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Malware on Android: is it really the problem security companies tout it to be?

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:42

You’ve heard it a thousand times - Android is full of malware, viruses, and who knows what. It is just not secure, you need an antivirus app…

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posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:50 9

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

I dont think android is the only platform faced this, the jailbroken ios has experienced that too... If you afraid of getting virus, try not purchase the free apps, or surfing the porn stuff etc...

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:07 23

6. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

It's not free apps, its when you go outside Google play that can cause a problem, I have been on Android now for two years, have never once paid for an app, and have never once had a problem, annoyed by adds sure, but no malware.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:24 12

10. exo2u (Posts: 27; Member since: 10 May 2012)

Two years.. geez go support the developers your raping. Seriously

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:36 25

14. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Think before you criticize. Where in his post did he say he was pirating premium apps?

"annoyed by adds". That means apps which are supported by serving ads, offered without cost by the developer. Consumer gets free software, and the developer gets ad-generated revenue. No raping going on there.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:41 8

15. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

Why thank you kind sir.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:09 4

18. muck1 (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

me and u in the same boat never got malware and im 3 years and going

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:34 4

22. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

There is no need for antivirus or all this crazy stuff. The operating system protects you. I have never ever had an issue on any of my android devices and I have had 6 going on my 7th in the coming weeks. Total farce in my world..

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:58 1

2. avidb (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Just the fact that there are more cases on the android of such, is what deters me from the OS.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:21 21

9. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

Did you even bother reading the article before posting your comment?

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:42 1

16. avidb (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Do even bother educating yourself on more than just what one single article says.

I agree that it's not as big as an issue they make it to be. Doesn't mean it's still not a problem that still does happen!

You should have read my post in context.

Ps. I know it happens bc I've had ppl themselves telling me they have these problems which result in major slow downs on their android, among other things.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:27 7

20. willard12 (unregistered)

The people complaining to you about the viruses are either security software developers or they download a whole lot of porn. With all you have read and have heard, can you name an app in Google Play that is malicious?

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 15:33 3

35. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Oh, so you think you are so well educated that you know more than the people that use that OS everyday? Good luck trolling, i have been using Android phones since 2010 and i got 0 virus till date.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 20:55 2

40. KFear (Posts: 147; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

You STILL didn't read the article. If you go to the source itself, which is google, we will see countless times that malware and virus are not the issue with the android platform, as they state. You HAVE to read the article first and understand where they are getting this info. They aren't getting it from 3rd party articles.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 11:08 2

44. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Please re-read the article and write a detailed report. We'll grade your comprehension skills.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:42

47. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

"People telling me"?

Please do experience the OS and these issues before quoting "for sure" problems. Quoting "ppl themselves" doesn't hold water. Thanks.

Educating oneself, indeed.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:59 13

3. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

Everybody knows
Porn > Everything Else

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:00 12

4. josephnero (Posts: 593; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

google cant protect fools from themselves

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:01 7

5. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)

I think Victor H. stole this article and quickly posted it while his brother Michael H. was passed out on weed.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:25 3

11. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


When I was reading it I thought it was an article by mike h.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:26 2

12. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Oh i didnt know they were brothers.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:09 19

7. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

I hate that Android gets crap for this, its no different than a p.c, you do stupid stuff, you create your own risks.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:09 6

8. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Thank you for this article. I'm going to pass this to some paranoid friends I have that constantly break my balls about this issue.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:34 8

13. Aeires (unregistered)

Darn right it's a problem, it's the single greatest problem that Android has today. Btw, I'm an anti-virus software developer, let me tell you how I plan to fix this problem.....


posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:57 1

17. PhoneCritic (Posts: 926; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

@Aeires lol

Well said. These virus vendors see the explosive growth in android and knowing that the PC era will most likely end 5- 10 years from now are sounding the alarms to get business that's all!! They cant stay in business without Viruses and since Android addresses the issue by sand boxing everything they know their time is short.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:22

19. TheDude13 (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Google Is the responsable for this issue, they should control the Market like Apple does

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:32 3

21. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

read the article.
They do.
the problem arises when some idiotic user tries to get free stuff instead of buying it from the play store and gets a virus. That's the idiot's fault, not Google's.
And the iShep and bingheads are blowing it out of proportion

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 13:04

25. TheDude13 (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

any one can upload app to the Android Market, google does not control this process which is the whole point here, and frankle if im gonna pay for apps in Android then i better off with iPhone OR WP8 phones at least they are more stable and not laggy or i have to suffer to receive update or get abandon and blame it for hardware lackness

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 14:18 3

31. Aeires (unregistered)





Let it go, iFan.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 19:32 1

38. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Nice. Apple also took down the 'secure os' claim from their website.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 15:03 2

34. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

did you see the infographic? it scans the app uploaded for any malicious code.
Nexus. nuff said

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