You can find an Android security app that does it all, but sometimes those full-service slow your Android phone or demand constant attention. The solution: a lightweight antivirus app that protectsmore
You can find an Android security app that does it all, but sometimes those full-service slow your Android phone or demand constant attention. The solution: a lightweight antivirus app that protects against malware without taxing resources -- yours or your phone's. And the good news is, a handful of the top-rated antivirus apps are available in free versions and are more than up to the task for guarding your phone.
Pick an antivirus app that accurately detects malware without a lot of fuss or strain on system resources.
Watching out for malware is all the Bitdefender Antivirus app does. Open the app and tap Scan to start the malware hunt. At the end of a scan, the anti-malware app offers other security help but otherwise does this one thing well. The free Android antivirus app automatically scans new apps you download; otherwise, you initiate scans. A paid version offers additional security tools but uses the same malware-scanning engine as the free version.
It doesn't get any simpler than this: Open Avast Mobile Security, and you're on the virus scan screen. Tap Scan This Device to check your files and apps for malware. The free app offers clear explanations of potential problems.
For additional security checks, swipe right from the scan screen, and you can have Avast check the safety of your Wi-Fi connection. Swipe right again to see Avast's other security tools, including for app locking and call blocking. Swipe left to find links other Avast tools (such as Avast SecureLine VPN) in the Google Play Store.
G Data Internet Security for Android checks takes an understated approach to protecting your phone. The free Android antivirus version offers calm protection. A paid version gives you full-service security.
Sophos's Mobile Security app for Android guards your phone and protects your privacy, for free. The app earns top marks for malware detection, and we especially appreciate the app's understated approach to notifying us of security issues.