View Full Version : Anti-Malware products

03-07-2014, 07:48 AM
What is available for smartphones? Anti spyware? Anti-virus? Android, not IOS.

03-07-2014, 09:22 AM
Are you wanting to get some anti malware app for your Android phone pctek?

03-07-2014, 09:42 AM


Be carefull with the AV apps from software companies you have never heard of.
1 very popular AV app was removed from google app store as is it was found to be a scam

despite having a 4.7 star rating & the no 1 app in the play store, yep it was a scam

And this. AV on Android may just be a waste of time ??

03-07-2014, 10:02 AM
Would the permissions that 'legit' android apps TAKE (and we agree to, on install ) be more of a threat than virus's .
If a PC's software/app had all that bundled adware it would be labeled as malware, yet this is OK on Android apps

Just why does a newspaper app need access to the phones camera ??
Just why do apps need access to you contact list, your microphone, why does that app need permissions to send txt's

Apps on the google store have been found to do all sorts of stuff. One app even had code to try & use the phones for litecoin mining .

03-07-2014, 11:43 AM
I can't believe the permissions they take, either. But, what can you do? Bit of a worry.

03-07-2014, 12:10 PM
No, I don't have a smartphone myself, I was asked bu someone.....

03-07-2014, 12:35 PM
I asked the same question 6 months ago ..... general consensus then was AV not needed on Android .
Of course you never really know till after its too late :-)

03-07-2014, 07:21 PM
Yep I said none then and I am still using none now. A bit of common sense in what you put on the phone is good enough for me.
Unless you store secure documents or bank details on your phone what's the worst that can happen? A factory reset takes a few mins and the phone still works.

A while back an app I use was in the news for some dodgy behaviour so I installed some recommended security software briefly, used it for a week and removed it.
There were no detected issues despite over a year of phone use without any protection.

Speedy Gonzales
03-07-2014, 07:23 PM
According to Google you dont need 1 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/60131925/mobile-antivirus-not-needed-google)

Yup like Windows common sense. Be careful what you put on it

03-07-2014, 10:31 PM
I recently had one on my Transformer TF 101 called CM Security. It scanned things and said all is ok. It also had a find my phone feature. Which seemed to work ok. However, it did slow my tablet down somewhat, so I uninstalled it when I read the Google item on Stuff this morning. Apparently not needed on Android.


03-07-2014, 11:14 PM
We have Nod on the tablet, sometimes when swmbo tries to download some apps from the Google play store it stops them as its advising they contain hidden PUPS. (Potentially Unwanted Programs)

04-07-2014, 08:30 AM
Based on that article, I don't need any on my PC either. Just my common sense, which is true - I never get any infections....
Better safe than sorry though.....You never know.

Once Android (and the rest) become more of a target, then I would expect more malware.

Alex B
04-07-2014, 03:36 PM
Android is a massive target, it's not exactly a niche operating system. So is iOS but probably a bit harder to get through that one (Not impossible) with apple vetting apps before allowing.

kahawai chaser
04-07-2014, 05:03 PM
I had avast mobile for a few months, which has a good interface and menu structure (too many really) with text/call blocking and tracking. But it slowed things a little, and never found critical threats from play store downloads and browsing. So uninstalled Avast. More worried about dropping my phones than a virus. As noted above just simple soft or hard reset.

Perhaps useful for mobile banking - predicted to be a billion users soon, (http://www.cutimes.com/2014/02/16/how-mobile-devices-affect-your-credit-union-and-me) where there is the greatest risk, particularly if connected to a company network, but then mobile antivirus software can be disabled from malware. The Zitmo (http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792194/ZeuS_in_the_Mobile_Facts_and_Theories) Trojan is an example.