5 best and free android antivirus apps to protect your smartphones

Just like computers, anti-virus apps have become almost essential for smartphones. Although the verdict is still out on how well they work, there’s no denying that installing an anti-virus app provides a sense of satisfaction that the data on the device are safe from malware.

. 360 Degree Scan

Antivirus Boost 360 Security is one of the most popular anti-virus apps out there. It includes many features, such as the ability to scan files on the device for malware and real-time protection. The app also includes an anti-theft feature that can help in locating lost devices. 
The app lock functionality makes it possible to protect other apps with passwords.

. Heavy Duty Avast

Mobile Security comes from the house of Avast, a well-known name in the field of anti-virus applications. The app is quite popular among users and has over 100 million installs. It has features like in-depth device scanning, anti-theft functionality and the ability to remotely lock lost devices.
Avast is quite a heavy app and it normally requires a device having 2GB (or more) RAM to work properly. Its ‘Pro’ version includes features like remote data recovery, geo-fencing, ad-detection and app locking.

. Avira Antivirus Security

Despite being fairly new, Avira Antivirus Security has gained popularity amongst the users. It comes with all essential functions like malware scan, real-time protection and more. The app also incorporates some new features like Stage Fright Advisor, which help in shielding devices against specific vulnerabilities.

Anti-theft, anti-privacy and blacklisting features provide further protection.

. TrustGo Antivirus

Antivirus and Mobile Security by TrustGo is designed to protect devices from dangerous viruses and other malware. Like other anti-virus apps, it has basic functions like file scanning and real-time protection. There is also a privacy guard that helps users by showing how apps are using device per missions.
Apart from these, the app offers secondary features like system manager, data backup and ‘find my phone.’

. Kaspersky Antivirus and Security

With an app rating of 4.7, Kaspersky features among top free antivirus apps. The app protest the user’s personal data stored in their devices, against dangerous mobile threats, viruses, spyware, Trojans etc. It also protect personal data and privacy: calls, SMS texts, contacts.
Site filter, call blocking and anti-theft features are also available in the app.