5 best antivirus Android apps and anti-malware Android apps

The Android operating system has become the top threat vector for cybercriminals, scammers fraudsters. With over 2 billion users, Android smartphones and tablets offer a big playing field to the hackers. The threats can range from exploiting bugs and flaws in the operating system to installing malware on the users Android smartphone without their knowledge.

In face of so many threats, it is important for an Android smartphone/tablet user to have an anti-malware and security solution. There are many Apps which claim to provide foolproof security but only a few actually perform. Also, many of these Apps eat up precious memory and resources by running in the background. We have shortlisted the 5 best Android apps which provide you total security but at the same time use very

1. Bitdefender Antivirus Free

The Bitdefender Anti-virus App is perhaps the most lightweight app available. It uses very few resources and a even less memory of your Android smartphone. In fact, it doesn’t run in the background which frees up system resources and saves on battery life. It is easy to setup and allows you to schedule virus scans during non-peak hours. It scans newly download Apps real time. If you require extra security, sign up for a free 14-day trial of Bitdefender Mobile Security. This includes the basic antivirus as well as real-time protection for Google’s Chrome browser and anti-theft features.

2. Avast Mobile Security

Another top name in mobile security is Avast Mobile Security. Avast App has unique features like call blocking, Anti-theft, firewall, and remote wipe. The app used to be paid but is now free, supported by ads. You can pay a small monthly or yearly premium to remove these. Another very useful premium feature is ‘in-app locking’ whereby your device will ask for a PIN before opening certain apps. This prevents malware from launching apps such as internet banking automatically. You can download Avast Mobile Security here for free.

3. McAfee Security & Power Booster Free

McAfee Security and Power Booster is another free security App which provides real-time security against unwanted Apps.  Like Avast, McAfee App also offers anti-theft features. The App has an ability to deep scan apps to check if they leak sensitive information, and lock them if necessary. McAfee will also block access to potentially malicious websites, as well as allow you to keep a blacklist of nuisance callers and texters. You can download free version of McAfee Security & Power Booster here.

4. Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

Kaspersky is a trusted name in the security field. Their mobile App has the top updated malware definitions with a detection rate of 99.9% according to AV-Test’s trials from November 2017. The App also locks you out of malicious sites or links.  Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus App is perhaps the only security solution which offers added support forAndroid Wear which simplifies security management. You can download Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus here.

5. Sophos Free Antivirus and Security

Sophos’ free antivirus app has previously won the AV-Test award for the best protection in 2015. The advantage of Sophos Free Antivirus and Security App is that it does not feature any ads. It also blocks websites with potentially spammy or illegal content. Like other Apps, Sophos App also scans downloads real-time for malware. You can also schedule scan and the malware database itself is updated daily. The app also includes a handy QR code scanner which can be used to set up secure Wi-Fi connections. There’s also an authenticator that can generate one-time passwords for two-factor authentication.You can download Sophos Free Antivirus and Security here.

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