Here, are 15 best free Antivirus apps for Android. Antivirus is a mandatory program for all smart devices which includes Android, iPad, and iPhone. Antivirus is mandatory as it fight against malware, spyware, viruses and other threats. Google Play Store has many Anti-virus apps.
We will discuss about some best mobile security and antivirus apps for Android. These includes avast! Mobile Security, NetQin, AVG, Norton, Zoner antivirus, and many more.
Note: Antivirus apps on Android continuously run in the background, and use Android battery. So, you will probably see battery getting drained out faster after installing these apps.
avast! Mobile Security:
avast! Mobile Securityis a free anti-virus app for Android. This Android app is an official Android antivirus app from avast. avast! Mobile security is a mobile version of avast anti-virus for computer. You can easily scan the apps and scan SD card to detect threats and save your Android phone against viruses, malware, and spyware. The app comes up with anti-virus and anti-theft option. Anti-theft option in avast is an intelligent option that saves your Android phone from being stolen. avast sends you a message with the number of new SIM card when inserted in your Android phone. You can then easily track your Android phone from the number running on your Android phone. Apart from all these, avast provides you “firewall” like it provides in its PC version. The app is password protected and can only be accessed when you enter the password. The anti-theft option in the app is also protected with the same password.
You can check out avast! Mobile Security for Android reviewed by us.
NetQin Security And Antivirus:
NetQin Security and Antivirusis a free Android anti-virus app to protect Android against viruses, malware, and spyware. NetQin is one of the popular antivirus app in Google Play Store. This antivirus app scans your whole Android phone which includes app and data stored. NetQin also keeps your private data safe by its “Cloud+Client” service. The Android antivirus app blocks the websites which have malware. The application runs in the background of your Android phone to look for threats. Also, whenever you install a new app, the NetQin scans the newly installed app and tells you that the app is safe to install. The antivirus app updates its virus definition automatically, if your Android phone is connected via internet. Traffic monitor provides the data usage information and ensures that you don’t use data over the limit.
Check out detailed review of NetQin Security and Antivirus for Android.
AVG Antivirusis a another free antivirus app for Android. The antivirus app scans your Android phone including apps, media files or SD card contents. After scanning your Android phone, the app identifies the unsecure device settings and tells the solution to fix them. With AVG antivirus installed, you can browse the internet safely on your Android phone, as the antivirus app tells if it finds any threat or malware while browsing internet. The unique part of AVG antivirus app is that, the app kills the task running unnecessarily in the background of your Android phone. Also, like avast! Mobile Security app, AVG antivirus also helps you to find and locate your lost or missing phone via Google map.
Take a look on AVG Antivirus app for Android reviewed by us.
Antivirus is free simple Android antivirus app to fight against malware, spyware and viruses. This antivirus app scans your whole phone by scanning the app installed. You can only scan the apps installed on your Android phone. The app does not allow you to scan SD card, which is the sad part of this Android Antivirus app. After installing this app, it works in the background. Whenever you install a new app from market or you install any non-market app, then this antivirus app scans the newly installed app automatically on your Android phone. This Android Antivirus app is the best app when you want a lightweight and simple antivirus app to scan only apps being installed on your Android phone.
Norton Antivirus & Security For Android:
Norton Antivirus & Security is a free Android antivirus app to protect your Android phone and SD card contents against malware, spyware and viruses. This is an official Norton Antivirus app for Android from Norton. Norton for Android is designed with simple and easy to use option on Android. The free version of this antivirus app include Anti-Malware and Anti-Theft options.
Anti-Malware: Anti-Malware option of the app allows you to scan the installed apps and SD card contents. It also scan up and check for threats in newly app installed on your Android phone. You can also schedule scan on daily basis, weekly basis, and monthly basis. Just tap on “Scan Now” button and start scanning the installed apps and other SD card contents.
