The Best Android Antivirus Apps

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Many people believe that antivirus software is only required on Windows laptops or PCs. However, it's also essential on Android phones. Hackers are always creating new ways to infect your device with malware which could take your identity, cause destruction on your phone and even make it a remote spying tool for criminals. Google Play does its best to remove malware-ridden apps, but some are still able to sneak through. An antivirus app is also an excellent choice since it will scan your device and alert you to suspicious messages sites, Wi-Fi networks and websites as well as provide an anti-theft function that allows you to track your stolen device and erase the data stored on it remotely.

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers top-notch security features, earning full marks in the AV-Test's latest roundup, and also receiving a high score from AV-Comparatives (the other major independent lab for testing). It's more than just a malware detector: it also has an App Advisor, which warns you about potentially dangerous apps before you install them.

AVG's free Android antivirus is a high-quality product which goes beyond the routine scan of files and apps with a myriad of useful tools, such as an anti-theft tool that can locate your device, capture the secret photograph of someone who has taken it and wipe your data remotely, a junk file cleaner as well as a performance boost and a Wi-Fi scanner to ensure you're not getting hacked or overloaded by your wireless provider. It's not the slickest interface however its antivirus detection scores are excellent.

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