NetQin Antivirus for Nokia N97
Nokia N97 is a very powerful multimedia smartphone. It has 32GB of internal memory, additional 32GB can be added making the memory available in Nokia N97 64GB. What do you do when you that this much free space? You cram it with various stuff - music, movies, videos, photos of near and dear ones, two dozen or more notes, lots of important and unimportant apps, book games and important data like passwords or address, birthdays etc. What will you do if all of this information, music collection, videos etc. were wiped out and your applications and games were corrupted? Cant even dare to imagine such a situation eh? Virus do such things and sometimes even render your phone useless.
Virus threats on mobile phones are increasing. In the past two years, Trend Micro and F-Secure have released several reports - the most notable ones being at the CTIA (Cellular Telephone Industries Association) annual gathering - that talked of a trend where virus have been on the rise to bell phones.
The bulk of these viruses were found to be on two platform Windows Mobile and Symbian. Needless to say, antivirus companies from Symantic to Kaspersky were quick to launch several mobile antivirus kits.
As users of one of the two platforms, I eagerly await to see a solution from one of the big three Windows desktop freeware antivirus companies, viz. AVG, Avast, Avira. Till then, a possible alternative is chinese firm NetQins mobile antivirus package.
The installation is pretty easy and straightforward, and doesnt take up much disk space either. Upon installation, itll prompt for an update of the virus definition files, done quickly over your wiseless connection.
The first scan will, of course, take a long time and users should be prepared to start it at night, before sleeping. The software claims to dig into the core of each file to scan it and uses battery power effectively while at it - two aspects that have been verified by several reviewers.
Still, if you do start the scan during the day and need to use Nokia N97 in between, hit the helpful pause button and resume the scan whenever you have time.
Whats more, the software features a great real-time monitoring tool. NetQin is vigilant about any data that is being sent over SMS, MMS, Bluetooth, infra-red, GPRS and other network connections, and claims to detect and block threats effectively. Ive tested it and it worked fine. You can get netqin at www.netqin.com.
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