Ever since I bought my Nexus 7 around a month back, I’ve had a closer experience with Android. One of the first things that I did was hunt through for security applications, especially antivirus apps.
Below are some of the most popular antivirus apps available for Android devices.
Lookout Security & Antivirus
Lookout keeps your tablets and phones, and everything on them, safe and secure. Lookout offers essential protection against all the bad stuff that can happen to your phone or tablet, like viruses, loss, and theft.
The free version of the app will detect and remove viruses and spyware that can hide in apps, email attachments, or phone files and scan every number you click to call from your mobile browser.
A key feature is the Find my Phone feature that allows you to use your desktop browser to check the existing location of your phone or tablet. If your phone is off, it will indicate to you the last known location which also helps you find your missing device.
AVG AntiVirus Free
The popular free PC security company brings you the free mobile security application. AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android™ protects you from harmful viruses, malware, spyware and text messages and helps keep your personal data safe.
In addition to antivirus protection, the free version provides you with anti-theft and the find your phone feature as well as a task killer that allows you to kill memory hungry apps.
You can also remotely wipe all the data off your android device if you you’ve lost it and are afraid that someone might misuse your information.
avast! Mobile Security
Avast is one of the most popular antivirus software for your desktop and an equally popular one for your Android phone.
The app is feature packed including the antivirus and find your phone features plus the option to wipe your data remotely. You can also get a report of the permissions of the various apps, monitor your network data, fix mistyped URLs, scan URLs as well as calls and SMSes. If you have a rooted device, you can also take advantage of the firewall feature which protects you in real time.
Norton Security & Antivirus
Norton™ Mobile Security Lite protects your Android device from theft, malware and viruses. Lost or stolen device? You can remotely locate it. You can scan your mobile device and SD card for malware and viruses. Auto scan new downloads and app updates. Manage protection for multiple devices with web-based security management. Optimized user interface for smartphones and tablets.
Similar to the other apps, Norton allows you web access to your phone for its remote location feature.
The antivirus app is one of the many Norton mobile apps on the Android platform: http://android.NortonApps.com
Available as a Light and Full version, Dr.Web protects your mobile device from viruses and spam. Dr.Web anti-virus Light uses the unique algorithm to detect malware – Origins Tracing™ for Android – which allows detecting the new virus families using the knowledge database on previous threats.
The antivirus works in the background and you can also run manual scans. The full version provides you with anti-theft protection, find your phone feature, URL filtering and call filtering.
Have you installed any antivirus software on your android phone or tablet? If so, tell us which app you prefer?