The best mobile antivirus gives top-of-the-line security against malware with minimal impact on the device’s performance. It should also have an intuitive and user-friendly interface and provide additional features like anti-theft tools including app lock and identity protection. Additionally, it shouldn’t cost too much, especially considering that Android users can download apps from a wider variety of sources than Apple devices (which uses strict App Store approvals).
Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus (now called Kaspersky Security and Antivirus) achieved perfect marks in independent tests and has a clear and straightforward interface. The free version is free of ads and doesn’t nudge you to upgrade, however it will require a reliable internet connection. A paid plan adds call blocking, Android Wear support and an array of strong anti-theft functions. It lacks some features like a Wi-Fi scanner and privacy tools.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has a powerful and feature-rich app. Its protection against malware was top of the line in our tests independently. It features a simple and simple interface, and its alerts and descriptions are clear and concise. It is not reliable and requires an ongoing internet connection to scan for viruses.
Lookout Mobile Security, now being rebranded as Lookout Security and Antivirus or Lookout Personal, was one of the first antivirus applications for Android. It’s still a popular choice for its sleek interface, identity protection and uncomplicated subscription pricing. Its free tier is basic and offers call and SMS blocking as well as device scanning and anti-theft, while the premium version includes real-time security along with a safe web browser and an app lock.