The top mobile antivirus provides top-quality malware protection and has a low impact on performance. It should offer an easy and intuitive interface, and also include additional features like anti-theft tools and app lock. It shouldn’t cost too much, especially since Android users can download apps from various sources, unlike Apple devices, which require strict App Store approvals.
Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus (now called Kaspersky Security and Antivirus) has scored top marks in independent tests and features a clean and simple interface. The free version is free of ads and does not push you to upgrade, though it does require a reliable internet connection. A paid plan comes with call blocking, Android Wear and a robust set of anti-theft functions. However, it lacks the features that other apps have like a Wi-Fi network scanner and privacy tools.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is one of the most powerful and feature-rich programs available, and its malware protection was top of the line in our independent tests. It offers a user-friendly and well-designed interface, and the alerts and descriptions are concise and clear. It’s not reliable and requires a constant internet connection to check for viruses.
Lookout Mobile Security was one of the first antivirus apps for Android. It is now referred to as Lookout Security & Antivirus, or Lookout Personal. It is still a popular choice for its sleek interface, identity protection, and uncomplicated subscription pricing. Its free tier is basic and offers SMS and call blocking scans for devices, anti-theft, while the premium tier offers real-time protection, a safe browser and an app lock.