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

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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10 Comments

2. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Amazing Android

3. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Android, we love you!.

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

5. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

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

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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........

8. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 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.

9. 8logic

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 05, 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%????

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What about trojans attack on macs?????

7. megadirk

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 28, 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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