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I want to ask this question since sometime

Do we really need antivirus for mobile phones

I have android phone (galaxy s4)

I have used KIS android and ESET

I feel no difference ,, what is the value of this?

do you find antivirus useful like that of windows?

is there true viruses for mobile software?

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The only thing I found useful the security software is if you lose or got stolen your phone, they block it with a password

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is there true viruses for mobile software?

Mobile phones, especially smart phones are mobile computers. They allow you to access the internet and email, download applications and games and store personal contacts, photos and information. You need to protect and secure your phone just as you would your home or mobile computer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_virus

With rogue apps, email, SMS nasties etc. increasingly targeting the smart phone market.....If a device is used for internet connectivity, Its better to be safe than sorry IMHO....... :)

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Check this thread http://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/145781-best-antivirus-for-android-os/

The issue with ANY AV app for mobiles, is that for them to be effective they need full root access (to be able to clean the infection), this however is the inherent problem as in the case of Android phones, unless you root it, the infection isn't going to be cleaned, as the AV is denied system access, I also expect this is the same situation for IOS devices..

I run Dr,Web on a rooted nexus 4, it only ever kicks in when I download via Gplay, or install via APK.

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Doesn't the manufacturer customize the OS that the phone has to make It more secure? I'm a Vodafone customer, and I still have Android version 4.1, I asked a friend that work for Vodafone, why I don't get update for 4.2 and so on, and he said that they customize it until they are sure that it's safe to use as It is.

So, I gues, only if you're naughty and root your phone and etc, you need better protection, else, I don't recommend since it drains the battery life.

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i installed webroot a couple of weeks ago and did a scan. it found 2 sms trojans on my sdcard. i had no idea about them. first i thought it was just scareware. i then went on surfing the internet and then facebook, i saw a funny pic and clicked on it to see it. a pop up appeared and then a download of some app started. after the download was over webrrot started to scan the app and told me it was another trojan and quarantined it. i guess it better to have an av than not. i am not saying that webroot is WOW but it did it`s job. i really had no idea what was on my sdcard.

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Most of this mobile AV's are just extra bloatware for your phone. Especially if you have older device. :yes:

Anti-theft is awesome though :D

:cheers:

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I want to ask this question since sometime

Do we really need antivirus for mobile phones

I have android phone (galaxy s4)

I have used KIS android and ESET

I feel no difference ,, what is the value of this?

do you find antivirus useful like that of windows?

is there true viruses for mobile software?

MBAM :rolleyes:

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There has been couple of bad apps on Android platform, which were pulled off from the Google Play and other app stores. Now I don't know if any of these mobile AVs would have picked them up, but if so, they would be useful.

As mentioned, other functionalities such and finding the lost unit, or remote lock/wipe are also very helpful.

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