Last update : March 2019
1. Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus
The Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus package is a free, comprehensive protection for your smartphone and tablet against malware threats as well as excessive use of the network by applications or intrusive phones. The application also allows you to detect potentially harmful software.
The whole package, similar to that known from PC computers, has been divided into several modules dealing with specific security tasks. The first of these is a scanner, an antivirus scanner, providing automatic application scanning after installation, in addition the possibility of performing a manual scan or scheduling a scan schedule. The second is the anti-theft module, which allows protection in the event of theft, ie locating the device, remotely blocking and erasing the contents of the phone.
The package also includes a firewall. This provides the ability to block access to the network (separately for Wi-Fi and GSM) for selected applications, however, this module requires root privileges. The firewall also allows you to measure traffic – information on the traffic generated by individual applications installed on the device. Thanks to the application, the user can carefully control the behavior of other applications installed on the device and monitor their rights.
The package automatically checks the updates of virus databases and dangerous applications, and allows you to block access via a PIN. A widget available to quickly run a scan and display information about the device’s resources. Due to the nature of the operation, the application uses the icon in the notification bar. Its operation has no noticeable effect on the speed of the device.
2. AVG AntiVirus Free for Android
AVG AntiVirus Free is a free protection package created by AVG for the Android platform. Despite the name, it is not just an anti-virus, although this is its main task. The application allows you to scan applications and files for malware, also automatically scans newly installed applications, both from the official store and external.
Antivirus allows scanning every selected period of time, checks also visited websites and SMS messages. Additional package capabilities include, among others, active task manager, optimization of applications running in the background and deletion of temporary files. The packet can also alert you about low energy level and provides its saving mode, after which some functions are disabled (eg Wi-Fi communication). AVG also allows you to count and limit the use of packet transmission in day, week or monthly cycles, and to protect your privacy by blocking calls and messages from specific contacts.
3. 360 Security – Antivirus Free for Android
360 Security – Antivirus Free is one of the most popular applications on Android that serve as protection against viruses and to manage your smartphone or tablet.
The program offers real-time protection and ensures the security of your smartphone at all times, until the user decides to turn it off. Applications that are running all the time can load the device hard, because they permanently occupy a lot of computing power and RAM. The advantage of the 360 Security program is that it handles the device gently and does not slow it down.
In addition, the 360 Security – Antivirus Free application offers the ability to scan your smartphone for unnecessary junk files that can be removed with a single click. The program also has options for optimizing the device in the scope of its operation, thanks to the management of processes happening in the background. This feature is also useful for extending the device’s battery life. The application can detect whether any of the installed programs consumes too much energy and propose to the user to take action. Another feature of the 360 – Antivirus Free program is the option of remote device localization. It is available after prior activation on this website and logging in using your Google account.
The last of the basic functions of the 360 – Antivirus Free application is a set of tools for privacy protection. With the help of the program, you can restrict access to private information, for example in SMS, Snapchat or WhatsApp, or block access to the photo gallery or the Google Play store.
4. Lookout Antivirus
Lookout is the most popular protection package for mobile devices with Android. It allows protection against harmful and dangerous applications, as well as protection of user data. Its effectiveness may be supported by the fact that Samsung, as well as the operator of the T-Mobile network, have decided to place this application in their devices by default.
The basic lookout protection module is the anti-virus system. It scans applications already installed, and immediately after installing new ones for malware and spyware. Antivirus scans files in real time, uses a cloud, additionally performs a scheduled full scan at a specified time (e.g., every week). The manufacturer boasts that the background activity has a minimal impact on the device’s operating speed and battery life.
The second module is the application watchdog who performs a security audit, checks applications for the rights they require. Thanks to it, the user can find out which applications can read his messages or know its location. Lookout is also protection against malicious and suspicious websites in the system browser and the mobile version of Google Chrome.
The package also has a module for backing up and saving data on the manufacturer’s servers. The copy may contain contacts, photos, and call logs. The last module is responsible for protection in the event of loss or theft of the device. Thanks to it, it is possible to remotely start an alarm, locate the device, block it, and completely clean it. The application in the basic, limited in terms of features version is free. The full version requires the purchase of an annual subscription.
5. ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus
The ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus package is a set of tools for comprehensive protection of a mobile device operating under Android system, protecting against malware as well as physical thieves. The application already offers a basic functionality in the free version and protects against threats.
The most important module of the ESETa package for mobile devices is the anti-virus. It allows detecting known threats in real time, detecting potentially unwanted and potentially dangerous applications. Antivirus uses the ESET Live Grid cloud to respond more quickly to new threats. Antivirus allows 3 levels of scanning: fast, smart and deep, it also gives you access to quarantine, scan logs and allows you to automatically update virus databases.
