Didn't know there's an Anti-Virus App for Android

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DaveSW, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. DaveSW macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
  2. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Any time a platform is opened up to the public, there is a risk for viruses. Fortunately for Android users, more good is done then harm from opening it up to the developers.

    We get to have our apps filtered out by Apple so parents who buy their 10 year old kid's iPhones won't get upset with vulgar content.

    Which would you rather have?
  3. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
  4. brett429 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2009
    Yes, but the article states that the need for such an app is unwarranted. So, basically, it's about as useful as the 100 fart apps in the App Store. You can't stop developers from making apps people won't use, unfortunately.
  5. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    If you take the time to read it the AV software is protecting not the phone but the computers the phone connects to.

    Here is a news flash for you the same thing problem would infect both the iPhone and the android. The malware rest in the autoplay area of the flash memory so the computer starts it up as soon as it is plug in if autoplay is not disabled. The iPhone has a flash memory section that the computer can access.

    These "viruses" on the android are ones that infect all flash memory and cause problems on the computers they connect to.

    Hell the android at least as some defense against spreading them. the Iphone has none.
  6. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
    this types of things are more likely to happen on Android Phones than on iPhones due to the Android's "open" platform. not saying it's a bad thing...all i'm saying is with the good comes the bad.
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    But your entire point is there is AV software on the Android and completely passes over the fact that the software is to protect the computers it is plugged into.

    Over all this argument means the Android is safer then the iPhone because the iPhone can and will still be hit by the malware this protects against. it is not protecting the phone but the computers the phone connects to.
  8. androiphone macrumors 65816

    Dec 13, 2009
    you can get antivirus for mac os now though it doesn't really need it yet , its just like on symbian phones malware has to have specific user input to install and run but there are still antivirus apps for it, and if/when the iphone gets multitasking there will be a type of antivirus program for that too,
    if anything can be predicted in this world it is the increase of computer malware
  9. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Then what is the point of this thread? You can say that with everything. The iPhone is a closed, approval-based market. The good is you're not exposed to malware, the bad is that you won't be able to use any app you want.
  10. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    You can't get a virus on Android from installing an app. End of thread.
  11. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010


    Banking malware found on Android Marketplace

  12. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
  13. Deadman64 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    I'd rather the phone not be crippled, and run simple antivirus software. It's just like how everyone says PC's are more prone to viruses (true, I agree), but you arent going to get a virus unless your a complete idiot. (going to sites you know you will get something, downloading something you know is risky, downloading random torrents, etc.)
  14. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
    virus, malware, trojan, etc. sheesh.
  15. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
    well, there are a lot of "complete idiots" (your term) with phones.
  16. thetexan macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2009
    Very true. I'm glad I don't have a phone that appeals to the lowest common denominator. The iPhone out of the box does just that. Apple tells you what applications you can install. Apple tells you that you can only use one at a time. Apple limits how the applications interacts with other applications or the phone itself.
  17. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    They are all quite different. And the example you posted can be done on the iPhone platform and already has been done.
  18. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
    see post #4
  19. JD914 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    Dutchess County NY
  20. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    Ironically, Apple wouldn't approve an anti-virus app for the iPhone because:

    1) That would make it seem like the iPhone is vulnerable

    2) An anti-virus app would need access to scan the entire device and App Store apps can't do that.
  21. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Perhaps you don't remember that the first Apple update for the iPhone came about because of a hole in its browser that allowed anyone to install their own code.

    As for anti-virus software, people make it for the iPhone as well. And it's probably just as unneeded.

    July 2008 - First iPhone anti-virus app released for OSX

    May 2009 McAfee working on iPhone anti-virus software.

    Free Antivirus browser for iPhone

    Did you even read that article you posted? It said an Android anti-virus was an "absurd" idea:


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