9 Best Android Antivirus Apps [ Comparison and Reviews ]

Updated: April 8, 2019 / Home » Computer and Internet Security » Mobile Antivirus and Security

What is a good antivirus app for android? Do you need an antivirus for your Google Android smartphone? It depends on where you download and install apps for your smartphone, if you only download apps from Google Play, the answer is you do not need an antivirus. If your middle name is ‘danger’ and you’ve rooted your Android smartphone, it is best to install an antivirus.

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My number 1 pick is avast! Free Mobile Security, simply because it is the only mobile antivirus with firewall protection. As for anti-theft feature, I use PreyProject and it works great.

I’ve compiled a simple comparison table for some of the leading mobile antivirus for android OS, all of them comes with on-demand scan and on-access scan. Since the market is flooded with quality free antivirus, I do not see any reason to purchase Norton Mobile Security or Kaspersky Mobile Security. Works great on Android 8.0 Oreo / Android 9.0 [ Popsicle, Pancakes or Pie ] smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy, Huawei Mate, Oppo, Vivo, XiaoMi, and Nokia.

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9 Android Antivirus Security Apps For Phone & Tablets

 FirewallWeb ProtectionAnti-TheftCall / SMS / FilterBackup

avast! Mobile Security (Free)


AVG AntiVirus (Free)


Avira Android Security (Free)


Kaspersky Mobile Security ($30)


Kaspersky Tablet Security ($20)


McAfee Mobile Security ($30)


Bitdefender Mobile Security (Free)


Norton Mobile Security ($30)


Trend Micro Mobile Security ($25)


Antivirus On Android: Do You Really Need It?

There are a lot of mixed opinions out there about antivirus (or anti-malware) apps on Android, so in this video I add to the confusion and give you my opinion =) on whether or not its something you “need” to have.

Personally, I don’ think you really need an antivirus app on your phone. But at the same time, it doesn’t hurt to have it there either. The reason you don’t need it is because if your afraid of downloading a virus app and you download from Google Play, Google already filters the malicious ones out.

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On the other hand, if you download from non-market sources, then I’d go with one just in case. But honestly, the good anti-virus apps out there offer more than just protection from malicious apps. They offer things like GPS location tracking, remote lock, alerts, etc.

That’s the main reason why I decided to download avast! on my phone. Regardless of what anti-virus app you download (there are plenty, like Lookout, AVG, Norton, etc), I’d recommend sticking with the free ones cause I don’t think its worth it to spend money on something you probably don’t even need.

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14 comments on “9 Best Android Antivirus Apps [ Comparison and Reviews ]

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    Richard Branson [ Reply ]

    The media is full of reports saying Android malware is exploding and that Android users are at risk

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    Antivirus Apps Secures Android Devices And Prevent From Virus Attack

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      Dave Taylor [ Reply ]

      AV-Test claims that not all Android security apps perform with equal efficiency

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    Felicia Day [ Reply ]

    AVG is a popular free antivirus solution for Windows and is also available for Android as AVG Antivirus for Smartphones & Tablets

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    Blocks unwanted software/malicious code

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      Russell Holly [ Reply ]

      AVG Mobilation Anti-Virus Free is an Android app to protect mobile phones

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    vision [ Reply ]

    A reader asks if his Android smart phone needs an anti-virus.

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    Question: best free android antivirus in google play?

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      Is anti-virus software needed for my Android smart phone?

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    Unfortunately, not many Android users realize that their phones and tablets can actually get viruses, Spyware and other malware.

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      Install antivirus on Android phones and tablets

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    Sasikumar Krishnan [ Reply ]

    Awesome list of antivirus apps for android phone.. Thanks for sharing

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      Geckoandfly [ Reply ]

      Thanks. Honestly, I believe the best antivirus is common sense. Avoid downloading unknown apps from unreliable source.

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    Hi, why don’t you list the features available on the Freemium apps (features available for free in paid apps) along with the free apps for an apple to apple comparison? Please let me know if you do so. Thanks..

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