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Tell Microsoft about your worst case of malware-related Droid Rage and you might get a "get-well" present

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Tell Microsoft about your worst case of malware-related Droid Rage and you might get a
Microsoft wants to hear about the worst malware story you can relay to them about your Android phone. Just a couple of weeks ago, none other than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called Android  "wild", "uncontrolled" and "susceptible to malware". Perhaps that explains a tweet sent out by Microsoft that asks you to tweet your best/worst Android malware story to #DroidRage.While it hasn't explicitly been said, our guess is that the best Droid Rage stories will be rewarded with a new Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Already quite a few responses have hit the page.
If malware caused your Droid Rage, Microsoft wants to hear about it

If malware caused your Droid Rage, Microsoft wants to hear about it

If you've ever had a bad time with an Android Phone due to malware and your response was to set a new record for the Android phone toss, Microsoft wants to hear about it. By the way, there is some thought that the malware issue on Android is overstated. Because of the Sandbox method used by Android (and iOS) when it comes to apps, malware introduced to your handset through installing a rogue app cannot damage all of the systems on your phone. Another report found that the Google Play Store, considered to be festering with slimy malware just waiting to attack your phone, was responsible for just .5% of all of the malware discovered on Android handsets by security firm F-Secure.

Regardless, if the malware on your Android phone was enough to cause Droid Rage, it obviously is worth it to Steve Ballmer to reward you with a gift, perhaps a new Windows Phone 8, in return for confirming his thoughts on Android.

source: Microsoft via AndroidCentral

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posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:03 7

1. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

Hahahaha. Quit pointing out other's mistake. First solve yours. Wp8 is a good os. Probably it will get better than android in near future. But microsoft must fix bugs.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 04:46 3

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

Virut, Sality these two bastards once destroyed all of my binary files....Oh, wait that was on windows.....

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:05 12

2. natesvlogs (Posts: 40; Member since: 15 May 2012)

Why not ask how to improve their own product instead of trying to put down the big dog? Microsoft's "we're as good as Google" ads are kind of annoying. Make a product people want instead of making people not want the competition.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:26 1

19. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

yes, Microsoft shouldnt be so negativistic....they have to realize that Android is the only mobile product that earns him money :))

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:14 1

26. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

i dont remember these so call self righteus bulls**t coming from android fans wen samsung released teaser adds . y so biased ? y so hatred ? stop hating first n learn to accept things

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:08 15

3. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)

Steve Ballmer is the king of AssClowns.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:31

28. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

I'm a big fan of WP, but man, you got that one right! +1

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:11 14

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 4953; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I'd rather discuss all the malware that runs rampant through their desktop OS's.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:21 6

7. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

Thank you, Android has far less malware. Far less than most people think.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:15 4

5. uchihakurtz (Posts: 402; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

The worst thing that ever happened to me was Airpush ads by some apps. Malwares? None so far, not sure if Lookout is working well or it's just not detecting any. As long as you're clever on choosing apps in Play Store, this shouldn't be a problem.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:17 6

6. redmd (Posts: 1351; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I've used android for 2 years now. no malwares so far.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:22

8. wendygarett (unregistered)

Scam crazy ads on android!!!!

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:24

9. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Been using android for the past two years straight without any Anti-Virus programs... Never seen one... Plugging the phone it into a system and all the crap starts to get into the phone...

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:25 8

10. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

They should ask for Windows PC horror stories, I'm sure they'll get a much better response...

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:16

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

I've always wondered why were they enemies with Apple? Based on what microsoft is doing, i imagined they'd be best friends.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:45

30. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Google should do that to promote Chromebooks.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:34 1

11. amozhi (Posts: 130; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Does it shows microsoft lost the ground in mobile OS? By asking such experiences makes android much stronger than WP8.

Android is clean OS. Don't give permission to install malware. I mean do not install rogue apps.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:42 3

12. Saintmarino (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)

Instead of trying to drag down the top dog, MS should think of improving their own and make it more competitive. The platform has surely evolved a lot with WP8, but it still has a long way to go.

I'd rather advise them to start a trend asking users what features THEY want in the next version of WP, rather than attacking Android which is nothing but time pass IMO; in a place dominated by trolls called internet, who is going to check the authenticity of the claims made anyway?

Its been almost three years I've been using android (HTC desire, Galaxy S3, now own galaxy note 2), never came across any malware. Just in case you are concerned, keep a check on the system permissions any new app asks for before installing it, and you should be fine.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 02:55 2

13. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

I luv windows phone but what the hell are they trying to do here!!???? they should be going for apple first. closed os vs closed os.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 03:23 1

14. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

Microsoft sucks here. WTF steve please don't mislead the Good ones. This is s**t steve.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 04:41 1

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Good to see Microsoft acting like children.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:15 2

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

No malwares on any android phones that i came into contact with...
Microsoft's OS on the other hand is full of bugs and susceptible to malware.

Microsoft: Hi kettle. I'm pot. Now, i'll try to make myself look shinier by getting everyone to throw you away by painting you black

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:57 1

20. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

No such thing as malware on an Android - story is drummed up by the media and its competitors....
Ever had a Windows PC? Funny that MS talks about malware.....

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 06:05

21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Microsoft is First international company to behave like this...childish MS....Before pointing out others solve malware problem in your own desktop OS....

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:18 3

22. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

Wow. I didn't know that 'desperation' spells 'Ballmer' now. Miriam Webster should do an update.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:47

23. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

indeed! lol and im not sure if this is just the way people do business with a means to "promote" themselves or if its just a flat out desperation call!

Either way some will fall for this but the ground in which Google stands is more than enough to stay secure through these petty and feeble minded attacks...

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:12

24. basicfull (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Has anyone thought it's more than just a ploy to play on google? Think bigger people.

Finding the weakness of the competitor and making sure you're product does not do the same is a great tactic. It is played by everyone, including google!

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:00

25. jibraihimi (Posts: 769; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Microsoft please ask the 'horror stories about Windows vista'............ I hope hearing those stories you will be giving lots of free gifts this Christmas........

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:23

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I might as well do, money or a phone is worth faking up a story

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:33

29. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

It's not all about malware, is it? In my experience with Android, that has never been an issue. Force closing, lag and random reboots, however...

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