Best Android antivirus apps revealed by AV-TEST Labs





There have been several Android Market malware scares in the recent past. Google responded by introducing Bouncer a while back, but it never hurts to add a good Android antivirus app for extra protection. But which apps offer the best protection?


Independent testing authority AV-TEST Labs has just posted the results from its most recent Android security rundown. Of the 41 apps they tested, 7 posted detection scores above 90%: Avast!, Dr. Web Antivirus Light, F-Secure Mobile Security, IKARUS mobile.security LITE, Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite, Lookout, and Zoner Antivirus Free.




Other big-name apps performed well, too, but couldn’t break the 90% barrier. They include Norton, ESET, AVG, BitDefender, Trend Micro, and the Vipre Mobile Beta. Perennial security whipping boy McAfee failed to detect more than 65% of malware samples, leaving them surrounded by lesser-known apps in the middle of the pack.


The jury is still out on whether or not Android malware is a genuine problem. Most malicious apps appear in third-party stores, and Trojanized impostor apps on the Android Market haven’t exactly become a regular occurrence. Either way, the AV-Test report is still good news for Android users because it clearly shows that top-notch Android antivirus and anti-malware apps are up to the challenge. Better still, some of the best protection you can get for your Android device is totally free.


Whether or not you’re convinced you need to worry about getting an infection on your Android phone or tablet, there’s certainly no harm in downloading one of the free apps AV-Test ranked. If you’d like to dive deeper, you can check out their PDF for full results.

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