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The Best Android Antivirus: Review Of 20 Best Android Antivirus Apps

Are you looking for the best Android antivirus so that your phone and data stay really secure? Check the review of 20 best Android antivirus apps and choose the best virus protection for your phone. 

Android has become the world’s most popular operating system which is present not only on mobile phones, tablets, TV sets, smartwatches but even on cars.   

The bad news is that this great popularity unfortunately often comes at a high price. There are thousands of malicious or infected apps that try to put our personal data, privacy or money at risk almost every day. 

Even if you are a careful user who doesn’t install apps from unknown sources, you still risk infecting your device. 

The good news, however, is that you can easily protect your device from most threats simply by installing a good antivirus app. 

In this article I will help you choose the best Android antivirus app for you so that you can protect both your privacy and data.

So what’s the best Android antivirus? Let’s find out. 

I want this article to reach as many people as possible (especially less advanced Android users) so that they can protect their devices. That’s why if you like this article please share it with your friends. 

I have been doing research on the best Android antivirus and testing apps for almost two weeks so that you can now protect your phone in less than a 10-minute read. Good luck!

Best Android Antivirus: Review/list

The Best Android Antivirus (List Of 20 Android Antivirus Apps) 

What I am giving you here is probably the most comprehensive, detailed and to-the-point list/review of Android virus protection apps you will find on the Internet. 

Before I show you the apps, here are a few words about the list itself:

  • It contains only the official antivirus apps that you will find on Google Play (and in some cases also in the Amazon Appstore for Android).
  • The description highlights the main features of the app (the most important ones from my point of view).
  • All the screenshots are real and come from my own phone (Samsung Galaxy S7 with Android 7.0).
  • Under each description you will find direct links to download the app from Google Play and from Amazon Appstore for Android (if the app is available there). You can learn more about how to install Amazon apps on Android here (I recommend installing this alternative app store)
  • The apps are not in any special order. You can start studying the list both from the beginning and from the end. 

Best Android Antivirus #1: AVG Antivirus Security

AVG Antivirus Security is without doubt one of the best Android virus protection apps with tens of millions of downloads. AVG ensures comprehensive protection from viruses, malware, spyware or data loss.

The main features the app offers include anti-theft, phone location, safe web surfing, performance monitor, task killer, local wipe, call and SMS blocker, and app backup. 

This app will be a great choice for anyone who is looking for free, proven and comprehensive protection of their Android device device.

Protects from: viruses, malware, spyware, data loss, unwanted calls/texts, phone overload
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: YES
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.5/5
Number of downloads: 100-500 million

Best Android antivirus: AVG (screenshot)AVG Antivirus: startup screen
Best Android antivirus: AVG (screenshot)AVG Antivirus: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD AVG Antivirus Security (GOOGLE PLAY)
DOWNLOAD AVG Antivirus Security (AMAZON APPSTORE)

Best Android Antivirus #2:  Anti-virus Dr.Web Light

This is also one of the best free Android antivirus apps. This one, however, doesn't contain many additional features which practically all other antivirus apps have. 

Dr. WEB will protect your phone from all types of malware.  At least that’s what they claim. :) 

Its main features include quick or full system scan, real-time system scan thanks to SpIDer Guard, detection of unknown malware thanks to the Origins Tracing technology, quarantine or constant update of virus database.

Protects from: viruses, spyware, malware, trojans
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.5/5
Number of downloads: 50-100 million

Best Android antivirus: Dr. Web (screenshot)Dr.Web: settings
Best Android antivirus: Dr. Web (screenshot)Dr.Web: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD Dr.Web Anti-virus Light (GOOGLE PLAY)
DOWNLOAD Dr.Web Anti-virus Light (AMAZON APPSTORE)

Best Android Antivirus #3: avast! Mobile Security

avast! Mobile Security is one of the best virus protection apps for both mobile phones and computers. The mobile version contains the most advanced and important security features, i.e. virus scanner, privacy advisor, shield control, firewall, anti-theft and SMS and call filter. 

This antivirus app is a set of tools for comprehensive protection of your Android device and is for free.

