Antivirus for Android: The best app and all the info

AV-TEST has once again sent 27 antivirus apps for Android to the lab and confronted them with nearly 3,800 malware apps. One of the ...

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AV-TEST has once again sent 27 antivirus apps for Android to the lab and confronted them with nearly 3,800 malware apps. One of the protection apps is particularly convincing and is recommended by us. Why, we explain in the relevant section.

Virus protection for Android is a difficult issue. If you're basically looking at your apps from the Play Store and only visit well-known websites, you should be relatively safe without security apps. The Play Store itself is defended by automatic tools against pest apps. And well-known sites rely on discreet advertising instead of shock.

Your privacy is not protected either. Password or identity theft are also possible with supposedly secure apps or via e-mail. And again and again you hear of attacks on apps that trust millions of people (see WhatsApp).

Good security apps should warn you against such threats prematurely. Let us illuminate the subject quite thoroughly.

The best antivirus apps

  • Sophos Mobile Security
  • Comparison table: This can and cost the effective scanner
Whether an antivirus app is good depends largely on how many known or new viruses it can detect. In the following, we will list Antivirus apps for Android, which have detected all Malware apps in the AV-TEST lab on devices with Android 5.1.1 and have not caused a false alarm.

AV-TEST is a Magdeburg company that has been monitoring the effectiveness of security software for more than 15 years. Effective apps receive an internationally recognized security certificate from AV-TEST.

Sophos Free Antivirus and Security

Sophos is the best antivirus app for Android in comparison. In addition to perfect protection, it offers most of the additional features. The highlight: The app is free. Malware protection is based on an online database, which also checks the reputation of individual apps and recommends alternatives.

Users of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and new may finally use Web filtering again. This is used to prevent malware when surfing on mobile websites. Fraud attempts, such as misleading advertising, can thus be prevented.

The theft protection is also well thought out. It allows the remote control of your smartphone via SMS from other phone numbers defined by you. Child Protection Filter, Call Blocker, SMS Blocker and device encryption round off the package.

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Sophos offers an extensive, unobtrusive antivirus app. / © AV-TEST
The app has a praiseworthy security focus and avoids unnecessary boosting or optimizing features. This makes it more popular with many of its users than CM Security or 360 Security. We can also convince Sophos the most.

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Do I need an antivirus app for Android?

There are many anti-virus applications for Android smartphones and tablets. Some smartphones are already delivered with protection software. But does one need this protection, or can one save it? To this end, we have collected important questions and offered explanations:
  • What is Android malware and how do I know if I am infected?
  • Where does Android malware come from?
  • Are antivirus apps effective?
  • Can I protect myself from malware without an add-on app?
  • How can I remove malware from my smartphone?

What is Android malware and how do I know if I am infected?

Well-programmed malware remains undetected. These must then be identified by one of the above antivirus apps and, if possible, uninstalled. Such malware will sleep on your device and collect data. Or it is waiting for the command to a large DDoS attack, for which one is shared with your smartphone. Or she writes in the background premium SMS and provides a high mobile phone bill.

Some pest apps are less subtle. You pave your screen full with advertising. If you then tap on the buttons, the developer of this adware gets a little money and can thus enrich itself.

Where does Android malware come from?

Many readers have never had malware on the smartphone, although they do not use an anti-malware app. "Healthy human understanding" is the best protection, they say time and time again. Andreas Marx, Managing Director of AV-TEST, tells us if such apps are useful at all.

Apps from Google Play are relatively secure

"If you load your apps only from a trustworthy source like Google Play, you're relatively safe," explains the expert. But what if the app is not on the Play Store but only on another website, so they must install "from unknown sources"? "Once you enable side loading, you should definitely use an AV app, which can then check new apps during the installation."

However, apps and APK files are not the only gateway for Android malware. The experts of AV-TEST have shown us many exciting safety gaps. In the video, you'll learn all about fraud attempts in the smartphone. There you learn not only how malware in camouflage in Android. You also get a sense of where threats are hidden everywhere. In addition, you learn how to protect yourself in public WLANs with a VPN app.

Are antivirus apps effective?

Julian Schütte from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Safety (AISEC) sees it very critically. He says that the effective security systems are only in the Linux kernel and in the PlayStore. Antivirus software on Android can hardly be effective if it adheres to the rules as opposed to malware. Then there is no full access to the system, which would be necessary for a full protection.
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Christian Funk tells us that AV apps in Android can clear up infections. / © Kaspersky
Christian Funk from AV-Schmiede Kaspersky Labs sees it also very critical. He sees the culprit for inadequate smartphone security, especially among the smartphone manufacturers and mobile phone providers. They were hesitant about Android updates that would close hackers' gateways. Fortunately, more and more vendors are taking part in the monthly security update released by Google for three Android releases.

Can I protect myself from malware without an add-on app?

If the Play Store or the Amazon App Shop is your only app source, you're almost safe and does not need an AV app. If your apps often come from outside, additional protection is highly recommended. But then such an app can only help if you take their warnings seriously. After all, stubborn malware (with root access) can not remove an anti-malware app.

Kaspersky expert Florian Schafroth has given us tips on how your malware can be detected with the naked eye. The advice is largely in line with what was explained in the above video at AV-TEST. We provide the information and give you the following tips:

  • Allow the option in the security settings Install apps from sources other than Play Store should turn off, if possible.
  • The moment your Android is rooting, you need to be aware that your smartphone has been extensively modified with third-party software, and neither Google nor the smartphone manufacturer can help you with problems.
  • Installs updates as early as possible after they are offered to you. They often close day-to-day security gaps, which are exploited to a large extent and endanger your device and your data.
  • Read the app permissions. If they do not match the task of the app, look for an alternative. If there is no one, ask the developer by e-mail for clarification.
  • In public WLANs, make sure to encrypt your data transmission twice. The WLAN operator could cut your passwords and misuse the data later.
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With AV-Test, AV apps are automatically torpedoed with malware (background). / © ANDROIDPIT

How can I uninstall malware?

Once infected, you can disinfect your Android device even without an AV app. How this works, we explain to you in this article:

Conclusion

If you work with third-party sources, you can provide an anti-malware app with a little extra security. Sophos Antivirus is the only one that recognizes everything, is completely free and is limited to meaningful functions. But as mentioned, such an app is not necessary for everyone. And if you have just a simple adware infection, you will get rid of them without the above apps.

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