Windows Legacy OS forum

Resolved Question

is antivirus needed on a telephone

My friend has a telephone with access to internet.He is running avg antivirus free edition and his battery keeps running low fast.Is that because he is running an antivirus program in real time?Does a telephone really need an antivirus program?Thanks

rhodeyes1 has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: is antivirus needed on a telephone
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: is antivirus needed on a telephone
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by rhodeyes1

Collapse -
It would seem to depend

In reply to: is antivirus needed on a telephone

on the type of phone.

This article explains more

You will see that a majority of threats comes form user installed apps, meaning that it is the user who installs malicious apps and so it is the user who allows malware into the phone.

As for AVG I am betting that it is running continuously in the background and so that is why the phone's battery does not last long between charges, so I would perhaps turn off the real-time scanner when the phone is not in use.


(Note reposted as my first post had too many errors).

Collapse -

In reply to: is antivirus needed on a telephone

No. That may change at some point, but those programs are just rather sad attempts by the AV industry to try and sucker a few people into buying their stuff.

As smartphones take on more and more computer-like functions, who knows, but right now the whole threat is blown way out of proportion. There have been what, maybe a dozen or so malicious programs found for Android, probably about as many for Apple, both of which pull the apps as soon as it becomes evident what is happening. I don't think Microsoft or Blackberry has been affected, but then they are such minor targets that there's no real profit to be made from it. And in the case of Blackberry, if I'm not mistaken, you have to pony up around $100 just to get the SDK to make an app. Android and iOS are free, provided you have a Mac at least for iOS. I don't know about the SDK for Windows Phone, but wouldn't be at all surprised if Microsoft tries to tie it in with VisualStudio which would certainly jack up the cost of even entering the market. I doubt the ROI would be sufficient, if it's even positive at all.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.