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AVG Antivirus Free on Kindle Fire HD

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Initial post: Dec 21, 2012 12:51:26 PM PST
Hello there,

I've looked at AVG Antivirus Free, but it's not compatible with the Kindle Fire HD. I've noticed that some people have recommended sideloading apps through 1mobile and GetJar, so I'm curious if anyone's installed this product on a Kindle FIre HD, and what the results are?


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 12:54:51 PM PST
There were a few threads about Antivirus apps but the consensus seems to be not to use them. There are very few (none) viruses that would attack the operating system on the Fire that there is no need for this.

You can always do a search - search box on the right - for antivirus to read more info. Be sure to uncheck "Search only this discussion"

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 1:05:36 PM PST
Well the main reason I like the AVG app is because it also has some Anti-theft features that I use. I realize that there are other apps like that, but I already have it configured on my phone, so it'll be nice to deal with all of my devices from one account. I'll do the search though. Thanks.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 1:09:57 PM PST
The anti-theft part depends on integration into Google location services, which don't work on the Fire HD. That may be why it isn't shown as supported.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 5:38:45 PM PST
So, is it safe to assume that I would have to root my Kindle Fire HD, and then install the necessary components for the Google Location Services? And the rest of the product would work fine regardless of whether the Anti-Theft portion works?

I'm a believer in security by layers. Just because there's no need for an antivirus application NOW on an Android device, doesn't mean that there won't be in the future.

Have a great weekend, and Merry Christmas.:)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:24:36 AM PST
Joe Anderson says:
The HD does support google services, in the settings it has a whole section about location services offered by google.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 12:00:46 PM PST
It does? And I'm assuming you don't have a rooted HD, right? When I go into More+ and click on Location-based Services, all I have is "Enable Location-based Services" which is On. And it says below that "Kindle Fire uses Wi-Fi to determine your location. Learn More." (Yes, I'd better have a Kindle Fire HD--not a Kindle Fire, as I paid for an HD, and that's what it says in Manage your Devices).

So, how do I enable the Google Location-based services, or how do I know that they're enabled?

Have a great day:)

P.S. As a side note, I did install AVG via the 1mobile marketplace. When I try to click on the option for Device Locator, I get Sorry, location services are not supported for this version of your device. So, I'm guessing it uses GPS--not wi-fi (AVG, I mean).

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 9:52:37 AM PST
dferron says:
AVG does work for Gen1 Kindle Fire. Looks like AVG needs to update.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 3:58:01 AM PDT
do yuo need anti-visus for a kindle fire HD

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 11:30:59 AM PST
Prof says:
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB - Includes Special Offers
Hi Guys as I live in France I have been told I can not get films or tv programs from the Uk or films in English language. I am not too worried about this but what I would like to know is.Is the kindle fire hdx safe to do ones banking on. I am using a lap top with AVG professional for security and know that I am safe as I have ident protection plus all the other features. As to Android being safe I have read that many of the apps for android are from suspect sites so how do you know you are getting the real thing. Sorry to sound daft but I am 66 years old and new to this sort of thing

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 12:46:36 PM PST
Cavehobbit says:
I have kindle fire hdx. AV programs tend to be tightly bound to the OS, so if it is not offered for your OS I would not try to side-load one.

That said, the first thing I look for, for any device that connects to the internet, is an AV program. I researched current AV programs and got a list of the highest rated ones, and then looked at the ones I can get for KF-HDX. Bitdefender is available so I chose that. It seems to work, but I really can't tell. It has not reported any virus/trojan or other alerts yet, but it has been only a week.

I use Avast on my PC's and Samsung android phone, but it is not available for KF. AVG would also be another one I would choose.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 6:36:20 AM PDT
I have a Kindle Fire HD and would like to know if there is an antivirus program in it or do I need to install one.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 7:31:46 AM PDT
No. And no.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 3:18:02 AM PDT
john stanyer says:
I am a bit confused as to needing an antivirus or .other for my kindle fire HDX, if as most say I don't need one, what is protecting me from nasties. JOHN

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 4:10:24 AM PDT
At this point in time, I have not heard of any confirmed (by a reputable company) virus for any android system. All Fires are running a customized Android OS. Many people want to run security for their peace of mind but it's not necessary.

This does not mean that I would do secure (banking) transactions using my droid phone but many people do. Most banks say they will cover any losses (mine does) providing I am using their app.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 11:12:25 AM PDT
john stanyer says:
Thanks Vickie, you have answered my question I will use the bank app. I have given Macafee free trial a go but there have been no reports of any problems with viruses, which usually happens on my pc so it does seem that an antivirus is unnecessary. Thanks again John

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 6:30:51 AM PDT
Debbie kay says:
hi, i'm karen, a senior an new with this. i was told kindle fire hd 7, what i have , and all tablets are preloaded with virus protection.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 7:31:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2014 8:00:38 AM PDT
Debbie kay says:
dear mr cavehobbit, 1st your name is awesome. i have an email livedriftwood . first i'm told everyone should not assume all is well. always do a complete manual weekly virus scan on entire pc or device. do all files. hard drives. all programs, don't leave anything unchecked. it takes time so be patient an read a book or whatever .

call your techies for how to check all devices.i'm not paranoid i just found out the reality of cyber spaces. it's up to our choices.

my verizon cell phone was hacked also.why do you think itt techs are the fastest growing professionals ? we need more people learning about how to stop, find, and learn even we can learn day by day about keeping our expensive, personal pc s protected .i had made one mistake opening an unprotected file or email.i had kaspersky virus protection. long story made short, weird stuff was happening to my old laptop. i did complete scan and found trogan hourse, and was flooded with viruses that destroyed entire hard drive. this is vip! read consumers report i think may,june on "look who's watching us". everyone with a social security number, is in the system. here in s.c. some hackers got into a large gov. office. someone hacked into my medical and s.s.i. files
so that's why we need to use safe means of communication with others.when i was young we had home phones, tv, typewriters, and a calculator. life was different. we still have the freedom of privacy laws, but its sad to say, we lost our privacy along time ago. friends please listen to glenn beck on fox. or his web site. vip, go google the kim kamando tv and radio shows. she is the guru of computers. by for now

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2014 11:40:03 PM PDT
P. Brittain says:
I agree. Kim Komando is a tech guru. If she says ok, you are golden to use it. Glenn Beck stsys on top of hacking. I am old enough to remember when Putin was the KGB in the USSR (Russia). China is equally as sneaky. Obama says they are no threat. Boy, is he wrong. Trust is only good if you really know the person (s). We live in world where you cannot be paranoid because bad things are everywhere now.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2014 9:39:58 PM PST
Well I downloaded a free Miriam Webster dictionary and it seems to have given my Kindle Fire HD a virus. It has now wiped itself "clean" of all my photos, books , bookmarks history, etc. And each time I must register the device! Big hassle. Does anyone know of a good remedy for this?

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2014 5:44:42 PM PST
I have TrendMicro Titanium Internet Security for all my PCs, my tablet, as well as my Verizon LG Intuition. A perfect product that has always improved and runs non-intrusive with a ton of settings to suit all tastes. If the Kindle Fire HD6 is an android product, TrendMicro will work for it. Well worth the money, which is about 36 per year and is downloadable. Used it for more than 15 years - a solid product.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 6:01:17 PM PST
Mayfayre says:
I put ESET and Malwarebytes on my HDX as one of my first app installations. Both have a small footprint and run unobtrusively. I realize that Android and Fires aren't big hacking targets at the present time, but sooner or later attention will be turned to them and all the devices will be ripe for plucking, so I prefer to follow the "ounce of protection ..." maxim.
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