Do You Need Anti-Virus Protection?

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    Yeah, as i understand it, the real risk is with malware, so we need to always watch the permissions we grant as
    part of the bigger picture in the context of the entire app.

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    Are we talking Phones or Laptops....Maybe Both....
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    We're talking android, but the only way to put viruses in perspective is to think about computers considering they are the source of viral development.

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    Very true.

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    just like psychotic_penguin always says "this is android not windows", some new users need to embrace android and not think it is the same thing they are used to using on their pc




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    Yeah especially when it comes to task killing, but that's a whole other subject matter.

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    sorry for this noob question but if android can get viruses also, will it be similar to how computers get?

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    I run an antivirus as it said I had a virus before lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by saikano17 View Post
    sorry for this noob question but if android can get viruses also, will it be similar to how computers get?
    The only way you could get a virus on your android device would be if you actually downloaded a viral apk and then installed it, or similarly, downloaded a malicious script and then ran it from terminal.

    Note that it would have to be either an apk or a script; android doesn't run/support exe files; so any viruses currently in circulation targeting windows (which the majority of them are) do not pose any threat to android users. They would have to be specifically designed to attack the android platform and be packaged in a compatible format (apk), further more YOU would have to be the one to install it, there are no equivalent's to autorun files on android.

    Basically, as long as you avoid third party markets, pirated apk's, texted apks, ect, then your good. For the few apps that you will end up having to download from third party locations, like z4 root for instance, just make sure you trust the source.

    Does that answer your question?

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