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

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



33. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Yes. I once witnessed a device infested with hundreds of bits of malware. Trojan horses, spyware, the whole deal. Oh wait. That was a Windows PC. Thanks, Microsoft. I always love a bit of irony, and you never fail to deliver. Bottom line: Don't worry about the mythical Android malware "epidemic," when we've had a substantially more powerful PC malware issue for many years.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I will say this, I have been infected waaaay less with no security on Android vs no security on a Windows desktop OS. I have yet to install any security on my Android phones, starting with the Droid 1 in Mar 2010. I wouldnt dare go no security on a desktop PC.

31. Aeires unregistered

I'm sure a lot of people will invent stories just to get a new, free phone. Disgusting tactic by MS to highlight something that rarely, if ever, happens on Android, but happens on Windows regularly.

29. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 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...

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

25. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 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........

24. basicfull

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 05, 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!

22. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

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

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...

21. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.....

17. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Good to see Microsoft acting like children.

14. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

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

13. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 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.

12. Saintmarino

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

11. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

18. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

30. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Google should do that to promote Chromebooks.

9. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 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...

8. wendygarett unregistered

Scam crazy ads on android!!!!

6. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

3. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

Steve Ballmer is the king of AssClowns.

28. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

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

2. natesvlogs

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 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.

19. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

26. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 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

1. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

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