Many people don‘t care about security and viruses hitting their beloved smartphone, because they reckon they can simply factory reset the device and all will be well. That is not always the case, though, and there are masses of malicious software out there that can find a home in your phone.
We think security on your phone is important, and to that end, here are our picks for the top free antivirus applications on Android.
5. Sophos Free Antivirus and Security
sophosSophos’ Free Antivirus and Security offers a full-feature set of tools for free, including everything from antivirus to loss protection. The whole device can be checked in a relatively quick scan, which is handy.
You also have anti-theft features, like remote-lock and phone finder.
4. Comodo
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Protecting yourself from virus and unsafe apps, Comodo Security and Antivirus is an “˜always on‘ app that scans your phone or tablet and keeps bad software from harming your device. It does have a couple of interesting features, like Privacy Protection for storing sensitive information, Privacy Advisor for help identifying app permissions, SMS and Call Blocking, Traffic Monitoring, and Backup.
3. CM Security
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The CM Security Antivirus AppLock not only offers great antivirus protection for your Android, but can also secure your apps, settings, and media files with AppLock.
It has a find-my-phone feature as well in the case of theft, in which case you can use the cleaner functionality to wipe all the data from the device.
2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
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The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware app probably has the best set of tools for keeping you protected from malware and other infected apps. Scanning via the app will alert you to malware, spyware, trojans, and other malicious code, and alert you so you can act accordingly.
It also has a privacy manager which shows you all your installed apps‘ privileges and a security audit.
1. 360 Security – Antivirus Boost
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While this package might seem leaner than some of the others on this list, it does pack quite a punch. It doesn’t just offer virus protection, but also cleans and speed up your device to keep it running in tip-top shape.
Your apps are scanned in real time, so new apps with malicious software won‘t be detected too late. App manager lets you uninstall old apps or APKs that you no longer need, or you can choose to back them up on an SD card. It also comes with the usual anti-theft features.
Are there any other apps you would recommend? Share them with us in the comments below!
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