coding that opened it up to easily do viral transmission. With coding tools to increase the ease of making such things and the slowness in fixing holes that people can exploit... It will continue to hold that mantle until the shift in popularity and ease of creating such things shift once again.
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