AVG launches first antivirus app on Windows Phone 7

AVG Mobilation has recently released a brand new antivirus scanner for those running Windows Phone 7 on their smartphone. The free software suite for WP7 combines AVG’s Safe Search with an antivirus scanner that is supposed to keep your mobile use safe and free of malicious activity.

"Free Security Suite from AVG Mobilation – security software for Windows Phone™. Keep your device safe with just one click"

  • Safe Web Surfing - Stay safe from phishing and malware while surfing the web
  • Safe Search - Allowing you search the web avoiding malicious web sites

Inside the application you get the File Scanner, which scans for viruses hidden inside the files (namely music and images) in your device and removes them; the Safe Search feature which shows safety ratings of web pages before you visit them; and Safe Surf. Safe Surf checks web pages in real-time before you visit them and prevents you from accessing sites considered dangerous by the software.

As WPCentral reports, the application is surprisingly fast at scanning for an antivirus application, and it’s limited protection against attacks through PDF and other files limits the overall effectiveness of the software in preventing malicious code. Some of these limitations do arise due to the operating system (WP7) running beneath the app but it should be good enough for basic protection. The app comes in at around 5MB and can be downloaded through this link to the Marketplace.

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Lol, even IOS is less secure than WP. Please, go focus on iOS before you even think about focusing on WP. I hear their browser was hacked in last year's Pwn2own in 5 seconds. Someone should do something about that, you know.

Ok, WP7 is designed so that it really can't be infected, but the potential for an app to allow client scripts to launch sharing (aka share a photo to SkyDrive). And yet this software doesn't protect against this. (The potential of an App letting a script type of content do something like this, would be very rare, and the biggest danger is the potential that the share command could be issued, but the user would still have to confirm the operation.)


If an application has malicious code, then Microsoft isn't doing their job. Part of the App submission process is Microsoft through the App through a large scale of test, including security. If a virus or potential exploit gets through Microsoft and the security test servers, we are supposed to believe that AVG will catch what Microsoft didn't?

Even if someone is crazy enough to trust a local low powered version of AVG vs Microsoft and a room of servers testing the App for exploits, why do people think Microsoft would not disable the App if an exploit was discovered in the App?

Wow...

I agree with an above post, go focus on Android first, it really needs help.

I had my first malware on ANY computer or device in almost 30 years, and it was one of my Android phones this last week. Ironically, the malware 'slipped' through lookout, was remotely controlled, and installed itself on the 'back' of an update of an approved and credible App from the Google Marketplace.

So the next time someone talks about how 'insecure' Windows is, remember this story, as I have used Windows daily (even when it had no security Win3.x/Win9x), and yet the super JVM called Dalvik and a Linux kernel is where I got my first malware, through nothing more than an App update. (I think Dalvik is just a clever spelling of Dr. Who's Dalek, and will be the end of humanity.)


rwx said,
Is there even a point for an AV software for WP7?

trust me there are people that boil bottled water just to be extra sure they are drinking clean water (yet some how the water they use to bath is OK), so a lot of people would buy it without putting so much thought of how absurd an AV in this kind of OS is.

Meconio said,

trust me there are people that boil bottled water just to be extra sure they are drinking clean water (yet some how the water they use to bath is OK), so a lot of people would buy it without putting so much thought of how absurd an AV in this kind of OS is.

LMAO +1

What im thinking is that now some "geniuses" will start flaming the WP that it has virus and so anti-virus.
This will give them the opportunity they want

karserasl said,
What im thinking is that now some "geniuses" will start flaming the WP that it has virus and so anti-virus.
This will give them the opportunity they want

Does make you wonder if AV companies make/invent viruses to keep themselves in business? Just a thought.

WTF? First off, as many have already said, AV on WP7 is pointless. Second (and more importantly), it would be a cold day in hell before I'd trust AVG to actually protect me. That p.o.s. software under Windows XP does next to nothing (yes I'm talking about the paid version). I've had a few clients over the years that had AVG when I started doing work for them and most of them were surprised when I demonstrated for them how much AVG missed - especially when compared to a "real" AV scanner. As I said I'm talking about the AVG paid version, not the free version. It's pure junk.

Tim Dawg said,
WTF? First off, as many have already said, AV on WP7 is pointless. Second (and more importantly), it would be a cold day in hell before I'd trust AVG to actually protect me. That p.o.s. software under Windows XP does next to nothing (yes I'm talking about the paid version). I've had a few clients over the years that had AVG when I started doing work for them and most of them were surprised when I demonstrated for them how much AVG missed - especially when compared to a "real" AV scanner. As I said I'm talking about the AVG paid version, not the free version. It's pure junk.

Agreed. Every person I've ever known to use AVG has gotten a nasty virus. Then they release their annual update that bricks the OS. Not sure why ANYONE would use them...

Lol this app is just pathetic (as everything AVG has ever done).
Microsoft should ban this pos from their app store (if it's even available there to start with).

AVG trying to bank on the "Windows" part of the name and figure people will grab this since they're used to the idea of running a virus scanner on the Windows desktops. As has been said, this thing is pointless and doesn't even do much. WP7 design also makes it pretty hard for anything, malware etc, to do anything on the phone. IE itself is so isolated and sandboxed if if that had a bug it'd be limiting in what it could do. Besides IE on the phone doesn't support or run any types of add-ons or plug-ins, so the attack vector is pretty close to zero.

