Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Best Android antivirus apps revealed by AV-TEST Labs

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There have been several Android Market malware scares in the recent past. Google responded by introducing Bouncer a while back, but it never hurts to add a good Android antivirus app for extra protection. But which apps offer the best protection?

Independent testing authority AV-TEST Labs has just posted the results from its most recent Android security rundown. Of the 41 apps they tested, 7 posted detection scores above 90%: Avast!, Dr. Web Antivirus Light, F-Secure Mobile Security, IKARUS mobile.security LITE, Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite, Lookout, and Zoner Antivirus Free.

Other big-name apps performed well, too, but couldn’t break the 90% barrier. They include Norton, ESET, AVG, BitDefender, Trend Micro, and the Vipre Mobile Beta. Perennial security whipping boy McAfee failed to detect more than 65% of malware samples, leaving them surrounded by lesser-known apps in the middle of the pack.

The jury is still out on whether or not Android malware is a genuine problem. Most malicious apps appear in third-party stores, and Trojanized impostor apps on the Android Market haven’t exactly become a regular occurrence. Either way, the AV-Test report is still good news for Android users because it clearly shows that top-notch Android antivirus and anti-malware apps are up to the challenge. Better still, some of the best protection you can get for your Android device is totally free.

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