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#1 JEberlin

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 09:42 PM

Hello all;
I am an experienced Windows user but I have no experience with Android. My wife is angling for a Kindle Fire for Christmas which is Android based. I hear from CNET that Android is "a malware magnet". See http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57328575-83/androids-a-malware-magnet-says-mcafee/

I have no idea whether or not there are anti-malware/virus apps for Android. Anyone out there had any experience with Android malware? A/V apps?

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:15 PM

I do not have any experience dealing with Android malware. However I have anti malware measures in place for my Android. So I can say yes they do exist and it is an emerging segment. I feel it will be evolving rapidly in the near future.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:23 PM

And what are those anti-malware measures?

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:49 PM

In the Android Market there are:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.lookout&feature=related_apps

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.virusFree&feature=related_apps

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.drweb&feature=related_apps

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.kms&feature=related_apps

to get you started.

Remember now that the Kindle Fire is running a customized version of Android, so the vulnerability is still unproven thus far. This is not to say somebody isn't already writing malware code as we speak. I am unaware of it 'in the wild' at this time. You'll need to look into each security product to see if they are 'Kindle' compatible. Otherwise the applications I've shown you above are for regular Android OS's.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 02:05 PM

This article might be useful to you: http://gizmodo.com/5861801/do-android-antivirus-apps-actually-do-anything
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 03:34 PM

I can fully recommend the Kaspersky Mobile Security - http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/downloads/productupdates/mobile_for_android

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:42 PM

Note that the Kindle Fire won't be able to access most android apps.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:18 AM

Try to read this one http://www.spywareguide.net/do-i-need-spyware-removal-for-android/ it also says about Kaspersky Mobile Security. but is Kindle Fire is ran the same Android version as any smartphone?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:54 PM

Kindle's Android is NOT a standard Android. Actually, in phones and tablets every manufacturer does things their way. But Kindle is much different.
It doesn't allow downloading applicatons from google market, now known as play store. Have to get things from Amazon.

Avast might do the job, works great on tablets, probably available from avast website
http://www.avast.com/pr-avast-free-mobile-security-the-highest-rated-antivirus-for-android-brings-new-features

It looks like Avast is available from Amazon for Kindle Fire, for free, some reviews here:
http://www.amazon.com/AVAST-Software-avast-Mobile-Security/product-reviews/B006WQLH7G

Long ago over at xda-developers.com, I think, was shown a procedure to install Avast on Fire, but it might be no longer needed if Avast newer version than a year ago works.




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