Best Android antivirus and mobile security apps

Best Android antivirus and mobile security apps

Considering how often malware, ransomware and hacking hit the headlines, you might be wondering which anti-virus is best to keep your trusty Android phone and all its data safe. So we've put together an updated list of the best antivirus and security apps for Android. Whether you are looking for virus removal for your Android phone or data security or just general protection against theft and hacking, these apps should offer a well-rounded package.

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Sophos Free Antivirus and Security

Sophos is one of the best security apps for Android, consistently ranking high on regulators such as AV-Test. As of the time of writing, it has the honor of being our top recommended security app for Android. In addition to perfect protection, it offers a varied feature set. The highlight: the app is free of charge and even ad-free (Sophos' profit model comes from business customers). Malware protection is based on an online database that also checks the reputation of individual apps and recommends alternatives.

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Sophos offers a range of features but doesn't overload your device. / © NextPit

Users of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later are finally allowed to use Web Filtering again. This serves to prevent malware when surfing on mobile websites. Fraud attempts, for example through misleading advertising, can thus be prevented.

The theft protection is also well thought out. It allows you to remotely control your smartphone by SMS from other phone numbers you specify. Child protection filters, call blockers and device encryption complete the package.

The app is specialized in security and does without unnecessary boosting or optimization functions. This makes it more popular with many of its users than CM Security, which while also free, can feel overloaded with bloat and ads. Of all the antivirus apps out there, Sophos stands out as the best deal for most users.

Kaspersky Internet Security

Kaspersky is a well-established anti-virus and security package on desktop, and with its Android app it brings that protection to your mobile. That means you get anti-virus, call and text control, anti-theft, and anti-phishing features.

It can also protect you with real-time, web protection, and a few privacy options, though to get the full package you'll need to pay for the premium version of the app, which is currently priced at $14.95 for one year. If you need to cover more than one Android device, you can add up to two more at $5 per device, per year.

If you want to test out the premium features, there's a 30-day trial to activate within the app, but to use some of the features you will need to create an account using your email address. The anti-theft feature, for example, isn't premium but does require an account to work.

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Kaspersky has a pretty neat UI. / © NextPit

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes is one of our favorites in this list, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it focuses on doing one job well - protecting your phone from malware - and secondly, because it does so with a minimalist interface and well-chosen options.

That means it's also relatively lightweight in comparison to the others on this list, and offers free real-time protection. As well as offering malware detection, there's also a handy privacy audit feature that scans all the apps on your phone and breaks them down into different categories. This allows you to get a simple and quick overview of all the apps on your phone.

You'll probably want to pay some attention to categories like 'Apps that can cost you money'. The security audit feature does a similar thing for your phone settings, by quickly assessing potential weak spots in your security and guiding you to turn them off. This includes switching off the ability to install apps from third-party sources and the developer options.

There's no longer a phone location feature, as many of the other apps offer, but then there's also not really any need for one given that Android can do that natively. Malwarebytes might not offer the same level of features as some, but it's a well-thought out, and free, option that does its job well.

Malwarebytes focuses on doing one job well. / © NextPit

Avast Antivirus & Security

Avast's anti-virus and security package is one of the most feature-packed on this list. If you want an app that can take care of all your security, RAM boosting, junk cleaning and other needs, Avast could be it.

Some of those features will, as with similar apps, require the installation of other components too, however. On the purely protection side of things, Avast has the on-demand and real-time scanning you'd expect of an anti-virus app, and also includes things like the ability to check the security of your current Wi-Fi connection and to lock specific apps so only you can open them.

There's also a firewall option, but to use that you need to have a rooted phone. Unlike some of the others in this list, the ads in the app aren't too off-putting, but Avast does promote a lot of its own apps designed to 'enhance' the suite. If you don't need or want those features that could be slightly annoying to ignore constantly. If you want no display ads at all, you'll need to pay for the premium version, which is available on a monthly or annual basis and varies in cost depending on where you're located.

If you do decide to pay, each subscription is valid across all your Android devices using the same Play Store account. Add in a call blocker and app privacy adviser that displays all the info in a simple, easy to understand way and Avast is a truly useful anti-virus tool for anyone looking for an 'all in one' package.

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Avast offers a decent set of free options without too many ads. / © NextPit

AVG Antivirus Security

AVG Antivirus Security is more than its name suggests, as it also provides app locking, anti-theft, task killer and app backup features. And it does it all in a well-designed interface. There are also a few battery-saving options on board, and the ability to dig down into your battery data to find out what's been draining it.

The power saving options replicate functions dotted around any stock Android settings menus, but bring them all together in one place for easier control. If you want to use the junk cleaning options, you'll need to install AVG Cleaner too. Once you have, it integrates with AVG Antivirus.

In this instance, it seems smart of AVG to provide the cleaner functionality through a separate download, rather than bundle another large app inside the main suite. It's worth pointing out that AVG Cleaner is free to download, just like AVG Antivirus, but also offers a paid upgrade to a Pro version for additional features and the removal of ads.

You don't need the premium version of either app to use the Phone Locator option, but you will need to sign up for an account via your email address to use this feature.

AVG is one of the most fully-featured options on this list. / © NextPit


Lookout is one of the apps on this list that doesn't have a desktop client, as it's focused exclusively on mobile. It's also one that requires you to sign up for an account to use any of the features.

Once inside, you've got the choice of taking the free or premium route - premium is around $2 per month. The free version gives you app security and phone location features, whereas premium will also protect your Web browsing, give you a privacy overview of your apps and allow a few other anti-theft related features.

There's also a handy breach report feature that will alert you if any of the services you use are hacked - allowing you to change your credentials in a timely manner. If it doesn't sound like the free version offers much, that's a mistake.

Within the single category of app security, you're protected against adware, bots, click fraud, remote exploits, root enabler threats, spyware and a number of other types of malicious software.

Lookout is one of the simpler options here, but the breach report is worth considering. / © NextPit


Norton Security Antivirus

Norton Security Antivirus is another hugely popular desktop protection platform that's made the jump to mobile. In short, it blocks and removes malware both on-demand and in real-time.

It also offers the now-familiar app adviser feature that tells you about privacy risks in a simple, easy to understand manner. One thing that none of the others offer, but Norton does is a handy feature that integrates with Google Play to show you any alerts about an app before you download it; you can see if the app you're about to install hogs battery, uses excessive data or poses any other sort of potential risk.

There's a 30-day free trial for the premium version, which unlocks all the features, but after that it'll cost you $22 per year. It does have an appealingly simple design and is straightforward to use though.

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Norton is an established brand with a modern design. / © NextPit

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  • someoneornoone Apr 1, 2020 Link to comment

    Love the effort you put into articles! Maybe you could share your opinion of free VPNs? Went through a few of them, sticked with Atlas VPN as it seemed the best out the bunch.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 10, 2019 Link to comment

    And if I'm not mistaken Bitdefender won the AV award for best Android Security app in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Even with Gancrab most of these couldn't beat Bitdefender not just on detection but on decrypting it. Yet it's not even listed here.

  • CJ Brown Mar 10, 2019 Link to comment

    Security Master used to be my favourite for years (and it came highly recommended by AndroidPit back in the day). But the recent software upgrade took away the phone block / message block feature, so now I got to decide on a replacement.

    Will it be Kapersky OR Avast ? I've come to the conclusion that sometimes you have to pay to get what you want, Security Master was free with annoying ads, I just feel it's time to pay $12 to $15 a year to have it all minus the advertisements! 🤷🏼‍♂️

  • IAm JohnsonDBlogger Mar 4, 2019 Link to comment

    Great Article some of these app have proven more effective but most are Space wasters check out work Android Antiware

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    Deactivated Account Mar 3, 2019 Link to comment

    My favourite is Sophos, free and best.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 3, 2019 Link to comment

    Still can't understand that Bitdefender isn't on this list. Almost every year they win awards for the best Anti-virus.

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  • Jerry's W. Mar 3, 2019 Link to comment

    why do you keep refurbishing old articles? nothing changed, android does not need anti virus. its only eating battery and cost you money if you use a paid antivirus app. I stated that in 2016 here also.
    this article is like sorta advertising in disguise for the antivirusapp-industry

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      I don't agree Jerry. I've had clients that cried loosing data like contacts and photo's etc. from viruses/malware. A scan with Bitdefender removing the viruses they have never complained again and never lost data from their devices.

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  • Dave Contarino Jan 19, 2019 Link to comment

    Malwarebytes is lightweight? It uses more memory than most Windows security suites - 300-400MB worth. And uses more battery than even the Android OS according to my battery monitor. I have yet to find an Android security app that provides basic real-time protection, browser/url protection and on-demand scanning only, and is lightweight. I don't want anti-theft, app permission scanning, data usage tracking, or other bloated features.

  • Sravani Namburi Nov 19, 2018 Link to comment

    Hi this information helped me a lot to secure my devices

  • Ram D Nov 5, 2018 Link to comment

    Hi this is Kailash nice post

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  • nathan chisholm Nov 5, 2018 Link to comment

    Are we still talking about AV software even though it's been said over and over you do not need it! All it does is add another program running in the background. If you download external software use a reliable site like APKmirror...

  • CJ Brown Nov 3, 2018 Link to comment

    CM Security Master

    this was recommended here at Android Pit 3 years ago ;-)

  • Jerry's W. Nov 2, 2018 Link to comment

    anybody listening?
    you do NOT need antivirus on Android.
    google that and learn!

    • nathan chisholm Nov 5, 2018 Link to comment

      Don't bother ppl are just thick these days and giving its coming from a site that should no better its a waste off time...

  • Stevesk Nov 2, 2018 Link to comment

    McAfee and Norton Mobile Security is good but that not much effective. Instead of this, you can go for Bitdefender Mobile Security. This is a total myth that android doesn't need an antivirus. Your device may be infected with the virus, malware. It is the most effective and reliable antivirus software. It doesn't consume battery.

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  • Jerry's W. Nov 2, 2018 Link to comment

    why do you keep refurbishing old articles? nothing changed, android does not need anti virus. its only eating battery and cost you money if you use a paid antivirus app. I stated that in 2016 here also.
    this article is like sorta advertising in disguise for the antivirusappmakers

  • Michael Meissner Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    McAfee and Norton, despite being legacy brands, suck ass. They've sucked on desktop PCs for years, and I highly doubt their mobile apps are any better. In my experience, if you want good protection for both your computer and phone, run Malwarebytes on top of either Avast or Kaspersky. Each has adequate free versions, and reasonable paid versions.

    Sophos, as I've heard, is also fantastic, but not one I've used. That says, take my words with a cube of salt; I am but one man

  • Danny1611 Jul 29, 2017 Link to comment

    CM security is the worst one... my precious photo being deleted by this stupid app

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  • D. L. May 28, 2017 Link to comment

    Sophos is free & ad free. It has a big set of features as well. They score the highest in independent testing too. Unlike Avast and AVG, also owned by Avast, you will not be inundated with ads, or nag screens to upgrade to pro version. Furthermore, if you have HTC, their app Boost + has a very good app lock feature to compliment any AV app.

    • Ila V. Aug 16, 2017 Link to comment

      Never heard of Sophos.

      • D. L. Nov 7, 2017 Link to comment

        Sophos has been around a long time, based in the UK, they also have free home PC protection. They make their money on businesses using enterprise protection. They have tons of options, and just updated the UI recently too.

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  • محمد يوسف May 22, 2017 Link to comment

    Bitdefender, best is the best.

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  • Peter Harwood May 17, 2017 Link to comment

    Surprised you keep peddling these useless apps that gobble your battery, just keep your phone software up to date and you don't need any of these crappie apps.

  • Kenny Olembo May 17, 2017 Link to comment

    You missed the master.

  • Albin Foro May 16, 2017 Link to comment

    First, I only use AV because I sideload APKs outside the Play Store now and then. Absent that, no real need - the products pretty much replicate what Google does and the only real Android security threats have been from malware in apps.

    There is no basis for brand loyalty in AV or malware protection - learned that from twenty-five years running PCs with pretty much the same list of companies. These products change radically year to year, some years changing algos or loading up with half-baked "features" they're not good at developing and soon abandon. It's worth reviewing the latest results at reliable sites every year at renewal time - for hard lab testing, not for uninformed cheers and jeers. I'd suggest AV-Test and its latest March list.

    I do like BitDefender for its very low resource footprint on my inexpensive devices and that it keeps well out of the way. All current tests put it in the top group of products.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 31, 2017 Link to comment

    I was thinking about installing mcafee but start wandering since me s7 edge already have the anti malware inside the smart menager i truly need a anti virus? Or the samart menager is enough?

    • Ila V. Aug 16, 2017 Link to comment

      My ZTE comes encrypted.

  • Yulia Ye Feb 2, 2017 Link to comment

    I analyzed the different user authentication methods, what is the safest..but after reading this article - https:/ i don't know which option is the most preferred.

  • Barath Riz Jan 12, 2017 Link to comment

    I would recommend you to use LEO Privacy applock. It is the best and most trusted applock and download safeguard app to protect over 100 million users from private information leakage, with strong applock to lock up apps, convenient privacy scan to locate loophole, safe box to Hide private photo & video, Wi-Fi security to secure network safety, etc.

  • Akash Srivastava Jan 12, 2017 Link to comment

    According to me LEO privacy has to be the number one app for the job. I have been using this app for quite some time and it hides my private pictures and videos in the vault also this app has a unique feature which enables you to capture a snapshot of anyone who tries to unlock apps behind you. so this app comes in very handy when it comes to your private space and protection.

  • Andria D. Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Since I'm a MetroPCS customer, when I elected to pop for the $6/mo handset protection "insurance," it also includes the Premium version of Lookout -- with which I am VERY happy. It doesn't badger you constantly to DL this, that, and the other thing, it doesn't try to scare you into DLing all their other products, and it doesn't constantly hijack your phone with annoying, flashing, intrusive, dimwit ads for dimwit games. It scans every app I DL, it has a safe-browsing component (which requires you to setup VPN, a small price to pay for safe browsing!), and the Breach Report seems pretty handy too. Even if you're not a MetroPCS customer, $2/mo seems like a pittance to know you're protected, and not have to put up with the constant annoyance of ads.

