Viruses are nasty and a malware infected device can be a real pain. From corrupting your files, bombarding you with ads, transferring data and even taking over your phone completely, there is no limit to what they can do.
For many of us, the playstore is not our only source of apps and most apps we get out there have already been modified (even modified games can contain malware codes).
While iPhone and iPad users may be safe because they get their apps from app store, they are not totally immune as the can pick up other forms of malware from the sites they visit.
In order to secure your phone, one needs to get a good antivirus app but there are tons of bad anti-malware and antivirus apps out there that don’t do what they need to.
To be on the safe side, here are the best Antivirus and Anti-malware apps out there you should try (list arranged in no order of preference).
Avast Security App | Android and iOS
Avast is a very popular antivirus app with loads of features to help protect your phone. With over 100 million installs the anti-malware app tends to lead the way. Features that come with the app include; Antivirus Engine. App Lock, Call Blocker, Anti-Theft, Photo Vault, VPN (virtual private network), Power Save, Privacy Permissions, Firewall (for rooted Android only), RAM Boost, Junk Cleaner, Web Shield. Wi-Fi Security, App Insights, Virus Cleaner, Wi-Fi Speed Test. The premium features contain a secret camera trap that captures audio and photos of thieves if your phone is stolen, keep location history, and prevent sim swap.
Avira | Android, and iOS
Avira is a new and popular that has been growing tremendously over the past few years. The security app offers basics like device scanning, real-time protection, external SD scan, and more. The pro version includes anti-theft support, privacy scanning, blacklisting, and admin features. There is also a camera and mic protection to prevent anybody from spying on you. It scans your email addresses to check if there has been a breach. Its lightweight is the cherry at the top of the cream
AVG is just another Avast with anti-theft tracking via Google Maps. Avast owns AVG anyways so there isn’t much to separate them. Its subscription rate is same with Avast.
Download for Android
BitDefender Free Antivirus
BitDefender is a truly free anti-malware but with minimal features. It does all the scanning, flag suspicious apps, and files and waits to scan again. There is a pro version but if all you are looking for is an app that allows you to see if your device is under threat, then this one is better.
Download BitDefender For Android
Trend Micro | iOS
Trend Micro Mobile Security is built to combat online threat for iOS devices. Built-in web filtering works with Safari and any other browsers to restrict access to malicious or unwanted websites. There is an Integrated ad and tracker-blocking that maintains your privacy while also cutting data usage and speeding up website load times.
It also has a Social Network Privacy feature that scans your Facebook and Twitter account settings and gives reports on any potential privacy concerns.
Download for iOS
ESET Mobile Security
ESET is a highly popular and effective antimalware that offers a month-long free subscription once you download and sign up. Its features include scan scheduling, Anti-theft, auditor, app protection and lots more. It is lighter than Avast which means there is more speed.
Download for ESET for Android
Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus
Kaspersky Internet Security for Android is a FREE-to-download antivirus solution to help keep your phones and tablets – which can be even more vulnerable than computers – as well as your private information secure from online dangers. And our improved Call Filter helps you filter out spam & scam phone numbers.
Download for Android
Lookout Security | Android and iOS
Lookout Security works like the other anti-malware apps on this list. The only difference is that it comes with identity protection, insurance, and Wifi scanning. You should definitely try this one out since it protects device, data, and identity. There is also lost wallet recovery to help you quickly cancel and reorder credit cards.
Malwarebytes is an aggressive security app that takes protection real serious. An app that scans even your messages for suspicious links is serious right? There is app scanning, anti-harassment features, and ransomware detection before it locks your phone. The only shame there is you can only get these features in the premium mode as the app can detect viruses and not clean it in the free mode.
Download for Android
MacAfee Mobile Security | Android and iOS
McAfee Mobile Security, a free antivirus ☣️ cleaner and phone security app, protecting your private data and enhancing your Android phone or tablet’s performance with award-winning Anti-Theft, Device Finder, App Privacy protection, Antivirus protection, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Malware, Virus Cleaner and Removal, Safe Browsing, Wifi Security, Performance Optimization, SMS Backup, Contacts Backup and many other mobile security app features. The app’s vault allows you to snap and add pictures directly. What more do you need from a free app
If you want an antivirus app with all the almost all the basic security features for free and no ads or charges, then you should consider Sophos. There is malware protection, a virus scanner, web filtering, call protection, Password manager, app protection, theft protection, Authenticator, Wi-Fi security. It also does not hog resources.
Download for Android
TrustGo Antivirus | Android
TrustGo Antivirus is a free app that actually offers protection. The app offers stuff like device scanning, app scanning, and protection from malware, alongside an app manager, a privacy adviser, data backup feature. There is also payment protection and Antitheft features as it has more features than other free Antivirus apps out there.
Download for Android
Webroot Mobile Security | Android and iOS
Webroot is a free (premium plan available) antivirus that helps protects your phone as it offers security basics like scanning, protection, real-time monitoring, and built-in call and message blocker to prevent harassment. For the version, you get;
- Device Wipe – Remotely erase your data from the device if lost or stolen
- SIM Card Lock – Automatically locks your device when the SIM card is removed
- Network Monitor – Provides details of apps that are accessing the network
- Battery Monitor – Provides battery status and power usage by apps
- App Inspector – Scans all apps and identifies those that can introduce virus.
Webroot also identifies malicious websites and protects against phishing and other social engineering tactics aimed at seizing your personal data in real time. The Pro version is usually on sale for $59.99 instead of 79.99 and can be shared by up to 5 devices.
Google Play Protect | Android
Google Play Protect happens to be Google’s own way of protecting our Android devices. The free app scans your device apps and then proceeds to compare them with the Google Play Versions of the apps. If they are not the same (suppose the app on your phone has been modified), it alerts you. Combined with Google Play’s existing security and its ability to run silently in the background without burning resources, makes it better than any other Android app if you should apply common sense.
First, make sure you’re downloading all apps from trusted sources like the Google Play Store. Google Play Protect, which scans all apps for malware before and after you install them, is automatically enabled on your device. To see more about Play Protect:
Open your device’s Google Play Store app…. Tap Menu > Play Protect icon
Other malware apps include Security Master by Cheetah Mobile, and Dr Web Security SPace. Norton is a very popular antivirus app but then again, i haven’t used it much hence the need not to add it to the list above.
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