Best antivirus apps (that aren't scams)

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Loie Favre
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Apr 8, 2014 12:54:56 PM via Website

After news that the top app in the Google Play Store, Virus Shield, was a scam antivirus security app that cost 3.99 USD, but all it did was change a box to a tick, you might be wondering if you can actually trust the Google Play Store and their suggestions. It looks like it is not completely fullproof.

Here are the top antivirus and security apps you can trust:
  • AVG Antivirus Security
  • Norton Security Antivirus
  • avast! Mobile Security
  • Lookout Security and Antivirus
  • Avira Antivirus Security
  • Mobile Security & Antivirus
  • Dr. Web v.7 Anti-virus Light
  • 360 Mobile Security Antivirus
For more information and the install links, please check out the respective article The best antivirus apps and security suites for Android

What security and antivirus apps do you use?

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Apr 9, 2014 5:49:29 PM via Website

@OP nice topic, also very nice Idea to post this at this time...

but personally, I'd link them directly to the playstore, coz pobably ppl search them in the Playstore BEFORE reading the article and realize that there are links...

MFG/Regards My1

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Apr 10, 2014 10:30:00 AM via App

fullproof or foolproof? lol
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Apr 10, 2014 10:53:01 AM via Website

in that case foolproof is better

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Apr 10, 2014 2:49:45 PM via App

Being using TrustGo for a year before decided to switch to AVG last week
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Apr 10, 2014 6:15:24 PM via Website

How do you like AVG? I switched a while back from lookout as I ran out of my device limit for Lookout. I haven't considered switching full time to anything else yet but I'm always happy to hear opinions! Why did you ditch TrustGo?

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Apr 13, 2014 3:54:00 PM via App

better?
IMHO there isn't better app, just the one that fit the needs.
For me 360 Security, an awesone piece of software. Chinese, with lots of handy utilities.
There is too some IObit, not mentioned here.

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Apr 14, 2014 8:07:23 AM via App

But I was confused the instant the app suddenly wanted root access. Blocked it anyway... Especially since devs are now encouraged to use a special permission for accessing root features that the app doesn't have.

MFG/Regards My1

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Apr 18, 2014 7:47:39 PM via Website

Been using avast for a while but switched to 360. Really colorful and flashy interface, but it has a lot of useful features :)

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Apr 21, 2014 6:01:54 AM via Website

Well, just browsing other AV & found out that AVG is the most downloaded AV in Playstore, have a good review, so i decided to give it a shot.Compared to TrustGo, the interface is user friendly, pack with security & performance features plus i felt it's lighter & smoother than my previous AV. It doesn't suck much juice & real time protection is very real.... :)

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Apr 21, 2014 8:31:00 AM via Website

@AndroidPit Members , what about Lookout ?? Some say that Lookout is another good option than avast and ... others what are your views about it ?? last week I have heard about the some "HEARTBLEED" security issue with 4.1.1 devices and Lookout was the only one that has launched an application to check your device is having the issue or not ! This makes me feel that Lookout must be somewhat good than others :D

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Apr 23, 2014 12:37:13 PM via Website

Looks like Google is paying the price for the slip up: they are refunding the money back to buyers that purchased the fake anti-virus app, Virus Shield, in the Google Play Store, which was downloaded over 10,000 times. The app cost 3.99 USD.

The developer of the app spoke to the Guardian after the app was removed from the Play Store and said that it had been a "foolish mistake" and that this version of the app had not been intended for release.

"The app version that was decompiled by Android Police was not intended to be released. It was an early placeholder that our user-interface designer created. There was a mix-up between the version that contained the anti-virus code for our app," said Jesse Carter.

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Apr 23, 2014 2:08:40 PM via Website

I use Trust Go it has been good for me.

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Apr 23, 2014 5:31:44 PM via App

They are not only refunding, but also giving everyone who bought it 5$ play credit (most probably it will be another (more or less equal) amount depending on the country, e.g. 5€ or 500 yen in case of Germany or Japan), also I don't think that his argument is very trustworthy, seeing his history, since Android police also wrote that he made other scams in the past...

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May 2, 2014 1:48:42 AM via Website

I love using Lookout. I think thats my go to cuz i haven't tried anything else. its just simple.

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May 24, 2015 3:40:49 PM via Website

I am using Avast