Is antivirus really necessary?

Discussion in 'Android Applications Discussions' started by andrewdoane, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. medicTHREE

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    There is no reason to believe the "antivirus" software is any more secure than any other app in the market. Therefore it is a gigantic waste.
     
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    My notification bar had the logo for Ten Cube, and when I pulled it down, it stated that the phone was protected. It was a dead giveaway that some program should be uninstalled. Perhaps that did go away with a recent update, I don't know.

    As for GPS, it's possible I just couldn't lock on to the satellites at the time.

    In the end, I've had a much better time with Mobile Defense, so my recommendation for that program stays. But, yeah, definitely check out both to see which works for you since you might find something that sells you on one over the other.
     
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    Hi Vanilla Tarantino,
    Yes, the status notification that showed up on every restart was removed along with the 11 Dec update. You can refer to the change log for more information.

    Also, we've just pushed a new update to Android Market to fix the bug that causes WaveSecure to not show up on phones with QVGA screens like the HTC Tattoo.

    Thanks,
    cheewee
    Team WaveSecure
    www.wavesecure.com
     
  4. MrBaz

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    Antivirus on this device is pointless. A virus programmed for Windows will NOT work on your Droid. It just straight up cannot run.
    It is just another marketing ploy for a company to make money off an unnecessary product.

    Name ONE virus that is out there RIGHT NOW that has a confirmed infection on an Android device.
     
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    JhankG Silver Member

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    Not worth the battery and memory drain.
     
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    Martin030908 Super Moderator

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    Kaspersky makes money with articles like this. I wouldn't be too worried.
     
  8. JessiesGirl

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    This may be a very silly question, as I am not a techie at all.

    But if you are synching your Android phone with a Windows machine, couldn't you transfer a virus to that machine? I suppose that machine is usually already protected, is that the thinking?

    And why would apps for the Android have Windows viruses? Wouldn't they have Android viruses? Even if there are few or no Android viruses today, they have to be coming, right?

    Sorry if I sound like a complete idiot. :icon_ nono2:
     
  9. LordKastle

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    The Android OS is Unix based. The same reason why Macs are less likely to get viruses compared to Windows PCs is the same reason why the Android OS is less likely to get a virus. It is much more difficult to corrupt an operating system based on Unix.

    That being said...well it is very unlikely in current times it is not impossible. Nothing is impossible.

    Edit: Unix based
     
    #21 LordKastle, Dec 23, 2009
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    Actually being "Linux based" does not really have anything to do with it and OSX is not "Linux based" it's Unix based. There is a difference. Actually some of the first root kits were Unix based.. They even have cross platform virus's now which is crazy. Look I love the android project and I am not trying to knock it, but realized how much information is on these phones (My first smartphone) and it's scary. The point is to be careful and treat it like you would any other computer. I have a feeling alot of people are going to be using android and that means a market for malware.
     
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    For what it's worth.. what I have seen almost daily (with IPhones.. no Droids yet..) is that people will transfer infected mp3s or files to their phones.. then bring them into work and plug them into their work PC to charge it.. and BAM! I get a virus alert on the AV Console cause the AV on the PC scanned the phone as it would a removable drive.

    So the infected file did not infect the phone.. but would have infected the work PC if not for the AV running... all this also means the employees home PC was obviously already infected. :icon_eek:

    I'm assuming with Droids.. the user would have to "mount" the SD card first for the AV to see it... since we do not allow picture phones at work.. that will probably not happen anytime soon. We also don't allow people to charge "anything" via their PCs but those silly users still attempt it.. :icon_ devil:
     
  12. LordKastle

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    Konstructa it would be extremely rare to get a virus on the Android OS or Mac OS at the moment (Linux or Unix). Like I said, it is general knowledge in today's terms that an antivirus software isn't even needed on an a Mac computer (but no OS is impenetrable just very unlikely) but this is because it has been much easier to attack the Windows OS. (As you said it is Unix based, but Android is Linux based)

    Windows viruses will not affect the Android OS unless there are extremely complex codes written. But...nothing is invincible. (Linux viruses exist but there are very few and you have a greater chance of stepping outside your door and being on the moon than you do from having a cross-platform Windows/Linux virus.)

    But this is not Windows...and trust me when you hear the excuse that "Windows is used by a lot more people than Mac OS so that is why viruses exist", that is garbage. There are plenty of people trying to cause wide-spread havoc on all devices...it is just harder to accomplish.

    If you go back and re-read my post I never said it was impossible, on the contrary I said nothing is impossible.

    At most you'll have on an Android OS right now is software that snoops aka "key loggers", etc... nothing attacking the OS and causing hardware failure.
     
    #24 LordKastle, Dec 23, 2009
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