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Discussion in 'Android Forum' started by Hawaiian Princess, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Hawaiian Princess
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    there are quite a few antivirus apps for android phones. not that I want any type of virus coming to my Droid but, has anyone used such apps and does it really protect it? how do u know its really working?

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    try searching next time as this topic has been covered countless times

    android is built from linux, linux has no virus thus android has no virus's, so in other words anti virus's are pointless and just slow your phone down and waste your battery

    let me guess your next question is which task killer is the best?
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    This. Task killer!??! TASK KILLER!? BURN THEM!! BURN THEM WITH FIRE!!!
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    To the best of my knowledge there has never been any android viruses... probably never will be.

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    well excuse me for asking. u don't have to respond but thanks n e way. and NO I was NOT asking about ATK. I don't think I asked it




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    thank u and I appreciate a simple answer



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    Anyway, just an fyi they are major resource hogs. You don't need an antivirus.
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    thank u again. didn't I needed one. appreciate it



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    Hi Hawaii.

    I don't believe that about no viruses! If you can hack it, you can make a virus. I use Lookout. I got it from the Market. I also use ATK paid version. I like it b/c for me it does help. Try the free version. I am talking about the one from Res Child, not the others out there.

    Hope this helps.

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    good point about hacks. thanks for the advice



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    No, it didn't help because you simply don't understand how difficult it is to write a virus for Linux. You also are wrong about task killers.

    I usually don't talk about the amount of post somebody had as to how it holds to their credibility, but you just joined this forum. I suggest you do a little more reading and less advising at this point.
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    I understand about Linux, I work for a bank and understand it. Lol...I just wanted a feed back and wasn't about to search thru hundreds of blobs
    I thank u all again but I don't think I would need an antivirus....hope not

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    Hawaii was asking what people use, which is the best etc. I was just telling her what works for me. I claimed to be expressing an opinion not the Gospel Truth. This is a forum where people can express their opinions, learn and exchange information.

    So please don't tell me how wrong I am for trying to do so, just because I am new.

    As far as reading, yes Android is based on Linux. But it is not entirely linux. There are some parts that are based on C and Java, which have had viruses.

    Lastly, If I have a question that others share too, and I find a good answer I am going to post it.

    I am sorry you feel you are the only one qualified ever to give advice about anything and everything Android, but I don't share that belief.

    Good Day!

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    I appreciate any help & advice, really. so don't worry its all good and yes to each is his own opinion.
    have a good week!



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    Oh, here is a link to "more reading" which Hookbill thinks I don't do. It is about Android's First Virus:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10928070

    Thank you Hawaii for being receptive and respectful of others. :)

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    That's actually a misnomer. More malware than it is a virus. And I have my doubts as to whether lookout could have helped you with that one.

    There is, as of now, no need for an anti virus on android, as there are no viruses. There is of course this one reported case of malware. Best advice is only download apps from the marketplace, never from text messages, and pay attention to the comments for each app as well as the permissions it is asking for.

    tappin and a talkin
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    im always weary of any tech devices, including Apple products, for we never know how and when they will hit. not to say wikileaks already happened LOL. it was joke...
    but I agree only from the market is what I was referring too in regards to this subject.
    thanks for the input

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    He isn't the only one qualified, but he knows what he is talking about. Antivirus programs at this given time are pointless, becausen they are scanning for something that doesn't yet exist. The reason it is hard to get a virus to work on linux, or unix for that matter, is b/c you have to give it permission to do it's harm.

    Also, android does it's job of managing task very well. Especially since the 2.1 era. You by using a task killer are therefore working against androids internal task management system. Apps being open more often than not do not run, but rather are frozen in the memory. Only really badly coded apps do otherwise.

    Listen to the people who are well established in this community. They more often than not know what they are talking about.

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    and juice defender? go or no go?

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    task killer = bad panda
    anti-virus = bad panda

    :)
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