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5 Best Free Antivirus Apps for Android

Posted by on September 12, 2013

Mobile security has become increasingly important as more and more people use their smartphone to do online transaction and store their important information.

With so many valuable data stored in the phone, the number of mobile malware has skyrocketed in recent years, and it’s a fact that almost all of it is targeted at the Android OS.

A malware affected phone can have serious consequences, for instance a spyware running on infected devices can collect your personal information and send it to eavesdroppers.

To protect your data from the malware attacks, it is important to have an antivirus app installed on your Android device. The app will scan all the installed app in your device. If it finds any viruses, it will remove them immediately from your Android phone or tablet. It also does an automatic scan whenever you try to install a new app or update the existing one. So having a good antivirus app will keep your device safe from numerous types of malware. The following are 5 best free antivirus apps for Android.

  1. Avast! Mobile Security
    Avast Mobile Security is a well known antivirus which is available for all of the popular operating systems. This app has been rated top and selected as the best antivirus till date for Android by av-test.org.

    The antivirus app will protect your Android phone from all types of viruses, malware and spywares. In case you lost your Android phone then Avast can help you find it with its web-based phone locating feature.

    It is one free antivirus which provides all the features that only a paid antivirus would offer. The premium functions like privacy advisor and web shield are all included in the free version.

    avast mobile security screenshot

  2. AVG Antivirus Security
    AVG is a popular free antivirus solution for Windows computer. Like its PC version, AVG AntiVirus Security will scans your Android device for viruses, malware, and spyware at no cost. The app comes with an advanced anti-thief features that can locate the stolen or lost phone via Google Maps. It also includes a lock features which wipes data from your phone in case it gets in wrong hands.

    avg antivirus screenshots

  3. Lookout Security & Antivirus
    Lookout is another powerful antivirus app for your Android phone. Like the AVG AntiVirus Security, Lookout will scan your phone automatically, as well as give you the ability to backup your files such as contacts, SMS/call logs, and photos.

    The app is available in two versions, which are free and paid version. The paid version allows you to do remote locking and has advanced backup features.

    lookout security screenshots

  4. Norton Security antivirus
    After leading the PC antivirus industry, Norton has launched its Antivirus security app for Android. Norton mobile security provides all the standard features that other antivirus apps offer, including Anti malware, Anti-theft features, Web protection, Call & SMS blocking, etc.

    It scans all the installed apps for the harmful files. It also scans the SD card when its plugged in your device to prevent your device system from being infected by viruses.

    norton security antivirus screenshots

  5. NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus
    NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus is another best free security app for Android that will protect your device from all sort of threats such as virus, spyware, Trojans and malware. It scans every installed apps & check your device’s security status. Like other antivirus app, it also has safe browsing feature in it. This app also offer premium version with extra features.

    The premium features include advanced anti-theft features (like sound an alarm, locate your phone, lock the phone and wipe) and anti-eavesdropping protection which alerts you if any form of spyware is installed on your phone.

    nq-mobile security screenshots

Make sure to always keep your antivirus app up to date by automatically or manually downloading them from the Google Play Store. Also don’t install more than one antivirus app as this can cause conflicts and errors that make the malware protection become less effective or not effective at all.