5 Best Anti-Virus apps for your Android

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The topic on security for an Android device is far from simple. There are debates on whether people actually need anti-virus apps on their smartphone. This depends on whether you sideload apps, however there is no denying that malware has become a much greater concern. Fortunately, security apps have improved exceptionally well to keep pace with the new threats, so that you have plenty of brilliant protection to choose from. Most of Android security apps are packages that host other tools from contact filtering to remote lock or wipe.

360 Mobile Security

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One top-pick for mobile security is 360 Security by Qihoo 360 Software. 360’s interface is user friendly, that has gorgeous looks, whilst keeping it simple. It has a very sleek and elegant design. it is extremely lightweight, and is absolutely free. People never know what to expect when they install 360 Mobile Security for the first time, however, it has surprised many in a good manner when, in addition to malware, it detects and offers to patch a series of specific Android vulnerabilities that neither Avast, TrustGo or Lookout have ever considered.

The app abandons a laundry list of extras in favor of a lighter touch. The only further features that you will find are call blocking options, shortcut toggles, and safe browsing protection. However there is no anti-theft component or backup option. For a good fusion of usability and strong protection, you should think of 360 Mobile Security. If you are more concerned about smoother performances than extra features, then this is bound to catch the eye.

A common real-time scan will shield your device from spyware, malware, and the threat of infection. It is capable of detecting and fixing system vulnerabilities and cleaning up the idle background apps that help your phone run much more efficiently. There is also a privacy advisor and a tool that will help you clean up your usage history.

Avast! Mobile Security

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As a authentically free app for the Android, Avast! Mobile Security is offering people an splendid range of tools. This security software has an antivirus protection, as it scans your apps to provide details on what they are doing and it also has Web shield that scans any URL’s you click on for malware.

Avast! has added an icon into the notification tray, which you can disable at any time, but in doing this you would affect the real-time protection. Automatic scans can be scheduled for the apps and the SC card. The Privacy Advisor checks the permissions that every app needs and lists the potential privacy issues that they may have, whilst the Applications Management acts as a RAM monitoring and a task killing tool. The Network Meter can monitor all of you data traffic such as WiFi, 3G and Roaming, where you can check each apps traffic under every network by selecting the equivalent tab. With this app you can block access to Wi-Fi or the network for specific apps, which can come in handy for security and potentially saving on your battery life too.

There are numerous additional tools in the package and the best of this is the anti-theft component. The app is actually an updated version of a previous app which is called the Theft Aware. This anti-theft feature is hidden and allows you to remote control your phone using SMS. Therefore, if you lose your phone, you can locate it, remotely lock it or wipe it clean. You can also make it play a siren sound, lock down the SIM card, and prevent USB debugging as well. It is the all-inclusive solution for theft protection.  The Avast! app is completely free, has a wide range of features, and offers protection for rooted devices.

ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus

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ESET Antivirus has a 99.7% detection rate in the latest AV-Test report and with its easy-to-use interface. This app is utterly free and it provides real-time scanning of apps to detect malware and potentially harmful apps that try to send texts or make premium rate calls.

The free version includes a suite of anti-theft tools. You can remotely lock and locate your phone or tablet, and you can prevent anyone from uninstalling apps by using a password protection. The software will have a quarantine place where all discovered items reside so they don’t infect you further. Automatic scans are available of the downloaded applications and files and an on-demand scan that you can activate at any time.

Avira Antivirus Security

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The free version of Avira has a 100% detection rate and no false positives to keep your Android tablet or smartphone safe and sound. It has a light footprint, in terms of performance and a sleek, minimalist design that fits in well with the Android platform. Avira allows you to scan apps that might have a potential threat and it scans new apps or updates automatically.

Within the package there is the usual dosage of anti-theft tools, which can help you find your device remotely, lock it, wipe it, or trigger an alarm. There is also an extra tool that claims to be able to tell you whether or not your email account has been hacked and what to do if it has. A decent range of blacklisting options round off this app, so that you can block problem callers or spam. There is also a premium version that adds anti-phishing, better support and more regular updates, however the free version convers enough for most people who download this.

AVL

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AVL is the antivirus software that has been produced by Antiy Labs and is suitable for Androids. AVL has been scored a 100% detection rate with no false positives and AV-Test found that its performance was good and has no impact on the speed or battery life. This app displays the mobile antivirus engine of AVL SDK, which provides the basic functions of virus scans that protect your Android system and application programs.

AVL can scan a wide variety of file formats that are beyond APKs, and it has been designed to be as fast and efficient as possible. This antivirus software provides abundant configuration options of detection switch, that scan the malicious codes of smartphones at different levels, through which can balance the scan speed and detection capability.

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