The Best Free Antivirus Apps for Android
There was once a time when everyone needed to own a computer. Bill Gates has famously said that he wanted to place a PC in every home. While that might not have happened, almost every man, woman and child today has a computer; its not a PC but a smartphone and a majority of them run Android. Is it any surprise therefore, that the virus threat felt by PC users from the turn of the millennium is now also being faced by Android phone owners. With the popularity of the mobile OS on an upward trend, the number of attacks on the OS have also been on an upward trend. Therefore, just as you would need to secure your PC, you also need to secure your Android phone and here’s a list of the best ant-virus software for Android.
This is one of the most highly rated anti-virus apps on the play store. With a 100 million downloads and 10 million ratings the app has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 at the time of writing this article – which is a very amazing feat. The app comes with a host of features, some of which are the ability to scan your device files for malware, scan your apps and games, enable real-time protection, and even an anti-theft feature. There are also the cleaning and boosting features in the app which aren’t as core to security for those who do not wish to install another application just for that purpose.
Avira is a recent entrant to the Android game but it’s fast gaining popularity – helped in no small way by its massive reputation on the Windows platform. The app contains the basic stuff like device scanning, real-time protection and it also has the ability to scan an external SD card. In addition to virus protection, it also has features such as anti-theft feature, privacy features, blacklisting features, and device admin features that make this app a little bulky.
AVL gets a special mention as an award winner of independent anti-virus testing outfit which should tell you the reputation this software holds. The best part of this app is the anti-virus database coupled with its ability to detect any executable file unknowingly making its way onto your device. Other features include a call blocker and anti-phishing features; plus it is also designed to be light on resources which will be helpful when you want to preserve your battery life.
Bitdefender is a behemoth of the security industry and its Android app lives up to that reputation. The app itself is extremely light weight and does not constantly run in the background – thus freeing up resources, that means you have to schedule scans or run them manually to be safe.That being said, the app will scan every new app as soon as it gets installed and does not need any configurations to begin.
Probably the most popular app on this list, Avast is also a well known name in the security industry and has used their expertise to develop an app that goes above and beyond simple security. The features of the app include a call blocker, firewall and even an anti-theft measure allowing you to remotely lock or wipe your Android device if it goes missing. The app was a paid app but has now been made available for free while being supported by ads. There is a small fee if you wish to remove the ads.
Here is another award winning app in our list with the distinction of not being ad supported like most free to use scanners. Every app is scanned for malware or harmful content and you will also be alerted if any app can potentially leak sensitive information – a definite boon for users who prioritize their security. The app can be scheduled to scan files and folders periodically, and the malware database itself is updated daily.