The best mobile antivirus should provide top-quality malware protection and has a minimal impact on performance of the device. It should have an easy-to-use interface, and also include additional features such as anti-theft software and app lock. It should not cost too much, especially because Android users can download apps from various sources, unlike Apple devices which require strict App Store approvals.
Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus, now called Kaspersky Security and Antivirus, achieved perfect marks on independent tests. It has an easy and clean interface. Its free tier has no ads and doesn’t nudge you to upgrade, although it does require an internet connection. A paid plan includes call blocking, Android Wear support and an extensive set of anti-theft capabilities. It’s not equipped with features that other apps offer, such as the Wi-Fi network scanner, as well as privacy tools.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has a powerful and feature-rich app. Its malware protection was top-of-the-line in our testing independent. It features a simple and clear interface, and its alerts and descriptions are clear and concise. The app requires a consistent internet connection to scan for malware, and it’s prone to false positives.
Lookout Mobile Security was one of the very first antivirus apps available for Android. It is now known as Lookout Security & Antivirus, or Lookout Personal. It is still a favorite due to its simple interface with identity protection and subscription pricing that isn’t difficult to understand. Its free tier includes blocking of calls and SMS and device scanning and anti-theft. The premium version includes real-time security and a safe web browser.