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How effective are Android A/V's?


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#1 Enterprise256

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Posted 25 April 2016 - 10:06 AM

I'm specifically looking at Norton Mobile Security and Emsisoft Mobile Security. How effective are they and do I really need to pay for basic protection?



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Posted 25 April 2016 - 04:01 PM

I don't use Android, Smart Phones, Tablets, iPads, third party apps, etc...but here is a quote from my Colleague Didier Stevens, Microsoft MVP Consumer Security.

Several smartphone operating systems (OS) offer no API's at all for AV applications to be able to perform.

In iOS (that's the OS of the iPhone), an AV app is like any other app, it has no special privileges or access so that it can monitor the phone resources for malware.

So there can not be any good anti-virus programs for the iPhone, because the OS does not provide the features required for an AV program to be able to do a good job.


With that said, here is some reading material I have collected on the subject:Bottom line: You really don't need an anti-virus on a smart phone.
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Posted 26 April 2016 - 05:05 AM

Here are more articles related to what you're asking. I hope I've helped!

 

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 06:04 AM

Nice! I've been asking the same question, and It was answered perfectly. Thanks mate!



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Posted 02 May 2016 - 06:58 AM

You're welcome.
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Posted 03 May 2016 - 01:56 PM

I think these antivirus appps are responsible for your harassment. These are the real threat for you. Let me tell you a simple case, I just setup a new smartphone. The first thing I did is installing an antivirus app. Right after the installation, the app tells me that my phone is at risk and my phone is running low on memory.

Instantly I uninstall the app and promised myself not to use anti virus apps in a mobile phone ever again.  



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Posted 03 May 2016 - 04:40 PM

If the program was not from a well known and trusted security vendor, one never knows what will occur after the installation.

Either way though, these apps are not necessary.
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