Top 15 antivirus and anti-malware apps for Android [Updated]

January 8, 2014

    best Android antivirus
    Protection for Android devices has become a high priority over the last year or so. Malware is more rampant than ever and although being careful usually avoids the problem, sometimes people want more. A good antivirus or anti-malware app can not only bring peace of mind, but also protect your Android device from threats you may accidentally stumble upon. So in this list we’ll show you the 15 best antivirus and anti-malware apps for Android.

    norton#10 Norton Security Antivirus

    [Price: Free or $29.99/year subscription]
    First on our list is Norton Security Antivirus. Norton is already a trusted brand in security and millions use Norton on their PC. It comes in both a lite and paid flavor. The light version offers some peripheral protection, including scanning the SD card and apps for threats. With the free variant, you can also lock the phone via SMS if it is lost or stolen.

    With the $29.99/year subscription, you get all the features. Unfortunately, some of them probably should’ve been included in the free version, like locating a lost or stolen phone. Get it on Google PlayIt doesn’t help that $29.99/year is very steep for mobile protection. Bad free/paid decisions aside, Norton is a solid antivirus app from a name that people know.
    Norton AntiVirus

    Hornet AntiVirus Freehornet

    [Price: Free]
    Next up is Hornet AntiVirus and it’s one of the few truly free apps on the list. It includes a number of standard features, like scanning apps for malware and scanning your storage for threats. It also includes a number of unique features, like detection of apps that use offensive advertising.

    The interface is easy to use even if it isn’t much to look at. Really, we weren’t able to find anything bad about this app. Hornet is free, it works fairly well, and it updates frequently Get it on Google Playto add new definitions and features. It’s a win-win. We would’ve liked to have seen some anti-theft features, though. Use the button below to check it out.
    Hornet AntiVirus Free

    BitDefender AntiVirus Freebitdefender

    [Price: Free]

    Number 8 on our list is BitDefender AntiVirus Free. As the name implies, it is completely free. What this app has that the others don’t is simplicity. It performs exactly one action and that’s a comprehensive scan of your device to see if it’s safe. You can do this manually or enable the auto-pilot feature which does it for you.

    BitDefender’s claim to fame is the light usage. The app doesn’t have all the bulky features of most of these other apps. It simply scans your device to keep it safe. That’s it. If you need something with more features like anti-theft, you’ll need to look elsewhere. This is for people who just want Get it on Google Playsomething that scans for safety, then goes away. It doesn’t hurt that BitDefender is also a well known PC antivirus app. To check it out, use the button below.
    BitDefender AntiVirus Free


    Zoner AntiVirus Freezoner

    [Price: Free / $4.99]
    Zoner is another free antivirus app. This one carries a much larger set of features than most of the other free offerings on this list. This includes your standard virus and malware protection, anti-theft features, and the ability to block calls from unfamiliar phone numbers. There is even a task manager built in.

    The interface is sleek and the features work well. When it’s all said and done you really can’t ask for much more than that out of an antivirus Get it on Google Playapp. There is also a version that was specifically developed for tablets should you need protection there. At $4.99, it’s one of the more reasonably priced options.
    07 Zoner AntiVirus Free


    Mobile Security and AntiVirus by Avastavast

    [Price: Free / $1.99 per month / $14.99 per year]
    Next up is Avast, which is another well known name in the PC antivirus space. Avast is one of the more highly rated PC antivirus apps and they’ve translated well to mobile. The mobile app is truly impressive and is packed with features. This includes your standard anti-virus and anti-malware along with one of the highest rated anti-theft systems out there.

    Aside from the standards, Avast puts a lot more into the app. There is a network monitor, SMS and call filtering, and even backups. There is a free and premium version. The free version gives you pretty much everything but the paid version makes them better. For instance, you get backups Get it on Google Playwith the free version but when you pay for it, it extends to music, video, and applications. To give this truly impressive app a shot, use the button.
    Mobile Security and AntiVirus


    AntiVirus Security Free by AVGavg

    [Price: Free]
    AVG already has one of the most popular free PC antivirus apps out there. Their mobile app is no different as AVG boasts over 70 million users to date. It comes with your standard features and a few extra perks to make this powerful antivirus app even better.

