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Top Android Antivirus Applications


I do almost everything with my Android smartphone. I access my emails, upload photos, log into my favorite social media accounts, purchase apps and music, and check account balances through my mobile bank application. Because I access personal information via my smartphone, I take precautionary steps in protecting my identity. Mobile devices are increasingly targeted by cyber criminals and malware. In addition, mobile devices are vulnerable to theft or loss, which can put you in danger as someone can access your personal information. One way to secure your identity and protect your device from malware attacks is by using a mobile security application. The following are some of the highest ranked Android security applications which are rated by Google Play users:

TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security

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  • Details: Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 80,334 users, TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security is ranked number one by AV-TEST for providing the best Android security.

  • Key Features: TurstGo Antivirus & Mobile Security includes Security Scanner, Secure App Search, Secure Web Browsing, System Manager, Privacy Guard, Data Backup, Device Protection, and Candid Camera Thief ID.

  • Cost: Free.

AVG AntiVirus FREE

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  • Details: Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 542,172 users, AVG AntiVirus FREE is a top-rated, real-time antivirus and anti-theft protection for Android devices. AVG AntiVirus FREE provides an easy-to-use malware protection and real-time scanner protection that keeps you protected from downloaded apps.

  • Key Features: AVG AntiVirus FREE includes Anti-theft & Phone location, Safe Web Surfing, Enhanced Mobile Performance, Task Killer, Local Wipe, Call and Message Blocker, App Locker, and App Backup.

  • Cost: Free. However, you can upgrade to AVG AntiVirus PRO for a one-time payment of $14.99.

Dr. Web Anti-virus Light

Dr. Web
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  • Details: Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 109,482 users, Dr. Web Anti-virus Light protects your device from most malware attacks. However, for a more comprehensive solution, you should purchase the life license which includes anti-spam, anti-theft, and Cloud Checker components.

  • Key Features: Dr. Web Anti-virus Light provides Quick, Full, or custom file system scanning, Real-time protection, SD Card Protection, Enhanced Battery Utilization, Virus Database Updates, and Desktop Widgets.

  • Cost: Free. However, you can upgrade Dr. Web to Life License which will unlock additional features for $75.00.

avast! Mobile Security

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  • Details: Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 304,770 users, avast! Mobile Security keeps your Android mobile devices save from malware and helps locate your lost device through a web-based phone locater feature.

  • Key Features: avast! Mobile Security features include Web-based Phone Locate, Remote Device Lock and Memory Wipe Anti-theft Component, Network Meter, App Manager, and Firewall.

  • Cost: Free.

Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite

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  • Details: Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 26,809 users, Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite delivers essential anti-theft defense and enables you to block, wipe, and/or find your missing Android mobile device.

  • Key Features: Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite provides antivirus protection by alerting you to potentially malicious apps before they harm your mobile device. The Anti-theft protection helps you find your device in the event that it is stolen. The Call & SMS Filter blocks unwanted calls and SMS texts. The upgraded version provides privacy protection by hiding designated contacts and dictates what others can view and access on your phone.

  • Cost: Free. However, you can upgrade for additional features for a one-year protection plan of $14.95. A two-year protection plan costs $24.95.

McAfee has also launched a new security solution, LiveSafe, that provides a security suite for desktop and mobile protection. You can read more about McAfee LiveSafe here. By installing one of these security tools, you enhance your mobile device’s protection from malware threats. You can read more about additional applications from my Android Security Applications -- Part Two article.

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