Antivirus apps protect your Android device against various threats. But which one is the best? Today we present you the 5 Best Antivirus apps that we trust.
Best antivirus apps for Android
Although we regularly write about newly discovered malware on Android, that’s just a fraction of what goes wrong. If you use your device incorrectly, malware and viruses can cause a lot of damage. That is why there are various antivirus apps in the Play Store which help you fight against these viruses.
Most users don’t find it necessary to install an Antivirus app. Google scans the apps in the Play Store and on your device for any harmful code via Google Play Protect. Yet the danger can come in from many sides and Play Protect does not stop all new malware.
If you do not trust ‘Google Play Protect’ or you cannot recognize malicious apps, text messages, emails and more, an antivirus app can certainly help. Even if it is just for a safe feeling. We recommend the following options.
Note that free antivirus apps display advertisements and probably resell your information for advertising purposes.
1. Bitdefender Mobile Security
With Bitdefender Mobile Security you have a very nice antivirus package on your smartphone. The app has a malware scanner and can place a pin code over your sensitive apps.
The app also keeps a close eye on whether anything strange is happening in your browser.
Bitdefender can even use Android Wear to protect your smartphone. The app makes the smartwatch vibrate if you are too far away from your smartphone, after which you can make your phone ring loudly with a tap on your smartwatch.
In addition to protecting you well, Bitdefender does not overload your device.
Unfortunately, there is no free version of this app. On the brighter side, you are not bothered by annoying advertising. And this money enables the makers to keep the app as up to date as possible. Bitdefender costs around $1 a month. The app offers two weeks free trial, so you can try if it’s worth your money.
2. Norton Mobile Security
We think this is the best free option, although you can also opt for a subscription for more functions. Although a subscription is not necessary because the free version also offers enough security that you expect from a good antivirus app.
If you choose a subscription then you get App Advisor, which checks apps for privacy risks and the excessive use of your battery and data before you download them. The premium version of this app is free to test for a month. Once the trial period is over, you can continue to use the free options.
3. Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky also offers a free antivirus app for Android. This app scans in the background to see if there are viruses, malware, spyware or trojans on your device. It is also possible to lock an app via a pin code and the app tries to protect you against phishing. It is also a very nice clear app.
4. Avast Antivirus & Security
Avast has also put together a nice complete package. The free version offers, among other things, the possibility to scan for viruses, delete unnecessary data, block phone numbers and monitor your browsing behavior. Buying a subscription will get rid of the ads, activate anti-theft functions, and add the ability to lock apps.
5. Virus Cleaner (Hi Security)
Virus Cleaner from Hi Security is another free antivirus app with a good stack of functions.
In addition to a virus scanner, the app also has the option of emptying your cache, optimizing your CPU, putting your apps behind a pin code, filtering your notifications, blocking unwanted telephone numbers and much more.
Android can also do most of these functions, but here you have everything in a handy package. Since this is a free app, you must be aware that Hi Security can monitor your behavior and use it for commercials.