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    what is the best free anti-virus I can get for an S2 on android market. is Norton a good option or AVG. this anti-virus must be completely free with no features missing or subscription and be the best there is of the free anti-viruses. it must have maximum protection and reliability. please a little help on this topic. what do you recommend ?

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    I use the Lookout available on the market. The free version has anti-virus and phone location/scream. It seems to be updated fairly regularly. That being said, if you want the best, you're probably going to have to pay for it...

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    I think the best free antivirus for your device is you. Learn about rooting and all the ways you can secure your Android phone. The antivirus apps have to run in the background at all times, using resources, and still might not work. Especially the free ones. Rooting gives you the control you need.

    A lot of people say "rooting isn't for everyone. Its only for the tech nerds". Which is ridiculous! A real stupid way to think when you've just invested hundreds of dollars on your device. Why not learn everything about it? Apparently, the smartphones are smarter than the people who own them. And guess what, The carriers, manufacturers, hackers, government etc, are all banking on it. They believe we're all stupid! As Del pointed out in one of his articles. Just look at the commercials and see what they think of us. http://forums.pinstack.com/content/3...martphone.html

    They try to charge an extra monthly fee for features like Wi-Fi tethering. Something your phone does natively. That's like having an extra charge to turn on GPS! Now they've setup spyware viruses. Don't be a victim. Root now!
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    to root my device...that I can do. but when I have the access and see all the application and program files....im clueless... I have no idea what to do. perhaps you can suggest a website I can visit that will tell me every thing I need to know about rooting. eg: what do I do once I've rooted. I have even asked someone else to root for me but he will charge me $365... is it that specialised?... the thing is... I can't afford his service nor do I want to pay for it if I can do it myself...there is a specific feature I want to change in the phone, namely change the time of how long certain live wallpapers run for, this is where I will be charged $365 for someone else to do it...please, any help. should I budget and take his offer or attempt doing it myself and risk bricking my $750 phone ?

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    Sure i can help out with the info, but i need to know exactly which S2 you have.

    I srtongly recommend against paying someone to root your device ($365! Highway robbery! ), or even letting them do it for free. You should only do it if you're willing learn about it for yourself. You will have superuser permissions and don't want to accidentally screw something up. If you don't mind a little reading, its actually pretty simple. The hard work is done by the developers in the rooting community. They put out great ROMs, themes, & mods all in one package. For example, the devs have already removed the spy software from most the popular ROMs for my Sprint S2. This is just one benefit of many. There are also risks. You will void your factory warranty, so make sure you're comfortable with that.

    That said, I've never heard of a permanently bricked Android device, or ever needed a factory warranty. And there's a lot of us enjoying the benefits.
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    If you take the time you can root yourself. Don't pay someone nearly the price of a device to simply root. Be careful, follow directions and it'll be fine.

    Besides, once rioted with a recovery, do a nandroid and you can almost always fix a hosed install. Sammy's are difficult to brick.

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    I ve got the standard SII the one that came out first but I think I will rather get some cheap, cheap phone and get used to that before taking a risk of damaging a master piece. I'll let you know of which phone I get.

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    ok I'll be honest...The SII is my moms and she isn't happy at the idea of me rooting it. say....what is it like to root an HTC Sensation ? is it easy ? is it hard to brick ?

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    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1192300

    That is a great place to start with the Sensation.

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    tell me more of that software to protect the phone from bricking. one of my greatest concerns is bricking my phone.

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    There's no software that prevents bricking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTW View Post
    tell me more of that software to protect the phone from bricking. one of my greatest concerns is bricking my phone.
    JF was talking about what's called a "Nanodroid Backup". This will backup your entire system, therefore saving you from any problems like bricking. This backup will be made on your sdcard to flash whenever you need it. I have my phone set up to automatically make a fresh nanodroid backup every week while I sleep. That's one reason I'm not too concerned with viruses. I always have a backup waiting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdills View Post
    JF was talking about what's called a "Nanodroid Backup". This will backup your entire system, therefore saving you from any problems like bricking. This backup will be made on your sdcard to flash whenever you need it. I have my phone set up to automatically make a fresh nanodroid backup every week while I sleep. That's one reason I'm not too concerned with viruses. I always have a backup waiting.
    Sorry I misunderstood. Yep, nandroid backs up device exactly as it is, settings, apps ....everything.
    Relax a bit. Its understandable to be nervous but its easy to be too nervous and screw something up. If you follow directions then rooting isn't difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTW View Post
    ok I'll be honest...The SII is my moms and she isn't happy at the idea of me rooting it. say....what is it like to root an HTC Sensation ? is it easy ? is it hard to brick ?
    Ask your Mom to read this article. Maybe she'll warm up to the idea of rooting. Its your only defense.

    http://www.xda-developers.com/androi...-all-evil-ciq/

    And this one.
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=11763089
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    I know my mom...she does not see any need rooting the device... her words: "I just want a phone that works" I know what your thinking..."isn't this overboard" it is but she just had to ask me what device I would recommend...so...ya.

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