This is the case of the list that we bring you today. AV-TEST has conducted a study of a series of antivirus analyzed, up to 22. The study reflects the best and the worst of each one so that we know which to choose or, if we already have one, know if it really meets our expectations.
According to this study, andThe best antivirus for Android is TrustGo: Mobile Security 1.3 which has managed to complete 6/6 both in protection and usability for our smartphone. The second antivirus on the list is AVL 2.2 with a result of 6/6 in protection and 5.5 out of 6 in usability. Third is Lookout with 5.5 / 6 in protection and 6/6 in usability.
The most downloaded antivirus on Google Play
The reality is that for a thorough analysis, we should compare the extra functions that bring the most popular antivirus applications on Google Play. We propose below a small review of what these apps offer us with their corresponding rating in AV-TEST, which by being the first in the Google Play antivirus list, will surely correspond to the antivirus that many of us have installed in our Android.
AVG Antivirus Security
It is curious that, with more than 50 million downloads, it does not appear in the AV-Test analysis. To be able to use all of its functions, we must buy the PRO version. This antivirus known for its great success on desktop computers, in addition to protecting your Android against viruses, also offers a location system for theft, backup service, safe browsing, etc.
Avast! Mobile Security
Also recognized for its formidable desktop functionality, AV-TEST scores 5 out of 6 for malware detection on its android version. It also has an anti-theft function, safe browsing, a firewall for those who have rooted their phone, and filter calls and SMS or more recognized as a “black list”.
Lookout Security & Antivirus
Lookout Security & Antivirus receives a 5.5 out of 6 in malware detection in the AV-TEST analysis, occupying the third position on the list. Although it was first launched on Google Play as an application to locate devices in case of theft, Lookout has been incorporating new functions such as antivirus and backup and restoration.
ESET Mobile Security
This program offers a very powerful solution against viruses on our Android devices. He already did it on our computers, and in the smartphone world he couldn’t be left behind. Its malware detection rating by AV-TEST is 4 out of 6, but the reality is that ESET Mobile Security for Android is one of the security applications that more features and extras offers, although the total of the functions can only be enjoyed prior to checkout. Of course, we can count on a trial period of 30 days more than enough to know if it is worth paying the license of 14.95 euros per year.
We list below the extra functions that ESET Mobile Security for Android offers:
File analysis: Malicious software search through all files, and even on the SD memory card.
SMS / MMS antispam: It allows to group contacts by means of white lists and black lists, blocking the messages included in these last lists.
Call interception: Block both incoming and outgoing calls. This function is curious because it is not so easy to find in these types of applications the possibility of blocking outgoing calls, which can be very useful to block use as parental control.
Security audit: It will allow us to be informed of the main functions of the phone, such as battery life, free space, the applications that we have active, the status of the Bluetooth connections, Wi-Fi, etc., and the visibility of the terminal.
SIM check: This is a very useful point against device loss. In the event that a foreign SIM card is inserted, the application reports this event via SMS to the owner or to his trusted contacts, which includes information that identifies the new SIM card inserted.
Remote lock with GPS location: Also for loss cases. Allows you to remotely lock the phone. Also, information about the current location of the phone can be obtained by remote entry of a special command.
Remote erase: It offers the possibility of deleting all the contents of the phone using an SMS command, which is another very useful function to safeguard our confidential information in case of theft or loss of the phone.
We have to take into account that the battery consumption when running these types of applications antivirus on our phone it will be more than remarkable, and there are other rules of use that will keep us away from viruses and can dispense with the installation of antivirus. From AndroidAyuda, we remind you that the best way to protect your android device is that any application that enters it comes from reliable sources, having previously documented them well, or from official sources, such as Google Play.