Droid Antivirus protections

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  1. kraxyk

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    Hello, I am thinking about downloading and using a app called Mikandi. This is basically an app store. This is not in the marketplace. So Mikandi and any apps in Mikandi are also not in the store. How do i know those apps are safe? I have antivirus free as well as Lookout. Will those search, scan and check non markey apps like Mikandi and apps that may be downloaded through Mikandi?
     
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    You don't, they are probably stolen/pirated apps, and you don't need any antivirus programs. Android is Linux and Linux is, for all intents and purposes, virus-free. Heck, you'd have to be rooted in order for a virus to do any real damage anyway.

    Ditch the AV. It's a resource hog and totally unneeded.
     
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    Ok thank you for the comments. Although it has found something once. Have you used Mikandi?
     
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    Oh they're not stolen... read about mikandi in an article once...

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    Nothing is virus-free there is a virus or hack for any system out there.

    Lookout seems to be popular and it includes backup and location services.
     
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    What do you think about it?
     
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    Ok thank you. But will it protect from out of market apps?
     
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    I don't think I would get it but you never know it could be legit.

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    yes. i'm using it now and when you download an app, before it fully installs it will scan the app and tell you in the notification bar "app is OK"
     
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    Android has malware apps, yes... but I have yet to see any actual 'viruses'

    The anti-virus is just using resources and battery life, while not providing any real protection.

    The safety issue comes from the permissions apps are granted... pay attention to those and use common sense :)
     
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    Ok so sounds like its good to go !
     
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    i would say it's pretty legit. i've been running it for awhile now, and my cousin who told me about it has had it since he got his droid 2. doesn't drain to much battery, and the location service is pretty sweet. you can sound an alarm (which if you test it...have a pillow near by to cover the phone...its loud and obnoxious) and everything else from their website.
     
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    Permissions are where apps can cause malicious things... anti-virus will not protect you from a malicious app.
     
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    Alright so before I download an internal app I would check for obvious things like. Phone call, contacts, or other weird acess
     
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    As far as I have found. The Mikandi app itself isn't bad. But as they say, the apps in their store can be
     
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