Protects from: viruses, trojans, malware, spyware, theft, unwanted calls/texts 
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: YES
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.5/5
Number of downloads: 100-500 milion

Best Android antivirus: avast!
 (screenshot)avast! Mobile Security: startup screen
Best Android antivirus: avast!
 (screenshot)avast! Mobile Security: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD avast! Mobile Security (GOOGLE PLAY)
DOWNLOAD avast! Mobile Security (AMAZON APPSTORE)

Best Android Antivirus #4: McAfee Antivirus & Security

McAfee Antivirus & Security is very good Android antivirus software that also lets you fully protect your device. You can use the trial version for 14 days and after the trial expires you can purchase the full version.

This antivirus app boasts of features, such as, McAfee active protection or TM technology which will look for malicious code in files, apps, SD card and downloads.

Besides that, the app offers security features, such as, safe mobile web surfing, device lock, remote data wipe, locate and track, app lock, call blocker and SMS filter and uninstall protection.

Protects from: viruses, trojans, adware, theft, privacy intrusion, unwanted calls/text, unauthorized use
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: YES
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.4/5
Number of downloads: 10-50 million 

Best Android antivirus: McAfee (screenshot)McAfee Antivirus & Security: startup screen
Best Android antivirus:McAfee (screenshot)McAfee Antivirus & Security: security features

DOWNLOAD McAfee Antivirus & Security (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #5: Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Bitdefender Antivirus Free is also known as the best computer antivirus software. It will also be a great choice for mobile phone users. This is a very simple app which doesn't offer any additional features but has a very effective Android antivirus scan.

What makes this app stand out is the in-the-cloud scanning technology which offers better virus detection and doesn't slow down your phone and saves battery life. 

All you have to do is download and install the app and then run the scan. I think that we can say that this is the best Android virus scanner out there. 

Protects from: viruses, trojans, spyware, malware, adware
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.3/5
Number of downloads: 1-5 million

Best Android antivirus: Bit Defender(screenshot)Bitdefender Antivirus: antivirus scanner
Best Android antivirus: Bit Defender(screenshot)Bitdefender Antivirus: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD Bitdefender Antivirus Free (GOOGLE PLAY)
DOWNLOAD  Bitdefender Antivirus Free (AMAZON APPSTORE)

Best Android Antivirus #6: TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security

TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security also deserves to be called the best free Android antivirus. This is also one of the most popular free security apps providing comprehensive protection of Android devices. 

The app's main features include security scanner, secure app search, secure web browsing, system manager, privacy guard, data protection and device protection.

Protects from: viruses, spyware, trojans, adware, data loss, privacy intrusion, unauthorised use
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO

Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.5/5
Number of downloads: 10-50 million

Best Android antivirus: TrustGo (screenshot)TrustGo Antivirus: antivirus scanner
Best Android antivirus: TrustGo (screenshot)TrustGo Antivirus: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security (GOOGLE PLAY)
DOWNLOAD TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security (AMAZON APPSTORE)

Best Android Antivirus #7: Kaspersky Anti-Virus & Security

Kaspersky Anti-Virus & Security  is also one of the top-rated Android and desktop antivirus apps. It's available in the Lite version with basic features and in the Premium version. 

This app comes with anti-theft protection, SMS/Call filter and a cloud-based security scanner which will notify you of potential risks before they harm your phone.  

The premium version offers basically the same features but in more advanced versions, i.e.  advanced privacy protection, advanced anti-theft, advanced call/SMS filter.

Protects from: viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, unwanted calls/texts, theft 
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: YES
Contains ads: NO
Average rating on Google Play: 4.7/5
Number of downloads: 10-50 million

Best Android antivirus: Kaspersky (screenshot)Kaspersky Anti-Virus & Security: antivirus scanner
Best Android antivirus: Kaspersky (screenshot)Kaspersky Anti-Virus & Security: antivirus scan summary

DOWNLOAD Kaspersky Anti-Virus & Security (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #8: 360 Security - Antivirus Boost

If you are looking for an all-in one solution that will let you not only protect your phone from viruses but also will offer a lot of useful & advanced features, 360 Security - Antivirus Boost will be a great choice. 

