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    Antivirus nessesary on S4?

    Hi all.
    First smartphone for me and am not sure if a antivirus is really necessary. If yes, which is the best to have. Not opposed to paying for one if a pro version is worth it, as long as it's a one time fee. Other then that a free one would have to do.

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    Do you install apps from the play store? Do you download thing from your email acct? Do you care if a virus is on your phone? If yes, id recommend avg and trustgo (both free and good). I only use avg now.

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    I have never had an issue and i get my app from everywhere lol I have installed avast, free and rated quite highly. Just sits in the background and checks new apps i install.
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    I did get a warning on an app using AVG on my S3 quite some time ago. I figured at the time it was a false positive, (that happens on PCs every now and then). But since I had quit using the app, (installed through Google Play), I let AVG kill it. A month or so later I saw a piece on the Internet that didn't address that app in particular but did talk about the number of hidden attack apps that had passed through Google's testing so I'm glad I had protection.

    The worst infections are those you don't realize are there. Just had a customer with one of those last week and the only way he know there was a problem (turned out to be a SPAM bot on his system) - was because he was getting so many bounced mails he didn't send.

    Most all the AV apps available at the moment are preventive. Once you have a compromised system (that you actually realize is there), most of the apps won't necessarily be able to clean them up even if you do a scan and especially if it's a zero day type of infection.

    I would much rather be proactive.

    Reference Google removing virus-infected Android apps from phones, tablets - latimes.com

    Is Google Play Safe?

    Russian BadNews bug infected Android app store

    And there are more like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macuser View Post
    Do you install apps from the play store? Do you download thing from your email acct? Do you care if a virus is on your phone? If yes, id recommend avg and trustgo (both free and good). I only use avg now.
    i agree. i've used AVG on each of my android phones for some time now. free and worth using in my opinion also.
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