The top mobile antivirus offers high-quality malware security that has minimal impact on your device’s performance. It should also have an intuitive and user-friendly interface and provide additional features like anti-theft tools, app lock and identity protection. It should not be too expensive, especially because Android users can download apps from a variety of sources, in contrast to Apple devices which require strict App Store approvals.

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus, now known as Kaspersky Security and Antivirus, scored perfect marks on independent tests. It also has an easy and clean interface. Its free tier has no advertisements and doesn’t force you to upgrade, though it requires a reliable internet connection. A paid plan adds call blocking, Android Wear support and an extensive set of anti-theft functions. However, it isn’t equipped with the features other apps offer like the Wi-Fi network scanner as well as privacy tools.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is one of the most powerful and feature-rich apps available and its protection against malware was top-quality in our independent tests. It has a simple and user-friendly interface. The alerts are simple, bold and informative. It’s not reliable and requires a continuous internet connection to check for viruses.

Lookout Mobile Security, now being rebranded as Lookout Security and Antivirus or Lookout Personal, was one of the first antivirus apps for Android. It’s still a top choice for its easy interface with identity protection and subscription pricing that’s not difficult to understand. The free version includes call and SMS blocking and device scanning and anti-theft. The premium version provides real-time protection and an encrypted browser.