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Best Android antivirus and mobile security apps

Considering the frequency with which malware scams in the Google Play Store are being reported, we thought it was about time to drop a list of apps to keep your device protected. Whether you are looking to keep your phone safe from theft, or a trojan, these are best antivirus apps for Android in 2015.

Antivirus & Mobile Security
Completely free and with a few stand-out features to boot, you shouldn’t overlook the simply-titled Antivirus & Mobile Security. As well as the usual anti-virus scanning, this also includes some safe-browsing options, among them encryption for things you type into your browser. One of our favorite bonus features here is Candid Camera Thief ID, which takes selfies of the thief if your phone gets stolen – though using Android Device Manager should be your first port of call if your device gets stolen.

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360 Security – Antivirus
360 (formerly known as Qihoo) is a long-standing and popular Android antivirus app which has all the bells and whistles required to protect your phone. Naturally, it has an antivirus engine, which automatically scans your files and updates its definitions. Each installation, whether from the Play Store or beyond, has to pass through 360 real-time protection to end up on your phone. On top of that, 360 is a system cleaner which cleans out junk files, frees up RAM and has some neat power-saving features too.

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360 Security is the new name for Qihoo, and it remains one of the most robust antivirus and system cleaner apps around. / © 360 Mobile Security Limited

Kaspersky Internet Security
The PC version of Kaspersky is regularly showered with accolades and often voted the best internet security suite you can get. The free mobile version offers all the standard anti-malware protection you’d expect, as well as a whole host of anti-theft features. Upgrade to the Premium version ($14.95), and you get anti-phishing protection for your text messaging, cloud protection, and privacy protection when you surf the web.

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One of the best PC internet security suites does a good job on Android too. / © Kaspersky Lab

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes built its reputation as one of the most lightweight PC protection tools around. The free Android version is a chip off the old block, and also focuses on ease-of-use rather than tons of features. It offers anti-malware protection, a privacy manager, and also scans apps that are behaving suspiciously. The developers have also stayed ahead of the curve by integrating Malwarebytes with Android Device Manager – the remote tracking/anti-theft Android feature that effectively negates such features on many Android antivirus suites.

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Just like its PC counterpart, the Android version of Malwarebytes protects your device with minimal fuss. / © Malwarebytes

AVL
AVL antivirus won an AV-TEST best protection award in 2013 for its security performance on the Android operating system. While it doesn’t include some of the more advanced anti-theft features that can be found in similar apps, it’s great for your basic protection needs, and also one of the least likely to impact your battery or damage performance. AVL comes highly recommended.

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AVL antivirus may not have all the bells and whistles but it’s a lean, clean virus fighting machine.© AVL Team

AVG Antivirus Security

AVG Antivirus is a free application that protects your smartphone in real time from viruses, malicious applications and other spyware. You can review your applications but also your files, settings and more. There’s even an option to close apps that are significantly slowing your smartphone down or abusing your battery. Also, if you lose your device, you can block or delete your information and locate your device via Google Maps.

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