LG G3 partners with McAfee to prevent unauthorized factory resets and rooting


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Losing your brand new smartphone is never fun. While it’s true you can use apps like Google’s own Android Device manager to track down your phone, you’re pretty much screwed once the new “owner” factory resets the device. LG knows this, which is why they’ve partnered with MacAfee Mobile Security for the upcoming LG G3.

According to the joint press release, the MacAfee antivirus app will come pre-installed on the LG G3 and will not only protect your device from harmful malware (ie, cracked apps downloaded from the darkest parts of the internet), but features a few new security tricks as well. Aside from the Kill Switch that will essentially wipe your phone clean (Android Device Manager does the same thing), MacAfee can actually block others from factory resetting your LG G3, in the event that someone wants to make your stolen phone theirs. There’s even an option to block rooting should someone decide to go that route. All this combined with McAfee’s tracking, and you have a solid security app at no cost to you.

Smartphone security is no joke and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of losing something so costly (and with so much personal information stored on it). It’s nice to see LG and McAfee have your back.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. well, that just killed the G3 for a lot of people who might have bought it. yuck.

    1. I just read the link. It seems like as long as it’s turned on, from my understanding.

      I’m not going to lie. I just “Ctrl + F” and looked for “rooting”. LoL!!

    2. How so? It’s just a security feature that you can either use or not.

      1. “According to the joint press release, the MacAfee antivirus app will come pre-installed on the LG G3.” Read the article.

        1. Yes it may come pre-installed, but hopefully you can disable it like with Lookout on the G2.

          1. It’s bloatware. You cannot remove it if it’s there to detect root access.

          2. I said disable, not remove. Then I cited lookout on the g2, and the fact you can disable features within it and the entire app itself, as a reference.

  2. Google Play Edition is the only way to go for phones. Too bad they cost so much

    1. they cost the same typically

      1. He just can’t get his carrier subsidy

  3. Meh. It’s not going to get me my phone back.

  4. So Samsung has Fort Knox, LG has McAfee. Who is next? Nexus, please stay alive.

    1. My thinking exactly !!!

      Knox ruined my ability to root freely, and Samsung’s lost another one…

      1. Thank goodness for Safestrap or I couldn’t root the Galaxy Note 3 I had to use for LTE on AT&T.

  5. I want to the phone literally detonate and explode with the same force as a gernade if someone steals my phone. Now that’s the kind of security protection I’d pay for.

    1. Hah, you’d only need one, then I’m sure the theft rate would go down.

      Phone may or may not contain c4…

      1. Please make that as a back for any phone with a removable back.. Or maybe it will show up on motomaker

      2. Samsung C4

    2. And then it was in your car all along.

      1. Or in your couch cushions… Where you are sitting..

    3. Then you would be responsible for any damages

    4. Just don’t bring it into an airplane, OK?

      1. TSA won’t know. Shhhhh

  6. McAfee is so terrible

    1. I don’t see how that applys to these very useful mobile security features

      1. It doesn’t but it’s still funny

  7. So will this block ALL root attempts, or can it be disabled?

  8. This is a good start. I guess.

  9. As long as it’s to prevent root access for an unauthorized user only, giving me complete & total control. I’m OK with it

  10. I’d rather lose my phone than to have any McAfee product pre-installed on it.

    1. I’d rather be sailing.

  11. Meh, people can complain but I wish my wife’s Note 3 had this when the alleged crack head ripped it out of her hands and rode away on his bicycle. NYPD caught the guy, eventually, but that didn’t stop him from factory resetting it and selling it to a pawn shop (likely scenario)

    1. Ah, America… The birthplace of crack (Admiral General Alladeen voice).

    2. I’m surprised that someone didn’t get stabbed or shot during all this.

  12. i dont want mcafee on my phone or my computer or anything. if it was optional it would be great however pre loaded? no thank you. if we can uninstall it i will be happy. if not this alone will keep me from buying the phone. i cant stand lookout and i dont want mcafee either.

  13. 2nd to last sentence in the 2nd paragraph clearly states: ” There’s even an OPTION to block rooting should someone decide to go that route.” Granted, the heading of the article is a bit faulty, but I highly doubt any manufacturer would willingly hand over lock and key access of their software kernels to a 3rd party “security” company and piss off developers in the same play. Not even Apple would pull that. Clearly there are user settings involved.

    No need to jump off of bridges yet. Besides there hasn’t been a phone invented that couldn’t be rooted yet.

    1. some phones cant be rooted…when i got a moto x replacement there is zero rootmethod for kitkat 4.4.2…..i had to buy a 45 dollar unlock bootloader code from a chinese guy to root :-

  14. Is that option on G3 I hate it on my S4

  15. The first thing I do with any device that comes preloaded with McAfee is delete it. Nothing kills computer performance like McAfee. This is the first real bad news I’ve heard about the G3. Hopefully it can be permanently disabled. Mcafee is garbage.

    1. Problem with defecation like McAfee and Lookout is they don’t allow you to uninstall them unless you root the phone and use something like Titanium. And these programs constantly are on drawing off your battery and nagging you with alerts do you sure you want to download this app.

    2. It’s similar to the first thing you do after getting a MacBook Air. It’s so thin that you can just slip it into an envelope and send it right back if you ever receive one for whatever reason.

      1. I see you’ve never actually used a MacBook Air then.

  16. One of the best aspects of Android is being able to root. Come on guys, what are you thinking?

    1. Many people don’t even know what Android is, to say nothing about rooting. I wholeheartedly agree with you but many people are so unaware of Android’s potential even though might have modern Android phones. They use them like iPhone. A travesty, really.

      1. Not really a travesty. Android has way more customization options than an iPhone even without rooting. I don’t root anymore, and I don’t miss it.

        1. It’s not a travesty that people use great Android devices the same way as iPhones in that they don’t take advantage of so many of the possible customisations? If that’s not at least disappointing I don’t know what is.

          1. I find the general unstable nature of messing with phones disappointing. I also find all those bricked phones and devastated owners a travesty. For what? A different battery icon? Cool looking nav buttons? I grow tired of the “enhanced performance” argument because if the phone is buggy, how is that an improvement?

  17. I already pre ordered this
    device from car phone warehouse and waiting for my product to get delivered at
    my doorsteps. I choose 32GB internal storage that would be expandable up to 128GB
    and 3GB RAM for smooth operation of apps. I have little doubt about its 3000mAh
    battery that support wireless charging feature. Well, it is good to know that
    LG tie up with MCAfee to make the Smartphone experience more secure for its

  18. LG prevents…. people from buying G3, after that move.

    Since it’s a well known issue the “protection” such kind of bloatware offers (look up Samsung and KNOX that voids phone’s warranty).

    Happy sales now.

  19. How does this feature block factory resets in the phone’s stock recovery? I mean I’m sure when it’s running in a booted phone without any protection at the lockscreen level, it works great for stopping someone from pushing factory reset in the settings. However, I don’t see how it stops people from booting into the recovery and doing whatever they want from there.

  20. Ah that wouldn’t be a big problem to get around!! There not locking or blocking root, they are making so no one other then you can root..

  21. Go away!!!

  22. Long as it’s an option to block rooting. Still plan on this phone to update less than a year of getting a previous phone as I got the G2 in November.

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