This is one of the best and most comprehensive security apps for Android with features, such as, Android virus scanner, junk file cleaner, speed booster, power saver, anti-theft and privacy & app lock. 

What’s more, this app also offers you real-time protection and monitoring of each new APK installation. 

All you need to do is download the app and you can configure it with just a single tap. 

Protects from: viruses, adware, trojans, spyware, junk files, privacy intrusion, theft, battery drain, phone overload
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO
Contains ads:  YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.6/5
Number of downloads: 100-500 million

Best Android antivirus: 360 Security (screenshot)360 Security: device summary
Best Android antivirus: 360 Security (screenshot)360 Security: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD 360 Security - Antivirus Boost (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #9: Antivirus Free - Virus Cleaner 

If you want a lightweight and free Android antivirus that will not overload your phone but still do a great job, you must give Antivirus Free - Virus Cleaner a try. 

This app offers you a very effective dual-engine virus protection that works both on your device (in real-time) and in the cloud. 

One of the biggest advantages of the app is the fact that it uses much less power and memory in comparison to other free Android antivirus apps. 

What’s more, it lets you do a one-tap quick virus scan to immediately detect the most serious risks and eliminate them.

Protects from: viruses, spyware, malware, trojans 
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.4/5
Number of downloads: 50-100 million

Best Android antivirus: Virus Cleaner (screenshot)Antivirus Free - Virus Cleaner: device summary
Best Android antivirus: Virus Cleaner (screenshot)Antivirus Free - Virus Cleaner: antivirus scan summary

DOWNLOAD Antivirus Free - Virus Cleaner (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #10: Norton Security and Antivirus 

I guess this is the anti-virus software many people born in 80s and 90s remember very well. In the era of the smartphone, we can still use it with success on our Android phones. 

This is yet another all-in-one security app that offers features like virus scanner & removal, possibility of remotely locking the lost or stolen device, remote lock (when SIM card is removed or after 10 failed unlock attempts), remote alarm to find the missing phone, call & text blocking and more. 

Protects from: malware, spyware, viruses, theft, privacy intrusion, unwanted calls or texts, unauthorised use
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: YES
Contains ads:  NO
Average rating on Google Play: 4.5/5
Number of downloads: 10-50 million

Best Android antivirus: Norton (screenshot)Norton Security and Antivirus: startup screen
Best Android antivirus: Norton (screenshot)Norton Security and Antivirus: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD Norton Security and Antivirus (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #11: Avira Antivirus Security

Avira Antivirus Security wouldn’t be on this list if I didn’t consider it one of the best Android antivirus apps out there.

The focus of this app is to protect your data and privacy, so most of its features focus on that aspect. 

The main features include an automatic Android virus scanner, possibility of tracking a lost or stolen phone, protection of your personal data (e-mail messages, text messages or photos), tracking how specific apps collect sensitive data, possibility of locking specific apps, blacklist and more. 

Protects from: viruses, spyware, malware, theft, phone overload, tracking, privacy intrusion
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: YES
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.4/5
Number of downloads: 10-50 million

Best Android antivirus app: Avira (screenshot)Avira Antivirus Security: startup screen
Best Android antivirus app: Avira (screenshot)Avira Antivirus Security: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD Avira Antivirus Security (GOOGLE PLAY)
DOWNLOAD Avira Antivirus Security (AMAZON APPSTORE)

Best Android Antivirus #12: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not only a very popular Android antivirus app but also the world’s most popular anti-malware technology used on desktop computers. 

As the name suggests, the focus of this app is to destroy any malware, spyware or trojans on your Android phone. 

This is probably the best Android virus scanner with features such as automatic, real-time or on-demand scans, possibility of scanning external memory, detection of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). 

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware also has a built-in privacy and application manager that lets you view permissions of each app and see what apps are currently running.

Protects from: malware, spyware, trojans, tracking, phone overload, privacy intrusion
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO
Contains ads:  NO
Average rating on Google Play: 4.3/5
Number of downloads: 10-50 million

Best Android antivirus app: Malwarebytes (screenshot)Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: device summary
Best Android antivirus app: Malwarebytes (screenshot)Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: antivirus scan summary

DOWNLOAD Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (GOOGLE PLAY)
DOWNLOAD Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (AMAZON APPSTORE)

Best Android Antivirus #13: Comodo Mobile Security

Comodo Mobile Security is yet another comprehensive security solution for Android devices which offers advanced virus scanner and a couple of interesting features. This is also a top-rated Android antivirus.

