Top 10 Antivirus and Antitheft Android Apps

Android is one of the most popular mobile operating system, running on millions of devices today, and that being said, it often becomes soft target by some viruses and hacks exposing your device and personal information to any malevolent hands. Mobile phones today carry much more sensitive information than our desktops and laptops do.

In odd situations when stolen or lost phone, it is often panicking and rare to get back your device or your personal information that may or may not be useful for you remotely. These antivirus and Anti theft apps can take you out of these situations keeping your device secure and safe against thefts. These apps can filter websites, apps, and calls & SMS for malicious content, remotely control your device if you lost your device or even find it.

Here are 10 best Antivirus and Antitheft apps for Android


1. AntiVirus Security – FREE by AVG

AntiVirus Security - FREE

With over  100 million downloads, this app is one of the oldest and trusted antivirus apps on Google play. The app protects against virus and malicious apps, the performance enhancement tool can optimize memory and RAM monitoring the traffic usage. The privacy and backup functionality gives option to store data on the cloud and manage what permissions app needs. The anti-theft function lets you remotely access your phone and lock it and SIM replacement, and remotely ring the phone. Some functions need premium account.

Availability: Free on Google Play

2. Mobile Security & Antivirus by Avast

The free app has tons of features you would expect in any Antivirus app on Android. A few features need premium account. The app features mobile protection suite that protects against online threats, websites with malware, viruses, inbuilt scanner can scan apps and SD card for viruses. The privacy advisor can show which app needs what permission, the network meter, SMS filtering, app manager and app locking features are great, the backup feature allows cloud storage of your personal data. The anti theft feature has plenty of options to locate, track or remotely access phone.

Availability: Free on Google Play

3. Lookout Security & Antivirus

One of the most popular and oldest antivirus app on Android, comes with app scanning functionality to protect against viruses, malware and Trojans. The online backup feature can save your contacts on the cloud. Find my phone feature lets you locate, snap the photo and email you and save the photo when battery is low.

Availability: Free on Google Play

4. Norton Security antivirus

This app features anti malware scanner, SMS and call filtering feature, web protection shield, and backup feature for contacts. The anti theft feature lets you control your phone using SMS commands, lock the phone, scream a sound or alarm, use camera to capture photo, lock or wipe using SMS and send a customized message to anyone who finds your phone.

Availability: Free on Google Play

5. Dr.Web v.7 Anti-virus Light

One of the most popular and feature packed antivirus on Android , this app’s free version has some restrictions. The app features quick and full scanning, real-time file scanning, small updates, SD card protection, minimal battery use, quarantine and handy widgets.

Availability: Free on Google Play

6. Antivirus & Mobile Security by TrustGo

This app has plenty of features in the free version of the app. The security scanner helps find malware, antivirus and other apps. The security scanner can search SD card for infected files. The web shield protects against malicious sites. The system manager monitors phone’s resource usage and the privacy guard identify apps that might violate policies. Anti theft features include camera snap, remotely lock or wipe phone, data back up features.

Availability: Free on Google Play

7. Mobile Security & Antivirus by Trend Micro

The free version of this app includes virus scanner, online data backup feature, basic technical support and privacy scanner for Facebook. The paid version of the app includes anti theft features, SMS and call filtering features, and data theft scanner to scan apps that steal your personal information.

Availability: Free on Google Play

8. Kaspersky Internet Security

This app features virus scanner to scan apps and SD card for malware and trojans. The SMS and call filter function can block unwanted calls and SMS, the cloud backup protection and web protection keep your device and data safe, real-time protection and text Anti-phishing automatically detects for malicious links in text messages, anti theft feature allows user to wipe or lock phone or even alarm it.

Availability: Free on Google Play

9. Quick Heal Mobile Security Free

This app comes with plenty of features like SMSand call blocker, virus scanner that scans apps and SD card for virus, Trojans and malware. The anti theft feature allows you to remotely lock the device or SIM, the data protection feature helps protect against lost phone by remotely wiping data with SMS. The paid version of the app has tons of features including scanning mobile remotely using PC.

Availability: Paid on Google Play

10. NQ Mobile Security for Retail

The app features real-time virus scanner that can detect virus, Trojans and malware. The anti spam feature allows user to filter unwanted calls and SMS. Privacy protection helps user to monitor which app takes what permission. With backup and restore function, you can back up and restore all photos, videos, messages, contacts and call logs on cloud. The anti theft features allows user to remotely lock or wipe the phone, locate and alarm the device or even backup the data.

Availability: Free on Google Play


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