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    Deactivated Account Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Most of these I will not even download and install on my biggest enemy's mobile device... No jokes.

  • JOHN JARBAH Dec 20, 2016 Link to comment

    What about SOPHOS mobile security, it's one of the best antivirus software protection around. SOPHOS antivirus engine is aggressive to any PUA or low reputation app.

  • Jerry's W. Dec 10, 2016 Link to comment

    there is no need for antivirus app in android wake up

    • Mattew M Feb 16, 2017 Link to comment

      Then explain why I have an app that is continously trying to post ads on my Facebook page in the middle of me playing a game, texting, doesn't matter it will continously try to post when I barley even open Facebook much less post stuff,....and it takes 3-15 attempts of backing out of the post, hitting the discard selection of the post and as soon as I do 1-2 seconds pass and then it will pop up again.......
      And yeah I'm sure you're probably thinking at this point "well just uninstall that app off of your phone, right?...... has been u installed for more than 3 months now but yet continues some how to not only post on Facebook but as well as it randomly opens up the play store and brings me to the app that's causing this issue.....

  • john.coward Dec 9, 2016 Link to comment

    Lets see! I kinda like Vipre myself as they don't talk about the viruses as when you here about them from other app providers they've written the code already to get rid of them and their software tends to pick up problems more often the Avast or any of the others that you are even suggesting. However most people in the public world have not even heard of Vipre but in the Corporate World it is well known and 100% effective but cost a little more but you can pay by the month for the mobile app and it runs at a cost of $2.62 Canadian Dollars per month or $2.00 U.S. and should not be over looked by anyone and I truly mean that !

  • Angela Jones Dec 7, 2016 Link to comment

    The first antivirus I used on my android phones/tablet was AVG, followed by Avira. I'm using CM security, which I've been using for a while now. I bought the premium versions on all of them. I also use a vpn called Tunnelbear premium when I'm out and using wifi hotspots.

  • Peter Harwood Dec 6, 2016 Link to comment

    what a total waste of phone space these apps are.You don't need any of them full stop.

  • DEATHPROOFBUM Dec 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Apart from the dedicated Sony AVG antivirus and separately licensed each year file cleaner, which both integrate together with a three tier payment option of; premium/ pro/ monthly at £9.99-£6.99-£1.49 respectively ( £6.99 on sale at the moment for £3.99), which all work very smoothly in the background.
    Another app which I've used from nearly since it's inception, and now i'm a beta user is 'Logdog'. It has been free from the beginning but has added over time new layer's of protection as paid.
    The free protection is for your Google account, Twitter, Dropbox and Facebook, which has worked very well over the years I have found. The paid Gmail account security (first few scans free) looks for flaws in your gmail which hackers may use to gain access to your account and banking ,which then prompts you to delete and even warn the sender to 'up' the security on their end. Also there is a paid 'Bank card' security coverage, which 'lock's down' your bank details and informs you if your banking information may have been compromised.
    I don't mind going to the trouble of writing this on their behalf, because they are very polite and helpful, and just a quick mention that I once signed up to one of Amazon's campaigns on it's US site via Twitter, and although I don't use Twitter much, I was informed each time that Amazon US accessed my Twitter account which was over 200 times! You can witness who abuses the privileges you give to companies, otherwise you wouldn't have a clue, then revoke it.
    This app gives you protection of your social media accounts and so on, that I haven't found elsewhere, the banking protection feature is quite expensive relatively speaking, however, saying that, if you have a lot of savings at risk (which I don't) its not as important to me in that respect.
    Consider taking a look into the app, it will work well alongside the other apps mentioned on here.
    Always keep safe!

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    • DR L May 10, 2017 Link to comment

      Worthless crap.

  • Shane Scott Dec 5, 2016 Link to comment

    I work in I.T and use and recommend Kaspersky on all my products.

  • Tom Cat Dec 5, 2016 Link to comment

    AdGuard ? LBE Security Master ?

  • Raja S. Dec 4, 2016 Link to comment

  • Immu Robot Nov 14, 2016 Link to comment

    How is it that AV has finds BITDEFENDER to be THE Best AV software out there. Yet you name all the others but the AWESOME BITDEFENDER software? Please Clarify- & do so QUICKLY. as my Subscriptions end at the end of this month. - Thank You

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    • Cyril Fernandes Dec 5, 2016 Link to comment

      BITDEFENDER is the best AV Software.... Awesome performance and Less on resources than any other compared AV

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      • Richard Elderfield Dec 19, 2016 Link to comment

        I have bitdefender Total Security 2017 on my laptop also installed on my Samsung Galaxy's working and protecting.I feel it's doing a good job.

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    • Richard Elderfield Dec 19, 2016 Link to comment

      Go for bitdefender Total Security 2017 .it will do a good job to protect your phone.

