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Yes of course, all Android phones can be affected by virus. Every smartphone can be subjected to virus attack. My Symbian Nokia E5 was affected by Trojan virus. 
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Most Android phone brand don't have any virus  protection, that's the reason why the OS easily get hacked unlike IOS  devices where Apple Inc. protecting them from  nay virus.

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answered by LEGEND (7,487 points) 4 14 39

Yes, any mobile phone or device can be infected with a virus. However, Android is working hard to protect your mobile devices and protect them from viruses. Unfortunately, there are still people out there that love to hack software or a company website or server. It seems to be fun for them to find different ways to infect these devices with viruses.

You will need to protect your own device and make sure you use caution when attaching to a WiFi. Here are a few measures you can try or use to help protect your device:

  1. When in public never attached to an un-secure WiFi network. Only allow your phone to connect to a trusted network that is secure.
  2. A good practice with any mobile device is to turn off your WiFi connection when not in use. This will help to protect your device and not allow it to connect to any WiFi network when you are in public.
  3. Each time you'd like to download and install a new app on your device, it is recommended that you do a bit of research on the app if you don't know anyone using this app. On the Google Play Store, many apps have a very bad or low rating. Unfortunately, Google doesn't remove some apps from their store. Therefore, it is up to us to check out the apps before installing them on our devices.
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answered by LEGEND (6,391 points) 5 9 21
Yes every gadget can be infected with viruses and some even go to the extent of crushing your phones.Some of the reasons behind viruses in phones include:

Downloading apps from the google play store that aren't protected.Most of those apps have viruses. There's this app called whaff rewards, it requires to download and test the apps.It pays well but the the results might not be pleasing and you might crush your phone and no way of reversing it .

Also,there's another way of earning through viewing ads but requires you to download an app for the lock screen. Be cautious with these,those ads might be another great source of viruses and finally downloading things from browser especially opera mini.In fact at times a message pops up saying "your android has been infected with viruses,press OK to clear the virus". The moment you'll press okay and that's now your phone will be infected.
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answered by (246 points) 1 6
Yes. When a user downloads an app from the internet on the phone. The malware can be embedded in the codes of the app. When the app is in the phone it affects the operating system of the phone either  IOS or  OS.  An example can be in form of a  PDF and hides in the system.
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answered by Patron (1,920 points) 2 5 14
Yes. Android phones also get infected by viruses. The existence of malware digital currency miners like bitcoin has long haunted users of computers and gadgets. Typically, this type of malware infiltrates the device through the internet network.

Now, a cryptocurrency miner by name 'loop' is said to be targeting Android devices. based on information circulating, the virus has the potential to infect and damage android devices.
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answered by (376 points) 2 11
Depends on the type of virus; normally any virus made for windows do not affect android phone, because they cannot run on Android; so there is the android virus for android phones which do not affect windows.

So technically there is no actual virus which effects android; there are some malware and malicious software which effects android phones, but they are not a virus.

Yet do not overlook the security of your android phone, and keep it safe from trojan, malware etc.
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answered ago by ELITE (4,955 points) 3 9 21
Yes. Any device, be it android phone or computer that can access the internet can as well be affected by virus. Additionally, as long these devices are making use of applications or programs/softwares, there is likelihood for them to be vulnerable to virus attacks, because these programs with other important files in the devices, are the perfect gateways for these virus to invade these devices.

In a nutshell, virus is a program designed to either steal or damage important data and information in computing devices. Computing devices here include smartphones that are capable of processing data into meaningful information. There are numerous types of virus which are specifically programed to attack other vital programs/softwares in devices.

For virus not have their ways into our devices, we need to have powerful anti-virus programs in our devices. With the presence of this anti-virus, our devices are protected against virus attacks.
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answered ago by (1,450 points) 3 6 12
There is to an extent that latest versions of Android phones can be affected by viruses. The mobile that you mentioned is a Symbian mobile phone which is not not an Android phone device that will be affected by viruses that easily. I could recall that before Android versions such as android 5 and upwards came out, they tackled the issue of viruses affecting the device. On that note, I always believe that it is the same for every android device that we have there.

There are recent attacks such as hacking of accounts of Android and phone users on a general note and this is different from what we have with the files that we have on our Android phone having viruses .I have also noticed that the issue with hanging of mobile devices don't affect those phones that have bigger Ram space.
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answered ago by LEGEND (6,565 points) 2 5 18
Definitely andriod phones do get affected by viruses and this can be gotten by various ways. One can get virus into a phone through some apps installed from a third party sites, through downloaded games, audios, videos and files downloaded it can come through a shared file or data and when this virus get into one phone it begins to attack the operating system like the andiond OS or IOS and cause the phone to start malfunctioning. Another way a phone can be infected is through a bad website or websites and even through an SMS. It pertinent then that we guard our phone against this if we need our phones functioning at an optimal rate as it should.

My advice will be us downloading and installing stuff mostly from our play store to avoid viruses.

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