Which antivirus is on your mobile phone?

Discussion in 'polls' started by Brian_12, Jun 13, 2012.

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Which antivirus is on your mobile phone?

  1. Avast!

    4 vote(s)
    8.9%
  2. Lookout

    1 vote(s)
    2.2%
  3. AVG

    1 vote(s)
    2.2%
  4. Dr.Web

    3 vote(s)
    6.7%
  5. Kaspersky

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  6. ESET

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Norton

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Comodo

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  9. Other

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  10. I don?t use mobile antivirus software.

    30 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. Brian_12

    Brian_12 Guest

    Which mobile antivirus are you using on your smartphone?
     
  2. guest

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    My phone isn't a target (Nokia N8 running latest Symbian). I don't feel the need to run antivirus in it.

    When I buy my next phone (probably a "to be released" Nokia with Windows Phone 8 ), I may consider adding an av.
     
  3. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

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    No way I'd run an AV on android. My phone can't handle it.
     
  4. RJK3

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    An antivirus is mainly useful at finding adware like Airpush. It's unlikely that popular apps will turn out to be malware. Most Android AVs were shown to be bunk, with a few exceptions (Dr Web, Zoner, etc). I think it's a waste of CPU time to run an AV guard full time on a phone/tablet, but the occasional scan doesn't hurt.


    Ads:
    AdFree (for HOSTS based adblocking):
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigtincan.android.adfree

    Airpush Detector (faster than a Dr Web scan)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brosmike.airpushdetector

    Lookout Ad Network Detector
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lookout.addetector


    A security researcher demonstrated the way to introduce a malicious app on the Android Market / Google Play was to make an innocuous app, then incrementally introduce updates that ask for more and more intrusive permissions.

    For this reason turning off auto updates for less known apps, and keeping an eye on permissions is a good idea.

    Permissions:
    Addons Detector
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.denper.addonsdetector

    Permission Explorer:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carlocriniti.android.permission_explorer

    Permissions Denied (can alter permissions)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stericson.permissions

    Suspicious Apps
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.websplatter.suspicious
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2012
  5. safeguy

    safeguy Registered Member

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    None so far.
     
  6. xxJackxx

    xxJackxx Registered Member

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    I felt the same way when I had my Droid 2. Running a Lumia 900 now. I still don't feel the need for phone AV, yet anyway. We'll see if that changes when Windows Phone 8 comes out. If I can afford one. :doubt:
     
  7. Noob

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    My Galaxy S II drains enough battery idling, let alone during normal usage. I can't imagine how it would be with an AV. :eek:
     
  8. RJK3

    RJK3 Registered Member

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    It's not necessary to use a realtime guard, you can just do a scan once in awhile. It's possible though that they'll start an inert process on bootup, but shouldn't necessarily eat CPU time/battery. Apps autostarting on Android are annoying.
     
  9. woomera

    woomera Registered Member

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    i have AVAST on my HTC ONE X running ICS mainly in-case someday i loose it and rare infection possibilities and of course it has a very solid firewall.
    its free and worth it.
     
  10. Noob

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    I still hate bloat on phones. Right now i'm running a stripped down custom rom. :D
    Just in case anyone wants to know what's the name of the build. It's SlimICS v4.1 based on Android 4.0.4 and custom kernel. :D
     
  11. mattfrog

    mattfrog Registered Member

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    Currently testing out Sophos Mobile Security on Android (free) which has on-demand scanning (and on-install scanning), remote lock and wipe, and a privacy report on what apps can do certain things.

    All good and very light so far (it isn't constantly scanning everything!)
     
  12. RJK3

    RJK3 Registered Member

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    Sounds good; I'll eventually try out some custom ROMs. I've loads to learn, as I don't like not having the same amount of control as I do over my PC!
     
  13. Noob

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    Yeah, most widely used custom ROMs are quite good, in my case i can do everything in SlimICS v4.1, it only comes with GMail and Superuser installed.

    It does not even comes with Google bloat such as Talk, Maps and others.

    Up to now, i still haven't experienced any issues with SlimICS and i do lots of things with my phone.
    -Tethering & Wi-Fi sharing
    -Syncing phone with bluetooth headset
    -Syncing phone with car, it shows contacts and all that info
    -Using GPS navigation
     
  14. shakethebabyass

    shakethebabyass Registered Member

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    Proud IOS user.
     
  15. RSpanky

    RSpanky Registered Member

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    Not yet, no need for one
     
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