    You get the standard malware and antivirus protection. Along with that you get web security, anti-theft using Google Maps, a task manager, and a battery monitor to help manage your battery Get it on Google Playlife. It covers all the bases and a couple of bases the others don’t cover. That makes it a great option for mobile security. To try it out, use the button.
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    Armor for Android

    Note: We have removed Armor for Android from our listing in light of allegations of deceptive practices.


    Mobile Security and Antivirus by ESETeset

    [Price: Free / $15.97/year subscription]
    The first in our top 3 is ESET’s offering, called Mobile Security and AntiVirus. Like many others on this list, ESET is known for it’s PC antivirus, called Nod32. It also follows the free-paid paradigm, where you get more features if you pay for it.

    The features come packed into a pleasant interface. Other than the standard, you get access to the ESET Live Grid which offers great updates on the latest malware threats and anti-theft. If you pay for it, you get even more unique features like SIM Get it on Google PlayGuard, where you can control the phone even if another SIM card is installed. It’s great for protection and you can check it out by using the button.
    Mobile Security and Antivirus by ESET


    Antivirus and Mobile Securitytrustgo

    [Price: Free]
    Number 2 on our list is Antivirus and Mobile Security by TrustGo Inc. This is the highest rated free app on the list. It is 100% free with no pay options. Aside from being free, it has also won awards for its protection and security.

    Aside from the standard features, you also get others like data backups and anti-theft. The anti-theft includes a feature Get it on Google Playthat will snap a picture of the thief if they enter your password wrong 3 times. It then emails you the picture. If you want to try it out, use the button below.
    Antivirus and Mobile Security

    Dr. Web Antivirusdrweb

    [Price: Free / $75]
    Here it is, the one of the highest rated app in the antivirus space on Android. It’s called Dr Web Antivirus and it comes in the classic free-paid paradigm. The three versions give you the basics including antivirus and anti-malware. It’s geared toward people who have Android devices with lower specs, limited data plans, and those who are battery savvy.

    The paid version includes anti-theft and anti-spyware protection. So if you want complete protection you’ll have to pay for it. It all comes packed in an easy-to-use interface and people genuinely seem to enjoy it. $75 is insanely expensive for what you get, but in Get it on Google Playits defense the payment is a one time thing and you’ll end up paying more than that to apps that require monthly or yearly subscriptions. To see more, use the button.
    Dr Web Antivirus

    Lookout best Android antivirus appsLookout Security & Antivirus

    [Price: Free]
    Lookout is one of the most popular and successful antivirus and anti-malware apps out there. It has a ton of features including security and antivirus features, lost and stolen phone features, and even a backup function. It’s totally free to use Get it on Google Playwhich makes it even better. The only knock against Lookout is that it’s included as “bloatware” on some devices and that may sour the taste of this app for some.
    Lookout best Android antivirus apps

    360 Mobile Security best Android antivirus apps360 Mobile Security

    [Price: Free]
    360 Mobile Security is another fairly popular choice with over 5 million downloads to date. It also has a number of features like antivirus, privacy adviser, a floating window feature, and even a call blocker. It’s totally free to use which is great Get it on Google Playand it’s been certified by all the people it needs to be certified by. It’s a great app at a great price (free) and some of the features are quite useful.
    360 Mobile Security best Android antivirus apps

    NQ mobile security and antivirusNQ Mobile Security & Antivirus

    [Price: Free / $19.99/year]
    NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus has one of the most impressive feature sets of anything on the list. It has mobile security, anti-spam, app management, system optimization features, backup & restore features, and advanced tools to help you see Get it on Google Playwhat’s using your resources and data. It’s $19.99 per year which is kind of steep but if you don’t mind footing the bill, there’s a good antivirus app there.
    NQ mobile security and antivirus

