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Best Android antivirus and mobile security apps  February 24, 2018 – 04:38 am
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Antivirus & Mobile Security

Completely free and with a few stand-out features to boot, you shouldn't overlook the simply-titled Antivirus & Mobile Security. As well as the usual anti-virus scanning, this also includes some safe-browsing options, among them encryption for things you type into your browser. One of our favorite bonus features here is Candid Camera Thief ID, which takes selfies of the thief if your phone gets stolen - though using Android Device Manager should be your first port of call if your device gets stolen.

Antivirus is a free antivirus app that has a thief selfie camera, among other features. / © TrustGo Inc. Antivirus & Mobile Security

360 Security - Antivirus

360 (formerly known as Qihoo) is a long-standing and popular Android antivirus app which has all the bells and whistles required to protect your phone. Naturally, it has an antivirus engine, which automatically scans your files and updates its definitions. Each installation, whether from the Play Store or beyond, has to pass through 360 real-time protection to end up on your phone. On top of that, 360 is a system cleaner which cleans out junk files, frees up RAM and has some neat power-saving features too.

360 Security is the new name for Qihoo, and it remains one of the most robust antivirus and system cleaner apps around. / © 360 Mobile Security Limited 360 Security - Antivirus Boost

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The PC version of Kaspersky is regularly showered with accolades and often voted the best internet security suite you can get. The free mobile version offers all the standard anti-malware protection you'd expect, as well as a whole host of anti-theft features. Upgrade to the Premium version ($14.95), and you get anti-phishing protection for your text messaging, cloud protection, and privacy protection when you surf the web.

One of the best PC internet security suites does a good job on Android too. / © Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Internet Security

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

androidpit kasperskyMalwarebytes built its reputation as one of the most lightweight PC protection tools around. The free Android version is a chip off the old block, and also focuses on ease-of-use rather than tons of features. It offers anti-malware protection, a privacy manager, and also scans apps that are behaving suspiciously. The developers have also stayed ahead of the curve by integrating Malwarebytes with Android Device Manager - the remote tracking/anti-theft Android feature that effectively negates such features on many Android antivirus suites.

Just like its PC counterpart, the Android version of Malwarebytes protects your device with minimal fuss. / © Malwarebytes Malwarebytes Anti-Malware


AVL antivirus won an AV-TEST best protection award in 2013 for its security performance on the Android operating system. While it doesn't include some of the more advanced anti-theft features that can be found in similar apps, it's great for your basic protection needs, and also one of the least likely to impact your battery or damage performance. AVL comes highly recommended.

AVL antivirus may not have all the bells and whistles but it's a lean, clean virus fighting machine.© AVL Team AVL

Mobile Security & Antivirus

Bitdefender's Mobile Security and Antivirus app comes with a wealth of security options beyond the traditional "virus scan" feature, and also integrates with current Android Wear smartwatches pretty nicely. It's not exactly cheap, as far as Android apps are concerned; after the initial 14-day trial period runs out you'll have to shell out 14.95 USD per year for the service. However, if you want a "future proof" Android security app, and a peaceful night's sleep, Mobile Security and Antivirus could be your best option.

Bitdefender may cost a few bucks, but it'll even protect your smartwatch. © Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
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