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Best antivirus and security apps for Android

Kris Carlon
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Considering the frequency with which malware scams in the Google Play Store are being reported, we thought it was about time to drop a list of apps to keep your device protected. Whether you are looking to keep your phone safe from theft, or a trojan, these are best antivirus apps for Android in 2015. 

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What are the best Antivirus apps for Android? ©  ANDROIDPIT

Kaspersky Internet Security

The PC version of Kaspersky is regularly showered with accolades and often voted the best internet security suite you can get. The free mobile version offers all the standard anti-malware protection you'd expect, as well as a whole host of anti-theft features. Upgrade to the Premium version ($14.95), and you get anti-phishing protection for your text messaging, cloud protection, and privacy protection when you surf the web.

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One of the best PC internet security suites does a good job on Android too. / © Kaspersky Lab

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes built its reputation as one of the most lightweight PC protection tools around. The free Android version is a chip off the old block, and also focuses on ease-of-use rather than tons of features. It offers anti-malware protection, a privacy manager, and also scans apps that are behaving suspiciously. The developers have also stayed ahead of the curve by integrating Malwarebytes with Android Device Manager - the remote tracking/anti-theft Android feature that effectively negates such features on many Android antivirus suites.

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Just like its PC counterpart, the Android version of Malwarebytes protects your device with minimal fuss. / © Malwarebytes

AVL 

AVL antivirus won an AV-TEST best protection award in 2013 for its security performance on the Android operating system. While it doesn't include some of the more advanced anti-theft features that can be found in similar apps, it's great for your basic protection needs, and also one of the least likely to impact your battery or damage performance. AVL comes highly recommended. 

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AVL antivirus may not have all the bells and whistles but it's a lean, clean virus fighting machine.© AVL Team

CM Security

Another award-winning security option, CM (or Clean Master) security provides some of the best malware protection on Android. Cheetah Mobile is a research company in its own right, producing credible reports on the state of the Android platform with regard to all things "scam", and its dedicated app is fast and comprehensive. 

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CleanMaster Security knows its business because they research malware for a living. © Cheetah Mobile

Mobile Security & Antivirus

Bitdefender's Mobile Security and Antivirus app comes with a wealth of security options beyond the traditional "virus scan" feature, and also integrates with current Android Wear smartwatches pretty nicely. It's not exactly cheap, as far as Android apps are concerned; after the initial 14-day trial period runs out you'll have to shell out 14.95 USD per year for the service. However, if you want a "future proof" Android security app, and a peaceful night's sleep, Mobile Security and Antivirus could be your best option.

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Bitdefender may cost a few bucks, but it'll even protect your smartwatch. © Bitdefender

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.

AVG is a well known name in antivirus, and you can wipe your device remotely if necessary. © AVG

Norton Security Antivirus

Norton Security Antivirus is a free application that blocks and removes malware. Pay for the Premium Version, and you get a whole load more features, such as remote locking, Sneak Peak - which takes photos of people using your device if you've flagged it as stolen. The Premium Version also includes App Advisor, which automatically checks apps for privacy risks, high battery usage and suspicious behavior.

Norton Mobile Security is a one-stop shop for - you guessed it - mobile security. © Norton Mobile by Symantec

avast! Antivirus & Security

With avast!, it is possible to perform automatic scans of your installed apps, the contents of your memory card as well as apps that you're about to install. avast! also has SMS/call filtering and blocking and - in the case of theft - there are 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.

avast! includes remote locking, wiping, and a firewall, among many other things. © AVAST Software

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.

Lookout lets you backup and restore your precious smartphone data as well as protect it. © Lookout Mobile Security

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 automatically scans your apps when you first install, launch and update them, 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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Avira even lets you blacklist bothersome phone numbers! © Avira

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

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  • Carolina Eliz 20 hours ago Link

    I am Using Comodo Antivirus for Android - Fabulous product Would prefer this to any other product out there. Have it on my desktop and mobile and it does its job better than anything else. You guys are the best, period.

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  • €vris 3 weeks ago Link

    kaspersky and Avg are the best security software for pc. but for mobile I don't know. by the way I use kaspersky for both.

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  • Anupam Das 3 weeks ago Link

    I m using 360 security which seems to have been fine.

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  • Charles Brown 1 month ago Link

    I think comodo security is the best choice.

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  • Rasta 1 month ago Link

    Buddies get 360 mobile safe app. I have been using it for two years now on my tecno D5 mediaTek device.I call this app all package in one app. this app is not just antivirus but all in one app and work perfectly. Has the ff features....
    ...phone checkup
    ...call&sms blocker
    ...system cleanup
    ...antivirus
    ...anti-theft
    ...vault
    ...contacts backup
    ...data usage
    ...app manager
    ...power management
    I rank this app #1

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  • Jimmy LightspeeD 2 months ago Link

    Guys, n Gals, get BitDefender, full version. There's a promotional Give-away for a licence for 12months. Search google and enter ur email addy, then *bam* in ur inbox be a CODE that will get you the best anti-virus/malware protection for Android.

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  • Dilip Kumar 3 months ago Link

    Armour is my choice.

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  • glen lebarr 3 months ago Link

    CM is my choice, they also make the best browser

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  • oldzoom 3 months ago Link

    I've been using Trustlook AV since its release. It uses a new type of proprietary scan engine. The developer is continously improving it and adding to the definition files as malware variants emerge in the real world. The developer responds to problems and listens to suggestions. I've personally tried to put several viruses and other malware on my phones and so far it has always found them. Can't say that about the other Android AV apps out there. This is why I'm trusting it right now, but in the future who knows... Nothing is 100% and only as good as its definition files. It doesn't bog down any of my current phones, Galaxy Note 4, Note 3 or Note 2. It's free right now on Google Play Store. Has lots of different options and a widget with a LED flashlight. Give it a whirl, you might just like it...

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  • Mehedab A. 3 months ago Link

    i have been using avg pro antivirus and i think its the best antivirus for android devises

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  • Craig Lewis 3 months ago Link

    Besides being an effective anti virus package, where can I find out which of these packages is a resource hog?

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  • Risky Wahyu Nugroho 3 months ago Link

    i use avast and love the feature. maybe I'll try some of the above applications as well

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  • Madars 3 months ago Link

    clean master is the best app for smartphone

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  • graham 3 months ago Link

    I've had no problems with lookout and been using it on multiple devices.

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  • Aywhy93 3 months ago Link

    Avast is the best on this list... That's what I'm using on my Galaxy S5 and it works great.

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  • Janusz 5 months ago Link

    I prefer not mentioned here McAfee. It owns a blocker of unwanted calls and sms-es.

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  • Youness JZ 5 months ago Link

    Android not need an antivirus because it's linux system

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  • AJ STA ANA 5 months ago Link

    IOS Does not need anti virus apps,just saying!
    Are anti virus apps worth using if they use up RAM and battery life?

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  • Steve 5 months ago Link

    been using cm security for some time now with all its other android apps and can't praise them enough. would rank these first in any list!

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  • Robin Scully 5 months ago Link

    The last thing you ever want to happen is to have your Android phone get severely affected with a virus. We are now living in the Information Age, where people are willing to exchange lots of bucks just to be able to take hold of powerful information.

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