    Mobile security antivirus freeMobile Security Antivirus FREE

    [Price: Free]
    Mobile Security Antivirus by Wolfguard is an up and coming antivirus app that is not only completely free, but also has some nice features. It comes with the standard antivirus stuff along with anti-theft, privacy controls, battery saver features, daily virus definition updates, and a lot more. It’s a very solid option that people have Get it on Google Playbeen embracing so far. The only real knock against this app are the full page ads but considering what you’re getting for free, it’s worth seeing an ad or two.
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    antivirus mobile securityAntivirus Mobile Security

    [Price: $19.90/year, $99.99 lifetime license]
    Last on the list is Antivirus Mobile Security by AndroHelm. It carries a $100 price tag for a lifetime license which makes it the most expensive on the list. If you don’t mind picking up the tab, there are some nice features in this app, including some of the better anti-theft features on the list, frequent virus definition updates, Get it on Google Playand many, many more. There’s a free version to check out to see if you like it but this is another up and comer that people seem to like so far.
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    Antivirus Wrap-up

    Antivirus apps are truly one of the most controversial genres in all of Android. With all the stock protection, getting malware is all but impossible so many pundits will say that you don’t even need one of these. Even though that is true, there are people who feel safer with third party protection and don’t mind paying for it. Really, it’s a toss up. If there’s a great antivirus or anti-malware app that you think should be on this list, let us know about it int he comments!

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    • MasterMuffin

      $75 FOR AN APP THAT YOU REALLY DON’T EVEN NEED!? Even iOs users wouldn’t fall for that ;)

      • viaimages

        why do you think that?.. some ios users pay for a $220 snow globe app (search apps for “Water Globe, by Ubiquitous Muffin”)

        • MasterMuffin

          WTF and people have actually bought that!? One review just says “pretty good. A little laggy” ಠ_ಠ

          Buuut it’s forgivable, devs name is “muffin” ;D

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            how did you do that smile? do you use a particular keyboard app?

            • MasterMuffin


            • Dario · 753 a.C. .

              anyway i saw people using iphone doing a lot of strange smiles expecially on instagram or facebook. dunno why swifkey doesn’t add something of that.

            • Darca

              they are called kawaii emoticons :)

            • Dario · 753 a.C. .

              thank you :)

      • Draggoon

        haven’t needed it yet… but the market is RIPE. They day my Android gets hacked is the doomsday for me! DOOOOOOOOMMah!

    • James

      I have a question for you all…what about Kaspersky? That is what I’m using….is it not good, valuable or what is your opinion?

      • JosephHindy

        The idea behind these lists isn’t “if it’s not on here it sucks” there are a lot of other good ones, these are just the most popular and highest rated :)

        • Abril Luna

          So i realized.

    • Vicntc

      What about TrendMicro?

    • venorme

      If you download apps from Playstore only – there is no single chance you can get any kind of malware. And even if you side load them from your PC – most PC antiviruses(well not counting Drweb as antivirus here) scan them for all known malware (for android too).

      And since Linux system doesn`t allow to get any common viruses from simple browsing (downloading strange content is your choice) – Any antivirus app will just sit there slowing your system and eating battery.
      I suggest installing one like once in a month or 2. Run trial, scan system and delete it = profit

      • Uppy83

        Absolutely not true. You really should check your facts. The Play Store isn’t monitored like iTunes and while malicious apps may be rare they aren’t unheard of. Just try searching for BBM Android malware on Google!

        You really should check your facts before you accidentally spread misinformation.

        Although I do agree that the use of an antivirus is questionable, the anti-theft features alone are worth a few $.

        • venorme

          If you were following Google! You d know that since October 2012 Google play has built in malware scan for all app uploaded by developers. This scanner got 2 big updates and is really up to date now. Also there is loads of free anti thief solutions that are well known and didn’t load you’re system with antivirus(Prey is one of the most trusted for me). Also there is one from Google. And one for custom roms from cyanogen team.