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  • Jason Aj Oct 20, 2016 Link to comment

    There is another collection of best antivirus apps 2016 edition at

  • Harsha S Oct 6, 2016 Link to comment

    I would make another point that while downloading apps we need to make it sure that source is not infected and not spreading any infected apps so better download apps from Google Play Store, I wrote and detailed article comparing top antivirus security PAID apps here

  • Andrew Rodrigues Jul 28, 2016 Link to comment

    I use 360 Security. It is good and fast and cleans up all junk files. Only problem I have is that the dialogs keep popping up at the end of an activity recommending something else and on and on .. i usually stop after cleaning, but these recommendations make me apprehensive.

  • sahib singh Jun 28, 2016 Link to comment

    GizmoSafe is an android antivirus that has the most updated database of online threats. This app lets you scan the device at a time convenient for the user. Also, you can take backup of your contacts to your email as well. This app is available at Google Play Store as well as gizmohelp's website .

  • Lisa Bobbitt May 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi, So am I to install and use all these apps because I'm unsure what do do from here.



    • Oksanna Zoschenko Sep 26, 2016 Link to comment

      You should download from Google Play, a single antivirus and a single anti-malware app, for example, such as both Avast! Mobile and Malwarebytes, and give them a try, they complement each other, provide real-time protection, receive good reviews on other sites, and are free. I have them both and they are great. Avast! CleanUp is also as good as Piriform's CCleaner, for housekeeping, and actually a tad better. LastPass will protect your passwords so that is a good idea, too. They also own XMarks, a bookmarks syncing app, which like Google's and Firefox's syncing facilities, sync bookmarks across devices, and I use it all the time. Solid un-intrusive apps.

  • Bernard C Williams May 28, 2016 Link to comment

    I use Kaspersky security multi device to cover laptop, tablet and phone. Worth every cent, the it is that good. Dash Lane locks down all passwords again worth every cent. Nothing compares to these two. Why is Dashlane not on your list. last pass got taken over and heard enough about the new company to dump it fast.

  • David Martin May 25, 2016 Link to comment

    The paid version of Bit Defender is way better than the apps mentioned here.

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  • David rom May 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Gateway antivirus allows corporate and enterprise to check for viruses at the application layer using a web-based scanning service. These types of security software available ClearCenter Marketplace. The ClearCenter Marketplace is a service that allows administrators to browse and search for apps compatible with the platform/version and install them.

  • CJ Brown Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Well-written and well-researched article :)

    CM Security - I have been using app this for almost a year without any problems (still surprised that Google hasn't partnered with, or purchased, a company to create their own antivirus / security app)

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    • Lisa Moore Apr 28, 2016 Link to comment

      PureVPN !! the best VPN I know for mobile security and data encryption. I keep all my confidential data on my phone without fear of falling into wrong hands.

  • Dany Bravo Apr 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Nice article and very useful apps mentioned. While learning about Android Security, I also found a wonderful blog on purevpn website with the title 10 Steps to Perform a Personal Android Security Audit! and I think its a must for every Android user.

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    There's only one App I trust and that's Bitdefender Mobile Security use Bitdefender everyday on my pc/mobile and on clients' pc's and I must say it has proved that it works to me and to my clients imho.

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  • Andy Brady Mar 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Where would you place the DTEK software?

  • GrimJimCrowley Mar 29, 2016 Link to comment

    What about Lookout Security? It came loaded on my Samsung Galaxy S6.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

    A lot of people think it is not necessary to have an antivirus on your mobile devices that run android. I have also seen the articles here and other places that say it is unnecessary. Just remember it is an ever changing landscape out there. There will always be malware and viruses for everything it is just the times we live in. I think it is better to be safe than sorry.

  • Peter Harwood Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

    Very surprised your recommending any of these useless apps!

  • Michal Horna Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

    I do not use any antivirus application
    just use the phone sensibly and I think it is not needed

  • Diptangshu M. Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

    How's Dr. Web? Is it any good?

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  • kuldeep Jan 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Android Smartphones doesn't need any antivirus. Antivirus may be require only when your phone is rooted.

  • WickedSweetDreamz Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm using Malwarebytes anti-malware, and even though I have heard that you could still potentially get a virus /malware on your Android whether or not you are using an anti-virus program on your phone, despite anything you choose to use to prevent it from happening ,I have found that this is the best one for me .I also have the premium version on my laptop ,and it works very well .

    • Matt C. Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

      Anti Malwarebytes with Kaspersky Internet Security is the best combination I'm a techie I've been using both combinations for 7 years 8 years and it works flawlessly. The best part no ads.

  • Idhe Novian Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Android no need anti virus that

  • Scott Johnson Jan 18, 2016 Link to comment

    I ran 360 security for 2 days. This morning I'm getting full screen ads on my lock screen. Gotta be better ones out there.

