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I am studiying about android development and given the permission restriction between apps and isolation that the operating system itself imposes, I was wondering what can an antivirus app distributed as an .apk really do to protect the whole system.

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    Snake oil, as they can't do much without root privileges.
    – user42178
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 15:16
  • I think antivirus for Android are most useful if you've rooted your phone.
    – RoraΖ
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 15:56

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