AV Test Reveals Top Antivirus Software for Android, Surprisingly Third-Party Tools Are Performing Way Too Well When Comparing With Google's Security System

Each year a new kind of threat seems to be revealed that puts countless users at risk of losing their precious data or having their privacy invaded in some other way, shape or form. This makes it all the more important for users to start looking into ways in which they can end up protecting themselves, and having an antivirus installed on your device is the single most important thing that you can end up doing in this regard since it can become the first line of defense that can prevent viruses and malware from impacting you all that severely.

In an attempt to help consumers figure out which antiviruses would end up working best for them, AV Test in Germany has compiled a list of the top programs that can be used which fall into this category. We will be emphasizing their list of best antiviruses for Android which will be a huge relief to Android users since they tend to be somewhat more susceptible to attack and Android malware has consistently been on the rise for quite a few years now.

As far as home users are concerned, AhnLab’s V3 Mobile Security has managed to clinch the top spot (in terms of ascending order). It got a full score of 18 out of 18, joining several other antivirus programs that managed to do just as well, including Avast, AVG, Avira, BitDefender, F-Secure, G Data, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton LifeLock, Protected.NET, SecuriON and Trend Micro. Oddly enough, Google got a full 6 out of 6 points in the performance category but didn’t score any points in protection and usability which gave it the lowest total out of all antiviruses with just 6 out of a possible 18. Ikarus’s mobile security also underperformed in the usability department becoming one of the few antiviruses made by a top company that didn’t manage to get a full 18 points.

People that use Android for business purposes are going to have an entirely different set of requirements and so would probably need antiviruses that might not be featured on the list for home users. ESET got the top spot in this category, sharing it with Symantec since both of them got a full score of 18.

Google once again did quite badly in this department, getting a 0 in protection for Play Protect, a 6 in performance and a 5 in usability for a dismal score of 11. Sophos also did quite well, with its Intercept X for Mobile falling just short of a full score due to some minor problems in the protection category where it received 5.5 points rather than the full 6 and lost out on the top spot.

These antiviruses represent the best of the best in the industry, and any Android user would be able to feel quite secure once they start using them. A lot of users are unaware of the dangers that can come with not using an antivirus, and this is costing the average consumer real money every year as well as putting them at risk in a wide variety of ways. An analysis of antiviruses such as this one can create a much more positive outcome among these users as it can make the process by which they might select an antivirus a lot easier than it might have otherwise ended up being all in all.

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