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Is an Android antivirus really necessary?

by FerchoTECH / January 22, 2018 1:28 AM PST

Recently I bought a high-performance smartphone to improve my performance in my work. Because I manage personal information and payment methods through my cell phone, I asked myself the question, "Is it necessary for me to install an antivirus on my smartphone to protect all this information? I really do not want to be robbed of any of this."

For this reason, I would like to know if it is completely necessary to install an antivirus on my Android smartphone. If so, which is the most effective, both payment and free.

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It never was necessary.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2018 6:18 AM PST

There are so few virus in the Android Google Play Store that to get a virus you have to install it from somewhere, root the phone or help the exploit along. If you are easily scared by the antivirus makers or want to use apps from anywhere, then you need that extra protection.

But here's the rub. Even if you had such protection it doesn't stop loss from the more common issues such as a lost phone, dropped phone or accidental data deletion. I have to say that in over 5 years the loss has been to other than a virus. I write apps and I think we encountered one virus in just 5 years. but the user had rooted the phone and was installing apps from shady places.

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Depends
by appninza / January 30, 2018 8:54 AM PST

I will not recommend it because it does nothing on android but it takes your battery power(due to it runs in background).

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Antivirus necessary or not
by shwetakakran / February 6, 2018 12:45 AM PST

if you are interested in using antivirus for your phone the there are many antivirus available at google play store. some are paid some are free. They help you to protect your phone from virus. but all antivirus
does not work properly they just consume your phone battery and show unnecessary notifications. so please chose antivirus after checking there information.

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No its Not necessary
by sthapa2021 / February 13, 2018 9:16 PM PST

Not according to Android security chief Adrian Ludwig. Just prior to the Google I/O developer conference earlier this year, Ludwig told reporters: "Do I think the average user on Android needs to install [antivirus apps]? Absolutely not. I don’t think 99 percent plus of users get a benefit from [anti-virus apps]."

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Android Antivirus
by Richard_Trump / March 27, 2018 3:41 AM PDT

There are many free antivirus available at google play store. They will protect your device from Malware and will provide web security, but, will drain your phone battery and might slow down your device. I personally would not advice you to use an antivirus.

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