The Best Android Antivirus Apps

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October 3, 2023

Many people believe that antivirus software is only needed on Windows PCs or laptops. However, it’s essential on Android phones. Hackers are always coming up with new ways to attack your phone with malware that could take your identity, cause havoc on your smartphone and even turn it into an online spying tool for criminals. While Google Play attempts to filter out malicious apps, a number are able to sneak through the web. A reliable antivirus program will scan your entire device, alerting you to suspicious websites, texts and Wi-Fi networks. It also comes with an anti-theft function that allows users to identify and erase any data that was stolen from a phone.

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers top-notch security capabilities, scoring top marks in the latest AV Test review and earning a high score from the AV-Comparatives (the other major independent lab for testing). It goes beyond just search for malware, however: you get an App Advisor that warns you about potentially risky apps prior to downloading them, in addition to other useful features such as cleaning up junk files and a privacy boost that can improve performance and Wi-Fi scanners to keep your information safe.

AVG’s free Android antivirus is a top-quality product that goes beyond the scan of apps and files. It also includes numerous other useful tools, including an anti-theft feature which can locate a device and take photos of the person who stole it, and remotely wipe the data on it, a junk-file cleaner, a performance booster, and a WiFi scanner which ensures you’re not hacked by your wireless provider or overwhelmed. It’s not the slickest interface, but it is effective and has top security scores for detecting viruses.

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