Anti-Theft: Anti-Theft option in the app allows you to protect the access of your Android phone data by thieves. In case your lost your phone, then with Anti-Theft option, you can remotely lock your Android phone with a secure password.Thieves will be unable to unlock your Android phone without the password. For setting up Ant-Theft option, you need to set Anti-Theft secure password and a buddy number on which you can receive SMS; by whom your phone is currently being used. You can remotely lock your Android phone with a simple message. The app also has the option to remote wipe, remote scream, and remote locate. But all these options can be only accessed when you have full-version of Norton app.
Lookout Security & Antivirus:
Lookout Security & Antivirus is a free antivirus app to protect your Android phone against viruses and threats. This Android antivirus app scan installed apps of your phone and cleans your phone if it finds any threat in any app installed. Lookout Security & Antivirus app is one of the popular app in Google Play Store. The app scan up your phone, backup your contacts, pictures and calls, and find your missing device if stolen.
Security: With Security option you can scan installed apps on your Android phone. The app tells you threats (if any) in the apps installed on your Android phone. You can then fix the threats and clean your Android phone.
Backup: Backup all your contacts, pictures and call log. This Android antivirus app allows you to backup your data, so that you don’t loose them by restoring at any point of time. You can check you backed up data by opening lookout.com on your web browser.
Missing Device: The app introduces the option to find your missing Android device. You can easily find the current location of you missing device easily on Google Map. You just have to open lookout.com and then login with your lookout username and password. After getting login, click on “locate” option and you will see the current location of your Android device on Google Map. You can also make your Android phone make scream remotely.
The app also includes “Privacy Advisor” and “Safe Browsing” option. But these two features are only available in full version of the app.
Android Antivirus is a free light weight antivirus app for Android. The app is simple and easy to use. You can just scan the apps installed on your Android phone. The app offers a “Scan” button on which you need to tap and start scan. The good part of this Android Antivirus app is its scanning speed. The apps scanned by this antivirus app is quite fast as compared to other antivirus apps which we have discussed above. Unlike other antivirus apps above, this app does not have an option to track missing device or anti-theft option. The app is compatible with Android version 1.6 and up.
Dr.Web Anti-virus Light:
Dr.Web Anti-virus Light is a free Android antivirus app by Russian antivirus vendor “Doctor Web”. This Android antivirus app is a lightweight app which offers protection against malware, spyware, and viruses. The app allows you to perform a quick scan, full phone scan, and custom scan. In custom scan you can select folders which you want to scan. This saves your time and keep your Android phone threats free. Custom scan is one of the best and unique feature of the app. You can also allow the antivirus app to run in background so as to keep your Android phone covered with a nice protection shield. You can also check statistic of your scan.
If you find any threats in any app or any other folder of SD card or any folder in your phone memory, then you can take action by moving the threat to “Quarantine”. From Quarantine ta, you can delete delete or restore the threats.
Zoner AntiVirus Free:
Zoner is a free Android antivirus app which enables smart protection against threats on Android. This antivirus apps allows you to scan the installed apps, scan SD card, and custom or user scan as in Dr.Web Anti-virus app. You can also perform a scheduled scan with Zoner antivirus app on your Android phone. Apart from threat scanning, the app also provides other features like phone filtering, missing device, apps & permissions, and task manager. Also, Zoner is ads free app in Google Play Store.
Antivirus: Antivirus option in the app allows you to perform scan for threats on Android. You can perform phone scan which scans all the installed apps, SD Card scan which scans the contents on your SD card and custom scan. In custom scan, the app allows you to select the folders by your choice and then you can scan the selected folder via Zoner AntiVirus app.
Phone Filtering: Phone Filtering option allows you to block incoming and outgoing calls. The app also allows you to block incoming messages. You can select a specific number or contact from your contact book and then block calls and messages on your Android phone. Block calls and messages are shown with red colored icons and unblock calls and messages are shown with green colored icons.
Missing Device: You can register your phone number with Zoner antivirus and protect your Android phone against being stolen or lost. The option of missing device is protected with a password. No one can change the permission and options without the access of correct password. Also, you need to enter a phone number on which Zoner can send the message whenever the app detects a SIM change. The app sends the phone details like IMEI number, model number and more. Along with the phone details, the app also sends the phone number of the SIM which has been newly inserted in your Android. With this you can easily know about the current location of your Android phone.