The application has an SMS and call filter, thanks to which the user can block unwanted messages and calls from selected numbers, unknown, hidden numbers or entire groups. The package also has a module that protects against phishing attacks, which integrates with the web browsers available in the system in order to scan the websites visited. An important element is the anti-theft module, which protects the device against the use of another SIM card, it also allows remote blocking, locating and cleaning the device using codes in SMS messages.
Note: The trial license is active for 31 days. Then it is necessary to buy the full version or contentment with the free edition, the functionality of which is mainly limited to the anti-virus.
6. Kaspersky Internet Security for Android
Kaspersky Internet Security is a protection package for mobile devices working under the control of Android. It was created by a company that for years has been dealing in the security and protection of PC users, and therefore uses a number of modules, as well as the manufacturer’s cloud computing to respond more quickly to threats from the Internet.
The application at the first launch will suggest us to create an account on the Kaskersky website, or log in to it. Thanks to it, we can use our valid license for the package also on a mobile device. However, this is not necessary and we can skip this step. The package provides all the most important protection functions. Its main component is the antivirus module, which protects the user against malicious software. It allows you to perform manual scanning in three different modes: fast, where only installed applications are checked; full, which in turn checks all files in the device’s memory as well as scanning a specific folder. Antivirus also works automatically and scans new applications as soon as they are installed. It detects adware, auto-dialers and other threats of this type, also uses the capabilities of Kaspersky cloud computing. Detected threats are in quarantine, which the user has direct access to and in the event of a false alarm can restore them from it.
It is also worth mentioning protection when browsing websites. This module integrates with the Android and Google Chrome browser and scans the sites for threats. It also protects against phishing sites. Thanks to the connection filtering module, it is possible to block unwanted phone calls and SMS messages from selected numbers and contacts.
The additional privacy protection module allows the user to hide some sensitive data such as information about calls, contacts or SMS messages. The package also includes the Anti-Theft function, after which activation (required Kaspersky account) it is possible to remotely locate and block the device via the appropriate website.
7. McAfee Mobile Antivirus & Security
McAfee Antivirus & Security is a security package prepared for users of mobile platforms by Intel, the new owner of a company that develops security software. The free package allows you to scan for viruses, protect your privacy by checking the application, as well as backing up critical data.
The package consists of several modules. The most important of these is the anti-virus that allows you to perform security checks, as well as automatic and manual updates. A real-time scan is available, i.e. all applications and messages. On-demand scanner performs daily scheduled scans, also allows manual full, application or custom scans that can include various data. The second module is responsible for the privacy of the user, allows you to check the application in terms of collected user data. This module enables blocking selected applications with a security code, as well as creating user files, e.g. main for adults and children with a limited set of applications. With it, the user can also create lists of allowed and blocked numbers to automatically reject calls and SMS messages.
The third module is responsible for scanning websites, as well as warning when connecting to unsecured and unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. The backup module is in turn responsible for securing important user data.
The McAfee Antivirus & Security package is released for free. The only price for using it is showing ads, as well as information about the possibility of buying a paid subscription. This allows you to remove ads, get access to dedicated technical support, and also gives you an extra 2 GB in the manufacturer’s cloud for photos and videos.
8. Bitdefender Mobile Security
Bitdefender Mobile Security is a protection package for the Android platform. It provides comprehensive protection for your smartphone, tablet or other device under system control from Google. It has an antivirus module, privacy assistant, network and web scanner, as well as an anti-theft module. The application also allows you to protect the application with a PIN code.
The basic module of the package is a malware scanner. It works on the basis of the “Autopilot” mechanism known from Bitdefender’s dextop products: scanning and actions are taken fully automatically. Antivirus scans all downloaded and installed applications, and also allows user to scan manually. The antivirus also works to protect the network, which scans the websites viewed. The second component is the privacy expert who checks what permissions required by the applications used. It accurately describes each of them, it also allows you to quickly remove a given application, and to provide other users with information that it is not secure. This module summarizes all applications and displays the total result of the user’s privacy.
The anti-theft module allows remote location and blocking of the device, as well as deleting data. Localization can take place after downloading GPS data, and also turning on the sound signal (eg when it is impossible to find a telephone in a room). The user can manage anti-theft functions via a special website after creating a Bitdefender account, as well as through a second, trusted phone and sending SMS messages with appropriate commands. BitDefender also allows you to protect the application. After activating it, launching a given program will require entering a security PIN code. The producer provides a free 14-day trial version.