          • Uppy83

            Then explain the bbm malware ;)

            • venorme

              If you read carefully article in the linked site – you install app from Google Play that has no malware and than app itself asks you if you want to download an app separatly and downloads it from private server as separate apk file not from Google play. Any app can link you to website – it`s up to you if you agree to sideload app from there.

            • Uppy83

              And? You still get the initial app from the play store. And there’s plenty of people dumb enough to download it.

            • venorme

              yes but app you get on Playstore isn`t malware – it has no malisious code – so no antivirus can detect it as malware. There is no way to detect scam unless people mention it.

            • Uppy83

              That’s a fair point. Unless people are stupid enough, and some are, to download the second apk. In which case they still get infected because of an app on the play store.

              Also, as I’m sure you know, the scanner only scans the app once. There’s nothing to stop assh*les injecting their malicious code as an update.

              I’m not arguing for antiviri.(antiviruses?). I agree that they’re virtually pointless right now.

              My point is that nothing is 100% safe and to say otherwise is incorrect.

        • venorme

          Also for link you have posted, this is not a malware, and antivirus won’t detect it like malware. It’s so called trust exploit. It has no malware code but used permission you have it on install.

          • Uppy83

            Good point!

        • hochiming

          The best protection: READ THE BLOODY COMMENT SECTION for user experience before you install. Better than any Anti-virus!!!

          • Mark My Wordz

            Really? This article proves otherwise. Zoner is one of the more popular anti-virus apps on the market with users which would reflect in their comments and yet it only scored 68% in the AV test. now, to me a 68 is failing. This was mentioned earlier, ironically, in the comments before yours. I’m guessing you didn’t read the comment section but just scanned a few and decided to comment on one.

            Also, most comments left will be from users without much user experience. You are going to trust a bunch of comments from new users, kids, teens, soccer moms, etc when most of you constantly are critical of the writers who work in the industry? Please explain how that makes sense? We have all looked at the reviews and comments on particular apps that have excellent reviews and comments from 10,0000 or more users and have thought “these people don’t know what the F*** they’re talking about. This app sucks! (Or something to that effect).

            Oh, by the way, a lot if the reviews and comments on apps are paid for. There are “users” who download the app, rate the app, write a comment, remove the app and get paid. It’s not much at all, but if you do enough of them it adds up.

        • jeff

          Playstore is monitered. U got your facts wrong. Plus with malwarebytes it also scans every store download and not even once has it detected any virus. Theres more junk on this website than and playstore app. !!!!!

      • Abril Luna

        Not all android devices get malware/virus from downloading. Your device could be infected also by your memory cards. Insertion of memory cards to infected devices/computers did that to my smartphone.

    • Robert Crosby

      McAfee is only 29.99 for mobile. I have it for PC, use to have Norton but McAfee pack more features and more affordable.

    • jeddo45

      Why do you need anti virus anyways? Don’t do anything stupid and you won’t need it.

      • D’Ander McSullivan

        But… but… I like doing stupid stuff :(

        • Abril Luna

          Wtf. Im still laughin my a*s out.

    • Uppy83

      No love for Lookout? Its anti-theft features are the best and the free version has more features than the paid versions of some of the apps featured in this article. (I’m looking at you Norton…)

      • Punit Saini

        yes u r right

      • BB BB

        Yeah what’s gives Norton over Lookout? geesh. Isn’t Lookout one of the first android anti-malware programs before everyone else joined the bandwagon treating android phones like a PC?

      • Steve Tysl

        Ugh norton has been crap since it came out, not the best anti virus nor is McAfee… I downloaded It awhile ago on my phone and it detected itself as a virus lol

    • John K

      Sure would like to see the specs on just how much of a resource hog each AV app is.


    • ohwell

      If you want an AV that does what it should do and not one with ‘nice features’ you might want to ignore this list..