The main features of Comodo Mobile Security include real-time protection, cloud scan, SD memory scan, scheduled scan, secure Wi-Fi, secure browsing or app lock. 

The app also has anti-theft functionalities like activity log, tracking the phone’s location, remote control  or uninstall protection. 

Protects from: viruses, unsafe apps, unwanted calls, theft, privacy intrusion
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: No
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.6/5
Number of downloads: 500 thousand - 1 million 

Best Android antivirus app: Comodo Mobile Security (screenshot)Comodo Mobile Security: startup screen
Best Android antivirus app: Comodo Mobile Security (screenshot)Comodo Mobile Security: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD Comodo Mobile Security (GOOGLE PLAY)
DOWNLOAD Comodo Mobile Security (AMAZON APPSTORE)

Best Android Antivirus #14: GO Security, AntiVirus AppLock

If you have been using Android for a while, you probably know at least one GO apps. The GO Dev Team is best know for the GO Keyboard, but they have also done a great job with the GO Security app.

This all is another all-in-one good Android antivirus with features like advanced real-time protection, app lock, privacy cleaner and junk cleaner. 

The app developers claim that thanks to its leading virus detection engine the app is quicker in detecting new viruses than other security apps. 

Protects from: viruses, malware, battery drain, privacy intrusion, junk files
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: YES
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.6/5
Number of downloads: 10-50 million

Best Android antivirus app: GO Security (screenshot)GO Security: startup screen
Best Android antivirus app: GO Security (screenshot)GO Security: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD GO Security, AntiVirus AppLock (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #15: DFNDR Antivirus & Cleaner

And here comes another great all-rounder and one of top Android antivirus apps. 

This app focuses on three things: security, speed and performance. The most prominent features of the app include possibility of remotely tracking your phone, RAM booster, battery charge optimization, cleaning cache and junk files and more. 

If you want some less known and interesting features, the app also offers the Intruder Selfie (taking the picture of the phone’s thief) and Energy Menu Deactivation (prevents from discharging the device when locked). 

Protects from: viruses, spyware, privacy intrusion, theft, junk files, battery drain
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.5/5
Number of downloads: 100-500 million 

Best Android antivirus app: DFNDR (screenshot)DFNDR Antivirus & Cleaner: device summary
Best Android antivirus app: DFNDR (screenshot)DFNDR Antivirus & Cleaner: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD DFNDR Antivirus & Cleaner (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #16: Solo Security-Safety Antivirus

Solo Security-Safety Antivirus is a bit less popular and younger but still a very good antivirus app for Android.

This Android antivirus app offers you a whole spectrum of interesting and useful features like one-tap scan, real-time protection, app lock, cleaner & device optimizer, Wi-Fi test & security, safe browser (with auto cleaning) or phone boost. 

Protects from: spam, viruses, phishing, snooping, battery drain, privacy intrusion 
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.6/5
Number of downloads: 100-500 thousand

Best Android virus protection: Solo Security (screenshot)Solo Security-Safety Antivirus: startup screen
Best Android virus protection: Solo Security (screenshot)Solo Security-Safety Antivirus: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD Solo Security-Safety Antivirus (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #17: CY Security Antivirus Cleaner

Are you still looking for the best Android antivirus app for yourself? Why not try CY Security Antivirus Cleaner? 

The main focus of this app is, of course, the security of your Android phone and its optimization (effective cleaning and performance boosting).

The main features include real-time protection, one-tap scan, SD card scan, intelligent antivirus engine, system cleaner, junk & cache cleaner, speed booster and battery saver to name just a few.   

Protects from: viruses, malware, spyware, adware, junk files, phone overload
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.5/5
Number of downloads: 1-5 million

Best Android virus protection: CY Antivirus (screenshot)CY Security Antivirus Cleaner: device summary
Best Android virus protection: CY Antivirus (screenshot)CY Security Antivirus Cleaner: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD CY Security Antivirus Cleaner (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #18: Security Antivirus - Max Clean

This is another less popular and a bit younger free Android antivirus app you should try. As the name suggests, Security Antivirus - Max Clean is yet another all-in-one security app which offers you all the essential security features. 

