Google software guru says Android, RIM and iOS anti-virus app makers are “charlatans and scammers”

Here's an interesting suggestion – there's no real malware on Android and all those reports we've been seeing in the last months/years are all a scam. That's the position of Google's open-source software guru…
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3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

been saying that all along. :) 0.00005% is not a big issue. it just makes for perty headlines and article hits.

4. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

they didnt hear it, they've read it...

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

chalk one up for effective come backs. :) i giggled. Sorry ilia. :)

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Ha isn't that funny? My post was moderated because apparently it violates the following criteria: "Things that are NOT allowed: Off-topic talk - you must stick to the subject of discussion Trolling - see a description Flame wars Offensive, hate speech - if you want to say something, say it politely Spam/Advertisements - these posts are deleted Multiple accounts - one person can have only one account Impersonations and offensive nicknames - these accounts get banned" That causes me to question - how come taco50 is still here? How come every single post of his isn't moderated? Because it damn well should be, according to the above list.

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I don't understand either. Oh well, i'm over it to be honest. I just wont reply to him anymore, as remix mentioned in another thread if we just ignore him entirely he will probably go away.

8. ilia1986 unregistered

An excellent suggestion. I think that he was multi-touched by a pedophile when he was young. That might explain his behavior.

11. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Maybe he played football at Penn State. ZING

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

gawd.. too soon.. too soon!!

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you got taco trolling every thread looking to start fights.. especially with me. you got ardent going out of his way to be personally insulting when no one is slinging insults at him all without moderation.... but you got moderated for saying iDiot as a general term. Yup.. seems fair. :(

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

When taco mentioned in another thread that he brings "hits" to the site it got me thinking... Remember those AIM bots back in the day? You could say "do you want to go to dinner" and it would give you some witty remark back? Maybe PhoneArena has a tacobot. Any article with the word "Android" or "iPhone" in it the bot just picks random comments and then starts typing gibberish. Honestly, it's the best explanation I can come up with for tacos comments...

81. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

ROFL!!! Android malware did have me scared, but I stick to several major Apps that are also available on iOS and I stick to major games, so I follow security suggestions and generally I've been great

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

chalk yet another one up for me. thanks buddy. :) i tell people not to install that junk all the time. the only thing your likey to get, is a resource hog. even Android's "huge" issue only equated to 0.00005% of users at the last article, and that was mostly users in asia.

21. godsarmylds

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2010

remixfa... You work for t-mobile?

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that I do.

29. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

hey i work for tmobile too! what store do you work at? i work at 6850.

25. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

I told my customers the same thing; if you play outside of the sandbox, you may get hurt. Yes, I thought of them as children, it was easier that way.

32. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Where are you getting this percentage from?

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the last article that was on PA talking about that "huge rise" in pirated apps. It gave a number for the amount of users that had downloaded those evil apps. That number divided by the current android sales at the time = 0.00005%. I did the math clearly on the article and have been touting that bit of proof ever since, every time one of u uses that same stupid "android malware" line. And since android sells about 16.5 million sets a month (and that was like 4-6 months ago), that number is probably a lot smaller now.

45. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

So you're now using the sniggly strategy of cooking up your own numbers?

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its amazing, i even spelled out how i came to that number, and u still cant read. i used the numbers FROM THE ARTICLE that were plain as day,even for you.. OMG. do you EVER stop acting like a brainless troll? You have got to be smarter than this.. ugh.

60. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Trolls don't have brains... only search engines.

10. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

16 months with Android and I have no idea what a virus even looks like. Had some crappy apps but no bugs.

13. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Agreed. I've been with Android since the D1 and the closest thing i've ever had to a virus was a bug on a custom ROM that forced my phone to keep going to Google.com and searching for "XXXX ROM IS THE BEST ROM EVER" Turns out it was some script the dev had put in there as a joke for a friend of his or something but forgot to remove it...

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This is what I've been saying all along. In fact, I would wager that the anti virus guys are responsible for some of the viruses and malware out there. I understand that viruses and malware suck, and they exist, but they're not the problem they're made out to be. Especially not by iFanboys.

55. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I have checked out some anti-virus software on the Android Market. Some of the users comments about one of these apps say that the app itself is malware.

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The biggest exposure for smartphones is more on the order of Trojans that grab whatever sensitive data is either stored or captured (key logging, anyone?). Hopefully, apps like Lookout that supposedly log malware and related sites will fill the gap. But technically, the traditional risk of the handset being bricked by a virus is less due to the sand boxing. I wonder if Apple will sue over sand boxing? If they do sue, I imagine Larry might have something to say about that seeing as Oracle now owns Sun and the Java patents.

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

APPLE must have started the rumors...lol. Yep, I have had trojans on my old XP PC , never had an issue on my ANDROID phone...come to think of it, I never even had a virus, trojan, or any malware on my TILT I, either. The biggest scammers are online - doublemyspeed.com - and ones like that - they install software that creates a backdoor on your PC that does let the 'trash' in.

18. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

He's got a great point, but nothing (nothing) is absolutely safe. I will tell you AVG on one of my Androids caught an email and quaranteened it because of the way it was worded. It was from a friend, explaining a potential Trojan threat involving our workplace, and it used the names and files it was hunting for. Apparently, the words together alone set off the alarm for AVG. I was rather impressed by that.

19. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Yea the problem is not so big thats why he had to refute it hahahaha

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Man you are smart. Why didn't I think of that... if he's saying it isn't true IT MUST BE TRUE.

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