      #7, Zoner scored according to AV-LABS only 63.6%

      Compared with #8, who actually was one of the three who got MAX SCORE out of 30 AV’s tested by AV-LABS. This score was based on detection, performance and features.

      I’ll help you guys out:

      And a list of the actual best apps:

      I appriciate the work AA, but at least rate an AV based on protection rather than it’s nice UI / Google Play ratings.

      • K.

        It’s strange that some authors don’t even try to get enough information before posting an article. If you want to write about an antivirus, you must look at the AV-tests. AA lists Zoner who got a bad score as you said and Norton which has an impact on performance but they don’t talk about Comodo, Kingsoft or Kaspersky.

        • JosephHindy

          So what does that test say about device compatibility, customer satisfaction, resource usage, extra features, price, and availability? AV’s tests don’t measure those things. We do. All of these are capable and finding the big problems that people are most likely going to run into.

          • K.

            I understand that and it’s normal to include these into your review but you cannot include an antivirus that gets a low score at an AV-test (e.g. Zoner gets 68% which is way below the average 95.2%). For an antivirus, consumer opinion is less important that its score.

            By the way your pricing of Armor is wrong.

            • JosephHindy

              Armor lowered the price yesterday and I’ve change it to reflect that.

              The point I was trying to make was that Zoner made the list for far more than just its antivirus functions. It does a lot more that people could find more useful. Also, even at 68%, it still probably catches and blocks the most common and dangerous malware. Android can be infected, but let’s face it, you only get infected if you do something really off the wall (like downloading an app from an advertisement on a website that sells black market organs or something crazy like that). Most Android users will never find themselves in a situation where they’ll even come into contact with that other 32%. :) thank you for the comments!

            • B4Real

              I am new to smartphones but I thought antivirus was an important issue. When I started my research for the best AV I had no intention of getting other miscellaneous functions, There are countless other apps for that. Is AV pointless as would be this list and discussing it considering I have no plans of downloading an app from an advertisement on a website that sells black market organs or is it actually important. If I need AV I would want one that is free and the best at handling viruses, malware, and spyware with a popup blocker. Something that runs in the background and is easy on the battery and data usage. I am I asking for to much? What is the bottom line on a simple, highly effective AV and how necessary is it in the first ?

            • JosephHindy

              Truth be told, the miscellaneous functions are what people really want. If you follow the rules and don’t disable the stock Android security features, there’s pretty much no risk of anything bad happening to you.

    • abazigal

      Antivirus on a mobile device?

      I think a little bit of me just died inside. :/

      • Kara



      awesonme apps and notices in , xD

    • Ashwin

      AVG and Lookout are better than all those mentioned above…

    • not a spark

      Armor antivirus is only 29.99 on the play store for me (Australia)

      • K.

        In the UK, it is at £19.62.

      • juan

        Only?. This is way too much for a phone antivirus.

    • Omran Terro

      Just download only from play store and forget about antivirus.

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        yeah, and don’t miss to use your brain when you read permission or reviews on playstore

        :) never got an AVP and never got a malware

        • Kara

          Which Permissions should someone avoid when choosing an App?

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            none. you only have to check them out, and try to understand why that app is asking that permission.
            for example if i saw that a calculator ask permission to read sms, to the dial, to gps etc etc i’ll be a bit perplexed. but for other app maybe that permissions can be necessary.

            for example i still dunno why facebook app ask permission to read SMS.. if it was an app to send SMS or for example hangouts it would be easily understandble. you got that?

    • Jason

      I’m not sure what’s more depressing. That people think they need an AVP on an Android phone or that sites like androidauthority keep pushing this bull on folks. Makes me think they should remove the authority part of their website.

      • Ian Griffin

        If this is that bad for you then why do you come here and read these articles? Why take the time to write defamating remarks? I just dont get it. For me I agree that AVP is a waste of resources for me but if other ppl want it then thats their business. I didn’t pay for their phone and I dont have a right to tell them what they should or should not use. The publisher wrote a list of apps because the ppl asked them to. Not because the are trying to be THE Authority on others phones.

