The Best Android Antivirus App

Hackers are attracted by Android phones. Malware can run in the background, steal personal information and slow down a device. Antivirus programs help protect devices by detecting and stopping malicious attacks. The top anti-virus apps can also detect websites that are phishing as well as other web security risks, and provide a range of additional features that can enhance your privacy on mobiles.

The majority of major Android antivirus apps offer an unpaid version, but certain applications charge additional features or premium tiers that cost $15 to $30 annually. Some premium tiers provide features such as a VPN and identity theft protection for an additional cost. Some apps, such as Lookout which doesn’t provide third-party lab testing and have an inefficient, sluggish scan engine that can put pressure on your phone’s performance.

Kaspersky offers a free version and a paid version. The pro version costs $29.99 per year or $39 if you purchase it for three years. The free version includes call and SMS blocking and antivirus updates and anti-theft features. The pro version adds more antivirus features such as scanning devices, antimalware and an app-locking feature.

Norton offers the best overall rate of malware detection in our tests, and its mobile suite includes a wide range of security features to protect your privacy on mobile and desktop computers. Its advanced features include an internet scanner for Wi-Fi and the ability to use a VPN as well as a dark web monitoring service that alerts you to data breaches. The free version, which was previously Norton Mobile Security, has been replaced with a separate application called Norton 360 Deluxe, and it comes with an extensive trial period.