Malware has been a big problem for Android users since its inception and the situation continues to get worse every day. At mid-year a study performed by a security company called F-scure showing that threats had increased by 2200% over the last year.
In search of a solution, Google implemented improvements in the filters on Google PLAY applications and introduced new security measures in Android Jelly Bean known as ASLR and DEP
However this was not enough, and although it is quite controlled, the Android malware continues to be a problem, so having a good antivirus in our device is essential if we want to be calm.
But how to determine which are the best antivirus for Android? From AndroidADN we can assess the user interface and usability, user feedback, design and features, but the fact is that the main criterion for determining the quality of a virus depends on its ability to detect threats.
That is why in this ranking will move away a little from personal opinions and for the recommendation we will build on a study conducted by AV-TEST which analyzed the malware detection capabilities.
Best Antivirus for Android
1.avast! Free Mobile Security
Headlining in ranking of AV-TEST is avast!, One of the best antivirus for Android, not only for its ability to detect but for its anti-theft functions.
Among its main features is the analysis of threatened privacy adviser, SMS and calls filter, an integrated firewall (for root users).
Also gives you options to protect your personal data with automatic alerts of infected URLs, control of data flows in and out, and application manager.
Furthermore, Avast possesses an anti robbery function called Anti-Theft that provides remote access via SMS or Web from which you can determine the location, block, locate, sound the alarm and delete device data.
2.Dr Web Anti Virus
Dr Web is an antivirus that according to its developers does not affect the device performance and does not affect the battery consumption.
This uses an algorithm called Origins Tracing ™ for Android that allows you to detect unknown malware using previously known viruses bases, which considerably reduces the size of virus databases.
Among its main functions include virus protection in real time thanks to Spider Guard that scans all files being saved in memory, the analysis on demand and capacity to quarantine files.
If you use your device as a USB flash drive, it has a protective function of the SD card that will be very useful, as it keeps it free of malware that affects autorun and Exploit.Cpllnk that represent a threat to Windows.
3.AVG Mobile Anti Virus
Although it did not a good position in the ranking of AV-TEST, with 50 million downloads and a rating of 4.5, AVG is one of the most downloaded antivirus for Android in Google PLAY.
This app is actually a security suite that like Avast offers a wide range of features ranging from threat detection to anti robbery function features.
In its antivirus functions, AVG offers protection against viruses and malware in real time, as well as features of application analysis, control and application blocking tasks.
As for its anti robbery features, AVG allows you to turn the phone’s GPS remotely and detect the location on Google Maps, lock it remotely via the web or SMS, set a lock screen message to help the person who finds it and locate the device to sound when the phone is in silent mode.
AVG antivirus also allows you to configure notifications when the battery is below the level indicated and turn off features to save energy and move applications or games between SD card and internal storage.
4.Kaspersky Mobile Security
The Android version of Kaspersky Mobile Security is a great way to protect your device from viruses, malware and theft.
This app gives you like Avast and AVG a range of tools that allow you to manage your device remotely. This way you can lock your phone, delete the data it stores or find and detect your location.
The virus detection system uses a system of cloud-based analysis, now known as cloud computing that alerts against malicious applications before they can cause damage to your phone.
Kaspersky also has a locking feature that allows you to filter unwanted SMS and calls, and lets you hide contacts you want to keep in private or control the information that others may see on your phone.
5.Lookout Security & Antivirus
Lookout is one of the best security applications for Android with which you can protect your phone for free.
Among its main features include its functionality as a program that protects your device from malware, spyware and Trojans.
This makes a real time analysis of running applications and all applications that are downloaded to ensure that doesn´t contain viruses and are safe and able to schedule scans on a daily or weekly basis.
Lookout also incorporates two very interesting features. The first is the phone locator Find My Phone, which lets you locate your smartphone even when the GPS is turned off. This functionality sounds an alarm, even if your smartphone is silent and allows you to locate your phone from anywhere through your account myLookout.com.
The other great feature offered by Lookout is to backup and restore, meaning that you can make a backup of all our data and contacts and restore them in your phone.
6.McAfee Mobile Security
McAfee is a popular desktop PC antivirus that has a version for Android. This allows you to protect your device avoiding that applications can access your personal information without your permission.
This gives you the possibility of malware scanning for files inside archives, the SD cards, applications and Internet downloads.
It has a safe web mobile browsing function that blocks access to dangerous sites, text messages, emails, QR codes and social networking sites.
In its anti-theft functions lets you lock the device to prevent your personal information from being stolen, locate it via text message or its website.
Also allows you to backup and restore data to safeguard your personal information.
Although at this point of the ranking things can begin to sound redundant, true to our criterion of choice we continue with the analysis of some antivirus.
Thus, in seventh place we have to recommend MYAndroid, another antivirus that provides all the functions necessary to ensure the safety of your phone from viruses or loss.
Although it is a little less intuitive than other options, this virus quickly scans the system, looking for potential malware in the memory and the SD card of your device.
But that’s not all, this antivirus allows you to create backups, so that you can protect the data of your contacts, making a copy in the SD or online.
Finally it should be noted that MYAndroid provides a utility antitheft that lets you locate your Android via GPS, remotely lock and delete personal content via a text message.
8.NQ Mobile Security
NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus is a security tool that allows you to keep your device clean of Malware, Spyware and Virus.
This performs a virus scan actively and in turn allows you to make full analysis at any time.
On the other hand, includes the ability to block calls and SMS to protect you against unwanted calls and messages.
Like other Android antivirus, NQ Security has an anti-theft feature that lets you lock the device remotely and take a photo of anyone who tries to unlock.
9.F-Secure Mobile Security
F-Secure Mobile Security is another who led the AV-TEST raking of antivus detection. This offers parental control features that allow you to protect your children from inappropriate material. Alternatively, you can block 15 different content categories (adult, blogs, chat, dating, drugs, forums, gambling, hate sites, sandbox, social networking, sports, travel, violence, weapons and webmail).
It also allows you to manage the types of applications that your child is allowed to use and has a safe contacts feature that prevents unwanted calls and messages from certain blacklists numbers.
Its anti-theft function allows you to activate an alarm if the device is in silent mode, block and delete all data remotely to prevent sensitive information and content fall into the wrong hands.
It has a function that automatically locks the device and informs the thief’s phone number in the event that it changes the SIM card and is able to send the location of the device.
IKARUS is a simple antivirus which stands out for its threat detection functions. This allows you to detect and remove viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and other malicious software.
The analysis can be performed in real time or manually, in which case you can set it to search through applications installed either in the internal memory or the SD card.
This has been our selection of the Best Antiviruses for Android. Dou you think we missed one in the ranking? Leave your opinions in the comments.
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