Keeping an Android phone isn’t enough these days. For protecting it, you have to download the antivirus and anti-malware apps as well. 

Your phone has many important things that you might not want to lose. And in order to protect it, you need to download something that can detect the viruses which you can’t.

Most of the people prefer downloading an antivirus app for the same. But wait, have you really done extensive research before downloading the best antivirus and best anti-malware apps for Android? If not, let’s do it here.


Best Antivirus Apps for Android

Today, we are going to bring you the list of 15 best antivirus and best anti-malware apps for Android.


1. Avast Antivirus

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Starting the list of 15 best antivirus and best anti-malware apps for Android with one of the most known antivirus called Avast Antivirus. Be it defending your Android phone from spyware, viruses, malware, infected files, or any unwanted privacy phishing, and Avast does it all.

If you use their latest version, you will get all the features for free, which were paid earlier. In order to protect your mobile, it also includes web and file scanning.

Also, it will give you the information about the network integrations, permissions, access right ads, installed apps, infected sites, and even it can block the number scans and can block the malware too.

Avast Antivirus is available in a free version and has its own paid ones as well, for which you need to pay $14.99 per year.


2. AVG AntiVirus Free

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AVG AntiVirus Free is one of the most used Android antivirus apps as it has over 100 million users. You can use this antivirus app for free of cost.

However, if you use their paid version, which is for $14.99 per year, you will be able to get many features such as SIM locking, app backups, and app locks as well.

Even if you use the free version, you will be able to have the basic features such as anti-phishing, antivirus, and anti-malware.

The only downside we have witnessed is that it is not very easy, and hence it may look complicated for someone new.


3. McAfee Mobile Security

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If you are aware of Android antivirus apps, then you must have heard the name of McAfee as it is also one of those popular antivirus apps we have. Features such as anti-spyware, scanning, security locking, anti-theft are available in it.

For getting it, you need to pay $29.99 per year, which is huge. Even though the cost is high, you still should go for the app because of its features.

Features such as taking the pictures of your phone thief, recording the location to the cloud before your phone gets off are some of the major highlights of the app.


4. Webroot Mobile Security & Antivirus

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Another name is Webroot Mobile Security & Antivirus, which is also available for free. It offers you the basic features such as real-time device monitoring, device scanning, text and call blocker, and protection from malware in its free plan.

For getting the options like SIM card lock, anti-theft feature, battery, and network monitor and remote phone wiping, you need to spend $79.99 per year.

However, they might give you their offer price of $59.99 per year. We wouldn’t recommend you to go for this one if you are low in the budget right now.


5. Bitdefender Antivirus Free

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If you are looking for a free antivirus and anti-malware apps for Android, then Bitdefender Antivirus Free can be the perfect choice for you as it is completely free of cost. 

It offers basic features like safe browsing, scanning, no configuration, and quick performance.

The main focus of this app is to scan the stuff you have and tell you if there is something fishy. Since it is very basic, it is only recommended for those who are looking for something very basic.


6. Google Play Protect

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Google Play Protect is an antivirus app that is included in your Android phone. And since it is included, it is all free.

What it really does is to scan the apps and compares them to the versions available in Google Play. 

If it isn’t the same, it will let you know. Since it is a pre-installed app, you don’t have to do anything to use it. It is already doing its job. It will also help in saving the resources with one fewer app that is already running in the background.


7. Sophos Intercept X for Mobile

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Again, Sophos Intercept X for Mobile is a free antivirus and anti-malware app for Android. However, because it is free, don’t think that it does nothing. It is fully loaded with all the necessary features like web filtering, theft protection, malware protection, app protection, Wi-Fi security, virus scanner, etc.

The best part is that Sophos Intercept X for Mobile doesn’t show ads. And you won’t see any useless booster features. It also has a safe password feature, which is KeePass compatible, and it comes with multi-factor authentication.

Keeping in mind that all of these features are for free, this app is worth downloading.


8. Norton Mobile Security

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Norton Mobile Security needs no introduction. It is one of the oldest antivirus and anti-malware apps for Android. It has features such as protection from viruses, malware and spyware, safe browsing, scanning, and all that for free.

However, it has its paid version as well, which is for $14.99 per month and $39.99 per year. It will unlock the paid features like real-time protection, anti-theft feature, saving device location if your battery is low, etc.

If you take the yearly plan, you will be able to cover both your Android device and your PC as well.


9. Malwarebytes Security

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Malwarebytes Security is available in both Android and Windows. In your Android phone, you can expect features like updated virus database, permission tracker, support for ransomware, etc.

Also, it can scan the messages (which can have a dangerous link) in SMS, Facebook, WhatsApp, and other messenger apps as well. Scanning of the apps will also be done needless to say.

If you are not looking to buy a heavy app, then this app is suitable for you as it is available at $11.99 per year, which is quite affordable.


10. Lookout | Security & Antivirus

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Lookout Security & Antivirus is an app that is effective for Android devices. It has basic features like anti-theft, which can save your phone from being theft, scanning of apps, documents and files, malware protection, phishing protection, etc.

Other features that make it stand out from the list are identity insurance, Wi-Fi scanning, and identity protection. These are major highlights of this app.

The Lookout Security & Antivirus is available for $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year.


11. Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

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Kaspersky is again a popular name on the list. It has features such as call blocking, virus updating, SMS blocking, and anti-theft. These are the most basic features available for both the versions, free and paid.

If you want to use the premium version, then features such as app lock, real-time protection will be added. According to our own experience, it is smooth and works effectively.

The premium version of the app is available in only $14.95 per year, which is the best deal to grab.


12. ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus

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ESET is a renowned app available for Android users. Features such as security auditor, scanning, anti-theft, scheduling the scan are available in this app for free of cost.

However, to use the app, you must make an account and use your email address.

ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus offers a month free trial if you register. Once the trial period is over, you will be able to get it for $1.99 per month and $14.99 per year.

If your usage is very basic, then this can definitely fit into the bill.


13. Dr.Web Security Space

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The Dr.Web Security Space is an app that has its own policy. Similar to other apps mentioned, it also offers full scanning, quarantine space, protection from spyware, ransomware, anti-theft, SMS filtering, call filtering, URL filtering, parental control, firewall, etc.

But what makes it different is its pricing policy. If you want only basic features, you are free to use it. If you’re going to use all the features, then you need first to decide the time frame for the same. If you want to use it only for a year, then the price you will pay is $7.99 per year.

However, if it is for two years, you will have to pay $15.99 per two years. If in case you want a lifetime membership of the same, you only have to pay $74.99, which looks a better deal.


14. Safe Security

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Mentioning the cheapest antivirus app in the list, Safe Security does everything which your other antivirus apps do but in as low as $5.49 per year. Yes, you heard it right. It is one of the most affordable antivirus apps in the list.

You will be able to scan the apps, rectify the problems, boost your phone, do scanning, SIM protection lock, and all those features which are basic and mandatory.

The downside we have seen of this app is that it offers the phone booster feature mentioned above. And to be honest, this feature is totally useless.


15. Avira Antivirus 2020

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Avira is quite a new name in the list of the best antivirus and anti-malware apps for Android. It gained fame last year and has all the basic features such as real-time protection, device scan, external SD card scan, anti-theft, etc.

It also has VPN, privacy scanning, device admin features, and blacklisting for calls too. It is available at $11.99 per year, which is affordable and in the budget if you want to use the premium features for a year.


Final Words

Summing up, these were the best 15 antivirus and anti-malware apps that you can download in your Android phones.

We have mentioned both paid and free apps. You can choose the one according to your requirements and keep your data safe.