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The Best Android Antivirus Apps

Many people think of antivirus software as something you only use on Windows laptops and computers, but you really do need it on your Android phone, too. Hackers are constantly developing new methods to infect your device with malware which could steal your identity, wreak destruction on your phone and even make it an online spying tool for criminals. Google Play is doing its best to get rid of virus-ridden applications, but many are still able to sneak through. A good antivirus app will scan your entire device, alerting you to suspicious websites, texts and Wi-Fi networks. It also comes with an anti-theft feature that lets you to find and erase information from a stolen device.

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers top-notch security capabilities, scoring top marks in the latest AV Test roundup, and also receiving a high score from AV-Comparatives (the other major independent lab for testing). It goes beyond just scan for malware, though: you get an App Advisor that warns you about risky apps before downloading them, as well as other useful features, such as cleaning up junk files and a privacy boost that will improve performance, and an integrated Wi-Fi scanner to help ensure your data is secure.

AVG’s free Android antivirus is a high-quality product which goes beyond the routine scanning of apps and files with a variety of useful tools like an anti-theft tool that can locate your device, capture a secret photo of someone who has stolen it and wipe its data remotely along with a junk files cleaner, a performance boost, and a Wi-Fi scanner, which will ensure you’re not being hacked or overloaded by your wireless provider. It’s not the slickest interface however, its scores for virus detection are excellent.

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