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Best Android antivirus and mobile security apps

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 4 months ago

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. 

Antivirus & Mobile Security

Completely free and with a few stand-out features to boot, you shouldn't overlook the simply-titled Antivirus & Mobile Security. As well as the usual anti-virus scanning, this also includes some safe-browsing options, among them encryption for things you type into your browser. One of our favorite bonus features here is Candid Camera Thief ID, which takes selfies of the thief if your phone gets stolen - though using Android Device Manager should be your first port of call if your device gets stolen.

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Antivirus is a free antivirus app that has a thief selfie camera, among other features. / © TrustGo Inc.
Antivirus & Mobile Security Install on Google Play

360 Security - Antivirus

360 (formerly known as Qihoo) is a long-standing and popular Android antivirus app which has 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 to end up on your phone. On top of that, 360 is a system cleaner which 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, and it remains one of the most robust antivirus and system cleaner apps around. / © 360 Mobile Security Limited
360 Security - Antivirus Boost Install on Google Play

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
Kaspersky Internet Security Install on Google Play

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
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Install on Google Play


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
AVL Install on Google Play

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.

Bitdefender may cost a few bucks, but it'll even protect your smartwatch. © Bitdefender
Mobile Security & Antivirus Install on Google Play

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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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
Avira Antivirus Security Install on Google Play

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
CM Security Antivirus AppLock Install on Google Play

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?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • after installing Avast my battery started consuming power with 8% in 3 hours while doing nothing. I removed it

  • Thanks for sharing this article. Was searching similar contents on search engines for a case study. Many thanks.

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  • thanks admin for your good review. i prefer eset mobile security most.

  • I have no Antiviruses on my galaxy tab GT-P6800... It safe or not.? May i know?

  • P.s. As mentioned above McAfee should have been included in your list as well as Pro/Premium versions benefits listed in a manner facilitating app. comparisons for purposes of end user, us readers, to make justifiable final choices as I beleive having several different security apps. installed at the same time might cause problems.

  • Hey Kris:
    1.) If this article came out 2 days ago how is it that you've got comments dated prior to this?
    2.) Would greatly appreciate it if you, as well as your colleagues, would include country of origin for all app.s as some countries don't play fair and their moral compass is lacking, often to the final users detriment.

  • its 360 for me best on the market

  • Which is the best antivirus in this list?

  • piterson 6 months ago Link to comment

    Try using "Fonegard app" I am basically using this app from long time and really satisfied with this app. It is basically a anti-theft app. That helps in protecting your phone from thieves. For more if you want i am leaving a link below just

  • 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.

  • €vris 8 months ago Link to comment

    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.

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

  • I think comodo security is the best choice.

  • Rasta 9 months ago Link to comment

    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.... checkup blocker
    ...system cleanup
    ...contacts backup usage manager
    ...power management
    I rank this app #1

  • 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.

  • Armour is my choice.

  • CM is my choice, they also make the best browser

  • oldzoom 11 months ago Link to comment

    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...

  • Mehedab A. 11 months ago Link to comment

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

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