The Best Android Antivirus Apps

Many people think of antivirus software as something you only use on Windows laptops and PCs but you actually need it on your Android phone too. Hackers are always creating new ways to attack your phone with malware that can steal your identity, wreak destruction on your phone and even make it a remote spying tool for criminals. Google Play does its best to eliminate malware-ridden apps, however many still get through. A antivirus program is a good idea as it can scan your whole device and alert you to suspicious messages sites, Wi-Fi networks, and websites, plus offer the ability to prevent theft that allows you to track your device that was stolen and wipe the data from it remotely.

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers top-notch security features, earning full marks in the most recent AV-Test roundup and receiving a high score from AV-Comparatives (the other major independent lab for testing). It does more than just look for malware, however it comes with an App Advisor that warns you about potentially risky apps before downloading it, as well as other helpful features like a junk file cleaner and a privacy booster that will improve performance, and a Wi-Fi scanner that helps ensure your data is secure.

AVG’s free Android antivirus is a top product that goes beyond routine scan of files and apps with a plethora of useful tools like an anti-theft tool that can track your device, take a secret photo of someone who has stolen it, and wipe its data remotely, a junk file cleaner and performance boost, and an Wi-Fi scanner to make sure that you’re not being hacked, or overloaded by your wireless provider. It’s not the most slick interface however, its scores for virus detection are impressive.

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