Best Android antivirus? The top 10 tools

The following are the 10 best antivirus tools for Android, according to AV-TEST’s September 2017 evaluations of 21 Android security apps. (The AV-TEST Institute is a Germany-based independent

service provider of IT security and antivirus research.) Each Android antivirus software app listed below received perfect protection and usability scores of 6.0. The apps are in alphabetical order.

1. AhnLab V3 Mobile Security Version 3.1

AhnLab’s V3 Mobile Security managed Android malware detection in real-time 99.8 percent of the time, compared to an industry average of 95.7 percent. It found the latest Android malware discovered during the previous four weeks 100 percent of the time, versus the industry average of 98.4 percent.

The app doesn’t negatively affect battery life or cause the device to get sluggish during normal use. It registered zero false warnings during installation and use of legitimate apps from Google Play or third-party app stores.

V3 Mobile Security’s safe browsing features help protect against phishing attacks and malicious websites, but the app doesn’t include anti-theft features such as remote wipe. Additional features not evaluated by AV-TEST include an app lock and a privacy advisor.