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Last updated: 18 March 2022


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Mobile malware is not only increasing constantly, it's the fastest-growing category of malicious software. We compare Android-based security programs to help find the best mobile antivirus software to protect your smartphone and tablet.

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This test covers mobile security programs for Android OS mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Testing of Android-based security programs for smartphones and tablets is done by independent security test lab AV-Test Institute, which gives every program a thorough workout to help you find the Android apps that:

  • are the easiest to use
  • are best at protecting your mobile from virus infection
  • have a limited system impact.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands provide key security features such as remote locking and erasing of data, safe browsing and parental controls. Our Recommended products will help you quickly see which programs come out on top.

Please note: These apps are sourced from the Google Play Store and most are free to download and install. However, while the price is $0, some apps may contain ads and some may require additional in-app purchases for full functionality, while others will give you a free trial of the product for a limited time before requiring purchase.

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    Price as listed in March 2022 on the Google Play Store. While all software in this test can be downloaded free, some apps may contain ads and some may require additional in-app purchases for full functionality or give you a free trial after which purchase is required.

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    Features to control or observe the activity of children on the device.

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      • Protection score
      • System impact score
      • Usability score
      • Application control
      • Privacy advisor
      • VPN
      • Wi-Fi advisor
      • Anti-theft
      • Rooting detection
      • Security advisor
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      • Bad points
      • Version
      • Price
      • Message filter
      • Parental controls
      • Call blocker
      • Safe browsing
      • Backup


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