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Best antivirus for Android?

What's the best antivirus for Android? I'd be willing to pay, if it's worth it :)

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Aug. 15, 2012 at 19:51

The best Android "Antivirus"?
Don't install dodgy apps from dodgy sources. Don't open weird SMS. Don't click on an in-app advert! Get an app that monitors your apps' attempts to 'call home' and block them from connecting to the webz. For that search: "Firewall" in the Play Store.
Use the £10 you didn't spend on "good" AV software and spend it on something calming.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 19:51

The best Android "Antivirus"?
Don't install dodgy apps from dodgy sources. Don't open weird SMS. Don't click on an in-app advert! Get an app that monitors your apps' attempts to 'call home' and block them from connecting to the webz. For that search: "Firewall" in the Play Store.
Use the £10 you didn't spend on "good" AV software and spend it on something calming.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 21:28

Don't bother, is my advice. I've been using Android for a few years now and:

a) I've never got a virus on any Android (or other OS) phone.
b) I use my phones far more and in far more ways than any average consumer does, including flashing all sorts of unofficial stuff to it.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 21:39

Yeah... It's bull, really. AVG, Kasperskovitch et al just have a big mouth whenever malware is found. Oddly enough, they are usually the ones who 'find' it; and usually too late. Yet, just in time to promote secure AV software. Next day they admit that a) the "attack" was less "catastrophic" than initially suggested, and b ) that their ware couldn't have stopped it, either...
I haven't used AV on PCs & Laptops in 5 years. Have a good password, a good Firewall and don't visit sites run by Gordon Ramsay (okay, I made up one of those...)

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 21:43

I have MSE running in the background on my laptop, just because it's

a) Free
b) Not a resource hog
c) I'm nowhere near as obsessive in my care for my laptop as I am with my phone, so it's nice having something else keeping an eye on things

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 23:27

I haven't used AV on PCs & Laptops in 5 years. Have a good password, a good Firewall and don't visit sites run by Gordon Ramsay (okay, I made up one of those...)

That last one is definitely solid advice but how would you know in advance.

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 23:29

a) I've never got a virus on any Android (or other OS) phone.

How do you know if you never use av? I'm not doubting it totally as never really considered running av on phone that hard, hell if av can slow down a pc just think how bad it could make a phone.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 23:32

a) I've never got a virus on any Android (or other OS) phone.

How do you know if you never use av? I'm not doubting it totally as never really considered running av on phone that hard, hell if av can slow down a pc just think how bad it could make a phone.

Never had any data loss issues, speed loss, odd notifications (which I've not been able to link to an app, which I've then promptly deleted), weird emails, unwanted phone calls/texts, unexplained charges on my bill...need I go on? If I do have any viruses, they're not doing anything harmful :p.

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