        Otherwise good comment.

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        ahahah i agree.. never understood people that has not root, don’t install external apk, don’t do anything with their smartphone but facebook and whatsapp and they wanna have an AVP.. why?? what do you expect about that? do you think you’re using windows XP?

        i wanna told what a friend of mine said. we were discussing about usefull of AVP and she said that if you don’t have an AVP on your android, you get a lot of malware and virus only surfing the web with the browser ahahahhaha… i was laughting at her too much.

        • Kara

          What is… apk?

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            apk is android app exstension. for example in windows it’s .exe, in android it’s .apk such as facebook.apk hangouts.apk etc etc. you got it?

            • Abril Luna

              nice explanation there man

            • Dario · 753 a.C. .


      • Bill

        Jason, once again you are a downer. Stop with your negativity towards all of these authors and sites. Either make a helpful comment on the topic or go away. Your personal attacks are a turnoff.

    • Bobby Voychin

      Avast is the best one guys! I tried them all :)

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        it’s the best one to do what? i don’t think that you need an antivirus on android if you don’t install cracked apk, so dunno how you can say that one is not good and another one is my opinion on android the antiviruses do a lot of other things not concernig with virus as permission management, privacy settings and possibility to find your device in the case you’ll loose it.

        • juan

          This is wrong.
          Just by connecting to the Internet in a public place you can be hacked. Or using free apps too.

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            yah, you can be hacked.. but AVP don’t do nothing to avoid that!!

            • juan

              Some do, by controlling network ports, suspicious applications, phishing, and so on.

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      Lookout Security (4.5 rated) is free, and provides anti-virus, scans apps (pre installation and routine), anti-theft/loss. I have it installed on all of my devices, and it has worked flawlessly for years.

    • Albin

      A new user with a cheap, weak GB pay/go phone, I’ve been interested in this topic, more for data on the phone and SD than the phone itself. After poking around this eve, I’ve decided BitDefender is the least demanding / most effective. Supplemented with Android Lost app for phone recovery the phone is reasonably covered with tiny resource requirements and no cost.

      My only concern so far is that Android Lost might be disabled if the current Gmail account is changed by some moron who wants to steal a $50 phone. I’m not sure if other “phone finder” apps have this problem. I’ve looked at AppLock and similar, but they don’t seem to add much to my polka dot lock screen that any finder or thief would have to get past. Any advice about that would be welcome.

    • Alexis Gacia

      Check the link below. Its one of the best Antivirus with security features like theft lock, lost cp, malware detection, etc… and the best thing is FREE

    • Stan Parker

      nonono, armor for android (oct 6th 2013 7:02am P.S.T. Charges You .99 cents per day (OMFH!!!) and couples that with some other monthly cost, so You need to keep notes and update this revie HELLLLLO! Think we want old outdated web? No way FYI get with it Make it so #1 . .. …( o )… .. .

    • Stan Parker

      armor for android update: charges You .99 cents a day for three days then 29.99$ a month thereafter Now omfh!!! insane so update Your review we dont need an outdated web, cheerzZz

      updated from the following:…;;;.,;;,,,,,;,,,;;,,;,,,,;;;;,,;;,…,.,.,,,,,

      nonono, armor for android (oct 6th 2013 7:02am P.S.T. Charges You .99 cents per day (OMFH!!!) and couples that with some other monthly cost, so You need to keep notes and update this revie HELLLLLO! Think we want old outdated web? No way FYI get with it Make it so #1 . .. …( o )… .. .

    • BB BB

      What about Lookout? Samsung is going to be including it with all of their future phones very soon giving us another reason to root and remove the bloat. Anyway I still think that AV on Android is entirely useless. Just be careful what you install and review the permissions. Don’t root if you don’t have to and don’t grant root to everything that asks for it. You should also disable root for ADB so a savvy thief can’t easily hack your phone. These AV apps are glorified progress bars and just add lag to your system. They also want to sync your data to their own cloud which is not cool considering my contacts, photos etc are already backed up through Google. Sure the Anti-Theft features are good if you don’t use Android Device Manager, but unless you want to pay to feel more secure I won’t be loading any of these apps. In fact I scanned a friend’s phone which had a bad apk that was popping up messages. The scanner didn’t even find it let alone block the advertising.