You will find here virus cleaner, phone booster, app lock, junk file cleaner, Wi-Fi security features, privacy risk detection and multi-language support. 

Please note that this app is one of the best rated Android antivirus apps on Google Play with an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. 

Protects from: viruses, malware, adware, trojans, phone overload, privacy intrusion, 
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: NO
Contains ads: YES
Average rating on Google Play: 4.7/5
Number of downloads: 500-100 milion

Best Android virus protection: Max Clean (screenshot)Security Antivirus - Max Clean: antivirus scanner
Best Android virus protection: Max Clean (screenshot)Security Antivirus - Max Clean: antivirus scanner

DOWNLOAD Security Antivirus - Max Clean (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #19: Lookout Security & Antivirus

The Lookout Security & Antivirus  used to be the only and the best app for protecting your phone in the case of theft or if you lose it. It’s best known for features that allow for remotely locating and controlling the device so that your data stored on it stays secure. 

In 2017 this security app becomes also a very good antivirus app and another all-in-one security app. 

It offers continuous protection and virus scanning, the possibility of locating your phone and activating the alarm, contacts backup and a few quite advanced premium features like Breach Report, theft alerts, lock & wipe or photo & call history backup. 

Protects from: theft, data loss, privacy intrusion, viruses, malware, adware and spyware
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: yes
Contains ads: NO
Average rating on Google Play: 4.4/5
Number of downloads: 100-500 milion

Best Android antivirus: Lookout (screenshot)Lookout: customization
Best Android antivirus: Lookout (screenshot)Lookout: settings

DOWNLOAD Lookout Security & Antivirus (GOOGLE PLAY)

Best Android Antivirus #20: Zoner AntiVirus

Last but not least comes Zoner AntiVirus, another very good free Android antivirus software. 

You can expect to find here features like theft control (for remotely controlling your device), installed app protection, on-access and on-demand scan, call & message blocking, task manager and secured messages (possibility of encrypting the messages you send with the use of your phone). 

Protects from: viruses, dialers, worms, trojans, adware, spyware, unwanted calls/messages, theft
Price: FREE
In-app purchases: yes
Contains ads: NO
Average rating on Google Play: 4.4/5
Number of downloads: between 1-5 million

Best Android antivirus: Zoner AntiVirus (screenshot)Zoner AntiVirus: first run
Best Android antivirus: Zoner AntiVirus (screenshot)Zoner AntiVirus: security features

DOWNLOAD Zoner AntiVirus (GOOGLE PLAY)

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Best Android antivirus: review of apps

Is Android Antivirus Necessary On Your Phone?

Many of you are probably wondering why you should bother and install an antivirus app in the first place. 

Some years ago it wasn’t a must but now if the era of a growing popularity of Android devices I think it’s one of the best practices and … a must.

You should install an antivirus app on your Android phone if any of the following is true for you:

  • You install a lot of new apps & games on your device both from Google Play and other app stores. 
  • You browse the Internet using your phone and click various links (of course, you do). 
  • You use social media on your phone and click links that your friends send you (I bet you do too). 
  • You have personal and vulnerable information on your phone (like credit card numbers, passwords stored, private messages or photos). 
  • You want to be able to remotely locate and control your phone in case you lose it or it gets stolen.
  • Your phone is online all the time (you either have mobile data or Wi-Fi always turned on). 

Which Android Antivirus Should You Choose? 

As you've probably noticed, all of these apps offer similar features and functions. Some focus mainly on antivirus protection while others offer all-in-one security solutions. 

I suggest you browse this list (especially the screenshots and main features of the app) and try the ones that interest you the most.

You can install several antivirus apps for test purposes but remember to uninstall all the remaining antivirus apps once you decide which one you want to protect your phone with. 

It’s not recommended to use several antivirus apps on one device at the same (whether it’s an Android phone or desktop computer) because they may not function properly. 

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