Many owners of Android devices believe that in order to protect their device from malicious applications, it is necessary to install antiviruses. In fact, this is not necessary, since Google offers a free built-in solution.
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Google play protect
At the end of 2017, this tool was integrated into the Play Market, which is an integral part of the Android operating system.
This service checks not only user-installed utilities, but also scans for updates, and performs daily testing of installed software.
To initiate a manual check, you need to go into Google Play, click on the menu icon in the upper left corner, select "My applications and games." Then from above you will see the current status and you can start the scan:
Also in the list of actions the "Play Protection" settings are available:
A very useful site, relevant not only for mobile users, but also for computer users. You can install the program before unpacking the archive, launching the APK file, etc. check the downloaded object. Just upload it [urlspan] on the page of the online service [/ urlspan] (File tab - Choose button) or scan a direct link (URL tab):
Since it is not very convenient to perform these manipulations on the phone, it is recommended that you use the [urlspan] official application for Android [/ urlspan].
After a few seconds, you will see a detailed report on the screen and you can draw the appropriate conclusions.
The principle of operation is similar to VirusTotal, but much more anti-virus engines are involved, databases are updated much more often. But there is no link check.
[urlspan] Go to the site [/ urlspan], in the upper part of the window you should specify the file and click on "Scan". In some cases, it may throw an error due to the use of invalid characters in the file path. But in general, he copes with his duties perfectly. It’s a pity that the web page is not adapted to the screen of a mobile device.
And which method did you find most convenient and reliable? Share your opinion in the comments.