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AV-Test, an independent IT security institute, has just published its latest detailed test report for Android antivirus apps. Evaluating 30 different antivirus apps, from well-known players such as Lookout Safeguard Your Device With Lookout Mobile Security [Android] Safeguard Your Device With Lookout Mobile Security [Android] Lookout Mobile Security is one of the top antivirus and device tracking solutions for Android. It has a proud spot on our Best Android Apps page, and we’ve given it some coverage as part of... Read More and F-Secure to more obscure apps like Ikarus and MicroWorld, the test confronted each app with the same reference set of 1,972 security threats, and evaluated the detection rates of each app. Not all antivirus apps for Android catch all of the threats which are currently in the wild, and there are few things worse than a false sense of protection.

The overall detection average is a respectable 95.2%, with the poorest protection offered by AegisLab Antivirus Premium which only managed to catch 63.6% of all threats presented. A number of antivirus apps were able to intercept 100% of all threats, including AhnLab V3 Mobile 2,0, Antiy AVL, Kaspersky Mobile Security, Kingsoft Mobile Security, Qihoo 360 Mobile Safe and Mobile Security, and more.


In addition to detection rates, the periodical report evaluated each app in terms of usability and security features offered, such as the ability to track down a lost or stolen device, safe browsing features, parental control, and more. Out of a total of 30 apps tested, a full 26 apps satisfied all of the test’s usability and feature requirements — in other words, nearly all modern antivirus apps for Android offer a similar feature set, with the largest differences being in detection rates and user experience design. You can browse the complete test results on the AV-Test website. Which Android Antivirus do you use, and how did it score on the test?

Source: AV-Test

  1. Kannon Yamada
    August 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    It's a shame they don't have software that runs on the desktop that can scan devices via USB.

    One thing I don't want to do is perform a scan from within a system that could possibly be compromised.

    Great update!

  2. John
    August 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    My favorite AV is to use IOS and not bother with crapdroid

  3. likefunbutnot
    August 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    There's a dirty little secret in the world of antivirus applications: None of them work all that well for the newest threats. That's not to say that security software does not have a place, but malware definitely evolves faster than the software used to stop it. We can say that some security software is better than other security software but the truth is that even the best applications will probably be flummoxed if they have to rely on heuristics rather than pattern matching, and once a particular piece of malware is well understood enough for pattern matching probably security application in the world will be able to deal with it.

    • dragonmouth
      August 13, 2013 at 12:17 am

      That is because security software is reactive rather than proactive. It cannot protect against yet unwritten threats.

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