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Antivirus mobile software reviews

Last updated: 06 April 2016

Mobile malware is not only on the increase, it's becoming more sophisticated. 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 low-cost and free mobile antivirus apps, but they may require in-app purchases. The expert testers at independent security test lab AV-Test Institute give 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 also helps you find which apps include useful additional features such as encryption, message filter, parental controls and call blocking. There are no CHOICE Buys for mobile security apps – 7 of them scored 100 and another eight scored 96.

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

Encryption
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Includes device encryption, SD card encryption, VPN.

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Malware protection effectiveness

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The extent to which running the software affects overall performance.

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Call blocker
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Blocks calls from specific or unknown numbers.

Message filter
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Weeds out messages and/or emails for unwanted content.

Safe browsing
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Protects against malicious websites and/or phishing.

Remote lock
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An anti-theft feature that lets you remotely lock your device.

Remote wipe
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An anti-theft feature that lets you remotely wipe data from your phone.

Backup
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Personal data can be saved to SD card or cloud storage.

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