The Best Android Antivirus App
Android phones are a common target for hackers. Malware can be running in the background, steal personal data, or slow down the speed of a device. Antivirus applications help safeguard devices by detecting and stopping malicious attacks. The top anti-virus apps also detect websites that are phishing and other online security risks, and offer a variety of extra features to improve your privacy on mobile devices.
Most major Android antivirus applications have a free version, though certain apps charge extra features or for premium tiers that cost $15 to $30 per year. Some premium tiers provide features such as an VPN and identity theft protection for an additional cost. Some apps, like Lookout are not subject to third-party laboratory testing and have an aggressive slow-moving scan engine that can strain your phone’s performance.
Kaspersky offers two versions of its antivirus app: the free one and a pro version that costs $29.99 per year or $39 for three years. The free version provides call and SMS blocking scans, virus updates and anti-theft tools, while the pro version has the most advanced set of antivirus features including device scanning, antimalware protection, and an app lock.
Norton has the best overall rate of malware detection in our tests and its mobile suite offers a variety of security features to protect your privacy on mobile and desktop devices. The advanced features of Norton include WiFi network scanner, VPN, and dark web monitoring that can notify you of data breaches. Norton Mobile Security’s free version is now replaced by an alternative app called Norton 360 Deluxe. It includes a generous 30 day trial.