Android phones are a common target for hackers. Malware can run in the background, steal personal data, or slow down devices. Antivirus applications help protect devices by detecting and stopping malicious attacks. Many of the best anti-virus apps are also able to detect phishing websites and other internet security risks, and they offer a variety of extra features that can improve your privacy on mobile devices.
Most major Android antivirus applications come with an unpaid version, but some require additional features or for premium tiers which cost $15 to $30 annually. Certain premium tiers come with features such as a VPN and identity theft protection as an extra cost. Some apps, like Lookout are not subject to third-party laboratory testing and come with a fast, slow scan engine that can strain the phone’s performance.
Kaspersky offers two versions of its antivirus software which are free and a pro version that costs $29.99 per year or $39 for three years. The free version offers the ability to block calls and SMS as well as security updates and anti-theft functions. The pro version has additional antivirus features like scanning for devices, antimalware, and app locking.
Norton is the most effective overall malware detection rate in our tests. Its mobile-specific suite offers a range of security features that safeguard your privacy on mobile devices and desktops. The advanced features of Norton include a WiFi network scanner, VPN, and dark web monitoring services that alert you about data breaches. The free tier, which used to be Norton Mobile Security, has been replaced with a separate application dubbed Norton 360 Deluxe, and it comes with a lengthy trial period.