Best Free Android Antivirus For Android phones
Ten years ago you never needed to worry about your phone crashing, or slowing down to a halt because it had been filled up with so many apps. But now, the biggest problem now facing smart phones is the startling rise of mobile malware.
But the threat to phones is new, and so mobile antivirus apps are not quite at the same level of sophistication as those for personal computers. Although Windows Phone and the iPhone are not immune, Google’s Android is probably the most affected by malware with Android malware doubling in the last six months alone. Google has recently pulled 22 malicious apps from Android Market, but because of the open nature of Android there are plenty of threats from apps downloaded from the Internet.
Along with spyware designed to record people’s key presses or details, the most common type of malware for Android is known as an SMS Trojan. This will pose itself as a respectable app, perhaps a free version of a premium app or a downloader for a popular game. On the surface, the malware app may work as intended, but it will also subscribe the user to premium rate SMS services. It is estimated that in 2011 alone, around $1 million has been stolen from Android phone users in this manner, and it is expected to get exponentially worse in the next 12 months.
So what are the best mobile antivirus apps for Android to help protect yourself from this barrage of malware?
AVG Android Antivirus Free
Since have been familiar with AVG antivirus software on my home computer for many years, Android antivirus is the mobile antivirus that i used on my own smartphone. The best thing about AVG Android antivirus is offers high quality free mobile protection like their desktop software.
AVG android antivirus will automatically scan apps when they are downloaded, and will also scan new media when it is added to your phone via other methods (Wi-Fi or USB). Just like the desktop version, there is a Pro version and additional plugins to add extra security available for a small fee.
One of the things that has made AVG so popular on home computers is that the program is updated frequently, ensuring that you have the most recent protection on offer.
Lookout Mobile Security
Lookout mobile security will scan mobile apps as they are downloaded, and will also rescan them on a daily or weekly basis. The best thing about Lookout is that is includes the “Find my Phone” mobile phone track & recover feature, similar to the service offer on HTCSense.com for HTC Android phones.
Using this service you can locate your phone if it gets lost or stolen, with the device appearing on a map. You can then remotely back up all of your important data and then wipe the phone rendering it useless to whoever has it. Lookout offers mobile security protection not just against malicious apps but also malicious people who may steal your phone.
Super Security is a cloud mobile antivirus app that is available for free download. It provides you with a ‘strongbox’ to store all of your sensitive personal data. Super Security includes many options, including virus scan, app manager, task manager and the ability to find your phone when it is lost.
Webroot Security and Antivirus
This is another free android antivirus app that not only protects against malware but also offers online protection, identity protection and as well protecting against phishing and SMS attacks. Webroot automatically scans apps when they are added to the device. Like some of the other apps on this list, Webroot can also help you to locate a lost or stolen device.
Zoner AntiVirus Free
Zoner is another free android antivirus app that can protect against malware, viruses, Trojans, dialers, worms and also protects your messages and phone calls. Zoner automatically scans new apps and gives you the option to scan your phone or SD card. Zoner can also protect your phone and SIM card if you device is lost, and help you to locate it in such an eventuality.
With the explosion in Android malware in the last year, there has also been an increase in the amount of Android antivirus apps available. Sometimes it can feel as though there are far too many to choose from, although there are plenty that offer a great range of features to protect you from malicious apps and losing data from a stolen phone.
As recent malware apps like to disguise themselves as respectable apps you should always be careful that ay antivirus app you download is not itself a virus. By reading customer feedback and sticking to well-known companies you can ensure that you get the best android antivirus protection available for your Android phone.