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Do I need anti-virus for my ipad?

You always need anti-virus and various programs on the PC, but this is the first Apple device I've had. Do you still need anti-virus programs on the ipad?

Most Useful Answer Sanka  Sep. 4, 2011 at 15:53

Recently while using my ipad I went to a site that I visit regualry and as soon as I do, I am directed to another site instead. What gives? Is there a way to remedy this?

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 24, 2011 at 20:51

Imho: no. I don't know of a single attack on iOS or Android that would have been prevented by conventional AV software. Mostly, we're talking clever naughty apps and dodgy emails/sms that carefree consumers just cannot resist. I'm sure it's a matter of time when, yes, AV will be useful, but right now? Nah... Hqving said that, many of the current phone security softwares offer additional services such as remote wipe, cloud back-up etc (cause they know viruses are really no biggie, yet, they offer added value); so it is worth having a browse.
I have used appr 20 smartphones these last 12 months and I spend up to oops hours online by phone and try many many apps...I Have never been 'attacked'....
But then again, I won't argue with 'better safe than sorry' ;)

Sanka  Sep. 4, 2011 at 15:53

Recently while using my ipad I went to a site that I visit regualry and as soon as I do, I am directed to another site instead. What gives? Is there a way to remedy this?

MDrX  Sep. 5, 2011 at 15:14

Sanka, you're probably best off creating a new question. Include details like address of the site you are trying to visit (the actual address you're entering) and the address of the site you are forwarded on to. Try accessing it on your PC etc..

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 12:26

MDrX
Good reply.
There could be quite a few harmless explanations. But none without more details.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 16:50

Sanka, I know on PC there's a Google redirect virus that redirects all your google searches to spam sites. I've never heard of anything similar on mobile devices (or OS X or Linux), though so I'd check the same site on a computer that you're sure is clean of viruses, as suggested above. Or check it on a different mobile device, maybe with a different OS. Try on a friend's phone, for example.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2011 at 17:09

sanka,
it's possible that your iPad just directs you to a popup page that the popup blocker on your PC automatically blocks.
But again, you need to rephrase your problem.
It's not clear whether you managed to visit the page with the iPad's Safari before or with your PC's browser...

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