GP007 said,
AVG trying to bank on the "Windows" part of the name and figure people will grab this since they're used to the idea of running a virus scanner on the Windows desktops. As has been said, this thing is pointless and doesn't even do much. WP7 design also makes it pretty hard for anything, malware etc, to do anything on the phone. IE itself is so isolated and sandboxed if if that had a bug it'd be limiting in what it could do. Besides IE on the phone doesn't support or run any types of add-ons or plug-ins, so the attack vector is pretty close to zero.

+1, It sounds like the same genius' that work at the carrier stores also run AVG...

This is ridiculous. WP7 doesn't have any known vulnerabilities so far. And considering the extremely sandboxed nature of the OS, a virus scanner at this time is pointless.

floopydoodle said,
This is ridiculous. WP7 doesn't have any known vulnerabilities so far. And considering the extremely sandboxed nature of the OS, a virus scanner at this time is pointless.

+1

I'm a bit confused by this app. It appears to check audio and image files only and it doesn't run in the background on my mango-dev phone. I'm pretty sure audio and images files are likely to be quite safe/not harmful.

Diagramatic said,
I'm a bit confused by this app. It appears to check audio and image files only and it doesn't run in the background on my mango-dev phone. I'm pretty sure audio and images files are likely to be quite safe/not harmful.

Yeah, I can't imagine how old GDI+ exploits would make it into silverlight, WinPhone7.

M_Lyons10 said,

What are you talking about?

Haha! He's just trolling. He's an Android fanyboy.

Now I'll do some trolling too :-
Apps- WP already has a great collection, and been classified in top 3 ecosystems. Pus, it has been revealed by Nvidia that it will run Windows apps.

UI-smooth, fast, unique and simply amazing.

Battery- really great(...a lot better)

UX- grand

security- top-notch (way up there.....)

Support- fantastic developers and customer support

Fragmentation- none

Elegance- highest (according to my poll: http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...-elegant-ugliest-mobile-os/ )

Fanboys- the most politest!


Gotta love the ignorance. Let's see what I'm talking about here.

1) WP7 keeps falling. Don't worry Mango is coming soon. Let's see what the fan boys say when it still keeps falling.

2) Android is the Number 1 Mobile OS in the World. I think Microsoft needs a lot of help if they can't even reach third place by the end of this year. I mean c'mon WebOS and BlackBerry are falling in numbers and Microsoft can't even take that market share. PATHETIC!!!

3) Android has choice. I can customize the UI, Keyboard, Home Screen all without Rooting. And if I'm feeling brain dead I can even put a WP7 Launcher just to experience something totally ugly.

Microsoft Fan boys are great. They're small in numbers for WP7 but they talk a pretty big game. Laughable

UndergroundWire said,
Gotta love the ignorance. Let's see what I'm talking about here.

1) WP7 keeps falling. Don't worry Mango is coming soon. Let's see what the fan boys say when it still keeps falling.

2) Android is the Number 1 Mobile OS in the World. I think Microsoft needs a lot of help if they can't even reach third place by the end of this year. I mean c'mon WebOS and BlackBerry are falling in numbers and Microsoft can't even take that market share. PATHETIC!!!

3) Android has choice. I can customize the UI, Keyboard, Home Screen all without Rooting. And if I'm feeling brain dead I can even put a WP7 Launcher just to experience something totally ugly.

Microsoft Fan boys are great. They're small in numbers for WP7 but they talk a pretty big game. Laughable


What a joke of a post. Let's see, which OS is in the news all the time about getting virus'? Oh, right, Android. Which one has all sorts of fragmentation? Oh, right, Android. Which one violates patents all over the world? Oh, right, Android. Which one has the most returns and customer service costs? Oh, right, Android... Troll somewhere else. No OS makes gains like you trolls like to demand of WP7... Give it time. There's a reason market researchers are predicting huge growth for WP7...

M_Lyons10 said,

What a joke of a post. Let's see, which OS is in the news all the time about getting virus'? Oh, right, Android. Which one has all sorts of fragmentation? Oh, right, Android. Which one violates patents all over the world? Oh, right, Android. Which one has the most returns and customer service costs? Oh, right, Android... Troll somewhere else. No OS makes gains like you trolls like to demand of WP7... Give it time. There's a reason market researchers are predicting huge growth for WP7...

Which one does Microsoft make more money off from? Oh, Android

Sorry I hurt your feelings fanboy.

UndergroundWire said,

Which one does Microsoft make more money off from? Oh, Android

Sorry I hurt your feelings fanboy.


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(No, I'm kidding, I can't do that. But lets end this discussion here.)

Considering windows phone uses isolated storage for all the apps this seems like a money grab to me. Apps can't talk to each other and there is no native code allowed, so there is very little an app can do to damage your phone. Unless it can break out of the jail that .net creates.

brent3000 said,
Oh yes.. The potential to grab soo much cash from a free app...

But its an ad based app. They are going to make some money off it.

Einlander said,
Considering windows phone uses isolated storage for all the apps this seems like a money grab to me. Apps can't talk to each other and there is no native code allowed, so there is very little an app can do to damage your phone. Unless it can break out of the jail that .net creates.

+1, Then AVG will just release an update that somehow bricks the OS...