Apps & Permission: Apps & Permission option allows you to check the permissions on your Android phone.
Task Manager: Task manager of Zoner app is the most impressive part which I liked. The app provides a very intelligent task manager on your Android. When you launch task manager of Zoner, the app shows the list of all the apps installed on your phone. Also, the app shows how much RAM memory is being used by each apps on your Android phone. Now you can tap on any of the program or app running on your Android phone and then kill them. killing unnecessary task and programs free up your RAM memory which in turn enhances your device performance.
MT Antivirus app is simply one of the best Android antivirus app in Google Play Store. MT Antivirus app is easy to use. You just need to launch the app ,on your Android phone and you are ready to scan the contents of your phone. The app offers your 4 ways to scan your phone. You can perform a Quick scan, full scan, custom scan and CIQ scan (Carrier IQ). When I tested this antivirus app on my Android phone, I must say that the speed of scanning the contents is too fast. Within minutes you can scan big files on your Android. Of course, MT Antivirus app is useful for the users who normally keep big size files on their Android phone internal and external storage and want to scan the stored files on a regular basis.
Webroot Security & Antivirus:
Webroot Security & Antivirus is a free app to protect your Android phone against harmful viruses and threats. This Android antivirus app scan your Android phone, block the malicious websites, locate your lost or stolen device, block incoming call and messages. Also, block malicious messages. Webroot is a multi-tasking app for Android. I liked the interface of the app, as all the options in the app are arranged in a very well way. It looks very easy to manage the app with well-organized options. Also, Webroot is one of the popular Android app in terms of antivirus apps in Google Play Store.
Mobile Security & Antivirus:
Mobile Security & Antivirus is a free Android mobile security app which fight against malware, spyware and viruses on Android. This Android antivirus app is simple and easy to manage app. You can go though the application audit. Application audit allows you to manage application like uninstalling the app, force stop the app and more. The app also provides web security against malicious webpages. The app also have “Anti-Theft” option available, but it is for premium users. Before getting started with the app, you need to sign-up with Mobile Security & Antivirus.
GuardX Antivirus is a free antivirus app for Android to protect your Android phone against spyware, malware and viruses. GuardX Antivirus is a simple yet user-friendly app in Google Play Store. You can run the app scan and GuardX will scan all the apps installed within couple of minutes on Android. GuardX antivirus comes with a nice protection button to run always in background. If you have enabled protection button and the antivirus app is running in the background, then it will scan every newly installed app on Android. GuardX app plays a sound when it finds some malware or spyware.
G Data MobileSecurity:
G Data MobileSecurity is a free Android antivirus app to protect Android phone against viruses. G Data MobileSecurity is a simple app that scans only the apps installed in your Android phone and tells which app is virus effected. Apart from scanning the viruses or threats, the app also allows you to check the permissions granted to different programs on Android. You can also set the app to automatically scan the threats periodically.
Super Security Standard:
Super Security Standard is a free Android antivirus app to secure your Android phone against malware. You just have to launch the app and run the fast scan on your phone. Now, Super Security Standard app will detect malware (if any) in your installed apps. Also, the unique part of this antivirus app is its risk telling feature. The app tells which app has high risk, medium risk and low risk on Android phone. Also, each risk type tells you that what the risk can be, if you keep the particular app installed. For e.g., high risk tab says that the apps below are the high risk apps which may access your messages, contacts or call logs. This Android app is a nice security app to tell application risk on Android phone.
Also, I found McAfee Antivirus & Security app in Google Play Store. I tried testing the antivirus app on my Android phone, but due to some reason (may be some temporary issue) it was not verifying my mobile number. This is the reason why I am not including McAfee in the best Android antivirus apps list below, even though McAfee is one of the most popular antivirus. So I would recommend you to download and install McAfee and check if it works on your Android or not.
So, these were the 15 of the best free antivirus apps for Android that we came across. If you have some other favorite Antivirus app for Android, do let us know in comments, and we’ll check it out.