AV-Test, an independent IT security institute, has just published its latest for Android antivirus apps. Evaluating 30 different antivirus apps, from well-known players such as Lookout 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 theon the AV-Test website. Which Android Antivirus do you use, and how did it score on the test?