The Best Android Antivirus Apps

Most people believe that antivirus software is only necessary on Windows PCs or laptops. However, it’s also necessary on Android phones. Hackers are constantly creating new ways to make your phone vulnerable to malware that could take your identity and cause havoc. They could transform your phone into an effective spying device for criminals. While Google Play attempts to filter out malware-ridden apps, a lot are able to sneak through the web. A good antivirus app can scan all your devices, alerting you to suspicious websites, text messages and Wi-Fi networks. It also comes with an anti-theft option that allows you to find and erase any data that was stolen from a phone.

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers top-notch security capabilities, scoring top marks in the AV-Test’s latest review and earning a high score from AV-Comparatives (the other major independent lab for testing). It’s more than just a malware scanner: it also includes an App Advisor that warns you about potential dangers of apps before you install them.

AVG’s free Android anti-virus is a high-quality product that goes beyond a scan of files and apps. It also comes with numerous other useful tools that include an anti-theft feature which allows you to identify a device, take an image of the person who took it, and remotely erase its data, a junk file cleaning tool, a performance booster, and a WiFi scanner that ensures you’re not compromised by your wireless provider or overloaded. It’s not the smoothest interface, but it’s effective and has top virus detection scores.