Hey, in my opinion, Google is not good enough so yes you need an AV of some kind(I use Bitdefender Mobile Security(paid)
dang it now i gotta test some weird chinese AVfor me, no
before installing anything, I look at its uploaded date if it's >1 week, and upload it to VT
if no one detects it, it's very unlikely to be detected by installed AVs because they are mostly signature-based
only BKAV is the AV which blocks 100% of the apks outside the playstore regardless of their reputation and safety
once a month, I scan the whole phone with VT app
this should be enough without lossing any performance, RAM and battery life
In fact, yes, you would need an AV especially when downloading from Play Store as during the time we`ve seen a lot of malicious apps on Play Store. I have Dr. Web on my Android and it saved me many times, preventing the install of some strange apps, so in order to enhance the security, yes we need an AV also for our phones.
If something runs code it can be exploited... Period.
Better be safe than sorry. No regular user reads all the permissions (or doesn't care) and seemingly legitimate Google Play Store apps have been found malicious. An ad-blocker and a free lightweight av for peace of mind will not drain your resources. My OnePlus 5 performs with zero lag with adguard premium + bitdefender free installed.
Only pre-installed virus cannot be removedIf you read reviews and check out app permissions, I still think that you have nothing to worry about. App can do only what permissions allow it. If the app doesn't ask for camera access, it cannot access the camera and use it. Newer Android versions are even more secure and they'll ask you if you want to give access to something if app asks for it, so you can always deny it.
Yeah, but think about it, what can the antivirus app for Android do? They cannot remove malware, they just notify you that you have malware installed and suggest you to remove it, nothing else. If Android device came with malware preinstalled, you cannot remove the app unless you have rooted device.
Did they forgot mentioning Alcatel? In my Alcatel Idol 4 It's list of useless pre-installed app list is dusgusting. Phone can't be used with even reset, notifications, ads, cleaners, enjoy.now cra*, Can't even uninstall them because there's no proper way to root it and also there are no devs in XDA, and Alcatel support havent released single update since it came out in mid 2016. It's left in the dark and siting in my bookshelf, sad thing is I still pay for it monthly and can't return it. No AV/Adware cleaner can help there, and if you try to disable some junk manually, phone jusy starts to crash/doesn't charge. I've never seen something like this, last Alcatel for me.This is a good reason why you need an AV on your android device
Report finds Android malware pre-installed on hundreds of phones
Hello everyone, I wanted to know if it really is necessary to use antivirus on the Android phone, and what name would have good protection and not spend a lot of battery?
My phone is a Moto G5S Plus.