Android: How to Choose Antivirus Tools

Data Security: Tools

 By Steve Morgan
Android: How to Choose Antivirus Tools
Android Antivirus
1. Android Still Has Virus Risks
In general, people think Android is safer than Windows. It's based on the assumption that all Android apps are downloaded from Google Play, which will reject anything with viruses or malware. However, no one can guarantee everything from Google play, and even Google can't ensure to block any Android virus. So, for Android, it's safer but still needs anti-virus software.

Android's chief tech executive once said you don't need antivirus as in Windows if you get all apps from Google Play or any other trusted Android store. The point is Google Play, or any Android store should scan all apps to ensure they are virus-free.

If you always download apps from this sort of source, you shouldn't encounter virus risk. Even if a few apps may hide from virus checking at the start, and unfortunately, you download that app. As long as the store recognizes the risk, it will remove related apps from the store and terminate its running. It is why we usually say Android is relatively safer than Windows.

However, everything has an exception. Although app stores have their security mechanism, they cannot offer 100 percent confidence to block all viruses for the first time. In other words, the virus still has a chance to get your device. Besides, in some cases, you may install apps from non-store resources that will bring a more significant risk to get infected with the virus.

Antivirus apps are developed for these situations. If you are aggressive users and always like to try the latest apps from various resources, we strongly recommend installing an antivirus app to enhance protection.

When selecting an antivirus app, you usually consider usability, protection, and performance. Because antivirus app isn't essential for ordinary Android users who only get apps from Google Play, we assume you are very familiar with your device, and your device is powerful enough. If so, usability and performance aren't the core issue to count on. You must put the protection to the primary place. In addition to antivirus, you may also need anti-malware and even an Internet security suite.

Therefore pure or simple antivirus products in the Android market are very few; some apps called antivirus more or less have extra features, and are more like Internet security suite.

2. 2021 Antivirus Tools for Android
Norton 360 AntiVirus
(1)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeaturePlusStandardDeluxePremiumDeviceNote
AntivirusFull list
Backup to cloudWindows Mac2G
Backup to cloudFull list10G
Backup to cloudFull list50G
Backup to cloudFull list75G
Firewall to internetFull list
Password managerFull list
Safe familyFull list
Limit device timeFull list
Secure VPNFull listsame licenses as devices
Mcafee Total Protection
(2)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureSingle DeviceIndividualFamilyDeviceNote
AntivirusFull list
Secure VPNFull list1 license
Secure VPNFull list5 licenses
Home network securityFull list
Password managerFull list
Safe webFull list
File ShredderFull list
Encrypted file storageFull list
Identity theft protectionFull list
Safe familyFull list
ESET Smart Security
(3)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMacAndroidLinux
Detail Info
FeatureNOD32 AntiVirusInternet SecuritySmart SecuirtyDevice
AntivirusWindows Mac Linux
Realtime anti-phishingWindows Mac Linux
Ransomware shieldWindows Mac Linux
AntivirusFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Ransomware shieldFull list
Firewall to internetFull list
Encrypt for transactionFull list
Safe familyFull list
Stop webcam hijackFull list
Password managerFull list
Encrypt dataFull list
Sophos Home
(4)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreePremiumDevice
AntivirusFull list
Safe webFull list
Web ProtectionFull list
Remote ControlFull list
Anti identity theftFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Kaspersky Anti Virus & Security
(5)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureAnti VirusInternet SecurityTotal SecuirtyDevice
AntivirusWindows
AntivirusFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Stop webcam hijackWindows Mac
Encrypt for transactionWindows Mac
Safe familyFull list
Password managerFull list
Backup to cloudWindows
V3 Mobile Security
(6)
DEVICE:
 Android
Detail Info
FeatureFreeDevice
AntivirusAndroid
Safe webAndroid
Protect device from thievesAndroid
Privacy checkAndroid
Safe BankingAndroid
Email ProtectionAndroid
Generic exploit blockingAndroid
Total Security
(7)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureAntivirusInternet SecurityTotal SecurityDevice
Ransomware ProtectionFull list
AntivirusFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Browser Cleaner & ManagerFull list
Cloud ScanningFull list
Secure VPNFull list
Secure Password VaultFull list
K7 Antivirus & Secuirty
(8)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureAntivirusTotal SecuirtyUltimate SecuirtyDevice
AntivirusFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Safe webWindows iOS Android
Safe familyWindows
Firewall to internetWindows
Protect device from thievesiOS Android
Backup and RestoreWindows iOS
Panda Free Antivirus
(9)
DEVICE:
 WindowsAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreeDeviceNote
AntivirusWindows Android
Secure VPNWindows Androidlimited 150MB/day
USB protectionWindows
Panda rescue kitWindows
Game modeWindows
LocationAndroid
Avast Antivirus & Security
(10)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFree AntivirusPremlum SecurityPremlum SecurityDevice
AntivirusFull list
Scan Wi-FiFull list
Ransomware securityFull list
Secure ShoppingFull list
File ShredderFull list
Safe webFull list
Scan emailFull list
Firewall to internetFull list
Avira Antivirus Pro
(11)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureAntivirus ProInternet SecurityPRIMEDevice
AntivirusFull list
Secure ShoppingFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Secure password vaultFull list
Password generatorFull list
Secure VPNFull list
Malwarebytes Security
(12)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMacAndroidChromeBook
Detail Info
FeaturePremium 1Premium 5Premium + PrivacyDeviceNote
AntivirusFull list
Crushe ransomwareFull list
Safe webFull list
Anti identity theftFull list
Secure VPNFull listUnlimited traffic
Wi-Fi VPNFull list
Webroot SecureAnywhere
(13)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureAntiVirusInternetInternet CompleteDeviceNote
AntivirusWindows Mac
Anti identity theftFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Firewall to internetFull list
Safe webiOS Android
Password manageFull list
Eliminates online tracesFull list
Backup to cloudFull list25G