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Best free antivirus for Android?

What's the best free antivirus app for Android?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Feb. 8, 2013 at 21:48

NONE. Doesn't waste space; doesn't waste your data downloading obsolete 'virus definitions'; doesn't suck RAM and battery...
Instead: Don't install dodgy 3rd party apps. Check reviews before you download. Avoid ad-supported apps. Avoid apps you don't 'understand'; don't open uninvited sms/mms or emails and their attachments - no matter how many Nigerian $$$ you might lose.
Oh: check reviews before you install. Learn from other people's foolishness.
There is no best because there is no good. No desktop security suite free or otherwise was ready for the Java bug. None of the big mouths of the billion dollar AV business who harp on about Android's holes admit this, but: they could only fix a couple of hole AFTER the deed!
It's like ALL disinfectants that claim they kill 99% of all germs. They are the 99% of germs we can deal with with water and an old sock... THAT one percent? Yep: they are the killers that evolved that split second faster than our good little helper bugs.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 8, 2013 at 21:48

NONE. Doesn't waste space; doesn't waste your data downloading obsolete 'virus definitions'; doesn't suck RAM and battery...
Instead: Don't install dodgy 3rd party apps. Check reviews before you download. Avoid ad-supported apps. Avoid apps you don't 'understand'; don't open uninvited sms/mms or emails and their attachments - no matter how many Nigerian $$$ you might lose.
Oh: check reviews before you install. Learn from other people's foolishness.
There is no best because there is no good. No desktop security suite free or otherwise was ready for the Java bug. None of the big mouths of the billion dollar AV business who harp on about Android's holes admit this, but: they could only fix a couple of hole AFTER the deed!
It's like ALL disinfectants that claim they kill 99% of all germs. They are the 99% of germs we can deal with with water and an old sock... THAT one percent? Yep: they are the killers that evolved that split second faster than our good little helper bugs.

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