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The best antivirus apps and security suites for Android

Kris Carlon
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Considering the frequency with which we're reporting on malware scams in the Google Play Store, most recently just this morning when a dodgy suite of apps were using WhatsApp to get your phone number and register you for a premium text messaging service, we thought it was about time to drop a list of the best antivirus apps for Android. Here's our five favorites along with a few honorable mentions.

 

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AVG Antivirus Security

AVG Antivirus is a free application that protects your smartphone in real time from viruses, malicious applications and other spyware. You can review your applications but also your files, settings and more. There's even an option to close apps that are significantly slowing your smartphone down or abusing your battery. Also, if you lose your device, you can block or delete your information and locate your device via Google Maps.

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Norton Security Antivirus

Norton Security Antivirus is a completely free application that removes malware and viruses before they can reach your device, thanks to a meticulous scanning your system and installed applications. You can also scan your SD card to ensure that your data stored there is not compromised. Finally, the application provides the ability to lock your device remotely via SMS in case of loss or theft.

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avast! Mobile Security

With avast!, it is also possible to perform automatic scans of your installed apps, the contents of your memory card as well as apps that you are about to install. avast! also has SMS/call filtering and blocking and in the case of theft, there's also remote lock and wipe options, GPS tracking, siren alert and even a notification if someone attempts to switch out SIM cards. Other features present include a firewall, web shield and network meter.

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Lookout Security and Antivirus

In the free version of Lookout, you will find protection against malicious apps, spyware and Trojans. Before installation of new apps, Lookout can perform a rapid analysis to ensure that the app does not contaminate your phone and also that it won't infect your laptop or PC when you connect via Bluetooth or USB. Lookout can also scan your SD card and protects your device in case of theft. But what makes Lookout stand out from the bunch is the ability to backup and restore your smartphone data.

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Avira Antivirus Security

Avira manages all the basics like the others, with protection from malicious apps, malware, viruses and Trojans. You can also track a lost smartphone, remotely lock or wipe it and provide someone who innocently finds your device with a one-button ''report found'' option. Avira scans your apps when you first launch the app, then every time you install a new one or update an existing app but you can start a manual scan anytime you like. Virus definitions are updated regularly over the air. You can also block bothersome numbers from calling or texting you.

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Special mentions should also go out to Dr Web, who recently discovered the self-replicating malware affecting over 300,000 smartphones and Panda Security who uncovered the premium SMS service scam that piggybacked on WhatsApp.

Have you ever suffered from a virus, Trojan or malware on your Android? What is your favorite antivirus app and why?

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  • Sean Stockemer 2 months ago Link

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

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  • Jules Affognon 2 months ago Link

    cabsense

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  • àbe 2 months ago Link

    Lookout

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  • Angel Ramos 2 months ago Link

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

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  • drtheinmyintsoe 2 months ago Link

    360 mobile security

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  • Suzanne Moyer 2 months ago Link

    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.

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  • Ian Neasham 2 months ago Link

    Kaspersky Mobile Security is superb

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    • John 1 month ago Link

      I'll second that.

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  • Syed Shahbaz Ali 2 months ago Link

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

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  • Tricia_TD 2 months ago Link

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

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  • Mukesh Harshaavarthan 2 months ago Link

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

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  • Miss Kat 2 months ago Link

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

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  • iMaC74 1 month ago Link

    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.

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  • Amat Mulisha 1 month ago Link

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

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  • KevinE 1 month ago Link

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

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  • Heidi Schlotfeldt 1 month ago Link

    G data and Lookout.

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  • Suzanne Moyer 1 month ago Link

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

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  • Armagedon Gurr 1 month ago Link

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

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  • C King 4 weeks ago Link

    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.

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  • Northernbaygirl 3 weeks ago Link

    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.

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      Kris Carlon 1 week ago Link

      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?

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    Tom Cat 1 week ago Link

    LBE Security Master

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