      What I want for my rooted phone and Custom Rom is real security so if I lose my phone someone can’t steal my ROM image backups or clone my entire phone. CyanogenMod 10.1 is offering SMS encryption between Cyanogen peers. Other than encrypting my entire phone (another performance hit) are there any other ideas out there?

      • needa

        cm is using text secure. easily available on the play store. its not between cyanogen peers only. its anyone using text secure.

    • B4Real

      I’m new to smartphones so to the benefit of those that are likewise or that may have questions regarding AV on android I offer this link I found while researching the issue. It tackles questions like is the play store malware free, what is the main threat to android phones, and pros and cons of security apps.

    • dd

      And what do you recommend for a Tesco Hudl? Anyone?

    • Devesh Prabhu

      Why was Avira missed out in this review? Isn’t it worth it or there are issues that are pertinent to the software…

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      i have got never a virus on android. if you install only secure apks and if you don’t give root access to any type of app i think you don’t need an antivirus.

      • Abril Luna

        Whats “root/rooting” when Compared to PCs?

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          sorry i’m not sure i’ve understood the question

          • Abril Luna

            Yah you got it

            • Dario · 753 a.C. .

              ok i’ll try to make it easy. if you use linux you maybe already know what root is.
              anyway root is a part of system you cannot wrote because you can damage the firmware. just think about dialer, modem, gps config, boot image. if you wrongly cancel a part of that you can damage your firmware and a part of that will not work.
              so producers don’t allow you to wrote that part of system. but if you get root access in your phone you can have access to that part of firmware and modify that. so there are some apps that requiers access root because they have to access that part of firmware for different reasons.

              in you pc, especially in windows, you can think about the different type of users. there are normal users, and administrator. in fact when you use a normal user you can’t do something and you have to enter with the administrator user.

              in linux pc for example, when you install a programm it is installed in root part, so you have to log in as root user (administraator) and you can’t install anything with normal user.

              but in PCs you already has root acces, you only have to log in as administrator, in phone it is blocked by producers in order you can’t damage the system. so in phone you are like the normal user, and you have not possibilty to be the administrator user if you don’t unlock root access with some zips

              so we were talking about virus. it’s really improtant that if you got root access on android, you don’t give root access permission to all the apps you install. because when you give them root access they can compromise your system. that’s why i said that if you don’t install cracked app and you don’t give root access to all your apps you really don’t need to have an AVP.

              hope you’ll got that, because i’m not english and it was not easy to explain that in a language that is not mine :)

              if you’ve other quetions or doubts, i’m here :)

            • Abril Luna

              Nationality? Thanks anyway got it

            • Dario · 753 a.C. .

              Italian, i’m from Rome. glad you got it

    • Jayfeather787

      Never use any of these. Most free antivirus apps are viruses anyways.

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      • Kara

        I spoke to T-Mobile tech support re: wifi calls. While on the phone a pop up said my memory was low but it isnt. Tech guy said I could have a virus. I said that I have Lookout. Tech guy said Lookout could be the problem. Um. What? I’m NOT savy re: these things so, what do I know? Now, I’m just wondering if I should reset my device to factory default & exclude the Lookout install or what…?

        I got a Galaxy Note 3 early last month and had to return it twice. So, this is my 3rd device. Any suggestions?

        • Jayfeather787

          Antivirus programs are also memory hog. Just yesterday, my relative was fixing a computer for someone who had Norton. The computer had a 235 GB hard drive, and Norton created a 166 GB backup! WTF?! That means that everything else on the hard drive only took up 69 GB, and the backup took more than all the other files and the OS on the hard drive. I reccomend downloading a file manager, and clearing out your internal storage, and then do a factory reset to get rid of the antivurs program alltogether. They are tricky to get rid of. You should find a folder called Lookout or something, and delete it.

