Is an antivirus really neccesary

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  1. Hudson922

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    After the Chinese wallpaper incident I'm just wondering is an antivirus program really worth it?

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    No
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    i use lookout incase my phone gets lost or stolen
     
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    No.

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    Worst case IF you somehow got a virus: Reflash everything just like formatting a PC gets rid of viruses.
    Although, it isn't gonna happen.
     
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    That wasn't a virus.....
     
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    As I've been using *NIX-based operating systems for years now, I can pretty much guarantee that an anti-virus program is not needed. You will find it hard to implement a proper virus/malicious program on any *NIX O/S.

    EDIT: Gosh, no sleep and I screwed up this post. Allow me to correct myself, malicious software/programs are able to run on *NIX-based operating systems. Rootkits beings a prime example. Than again rootkits and viruses are two different things. Anywho, probably going into too much unneeded detail.
     
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    None of the virus programs caught it, did they? Lookout was late catching it. And like BnB said that wasn't a virus. That's malicious software.
     
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    Antivirus not needed as there are no known viruses for android. What the heck is it scanning for?

    The chinese app was spyware. It asked for a lot of privileges and people granted them. This is something everyone has to look out for when downloading/installing apps.

    Antivirus is such BS. They're playing catch up to the virus writers and it makes no sense. Keep all of your software up to date and only install trusted software and antivirus isn't needed. Scan your computer once in a while? Sure, why not. But I don't run it continuously on my computer and I'm not going to bother with that idiocy on android.
     
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    That's my philosophy. Windows Defender on Windows 7, and rkhunter plus chkrootkit on Debian. Nothing more.
     
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    Please close this thread, hopefully some rookie will learn not to post this and searches one day.

    Much Love! sorta..
     
  12. Hudson922

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    Sorry if this has been covered before, I posted at work and didn't have time to search. But it's also because of work that I ask. I work at Radioshack and sell both Androids and Iphones. Lately I have been getting quit a few people mentioning the need for antivirus on Android. I want to give them an honest answer that's not just me pulling some BS out of my ass.

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