  • Omri Kehat Jan 16, 2016 Link to comment

    I've been using TruyGo for years with no complaints & it's the first time I don't see it on the list. Did something happen?!

  • Apolzan Marius Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

    i use ESET on my pc,i find it the best of all,never had problems of any kind with anything,no malwares or viruses of any kind,now on phone,i have none of those u wrote there as being the best and i can tell that is doing it's job perfectly smooth and not taking much of ram either and it is a battery friendly,as for that bitdefender,is the worse of all,when i had it on my PC,my PC got in a state of completly silence,i mean it stoped working,til i had to reinstall windows,i installed again the antivirus and i got in same situation,so after a windows reinstall,i chenged it,and my life got easier,it's a crappy antivirus on PC as it is on phones,always was,always will be,for norton that it is a good antivirus,it takes lot of memory to function, and it slows down ur PC same goes with AVG,even make problems in internet connection,AVG has to have a look into that,on phones with those,i didn't try them,but why should i when i have 1 that does the job as well as a premium antivirus ?

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    Deactivated Account Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

    There was an article which stated that use your phone wisely and there is no need to install any antivirus. Android developers are doing enough to keep it safe & secure.

  • parayil h. Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

    I installed es file explorer which is showing me all hidden files and junk files, that Android itself can't. I am clearing all these, so my phone is fast and smooth.

  • Ivan petko Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Avast is the best antivirus for my opinion

    • Diptangshu M. Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

      I too like Avast very much.

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      They should change the name to afast as it's a fast way to not know you have viruses is what I call avast. Trust me had a few pc's and laptops in my workshop with avg and avast. Updated with the latest update. Still picked up multiple viruses from keyloggers, trojan horses etc. after installing Bitdefender.

  • Albin Foro Jan 14, 2016 Link to comment

    Since I do sideload now and then, I've been using BitDefender free, which has a minimal resource footprint, keeps out of the way, and is highly rated in the more technical lab reviews. I really dislike that some OEMs are preinstalling this stuff - on my tablet disabling McAfee takes it down to a few kilobytes, but it can't be entirely removed.

    I think my best defense against accidental loss is having the message "Reward if Found: [email address]" on the lockscreen. My bet is 90% of finders would rather respond to that than fool around trying to crack the PIN to keep the device.

  • lianne john Jan 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I use a Zenfone, are these compatible?

    • Waffleiron Jan 14, 2016 Link to comment

      Yes. You might also want to look at Bitdefender.

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  • hassan bouchta Jan 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I dont think i need an app thats keep running on all the time and consuming battery trying to protect my phone cuz i can do that myself perfectly if u know whats ur installing and whats ur browsing there is no virus u can get

    • Bob visser Jan 14, 2016 Link to comment

      You can still get them. Enough sites get hacked every day and get infected with viruses

  • Ravindu Thimantha Gamage Jan 14, 2016 Link to comment

    You do not need these so called Virus Guards or RAM cleaners in Android. All they do is to break how Android works natively!

  • Parvind Chahal Jan 14, 2016 Link to comment

    there is no need of antivirus for android.....the things which these antivirus do can be manualy done by us.....dont waste ur useful ram for these shits....Carlon u should not put blog like this u should tell how antivirus work

  • Raymond Jan 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I just bought an S6 and see it has some security so I don't know if these would be necessary for me?

  • Nexus 9 user Jan 8, 2016 Link to comment

    Bitdefender Mobile Security and Antivirus is not "future proof" as Kris claims.. "future proof" is an overused platitude. The current version of this App isn't written for the current version of Android (Marshmallow) and so there isn't granular control of permissions within the App. Also the device manager website (for Anti-theft etc.) was superseded by without users being notified, so it fell over there too. The new site: is clunky and doesn't allow registration of devices (Including PCs) unless you reinstall their Bitdefender Apps. Device users cannot be deleted once added on the new site either. Bitdefender has very poor customer service - the advertised online chat support is a sham - it's never staffed. Email support is also very slow and lazy. I Recommend using Google's default and free Android Device Manager for Anti-theft features.

    • Scott Adam Gordon Jan 13, 2016 Link to comment

      Thanks for the comment. These are important points and we will take it into consideration as we update this list for 2016 :)

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      Deactivated Account Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

      It's a pity I only see this now. Have used Bitdefender for years now. Have had numerous chat's online with them when I had a issue I couldn't solve on my own. Even when my supplier closed down a few years ago I sent a mail and they replied within minutes and got me a new supplier in my country and registered me with them, I didn't even had to lift a finger. Can't say that of any of the other AV suppliers out there, trust me tried and used them all and fixed issues on them via remote support, having the AV distributors etc. support staff on the other line or email if I could get hold of them and/or they ever replied.

  • Viktor jovanović v. Dec 6, 2015 Link to comment

    I have instaled AMC Security and for naw didn't get eby virus or malvare.

