Best antivirus apps (that aren't scams)

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Apr 8, 2014, 12:54:56 PM via Website

After news that the top app in the Google Play Store, Virus Shield, was a scam antivirus security app that cost 3.99 USD, but all it did was change a box to a tick, you might be wondering if you can actually trust the Google Play Store and their suggestions. It looks like it is not completely fullproof.

Here are the top antivirus and security apps you can trust:
  • AVG Antivirus Security
  • Norton Security Antivirus
  • avast! Mobile Security
  • Lookout Security and Antivirus
  • Avira Antivirus Security
  • Mobile Security & Antivirus
  • Dr. Web v.7 Anti-virus Light
  • 360 Mobile Security Antivirus
For more information and the install links, please check out the respective article The best antivirus apps and security suites for Android

What security and antivirus apps do you use?

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Apr 9, 2014, 5:49:29 PM via Website

@OP nice topic, also very nice Idea to post this at this time...

but personally, I'd link them directly to the playstore, coz pobably ppl search them in the Playstore BEFORE reading the article and realize that there are links...

MFG/Regards My1

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Apr 10, 2014, 10:30:00 AM via App

fullproof or foolproof? lol

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Apr 10, 2014, 10:53:01 AM via Website

in that case foolproof is better

MFG/Regards My1

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Apr 10, 2014, 2:49:45 PM via App

Being using TrustGo for a year before decided to switch to AVG last week

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Apr 10, 2014, 6:15:24 PM via Website

How do you like AVG? I switched a while back from lookout as I ran out of my device limit for Lookout. I haven't considered switching full time to anything else yet but I'm always happy to hear opinions! Why did you ditch TrustGo?

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Apr 13, 2014, 3:54:00 PM via App

IMHO there isn't better app, just the one that fit the needs.
For me 360 Security, an awesone piece of software. Chinese, with lots of handy utilities.
There is too some IObit, not mentioned here.

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Apr 14, 2014, 8:07:23 AM via App

But I was confused the instant the app suddenly wanted root access. Blocked it anyway... Especially since devs are now encouraged to use a special permission for accessing root features that the app doesn't have.

MFG/Regards My1

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Apr 18, 2014, 7:47:39 PM via Website

Been using avast for a while but switched to 360. Really colorful and flashy interface, but it has a lot of useful features :)

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Apr 21, 2014, 6:01:54 AM via Website

Well, just browsing other AV & found out that AVG is the most downloaded AV in Playstore, have a good review, so i decided to give it a shot.Compared to TrustGo, the interface is user friendly, pack with security & performance features plus i felt it's lighter & smoother than my previous AV. It doesn't suck much juice & real time protection is very real.... :)

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Apr 21, 2014, 8:31:00 AM via Website

@AndroidPit Members , what about Lookout ?? Some say that Lookout is another good option than avast and ... others what are your views about it ?? last week I have heard about the some "HEARTBLEED" security issue with 4.1.1 devices and Lookout was the only one that has launched an application to check your device is having the issue or not ! This makes me feel that Lookout must be somewhat good than others :D

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Apr 23, 2014, 12:37:13 PM via Website

Looks like Google is paying the price for the slip up: they are refunding the money back to buyers that purchased the fake anti-virus app, Virus Shield, in the Google Play Store, which was downloaded over 10,000 times. The app cost 3.99 USD.

The developer of the app spoke to the Guardian after the app was removed from the Play Store and said that it had been a "foolish mistake" and that this version of the app had not been intended for release.

"The app version that was decompiled by Android Police was not intended to be released. It was an early placeholder that our user-interface designer created. There was a mix-up between the version that contained the anti-virus code for our app," said Jesse Carter.

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Apr 23, 2014, 2:08:40 PM via Website

I use Trust Go it has been good for me.

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Apr 23, 2014, 5:31:44 PM via App

They are not only refunding, but also giving everyone who bought it 5$ play credit (most probably it will be another (more or less equal) amount depending on the country, e.g. 5€ or 500 yen in case of Germany or Japan), also I don't think that his argument is very trustworthy, seeing his history, since Android police also wrote that he made other scams in the past...

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May 2, 2014, 1:48:42 AM via Website

I love using Lookout. I think thats my go to cuz i haven't tried anything else. its just simple.

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Jun 22, 2015, 11:01:24 AM via Website

Den South

I am using Avast

Plus I am using malwarebyte. It is recommend to have additional antimalware tool to fight adware/malware like crossbrowser

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Oct 26, 2015, 7:10:38 PM via Website

I am using a new app called Leo master security guard.the good fact about tji app is that it can hide any folder or any file if its a media file or a data file.This app is more for offline security if someone trying to check your phone data without your permission.

The app has also screen lock and battery optimizer inbuilt.According to my needs this app is doing great.

To download and try this ap on your phone you can go to:

Google Play:
http play google com/store/apps/details?id=com.leo.appmaster
https itunes apple com/app/id1013745810

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May 2, 2016, 9:04:54 AM via Website


i am using light weight mobile antivirus software for my android mobile .

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May 2, 2016, 10:15:44 AM via Website

AVG Antivirus is so fa best android antivirus should be installed on android devices to remove any kind of threats

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May 3, 2016, 12:36:44 PM via Website

Lookout security and antivirus is highly recommended

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May 10, 2016, 12:39:18 PM via Website

Try VenkaSure Mobile Total Security+ antivirus for android phone . its very good antivirus..

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Oct 7, 2016, 11:46:37 AM via Website


IMHO there isn't better application, simply the one that fit the requirements.

For me 360 Security, an awesone bit of programming. Chinese, with bunches of convenient utilities.

There is too some IObit, not said here.

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Mar 12, 2019, 10:22:57 AM via Website

There are many antiviruses which are fraud but there is also some genuine product. helped me to get the detail of antivirus.

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Mar 12, 2019, 2:07:30 PM via Website

I would say there is no requirement for antivirus on android phones it's all scare tactics. Just google it.

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Feb 10, 2020, 2:14:03 AM via Website

I use avast. I like this antivirus <3

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Feb 10, 2020, 3:10:19 AM via Website

Give it a spin with Malwarebites once in a while and you should be okay