The most effective mobile antivirus will provide top-quality malware protection and has a low impact on performance. It should also come with an intuitive and user-friendly interface, and include additional features such as anti-theft tools including app lock and identity protection. Also, it shouldn’t cost too much, especially because Android users can install 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 features a clean and straightforward interface. The free version is ad-free. It does not make you upgrade. However, it does require an internet connection. A paid plan adds call blocking, Android Wear support and a robust set of anti-theft features. However, it isn’t equipped with the features that other apps have like the Wi-Fi network scanner, as well as privacy tools.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has a click for more strong and feature-rich program. Its protection against malware was top of the line in our tests independently. It has a clean and intuitive interface and its alerts are clear, bold and informative. The app requires a continuous internet connection to check for malware, and it’s prone to false positives.
Lookout Mobile Security, now being rebranded as Lookout Security and Antivirus or Lookout Personal, was one of the first antivirus apps available for Android. It’s still a popular choice due to its clean interface, identity security and no-nonsense subscription pricing. The free tier comes with blocking of calls and SMS as well as device scanning and anti-theft. The premium version provides real-time protection and a secure browser.