  • Jerry's W. Oct 13, 2015 Link to comment

    after installing Avast my battery started consuming power with 8% in 3 hours while doing nothing. I removed it

  • MobileApptelligence India Oct 3, 2015 Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing this article. Was searching similar contents on search engines for a case study. Many thanks.

  • Goldtrust Anti Virus Sep 13, 2015 Link to comment

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  • Shahriar Tanvir Upol Sep 12, 2015 Link to comment

    thanks admin for your good review. i prefer eset mobile security most.

  • Kenny Sigat Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

    I have no Antiviruses on my galaxy tab GT-P6800... It safe or not.? May i know?

    • Anna Cox Dec 15, 2015 Link to comment

      Why would you bother playing Russian Roulette with yr smartphone? When it likely contains so much impt info & would be one of yr most constantly used possessions? As you can see, there are many FREE options to choose from, so why, at the very least, would you not have installed one of those? Even the best paid versions will only cost you a pittance, surely not too much for the peace of mind that comes with them?

  • ScorpioViking Jul 15, 2015 Link to comment

    P.s. As mentioned above McAfee should have been included in your list as well as Pro/Premium versions benefits listed in a manner facilitating app. comparisons for purposes of end user, us readers, to make justifiable final choices as I beleive having several different security apps. installed at the same time might cause problems.

  • ScorpioViking Jul 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Hey Kris:
    1.) If this article came out 2 days ago how is it that you've got comments dated prior to this?
    2.) Would greatly appreciate it if you, as well as your colleagues, would include country of origin for all app.s as some countries don't play fair and their moral compass is lacking, often to the final users detriment.

  • patrick kooistra Jul 14, 2015 Link to comment

    its 360 for me best on the market

  • Sanjeev Singh Jul 14, 2015 Link to comment

    Which is the best antivirus in this list?

  • piterson May 29, 2015 Link to comment

    Try using "Fonegard app" I am basically using this app from long time and really satisfied with this app. It is basically a anti-theft app. That helps in protecting your phone from thieves. For more if you want i am leaving a link below just

  • Carolina Eliz Apr 20, 2015 Link to comment

    I am Using Comodo Antivirus for Android - Fabulous product Would prefer this to any other product out there. Have it on my desktop and mobile and it does its job better than anything else. You guys are the best, period.

  • €vris Mar 28, 2015 Link to comment

    kaspersky and Avg are the best security software for pc. but for mobile I don't know. by the way I use kaspersky for both.

  • Anupam Das Mar 27, 2015 Link to comment

    I m using 360 security which seems to have been fine.

  • Charles Brown Mar 1, 2015 Link to comment

    I think comodo security is the best choice.

  • Rasta Feb 23, 2015 Link to comment

    Buddies get 360 mobile safe app. I have been using it for two years now on my tecno D5 mediaTek device.I call this app all package in one app. this app is not just antivirus but all in one app and work perfectly. Has the ff features.... checkup blocker
    ...system cleanup
    ...contacts backup usage manager
    ...power management
    I rank this app #1

    • Anna Cox Dec 15, 2015 Link to comment

      All useful, but on a good android device, these extra features are all pre installed, so why double up & bloat yr device. All those features, apart from anti virus related, are things my Note5 does anyway, so I assume most other decent brands or models would also have similar options

  • Jimmy LightspeeD Jan 31, 2015 Link to comment

    Guys, n Gals, get BitDefender, full version. There's a promotional Give-away for a licence for 12months. Search google and enter ur email addy, then *bam* in ur inbox be a CODE that will get you the best anti-virus/malware protection for Android.

  • Dilip Kumar Jan 12, 2015 Link to comment

    Armour is my choice.

  • glen lebarr Dec 29, 2014 Link to comment

    CM is my choice, they also make the best browser

  • oldzoom Dec 29, 2014 Link to comment

    I've been using Trustlook AV since its release. It uses a new type of proprietary scan engine. The developer is continously improving it and adding to the definition files as malware variants emerge in the real world. The developer responds to problems and listens to suggestions. I've personally tried to put several viruses and other malware on my phones and so far it has always found them. Can't say that about the other Android AV apps out there. This is why I'm trusting it right now, but in the future who knows... Nothing is 100% and only as good as its definition files. It doesn't bog down any of my current phones, Galaxy Note 4, Note 3 or Note 2. It's free right now on Google Play Store. Has lots of different options and a widget with a LED flashlight. Give it a whirl, you might just like it...

  • Mehedab A. Dec 28, 2014 Link to comment

    i have been using avg pro antivirus and i think its the best antivirus for android devises

  • Craig Lewis Dec 28, 2014 Link to comment

    Besides being an effective anti virus package, where can I find out which of these packages is a resource hog?

