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Marute July 8, 2012 02:48 AM

How to know if a smartphone is okay?
 
Hi guys. This is perhaps a weird question but I have a Windows Phone and I'm pretty sure it's okay, but as with any smartphone it doesn't have any virus protection (as far as I know).

We browse the internet with our smartphones as we do with our regular computers so how can I know if my phone has picked up something on the way? It if it has, can it be fixed?

In general what I'm trying to say is that I'm very pleased with my phone and would like it to continue working like it was new without starting to be slow or do weird stuff or something like that.

Thanks! :-)

Galcobar July 8, 2012 03:29 AM

Quite a few anti-virus applications from the big names for Windows Phone 7 available, some free or trial versions, and some available in the Windows Marketplace.

Mars July 8, 2012 07:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Marute (Post 640540)
Hi guys. This is perhaps a weird question but I have a Windows Phone and I'm pretty sure it's okay, but as with any smartphone it doesn't have any virus protection (as far as I know).

We browse the internet with our smartphones as we do with our regular computers so how can I know if my phone has picked up something on the way? It if it has, can it be fixed?

In general what I'm trying to say is that I'm very pleased with my phone and would like it to continue working like it was new without starting to be slow or do weird stuff or something like that.

Thanks! :-)

Have you installed "3D Anti-Terrorist"? If not, you probably don't have a virus, a few minutes of Googling only turned up this single trojan.

If there are any problems, you can get perform a factory reset in the settings menu to return to factory settings. In general, this shouldn't be necessary; apps are sandboxed, so uninstalling leaves the phone in the exact same state as before an app was instaled.

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Originally Posted by Galcobar (Post 640542)
Quite a few anti-virus applications from the big names for Windows Phone 7 available, some free or trial versions, and some available in the Windows Marketplace.

I don't think there are any anti-virus apps available anymore, AVG got pulled after some controversy about it being useless (no real WP viruses, and the app is sandboxed so it can't really scan anything anyway), and it using geo-location to track users in a way specifically disallowed by WP certification guidelines.

enaberif July 8, 2012 07:19 AM

Meh your over worrying.

Virus protection on a smartphone is personally just a waste of resources for the phone.

Marute July 8, 2012 09:05 AM

I have no such thing as 3D Anti-Terrorist on my phone. :-) I know I probably had nothing to worry about but I just wanted to ask anyway. However, it is good to have the factory reset as an opportunity, just in case. Though I doubt it'll ever be necessary. Thanks guys!

Galcobar July 8, 2012 03:38 PM

Kaspersky at least has an anti-virus download still available: Kaspersky Mobile Security

Mars July 8, 2012 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Galcobar (Post 640684)
Kaspersky at least has an anti-virus download still available: Kaspersky Mobile Security

That's for Windows Mobile (which actually has viruses), which was superseded by Windows Phone and abandoned several years ago.

crazyea July 10, 2012 12:47 PM

Stay off the pr0n and you're good!

But seriosuly I wouldnt worry about it. Just keep a back up of your contacts, etc and restore if needed.

Galcobar July 11, 2012 12:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Mars (Post 640689)
That's for Windows Mobile (which actually has viruses), which was superseded by Windows Phone and abandoned several years ago.

Ack, quite right.


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