5 Best Antivirus & Anti-malware Apps

Smartphone use around the world has increased due to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders. We are also using new apps to communicate with people, do office work, play games etc. All of this makes our phone prone to virus attacks and malware. Now, most Android phones have some sort of security to keep virus and malware at bay but it isn’t always strong enough for novel viruses and malware. That is why you need one of the 5 best antivirus and anti-malware apps.

5 Best Antivirus & Anti-malware Apps

AVG AntiVirus


Probably the most popular antivirus and antimalware app, AVG AntiVirus is used by around 7 million people. It has been around a long time on computers and then smartphones. It is an ideal app for complete tech newbies thanks to its user-friendly interface and easy functioning. The app scans your phone and alerts you about potential virus and malware. Removing virus and malware is as easy as hitting the Delete button. The app does a thorough scan of all the apps, games, settings and files in real-time. It also scans websites (default browser and Chrome) for harmful threats. The app helps you locate your lost or stolen phone via Google Maps tracking. Most of the app features are free to use. Premium features cost $2.99 per month or $11.99 per year.

Avast Antivirus


Avast Antivirus is one of the best antivirus and antimalware apps with over 6 million users. It offers a firewall for rooted Android devices to prevent creepy elements crawling into your phone. Its antivirus scanning is solid and displays all the suspicious stuff hiding in your phone. In addition to virus and malware, the antivirus roots out spyware and trojans as well. The app also protects against phishing attacks from emails, phone calls, infected websites or SMS messages. The app recently got a VPN for incognito browsing. Avast Antivirus comes with tons of other tools and features. The basic ones are free and others require a Pro subscription. Pro subscription unlocks Camera Trap, Last Known Location, Sim Security, No Ads and more.

Bitdefender Antivirus


Freemium apps can often get annoying. They pester you with in-app purchases and ads. Bitdefender Antivirus is a completely free antivirus and antimalware app. The clean and minimal interface ensures that even tech newbies can use the app. The app uses in-the-cloud scanning technology for virus detection. The scanner automatically scans all the newly downloaded apps. Any unsavoury elements that might escape the auto scanner can be rooted out using the antivirus scanner. It is lightweight and doesn’t drain your device’s battery. There are no in-app purchases but some ads are present.

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus


Kaspersky is another old and popular name in the antivirus game. Over 3 million use Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus app. The automatic antivirus scanner blocks virus and malware attacks in real-time. The background checker can be summoned on-demand to weed out viruses, spyware, ransomware and Trojans. The app automatically scans downloaded apps for malware, ransomware, phishing, spyware and other infections. You can also track and find lost phone using the app. The Anti-Theft feature wipes out your phone in case it is stolen. The aforementioned features are available for free. The pro version unlocks App Lock, Anti-Phishing and Web Filter tools among others.

Sophos Intercept X

Sophos Intercept X doesn’t get the limelight it deserves. It is a completely free antivirus and antimalware app that offers tools and features that other apps charge a premium for. And, believe it or not, there are no ads. The app offers malware protection, a virus scanner, web filtering, app protections, theft protection and Wi-Fi security for free. The in-app Privacy Advisor lets you know which apps access your data. The app’s Password Safe stores your data in a KeePass-compatible password database. The app also has multi-factor authentication. The other advantage of this app is that is doesn’t come with unnecessary features and tools that bog down your phone.

Jim has a bachelor in Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds. When he is not writing tech articles he enjoys photography 📷 and traveling 🚂.