        • cruiser

          I have a galaxy note 2, I don’t know how many apps you put on that thing but I don’t think spyware is going to make a pop up like that,and after dealing with Time Warner techs I don’t know how many times let me tell you the guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about! He actually tried to tell me that the speed test app didn’t workand it’s impossible for their lines to get congested no matter how many people are on it LOL SHOOT ME NOW

    • Thiago

      Is the ESET interface the ugliest ever?

    • Thiago

      Joseph, what about McAfee Mobile Security? On Monday it was announced on the CES by Intel this is going to be free this year. Definitely should be on list. Cheers.

      • JosephHindy

        I can’t add an app on this list that isn’t available yet ;) when it gets released I can add it but this is all stuff that you can get right now.

    • Albin

      I’m using BitDefender because it’s so light it has a negligible performance impact with a good reputation. It does appear these services are unnecessary for the time being, but it’s cheap insurance. Don’t know why the writer says it only system scans, in fact it scans every app install and update and briefly shows a flag that the app is clean.

      • JosephHindy

        I could’ve used better verbiage but I did essentially say that. “It scans and then goes away” lol which is pretty much what you said just in more detailed words.

    • devoncatt

      Rather than popularity perhaps which ones find the latest viruses and kill them? Or are most effective ?

    • Bill

      How do you rate Kaspersky?

      • Abril Luna

        Yah i wanna know that

    • David Mueller

      Avira, AVG and McAfee are missing… (AVG and Avira are for free)

      • David Mueller

        Ooops – they weren’t in some last reviews so I wrote them here…

    • Angelica Thamson

      You Can Download Paid android app for free

      • Abril Luna

        A joke?

      • sibu

        If you download apps from those kind of websites, you do need an Antivirus. If you just install apps from Play Store, you don’t necessarily need one, but check the permissions (especially SMS, contacts and location access).

    • Armand

      You forgot one of the most respected names in the business – Kaspersky.

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    • Ann

      Malwarebytes should be included!

      • jeff

        To me its the best. No problems and like some others it offers other goodies too.

    • Yosimite Sam

      Companies can’t give away their product for free and remain in business. Period. They are making a profit how? Perhaps tracking you and selling your data. Wake up mindless Droids, pull your head out and look around. I also noticed a lack of any testing whatsoever. Reviews based on the amount of downloads. Really!

    • Sara Stanford

      NQ Mobile Security and Antivirus is very secure and protective. Secures the web as well as phone and its applications. Awesome update!! Great interface! Wish they introduce option of daily scanning. Wow! extra complete mobile security app ever, in a very friendly and affordable price! I love this app! Excellence job…keep it up buddy!

    • Marie Wallace Abarzua

      I use lookout security & antivirus. I like it, it’s always done its job. Just my opinion… thanks for this site very useful

    • lisa

      Can you clarify whether you are ranking the apps from lowest to highest, from highest to lowest, or presenting us with a list of 10 good apps. thank you.

    • Bri Hecato

      What’s about Kaspersky?

    • cruiser

      I like my lookout app, I pay all my bills by encrypted phone call and only my credit card number may be in devices but it is a protected credit card so I wouldn’t be held accountable and there’s no banking account information or anything embarrassing in my devices. By the way, I think anyone convicted of identity theft should serve a minimum of 25 years in jail(if you’re an illegal alien and commit that crime serve it in the jail of your country)!

    • Maid agencies in Singapore

      I guess I’ll go for the bitdefender, sounds more legit.
      Maid agencies in Singapore

    • david

      Hi joe,
      What about comodo? thnk they stand a chance in this particular niche?

    • Adith

      nice superb

    • David Martin

      It is the second article (first is that given me an insight to learn which is the best free antivirus software. however, I wanna know which is the best – a free version or paid?