Top antivirus apps for Android phone and tablet

Posted on May 1st, 2014

This the top antivirus apps for Android phone and tablet from a dozen applications, tested for you to make the better choice in term of protection but also on performance. These applications will work on your Android smartphone and Android tablet.

1. Norton Security & Antivirus

We begin our top 5 with the application of Symantec Norton Antivirus. Although the free version is not as effective as the paid app, the company has been able to do things as it takes to encourage consumers to take a subscription. However, you can get away with the free antivirus version.

With an analysis of a little over a minute (without scanning the SD card), the Symantec app did not detect any threat. While some will criticize Norton AntiVirus for all its problems on PC, remember that all those things were years ago with antivirus software with too many cons and not enough pros and even ended up in some cases blocking Google.

However, in the latest versions of the application they have caught some mistakes of the past and Symantec is undoubtedly a reference in the field of security and they just proved it again with its mobile applications. This is not been the case of Kaspersky which will disappoint many users.

At the moment we wrote this article, Norton Security & Antivirus on Android had a 4.4/5 rating with 279,223 reviews on the Google Play App Store. To download the app, click here.

2. Avira Antivirus Security

Our second application in our top 5 is Avira Antivirus Security, really popular for its PC efficiency, speed and low resource consumption, which is reflected nicely on Android. The mobile version of the antivirus is not the best to search for viruses but it adopts a simplified interface.

We analyzed the whole internal memory and micro SD card for a total of 8 go to report no problem on the smartphone. It took a little longer for the scan when we compare with our other apss, the search algorithm is particularly sophisticated and has been proved on PC to detect many viruses and bad programs. Avira showed he was very strong in this area.

For the other features, there is an anti-theft function to locate your lost or stolen Android device, and an options to lock it remotely or simply delete the data stored on it. It is possible to create a blacklist to block unwanted contacts.

At the moment we wrote this article, Avira Antivirus Security on Android had a 4.3/5 rating with 55,349 reviews on the Google Play App Store. To download the app, click here.

3. Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus

The mobile application of Avast is really effective. An extensive menu is available for the latest version, whether for his antivirus functions or pure and simple blocking applications or protect your privacy, everything seems to be present on the interface.

We also analyzed one Android device with this app and it is also possible to perform a scan on all storage spaces (memory cards). To save time, I have deliberately not checked this option. After a relatively short analysis (2 minutes 30 seconds), no threat were detected on 40 objects scanned. An efficient system perhaps better than the PC version with its cons.

In addition, the application provides a firewall to manage your own traffic (Wi-Fi, data) to your applications. A task that may seem tedious to those who would configure each application by one, but that’s what it takes to have a specific setting and the best performance as possible. The “Privacy” section allows to gather a lot of information on your phone and the network used.

At the moment we wrote this article, Avira Antivirus Security on Android had a 4.4/5 rating with 1,145,915 reviews on the Google Play App Store. To download the app, click here.

4. AVG Mobile AntiVirus Security

Here’s the time for the mobile Android app of AVG: AVG Mobile AntiVirus Security. Already well known on the PC and is now doing pretty well on mobile devices with one of the most downloaded security app on Google Play. The main menu is simple and also easily accessible. The “Scan Now” button at the bottom will allowed you to perform a scan on any devices with the last Android version.

When we tested it, it detected 4 threats on ourSamsung Galaxy S3 Mini. After analyzing the 4 threats detected, the application reported as threats problems that could eventually become a threat, but none of the threats found where real problems.

Aside from that false alert, AVG Antivirus for Android proposes to consult the performance of your device, in particular the state of the battery (its temperature and health) and even the ability to set an energy saving mode.

Finally, the application offers everything it takes to scan files, a real-time protection when you surf the internet, analyzing your text message and a range of options to protect your applications or blocking calls.

At the moment we wrote this article, AVG Mobile AntiVirus Security on Android had a 4.4/5 rating with 1,623,574 reviews on the Google Play App Store. To download the app, click here.

5. Lookout Mobile Security & Antivirus

Finally, we have Lookout Mobile Security & Antivirus. A very good application very well presented user interface. After launching the application, an initial analysis will be applied automatically to your Android smartphone or tablet.

Mostly, we can find everything needed to protect your device, but also can perform backups of contacts, photos and call logs. In addition, Lookout can also locate a lost device via geolocation.

Another feature provided by the antivirus scanner is the behavior of applications already installed to determine which ones have the right to find your location, check your phone number, and more.

At the moment we wrote this article, Lookout Mobile Security & Antivirus on Android had a 4.5/5 rating with 645,450 reviews on the Google Play App Store. To download the app, click here.

To conclude, all these antivirus Android apps are good quality and they all have their pros and cons. An application may be perfect for one person and not be for another so we recommend you to try one and if it does not work for you, try another one. Just a reminder, the application with the highest score is Lookout Mobile Security & Antivirus with a score of 4.5 / 5 and the application with the largest number of reviews at the moment of writing this article is AVG AntiVirus Mobile Security.

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