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avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus (for Android)
Web protection supports many popular browsers. Strong malware protection. Huge feature set. Remote lock, wipe, and alarm. Network Meter and Privacy Advisor. Powerful SMS commands. Free.
No spy camera options. Confusing web interface. Lengthy anti-theft setup. Lockscreen issues.
avast! has just about every security feature you could want, and then several more, but this free app will appeal mostly to tinkerers willing to learn avast!’s ins and outs.
If you’ve been saving yourself for the free Android security suite that does just about everything, then friend, have I got a deal for you. avast! Mobile Security Antivirus (free, Google Play) is from the familiar name in free PC and Mac antivirus, and packed with a huge array of powerful tools and fine-grained controls. These benefits outweigh its cluttered interface and lockscreen issues to take the Editors’ Choice for free Android security apps.It stands next to Bitdefender Mobile Security and Antivirus. our Editors’ Choice for paid subscription Android security apps.
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When AV-Test rated avast! in June 2013, they found that the software detected 100% of the 2,545 samples the company used. Even better, AV-Test reports that it had no false-positive detections. This is a marked improvement over the previous test, which rated avast! slightly lower and with only half the sample size.
PC Mag relies on third-party testing labs for information about the accuracy of Android security app malware scans.
In my testing, I noticed that the accuracy came at a price. avast! took 66.06 seconds to scan just the apps on my Samsung Galaxy S III . and a whopping 132.2 seconds to scan apps and files. This is on par with TrustGo Antivirus and Mobile Security. but far longer than TrendMicro Mobile Security Antivirus. Bitdefender uses ultra-speedy cloud scanning that completes a scan in just over 10 seconds. Though the scans are long, avast! plays nice with other apps. With a scan running in the background along with 12 other apps, I didn’t see any stuttering while playing Minecraft.
Also, though the scan is slower, it can be performed at any time and checks every file on your device. Bitdefender’s cloud-based approach only focuses on executable files, and needs an internet connection to scan. Their approach is to only focus on the files that could be a threat, and is far more targeted than avast!’s brute-force approach. That said, avast! is well-positioned to guard against new threats that use novel attack vectors we’ve yet to imagine. It’s also good for the kind of user who roots their device and side-loads everything.
avast! will also keep an ever-vigilant eye on your device, warning you as soon as it detects something it doesn’t like. This includes during a malware scan; the app triggers an alert as soon as it detects something, and you can uninstall the offending app and pick up the scan where you left off.
Though many security apps can scan all the files on your device, avast! goes one step further with the File Shield. When active, File Shield will scan every file when used, either read from or written to. It’s cool, but totally overkill and turned off by default as it eats into battery life.
Max Eddy is a Software Analyst, taking a critical eye to Android apps and security services. He’s also PCMag’s foremost authority on weather stations and digital scrapbooking software. When not polishing his tinfoil hat or plumbing the depths of the Dark Web, he can be found working to discern the 100 Best Android Apps. Prior to PCMag, Max wrote for the International Digital Times, The International Science Times, and The Mary Sue. He has also been known to write for Geek.com. You can follow him on. More
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