Hackers are attracted to Android phones. Malware can be installed in the background to steal personal information or slow down devices. Antivirus programs help protect devices by identifying and stopping malicious attacks. The top anti-virus apps are also able to detect websites that are phishing as well as other web security threats, and provide a range of additional features to improve your privacy on mobile devices.
The majority of Android antivirus applications are free, however some cost extra for premium features or premium tiers. These cost between $15 and $30 annually. Certain premium tiers include features like a VPN and identity theft protection as an additional charge. Certain apps, like Lookout does not submit to third-party laboratory evaluations and have an aggressive and slow scanning engine that can impede the performance of your phone.
Kaspersky offers the free version and a paid version. The pro version costs $29.99 per year or $39 if you buy it for three years. The free version comes with call and SMS blocking scanning, virus updates, scans and anti-theft features, while the pro version adds a stronger set of security features such as scans for devices, antimalware security, and an app lock.
Norton has the top overall rate of malware detection in our tests. Its mobile suite also includes a wide range of security features that help to protect your privacy on mobile and desktop computers. The advanced features of Norton include a WiFi network scanner, VPN, and dark web monitoring that can warn you of data breaches. Norton Mobile Security’s free version has been replaced with an alternative app called Norton 360 Deluxe. It comes with a generous 30-day trial.