Do android phones get viruses?

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Oct 12, 2010 6:32:57 PM via App

In the market under an antivirus appl.someone said that android phones can't get viruses and don't need antivirus
software...is this true? Or should all these apps be scanned before they are downloaded? Or scanned on a regular basis? Confused!

Oct 13, 2010 11:43:17 AM via Website

justJay made a good suggestion and is right that it is possible, but at this point, not very likely. Your decision on whether to buy one should depend for the most part on how much private/financial/personal information you have on your phone, and don't want to have possibly end up in the wrong hands. You should also keep an eye out when installing applications. If an application requests access to too many areas of your phone, be suspicious. You can also come here and ask for a second opinion if you aren't sure about an app.

If you are concerned about your phone's security, it is better to be safe than to be sorry. In addition, you may want to put a password on your microSD card and put a unlock code on your phone as well to make it harder for thieves to take your phone or personal information. Especially if you are a person who forgets things a lot.

Jan 28, 2011 12:49:22 PM via Website

weather they get virus or not

you can avoid viruses by coming to your phone in such a simple way

do not insert anyone's memory card without scanning it.
do not plug-in your data card to any computer, the computer may have viruses.
also dont accept MMS from unknown numbers
dont install apps which are not turstworthy.

Jan 28, 2011 5:52:09 PM via Website

I agree with Doug on this one. The biggest danger with an Android phone (or any smarthphone for that matter) is that the wrong people getting your personal information by means of dubious apps or otherwise.

Just exercise caution and common sense just as you would using the Internet on your computer.

I think the chance of getting a virus from a computer to your phone is relatively low, although you could potentially infect other computers when plugging your SD card to different devices.

— modified on Jan 28, 2011 5:52:26 PM

Jan 28, 2011 7:26:01 PM via Website

Yan M.

I think the chance of getting a virus from a computer to your phone is relatively low, although you could potentially infect other computers when plugging your SD card to different devices.

That is a very good point when considering the wellbeing of others computers.

Parth's statements are also a good idea. Don't connect your phone to a computer that may be infected and make sure any microSD card has been checked before inserting it as well. Luckily, I don't receive errant SMS/MMS, so I haven't had any problems with that yet.

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Mar 9, 2011 9:07:45 AM via Website

it's a good questions. you have better download the app from the offical website.

Mar 15, 2013 10:14:10 AM via Website

Melanie Doran
In the market under an antivirus appl.someone said that android phones can't get viruses and don't need antivirus
software...is this true? Or should all these apps be scanned before they are downloaded? Or scanned on a regular basis? Confused!
Hello Melanie
well android phones can get viruses and you need a good antivirus to protect your phone that is why i m using Appriva cloud antivirus it automatically scans all apps being downloaded /installed / updated for Trojans, Viruses, Spyware and all threats

Mar 18, 2013 7:56:57 AM via Website

Yes Android is most vulnerable mobile platform, people faces lot of problems because of viruses.
Personally I have never used any antivirus for my Wildfire and never had any issue. I do not prefer to install app from places other than play store.
Over my grand I am using AVG, it scans all the apps at the time of installation. If you do download apps from third party stores then I will suggest you to have an antivirus app.

— modified on Mar 18, 2013 7:57:53 AM

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Mar 30, 2013 2:54:13 AM via Website

Yes i will agree with Daniel if you are downloading stuff from third party stores you definitely need a antivirus

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Apr 9, 2013 9:52:34 AM via Website

drift_shifter8
I have never seen anyone I know get a virus on their droids but, I believe it is still possible. Just be vigilant with what you install on your phone.
Don't download unofficial versions of apps, and try to get apps only through the Google Play store. In other words, use common sense i know a lot about androids but i still use Appriva cloud antivirus its available on google play store

Apr 30, 2013 10:25:44 AM via Website

If you download material from official site then I thing.It will be less chance to affect your phone from virus.But if you download from any where then your mobile can effect from virus. And you need virus. It will depend your self how you use you mobile

Aug 2, 2013 11:37:42 AM via Website

In my view ,it will ,but this kind of thing never happened in my android phones.i always thought that android phones are not that likely to get viruses...

Aug 2, 2013 11:44:34 AM via Website

Antivirus is a free Android antivirus for your phone.This sleek, ad-supported app works as a real-time antivirus, monitoring your phone activity and alerting you to any suspicious behavior.

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Aug 9, 2013 7:55:27 AM via Website

my last android phone can not start up suddenly, and i have no idea what exactly the problem is.
I could only tell a lot of annoying pop-ups on the cellphone, so it should be virus