Fake antivirus Trojan targets Android users who scare easily (and don't understand Android)
0. phoneArena 23 Apr 2013, 23:17 posted on
Anyone out there remember all of those terrible pop-up trojan ads that used to claim to have detected a virus on your system as a way to download malware that would infect your PC and maybe even get you to hand over your credit card information? Well, it's back and it's on Android. Of course, if you're smart enough to realize 1) you don't need antivirus on Android if you stick with the Play Store, and 2) you shouldn't sideload untrusted apps anyway, this scam won't be much of a worry...
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1. jellmoo (Posts: 686; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
"1) you don't need antivirus on Android if you stick with the Play Store or other trusted app store, and 2) you shouldn't sideload untrusted apps anyway, this scam won't be much of a worry."
That is one of the largest pieces of shoddy information I have seen on this site. Way to completely mislead your audience and gloss over a topic terribly. This is just bad journalism.
3. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
It's phone arena - they'll never bad-mouth android. If this was a WP or apple virus on the other hand, look out!
5. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
One thing is to remotely access your phone and steal your information, other is to unlock the option to install unknown apps and get a virus from something you got God knows where, if don't know what you're doing, guess what, don't do it!
6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2677; Member since: 26 May 2011)
About 99.5% of malware on Android comes from outside of the Play Store, and mostly occurs in regions where there are more non-Google Android devices (Russia, China, and India) which don't have access to the Play Store.
There are people who need to worry about malware, but there are very very simple steps that those people can take to stay safe. I'd rather focus on that than fearmongering.
7. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 621; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Please explain your reason for stating that his information was shoddy and misleading. Considering you just opened your maw and revealed to the site that you are a few notches lower than your name states.
His information is quite sound, the trojan does not come from the APP store and two it's from an ad that opens a link to install the app.
Now going off Heller's information, wouldn't say it was sound in pointing out that you wouldn't get this from the app store and you don't necessarily need anti virus on your phone(for other reasons we need not get into, sandboxed that is all).
So please do enlighten us along with your quick to bandwagon Edmund, can also collaborate and state some information that makes what Michael said mislead, shoddy and biased.
2. blingblingthing (Posts: 437; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
You only need An Antivirus When Trust Is In doubt. On a PC you have to go to allot of sites and possibly download allot of exe files not really knowing the source.
On android you don't need to be going around the web downloading everything in site. Stick to trusted sources and you are safe.
4. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
The best antivirus solution? 3 simple things that dont even require a cent - BRAINS, common sense, and knowledge.
I dont even have any third party antivirus software (name any, even well-known ones like Kaspersky, McAfee, AVG, Bitdefender, etc) installed in my laptops. Only the stock Microsoft Security Essentials at work, and i never got into trouble with spyware or malicious stuff as far as i can remember since i got my first laptop 5 years ago. If there's any problem with my computers, usually it's due to hardware issues.
That said, hardware failure after warranty period is over = another good excuse to buy the newest gadget in the market, i dont have an issue with data loss since i have 10TB of external storage to back up all my stuff. .
8. isprobi (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2011)
"you don't need antivirus on Android if you stick with the Play Store or other trusted app store" Didn't Google just have to remove 32 apps from the App Store because developers used an SDK that turned out to contain malware? If you're really into phones and often visit sites like this you would not be fooled. But people who buy an Android phone especially for their first smartphone don't understand how vulnerable the OS is to these kinds of attacks. The OS itself is pretty safe but a new user can easily get fooled. Personally I stay away from software that is ad based. And I now stay away from Android in favor of BB Z10.