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Android could get a virus scanner in future Google Play store update

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Android could get a virus scanner in future Google Play store update
Android’s Google Play seems to be on its way to get a built-in malware scanner. Found in the string file in one of the latest Google Play updates is evidence that Google is indeed working on a built-in application to detect viruses on Android, and that is something that will finally calm down a lot of people about the safety of the ecosystem.

The software in question is referred to as “App Check,” and by the looks of it, it is exactly there to detect malware. Judging from all the visible evidence (there is nothing official about it yet), the App Check will first scan pre-installed applications to see whether you haven’t already somehow gotten malware on your device.

Secondly, it will of course monitor new installations and warn you if they contain malware.

You can say it’s a malware scanner in the making not just by the name, but also by the accompanying icons with a shield and exclamation marks on triangles. The results of a scan will be “All-good” and “Oh no!”

That’s all great, but let’s underscore the fact that this “App Check” is not yet functional. It probably will arrive in future versions of Android, when it is expected to function along with Google’s “Bouncer” online service.


Android could get a virus scanner in future Google Play store update

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posted on 15 Oct 2012, 07:46 14

1. lyndon420 (Posts: 1761; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Bring it on. Go Android.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 07:51 10

2. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Amazing Android

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 08:48 6

3. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Android, we love you!.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 09:00 4

4. shuaibhere (Posts: 1510; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Finally google is goin to shut the mouths of ifans....

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 10:04

5. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


That's why I prefer ios. We don't need an antivirus program!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 10:19 2

6. shuaibhere (Posts: 1510; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Then i think you prefer linux for desktop....
Ha ha ha....when you guyz feel it's k with desktop then why u guyz keep on complaining about it when it comes to phone........

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 14:36

8. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


No I use OS X mountain lion and I use it on the best notebook ever invented- 15inch MacBook Pro with retina display which is also known as the next generation MacBook Pro. Infact android is an adaptation of Linux and ios is an adaptation of OS X. Therefore framework of ios > android framework. I am no longer neutral.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 17:03

9. 8logic (Posts: 131; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


ios = unix and osx was unix until recently to better handle better multitasking.
there is less virus for for osx because it only account for at max 10% of world wide users. if you are a virus writer, who would you target, the 90% or 10%????

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 21:40 2

10. shuaibhere (Posts: 1510; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


What about trojans attack on macs???????

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 21:42

11. shuaibhere (Posts: 1510; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


What about trojans attack on macs?????

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 12:49 1

7. megadirk (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


What would really be great is if the title of this article used "Malware" instead of "Virus", since the rest of the article is about malware. I'm not even going to start about virus' on phones.

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