Free android antiviruses with real-time scanner

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by RejZoR, Mar 3, 2011.

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  1. acr1965

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    Who knows. WOT users aren't really trustworthy though.
     
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    Anyone else see that Avast has a Beta AV coming out in the next month?
     
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    Someone here tried the ESET's android? :)
     
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    Really? Do tell!
     
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    Yes and had some problems with it. Had to uninstall it at least for now.
     
  8. Victek

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    Anyone using the Bitdefender for Android beta? I decided to try it and so far it seems to be working OK. One thing I notice is it doesn't have a persistent icon in the notification area. I got used to that with Dr Web, but it's not an option in Bitdefender.
     
  9. RejZoR

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    I like the icon in the status bar. It shows that it's running so you can be sure its doing its job. Often these apps stop working after a program update and you have to run them again. Or maybe that's just DrWeb's flaw because real-time scan gets disabled when program is updated (program, not definitions!).
     
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    for the paid anti-virus apps in android, is it a one time fee or is it subscription based? or does it depend on the vendor?
     
  13. Hungry Man

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    Seems silly. Isn't android malware basically distributed through the market? This is one case where common sense is enough.
     
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    I know that it's just the apps. I was just curious about how the vendors price their anti-virus apps.
     
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    The licensing for antivirus and anti-theft products for android are all over the map. Some are free, some are one time paid and some are yearly paid subscriptions. Some of the free products are "beta" and may become paid products when the beta testing is finished.

    More importantly there's not much information yet about which products are effective at preventing infection, and for the moment the risk of getting infected is pretty low. It seems inevitable that will change though, and it makes sense to get familiar with the available anti-malware products. Just MHO, YMMV :cool:
     
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    Dr Web ran very light here and even the full scan took less than a minute.

    Some recent tests have been carried out by languy99; http://www.youtube.com/user/languy99

    Problem with a new phone is that a lot of the AV programs are incompatible; Lookout, Webroot, Kaspersky, Vipre, Norton would not work on my Galaxy S2.

    Of those which are compatible, I have liked BitDefender (paid), Dr Web (free) and GData's (paid) offerings so far. BitDefender looked promising but no icon visible.

    Using Gdata for now as I had a old license for the Desktop AV that I could use for the mobile program. Runs very light with hardly any effect on battery life.
     
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    Blackcat,

    As far as I can tell, VIPRE Mobile should be compatible with your phone. Were you unable to install it from the market or did you have issues after installing it?
     
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    I tried BitDefender Mobile (free) as well. I also didn't like that there is no way to show an icon in the notification bar. I feel it's important to be able to easily confirm that the AV is running. I've gone back to Dr Web for now.
     
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    @Nick, when I selected install from the Android market, a pop-up then informed me that Vipre was not compatible with my phone so I did not even try to install it.
     
  20. ReverseGear

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    how many apps r u using ? full scan just a minute ?
     
  21. Blackcat

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    288 apps.
     
  22. ReverseGear

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    288 and full scan was just under a minute !! and im on 190 apps and quick scan took more than 3 hours !!
     
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    Just like the desktop version! No idea why the difference. Just noticed your scan time was for the quick scan; something wrong there compared to what I was seeing.

    On the same phone, GData has just completed a scan in 10s!

    My phone is pretty fast as it has a 1.2GHz dual core processor so maybe this is a relevant factor?
     
  24. ReverseGear

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    drweb scans the whole package while lookout doesnt do a deep scan if im rite
    thats why lookout scans are over in under 2 mins
    and yes ur 1.2ghz samsung s2 is a factor for sure
    apart from dr web which av's do a deep scan ?
     
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  25. Blackcat

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    BullGuard can do a complete scan, including files and apps but at £20/$30 too pricey, particularly when you can get free competing software. BitDefender can also carry out a similar scan; you can set up scans to checks the entire phone, just the internal memory or the memory card. But again pricey at $19.
     
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