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Review: VIRUSFighter Android App Review

The Android OS offers users a tremendous amount of flexibility with regards to customization, as it has apps in a wide array of categories in the native Google Play Store. However, the Play Store is not the only source that you can get apps for Android from.

Considering the fact that the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code is made freely available by Google to the developer community, it allows developers to work on creating various different types of apps, not to mention custom versions of the OS called custom ROMs which are then made available to users through community forums and discussion boards.

While it is not advisable to install apps from unknown sources, power users do tend to go outside the Play Store for special apps and mods, thus leaving their handsets open to the potential threat of malware attack through malicious code that might be included with untrusted apps. That’s where antivirus applications step in.

VIRUSfighter Android, developed by SPAMfighter, has a free as well as a paid (PRO) version – the free version should be good enough to offer basic security for your device, while the Pro version is packed with a few additional features such as real-time scanning, security advisor and a privacy advisor. Let’s have a look at the free version of VIRUSFighter Android in detail.

As soon as you launch the app, you are met with the homescreen that lists your device status, and the scanning options available to use. The first step, as with any anti-malware program, is to update its database, so that all newer threats can be detected. Updating the database was pretty quick, and just took a few seconds to complete. Once that was done, you can move on to the next step, which is to scan all the existing apps and data on your device for any malware that may have trickled in. VIRUSFighter Android scans all the apps you have installed, as well as all the data on our SD Card, for known threats from its database. In case it detects a threat, you are presented with the option of either deleting the threat, or ignoring it in case you are aware that the specific file does not pose any threat. The scanning process is quite fast, and is completed in a matter of a few seconds. My 16GB Galaxy Nexus took about 14 seconds to scan, although I must admit I had just installed a fresh ROM a few days ago, so there might not have been that much to scan anyway.

This app has a small footprint and does not take up too much system resources, and phone operation continues seamlessly and without lag, even while the scan service is running. However, the interface needs a bit of work as it is not pretty attractive. After all, a few colours and buttons can make it a glossy app.

VIRUSFighter Android Free can be downloaded from the Google Play and is compatible with Android 2.1 and up.

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Steve August writes iPhone app reviews and features for AlphaDigits.

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