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Best Android antivirus and mobile security apps 2016

Update: LastPass Authenticator added

Considering how often malware scams in the Google Play Store are reported, we thought it was wise to drop a list of apps for keeping your device protected. We've updated this list for 2016 and chopped out the apps that no longer cut it. Whether you are looking to keep your phone safe from theft or a trojan, these are the best antivirus and security apps for Android in 2016. 

Here are the best antivirus and security apps for Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. CM Security: best malware protection

CM security (Clean Master) is an award-winning security option and provides some of the best malware protection on Android. It's made by Cheetah Mobile, a research company that produces 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 it research malware for a living. / © Cheetah Mobile
CM Security AppLock AntiVirus Install on Google Play

2. 360 Security - Antivirus: best real-time protection

360 (formerly known as Qihoo) is a long-standing and popular Android antivirus app with all the bells and whistles required to protect your phone. Naturally, it has an antivirus engine, which automatically scans your files and updates its definitions.

Each installation, whether from the Play Store or beyond, has to pass through 360 real-time protection before it can end up on your phone. On top of that, 360 is a system cleaner that cleans out junk files, frees up RAM and has some neat power-saving features too.

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360 Security is the new name for Qihoo, one of the most robust antivirus apps. / © 360 Mobile Security Limited
360 Security - Antivirus Boost Install on Google Play

3. Kaspersky Internet Security: best anti-phishing protection

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 (US$14.95 for one year), 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
Kaspersky Antivirus & Security Install on Google Play

4. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: best privacy manager

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, focusing 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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The Android version of Malwarebytes protects your device with minimal fuss. / © Malwarebytes
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Install on Google Play

5. AVL: best interface

AVL antivirus is an efficient Android security option with an intuitive user-interface. 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 less likely to impact your battery or damage performance than some. AVL comes highly recommended. 

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AVL antivirus is a lean, clean virus-fighting machine.© AVL Team
AVL Install on Google Play

6. AVG Antivirus Security: best for protection and anti-theft

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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AVG is a well-known name in antivirus, and you can wipe your device remotely if necessary. © AVG
AntiVirus FREE 2016 - Android Install on Google Play

7. Norton Security Antivirus: best premium version

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 and 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 use and suspicious behavior.

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Norton Mobile Security is a one-stop shop for, you guessed it, mobile security. © NortonMobile
Norton Security and Antivirus Install on Google Play

8. avast! Antivirus & Security: most features

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 include a firewall, web shield and network meter.

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avast! includes remote locking, wiping, and a firewall, among many other things. © AVAST Software
Mobile Security & Antivirus Install on Google Play

9. LastPass Authenticator: best app protection

LastPass has had a password manager app for some time, letting you store all your passwords in one safe location under a single master password. Now, the team behind it have expanded to provide a two-factor authentication tool. Lastpass Authenticator generates a 6-digit code that you enter to verify your account. It works with LastPass's own password manager, as well as any TOTP-compatible apps. 

While there are other authenticators like this out there, including Google Authenticator, if you tie this service into LastPass's own ecosystem, it provides probably the best and most secure option for keeping your data safe from more physical reaches than the digital grasps addressed in the other apps on this list.

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LastPass Authenticator uses one-time codes to verify your login attempts. / © ANDROIDPIT
LastPass Authenticator Install on Google Play

You may recall that TrustGo's Antivirus & Mobile Security was on previous version of this list. While it was credible at the time, and still has more than 10 million downloads, this app hasn't been updated since 2014 and given the frequency with which new threats are created, we can no longer recommend it. 

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? Tell us about it in the comments.


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  • There is another collection of best antivirus apps 2016 edition at

  • I would make another point that while downloading apps we need to make it sure that source is not infected and not spreading any infected apps so better download apps from Google Play Store, I wrote and detailed article comparing top antivirus security PAID apps here

  • I use 360 Security. It is good and fast and cleans up all junk files. Only problem I have is that the dialogs keep popping up at the end of an activity recommending something else and on and on .. i usually stop after cleaning, but these recommendations make me apprehensive.

  • GizmoSafe is an android antivirus that has the most updated database of online threats. This app lets you scan the device at a time convenient for the user. Also, you can take backup of your contacts to your email as well. This app is available at Google Play Store as well as gizmohelp's website .

  • Hi, So am I to install and use all these apps because I'm unsure what do do from here.



    • You should download from Google Play, a single antivirus and a single anti-malware app, for example, such as both Avast! Mobile and Malwarebytes, and give them a try, they complement each other, provide real-time protection, receive good reviews on other sites, and are free. I have them both and they are great. Avast! CleanUp is also as good as Piriform's CCleaner, for housekeeping, and actually a tad better. LastPass will protect your passwords so that is a good idea, too. They also own XMarks, a bookmarks syncing app, which like Google's and Firefox's syncing facilities, sync bookmarks across devices, and I use it all the time. Solid un-intrusive apps.

  • I use Kaspersky security multi device to cover laptop, tablet and phone. Worth every cent, the it is that good. Dash Lane locks down all passwords again worth every cent. Nothing compares to these two. Why is Dashlane not on your list. last pass got taken over and heard enough about the new company to dump it fast.

  • The paid version of Bit Defender is way better than the apps mentioned here.

  • David rom 5 months ago Link to comment

    Gateway antivirus allows corporate and enterprise to check for viruses at the application layer using a web-based scanning service. These types of security software available ClearCenter Marketplace. The ClearCenter Marketplace is a service that allows administrators to browse and search for apps compatible with the platform/version and install them.

  • CJ Brown 6 months ago Link to comment

    Well-written and well-researched article :)

    CM Security - I have been using app this for almost a year without any problems (still surprised that Google hasn't partnered with, or purchased, a company to create their own antivirus / security app)

    • PureVPN !! the best VPN I know for mobile security and data encryption. I keep all my confidential data on my phone without fear of falling into wrong hands.

  • Nice article and very useful apps mentioned. While learning about Android Security, I also found a wonderful blog on purevpn website with the title 10 Steps to Perform a Personal Android Security Audit! and I think its a must for every Android user.

  • There's only one App I trust and that's Bitdefender Mobile Security use Bitdefender everyday on my pc/mobile and on clients' pc's and I must say it has proved that it works to me and to my clients imho.


  • Where would you place the DTEK software?

  • What about Lookout Security? It came loaded on my Samsung Galaxy S6.

  • Mark 6 months ago Link to comment

    A lot of people think it is not necessary to have an antivirus on your mobile devices that run android. I have also seen the articles here and other places that say it is unnecessary. Just remember it is an ever changing landscape out there. There will always be malware and viruses for everything it is just the times we live in. I think it is better to be safe than sorry.

  • Very surprised your recommending any of these useless apps!

  • I do not use any antivirus application
    just use the phone sensibly and I think it is not needed

  • How's Dr. Web? Is it any good?

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