Some important facts about Android antivirus applications

With the increase of Android malware, you have nothing to lose by installing an Android anti-virus application. Let We help you find which one is right for you.

Depending on which side of the fence you stand, Android anti-virus (AV) apps are a waste of time or they’re absolutely necessary. I prefer to error on the side of caution, especially when it doesn’t cost anything.

If you’re wondering why I say there’s no cost, that’s because independent testing facilities, including AV-TEST GmbH say there is little difference between the paid and free versions of Android AV apps regarding their ability to locate malware on mobiles devices.

AV-TEST can say that because, every four months, they round up all major Android AV apps and put them through their paces. For some time now, their testing has shown that both versions work equally well when protecting mobile devices. The paid versions are such because of additional features like backing up data, locating devices, and locking stolen phones.

Performance issues

Another point of controversy I often read about is “Android AV apps affect performance.” Not according to AV-TEST, and their engineers monitor device performance during testing in the following categories: battery life, processing speed, and RF traffic levels.

Of all the applications tested, only two did not have a clean slate: one app caused abnormal battery drain, and one generated too much traffic

So, hopefully you’re now convinced that there’s nothing to lose by installing an Android AV application on your mobile device. All that’s left is to choose which one.

Which app is right for me?

When deciding which of the free apps to pick, AV-TEST can help. The company’s November-December 2013 test results compare 28 of the most popular AV apps for Android, rating each in usability and quality of protection. One AV app that is curiously missing is Lookout. I’ve sent AV-TEST an email asking why, as Lookout is arguably one of the top three most popular Android AV applications