The most effective mobile antivirus will provide top-quality protection against malware with minimal impact on the performance of your device. It should offer an easy-to-use interface, and include extras such as anti-theft software and app lock. Also, it shouldn’t cost a lot, especially since Android users can download applications from a greater variety of sources than Apple devices (which relies on strict App Store approvals).
Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus, now known as Kaspersky Security and Antivirus, achieved perfect marks on independent tests and has an easy and simple interface. Its free version doesn’t have advertisements and doesn’t force you to upgrade, though it does require an internet connection. A paid plan comes with call blocking, Android Wear support and a robust set of anti-theft functions. It’s not equipped with features that other apps offer like the Wi-Fi network scanner, as well as privacy tools.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is one of the most powerful and feature-rich software available and its protection against malware was top notch in our independent tests. It has a clean and intuitive interface and its alerts are clear, bold and informative. It is not reliable and requires a constant internet connection to check for viruses.
Lookout Mobile Security, now changed to Lookout Security and Antivirus or Lookout Personal, was one of the first antivirus apps available for Android. It’s still a top choice due to its clean interface, identity protection, and no-nonsense subscription pricing. The free version includes the ability to block calls and SMS and device scanning and anti-theft. The premium tier provides real-time protection and a safe web browser.