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Top 10 anti-virus apps for Android

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Smartphones are one of the most important gadgets these days as they carry a lot of your personal data, including images, videos, contacts, emails and much more. Securing their devices should be the primary concern of the users. Smartphones are increasingly becoming an extension of the individual and thus, are directly connected with our privacy and security. To protect your devices, here we list out the top ten anti-viruses for Android, which are available on Google Play store.


Rating: 4.9/5 | Number of downloads: 50M+ | App size: 33MB

This is one of the most trusted antivirus available for Android and makes it to the Top 10 grossing list on the Play StoreKaspersky provides a range of services, which are as follows.

  • Protection from malware: The app cleans the virus from the device and simultaneously blocks additional malware from entering.
  • Find my phone: This feature allows you to locate the phone in case of theft.
  • On-demand background scanning: The app performs an on-demand virus scan.

However, several features such as app lock, anti Phishing and web filter are available only for the premium version.

You can download Kaspersky antivirus here.

Avast Antivirus

Rating: 4.7/5 | Number of downloads: 100M+ | App size: 24MB

Apart from scanning for virus, Avast provides you with several features, which are as follows.

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN): To hide your online activities.
  • App Insights: To inform you of the time wasted on the phone.
  • Photo Vault: Where you can store and secure the photos with PIN code, pattern or fingerprint password.
  • Web Shield: To scan as well as block online malware.

Along with that, the app has app lock, sim security, last known location features, which are available only in the paid version.

To download Avast antivirus, click here.

Also read: Is it safe to unlock your Android smartphone’s Bootloader?

Norton Antivirus

Rating: 4.7/5 | Number of downloads: 10M+ | App size: 19MB

This is an all-in-one mobile security and virus protection app. The free features include antivirus scan, WiFi scanning and safe search, where the app connects to the Symantec’s global threat database and flags the malicious website.

The app’s premium feature include ransomware protection, privacy report as well as sneak peak — a feature that uses the device’s camera to take photos of anyone who tries to unlock your device.

You can download the Norton Antivirus app here.

Avira Antivirus

Rating: 4.6/5 | Number of downloads: 10M+ | App size: 16MB

This app contains features such as virus scanner, phone locker and tracker, privacy advisor app lock, among others. Alongwith that, the app checks your email for any unauthorised leak. The camera and mic protection feature adds another protective layer on your device by blocking any third-party form listening to your conversations.

The app has free features as well as inbuilt purchases.

Click here to download the Avira Antivirus.

Also read: What is a Credential-based cyberattack?

Malwarebytes Security

Rating: 4.7/5 | Number of downloads: 10M+ | App size: 36MB

This app has a 30-day free trial version, after which you will have to pay $1.49 per month or $11.99 per year. The app blocks scams and ransomware before it can lock the device.

Furthermore, the app detects harmful URLs and protects you from phishing attacks. In case, the trial period is expired, some features like privacy audit of the apps and malware detecting and removal will still be available.

To download Malwarebytes Security, click here.


Rating: 4.6/5 | Number of downloads: 5M+ | App size: 8.4MB

This app is free, which means that there are no in-app purchases, but you’ll see ads often. The app is light, as is evident from its size. Moreover, the app requires zero configuration and is ready to go when installed. The autopilot feature scans the app by itself. So, if you are going for light antivirus, this is the app for you.

You can download Bitdefender Antivirus here.

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McAfee Mobile Security

Rating: 4.5/5 | Number of downloads: 10M+ | App size: 22MB

The app is powered by McAfee Global Threat Intelligence and provides features such as WiFi Scanner, virus removal, phishing detection, memory and battery booster. The free feature of the app include device lock, spyware detector, find phone, among others.

You can download McAfee Mobile Security here.

AVG Antivirus

Rating: 4.7/5 | Number of downloads: 100M+ | App size: 24MB

This app provides a range of security features which include the following.

  • Apps scanner.
  • Power Saver 9to extend battery life).
  • Disk Cleaner.
  • VPN.
  • WiFi threat detection.
  • App lock with a PIN, fingerprint sensor or pattern, and many more.

To download AVG Antivirus, click here.

Also Read: What is code-signed Malware and ways to protect your device

Antivirus and Mobile Security (by Quickheal)

Rating: 4.5/5 | Number of downloads: 5M+ | App size: 13MB

The app has several features including anti-virus protection, real-time as well as quick scan, memory booster, app lock, anti-theft, among others. Apart from that, the app includes SafePe feature which secures your online financial transactions.

Click here to download Quickheal Antivirus and Mobile Security.

Nox Security

Rating: 4.8/5 | Number of downloads: 5M+ | App size: 19MB

With this app, apart from malware protection, you can block calls, secure your WiFi as well as free up unwanted storage from your device.

Click here to download Nox Security.

Also Read: What is no-verity-opt-encrypt? Why is it used?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: