Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Apr 2013 23:00 UTC
Google "The family of Android malware that slipped past security defenses and infiltrated Google Play is more widespread than previously thought. New evidence shows it was folded into three additional apps and has been operating for at least 10 months, according to security researchers." Google removed most of it, but not before it was installed anywhere between 2 to 9 million times - finally some figures from Google itself, and not scaremongering by antivirus companies. At 9 million, that's 1.2% of all Android devices sold.
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RE[2]: No thanks.
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 18:23 UTC in reply to "RE: No thanks."
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

Speak for yourself. My antivirus does not slow down my computer at all. I also run Avast Mobile on my Android, and I don't notice any difference in performance.

[emphasis added]

Do you have any benchmarks to prove that your anti-virus software causes absolutely no slowdown whatsoever? And if it is using absolutely no processing power or memory, is it even running and working correctly? Somehow I don't believe that *any* program can use zero resources while running, especially an active anti-virus program.

I also find it ironic that at 5.4 MB according to the Google Play store, there's no way in hell that the Avast Mobile program that you mentioned would fit on my phone without uninstalling several *more* programs (as if I haven't had to get rid of enough already). Give it a few years (months?) and it'll explode to 10 MB... then 15 MB... just like they all do.

Again, I'll pass on cell phone anti-virus. But if it really makes you feel safe, then have at it. I, on the other hand, don't trust those programs or the "security" companies behind much more than the malware that they claim to "eliminate" (but typically fail miserably at, while potentially causing serious problems of their own).

Edited 2013-04-23 18:25 UTC

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RE[3]: No thanks.
by WorknMan on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 20:12 in reply to "RE[2]: No thanks."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Do you have any benchmarks to prove that your anti-virus software causes absolutely no slowdown whatsoever? And if it is using absolutely no processing power or memory, is it even running and working correctly? Somehow I don't believe that *any* program can use zero resources while running, especially an active anti-virus program.


Here's a more important question - does he NOTICE a difference in speed when the AV software is running vs when it isn't? And if the answer is no, then it really doesn't matter, does it?

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RE[4]: No thanks.
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 20:41 in reply to "RE[3]: No thanks."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Here's a more important question - does he NOTICE a difference in speed when the AV software is running vs when it isn't? And if the answer is no, then it really doesn't matter, does it?

Notice the wording:
My antivirus does not slow down my computer at all.

He did not say a word about not "noticing" anything, he stated it as fact. If he had been a bit more careful with his wording, then I wouldn't have said a word about that in response.

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