Antivirus apps are one of the most popular types of apps on Android. In general, you won’t need an antivirus app if you just download the app from the Google Play store and visit secure websites. However, we can’t always do that. Here is a list of the Best Antivirus Apps For Android today. If you are a PC or Mac user, please refer to the list of the best antivirus software.
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus is one of the few great free antivirus apps for basic needs. It offers virus scanning, simple interface, good performance and requires no configuration. In addition, Bitdefender also has a more in-depth paid application called Mobile Security (14-day trial support). With Bitdefender Mobile Security, you get features like built-in VPN, malicious web blocker, app lock, or even smartwatch protection. The price of this app is $14.99/year.
Norton 360: Online Privacy & Security
Norton 360: Online Privacy & Security offers better malware protection than most other Android antivirus apps. In addition to owning basic features such as protection from malware, spyware, etc., this application adds other features such as real-time protection, WiFi security or user protection when browsing the web. Only Norton has killed the free version of the app, so for now you can only try Norton Mobile Security for 30 days before you have to pay.
Malwarebytes Security is one of the most popular antivirus applications on Windows. Its mobile version is also very good. Malwarebytes has a robustly updated virus database, malware and ransomware support, permissions trackers, and more. It can even scan messages in WhatsApp, Facebook, SMS, etc. to find potentially dangerous links. This application has a nice interface, works well and is not too heavy like others. It is also reasonably priced at $1.49 per month or $11.99 per year.
Avast Antivirus is one of the most popular antivirus apps on any platform. Avast has always boasted over 100 million downloads and comes packed with a ton of features. Some features include virus scanning, app lock, call blocking, anti-theft support, and even a firewall for rooted Android devices. That makes it a great tool even if you don’t need the antivirus part often. The app has both free and paid versions, with the paid version starting at $2/month.
AVG is another big name in antivirus applications. In fact, it’s basically the same as Avast (Avast bought AVG in 2016). So the experience is similar in both apps. You can scan your phone for potential vulnerabilities in a similar way. AVG has anti-theft tracking via Google Maps, but it doesn’t have the same firewall as Avast. So they are different enough to be different products.
Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus
Kaspersky is one of the most popular antivirus applications in the world. It has both free and paid versions. Both versions offer call and SMS blocking, virus scanning, and anti-theft features. The premium version adds features like real-time protection, app lock, and more. The free version contains no ads and the paid version costs $11.96 per year.
Lookout Security & Antivirus
Lookout is another popular antivirus and anti-malware application. It even comes pre-installed on many devices. Lookout does the basics pretty well, including scanning, anti-phishing, anti-malware, anti-theft, and more. It also comes with some unique tools like identity protection and WiFi scanning. Lookout Security & Antivirus costs $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year.
Google Play Protect
Google Play Protect is a pre-installed antivirus app on Android. It scans the apps on your device and compares them with the Google Play versions of that app and tells you if the two aren’t the same. This combined with the existing protection in Google Play, creates a good security barrier. Also, it’s free and may already be available on your device (it’s a background app, so you probably won’t find it). Google Play Project plus user awareness will create better protection than any other antivirus application.