  • Risky Wahyu Nugroho Dec 28, 2014 Link to comment

    i use avast and love the feature. maybe I'll try some of the above applications as well

  • Madars G Dec 27, 2014 Link to comment

    clean master is the best app for smartphone

  • graham Dec 27, 2014 Link to comment

    I've had no problems with lookout and been using it on multiple devices.

  • Aywhy93 Dec 27, 2014 Link to comment

    Avast is the best on this list... That's what I'm using on my Galaxy S5 and it works great.

  • Janusz Nov 11, 2014 Link to comment

    I prefer not mentioned here McAfee. It owns a blocker of unwanted calls and sms-es.

  • Youness JZ Nov 11, 2014 Link to comment

    Android not need an antivirus because it's linux system

  • AJ STA ANA Nov 11, 2014 Link to comment

    IOS Does not need anti virus apps,just saying!
    Are anti virus apps worth using if they use up RAM and battery life?

  • Steve Nov 11, 2014 Link to comment

    been using cm security for some time now with all its other android apps and can't praise them enough. would rank these first in any list!

  • Robin Scully Nov 11, 2014 Link to comment

    The last thing you ever want to happen is to have your Android phone get severely affected with a virus. We are now living in the Information Age, where people are willing to exchange lots of bucks just to be able to take hold of powerful information.

  • Zed Nov 11, 2014 Link to comment

    Lookout Mobile Security sent me an email with the picture of the person holding my lost phone and the exact location.
    Lookout Mobile Security IS THE BEST.

  • Harris Sid May 31, 2014 Link to comment

    I would avoid using Avast though, in light of the crap that went down with them recently:

  • Tom Cat Apr 10, 2014 Link to comment

    LBE Security Master

  • Northernbaygirl Mar 24, 2014 Link to comment

    I used to use AVG on my phone but when I got my tablet it wasn't compatible so now I'm running Avast on both phone & tablet with no issues at all.

    • Kris Carlon Apr 10, 2014 Link to comment

      Yeah i've switched to AVG because I tried to install Lookout on too many devices. I don't mind it at all. How's Avast? Do you prefer it to AVG?

  • C King Mar 21, 2014 Link to comment

    I had Avast for a while but ended up uninstalling it. The alarm went crazy one day. I called their supposed customer support for help. A rude man who I could barely understand dismissed me without even trying to help. I immediately uninstalled it. I've been using the free version of AVG for a while with no problems but am trying to find something a mite stronger. I'm looking for extra antivirus and SMS. protection.

  • Armagedon Gurr Feb 23, 2014 Link to comment

    You forgot Malware bytes, and to be honest, lookout is very crappy.

  • Suzanne Moyer Feb 21, 2014 Link to comment

    I am using lookout and agree it is a RAM jogger. Maybe I will try Dr Web Light or Kaspersky. Will look into both

  • Heidi Schlotfeldt Feb 19, 2014 Link to comment

    G data and Lookout.

  • KevinE Feb 19, 2014 Link to comment

    Dr. Web Light is my favorite. It only scans downloads and that's all I need.

  • Amat Mulisha Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    avast slow down my using lookout and i thinks lookout is the best.but eats lots of ram than other antivirus

  • iMaC74 Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    Been using AVG Pro with no problems or phone slowdowns, scans every App before install and after install, the anti theft built in is a great feature, I activated it to see if it worked, put the wrong unlock code in 3 times and it'll take a picture of you without you knowing and it'll send you a email with the picture and phone location which is quite accurate if you have gps enabled, plus more great features, My mates never had any Anti Virus on his and never had any problems, but at the end of the day it's each to there own, try before you buy.

  • Miss Kat Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    lookout is by far the best Android anti virus I have used to date

  • Mukesh Harshaavarthan Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    is there any virus in andriod???does it affect ur phn??

  • Tricia_TD Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    I've used Avast for a couple of years and really like it.

  • Syed Shahbaz Ali Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    Been using 360. Doesn't slow my device, is quite good at scanning. Scans each app on download... Good one.

  • Ian Neasham Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    Kaspersky Mobile Security is superb

    • John Feb 19, 2014 Link to comment

      I'll second that.

  • Suzanne Moyer Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    I have been using Zoner antivirus on my Samsung Galaxy 3 for about 2 weeks now. I beginning to think it is slowing my phone down though. Going to look into these but would like to know what one is ranked first.

    • Master Dk Sep 1, 2014 Link to comment

      AVG free and reliable ....

  • drtheinmyintsoe Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    360 mobile security

  • Angel Ramos Feb 18, 2014 Link to comment

    I agree with Sean. is there an order you would rank these? I'd like to download the best of them!

    • Master Dk Sep 1, 2014 Link to comment

      AVG is best of them....... It is Free and works amazingly...... Using it for almost an 1 yr

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  • Sean Stockemer Feb 17, 2014 Link to comment

    And is there a rank order? our a best of category?

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