Android Antivirus Apps for Phones and Tablets

By Steve McFarlane

How do you remove a virus from an Android phone or tablet? Well you first need to install and run a very good antivirus program to remove the malware. There are a number of solutions, but as is the case with antivirus applications for PCs and MACs, the best solution is only as good as its virus definition files, and are only effective if those files are updated frequently. Here is a list of the best antivirus software for Android devices.

Antivirus Free AVG

AVG offers one of the most popular antivirus solution in the industry, both free and paid; now there is a AVG version for the Android platform. This is a Antivirus Free AVGreal-time scanner that has a backup assistant, task killer, and device wipe features to protect the user’s privacy. You can also run daily or weekly scans on demand, just to be sure the real-time scanner hasn’t missed a threat.

AVG seems to be making a effort to deliver an all-round security solution that not only protects Android phones and Tablets against malware, Spyware and viruses, but theft as well. The app has a stolen phone feature that allows it to locate the device via Google Maps. In instances where the phone is just misplaced, you can locate it by making it ring, even if it is in silent mode. You can get the app here.

Antivirus Free –NetQinAntivirus Free –NetQin

Like many of the other apps featured here, NetQin promises to protect Android devices against Malware, viruses and Spyware while at the same time being gentle on how much power it draws.  This Android antivirus app also has other security features that enable owners to find and recover lost or misplaced devices using the device’s GPS. The app can also be used to remotely wipe data from the phone including contacts, messages, photos, call log, calendar entries and browsing history. QR code.

Lookout Mobile Security

Here is another great app that is good at blocking viruses, malware and Spyware.  The app has be getting 5 stars reviews from CNET and PCWorld, but owing to the fact that it drains the batteries, we believe that this is an application you may not want to have running Lookout Mobile Securityconstantly, except that you are close to a plug and have the charger handy.

Other notable features include:

  • Secure backup and restore
  • Loud alarm to locate a misplaced phone
  • Lost phone locator with map feature

QR code for Lookout Mobile Security

Antivirus FreeAntivirus Free

This app will detect many of the threats out there, including apps that carry out malicious activities. The developers of this app pride themselves on delivering an antivirus solution that scans all new apps, has a manual scan feature, and can run in the background without draining the battery. All in all, it is also a good Android virus removal app. QR code.

As with many free apps, some antivirus software bait users with basic features and then ask them to pay for a premium version.  Even so, the free versions are quite competent at delivering good antivirus protection.

If you know of any other good Antivirus apps for Androids, please let us know about it in the comments section below.

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9 Responses to “Android Antivirus Apps for Phones and Tablets”

root android

Antivirus is a must for all devices these days. Especially, if you are a rooted user, then it is a must.


Rooty tooty….total defense android antivirus isn’t even mentioned here. It scans everything coming in and is light on the resources usage. Works for me, plus it has remote wipe and I can read & monitor all SMS and web traffic on my evo if my giflfriend uses it….LOL


How do I download an antivirus for my phone HTC hero.



Jeremiah Patterson

I see that you like avg but my question is what do you guys think of avast for the galaxy tab ? Please let me know thank you


i think Dr. Web is the best……when i scan my tablet with NetQin it did not found anything but when i scan with Dr. Web it found more than 10 viruses……..really!!!!!!

Steve McFarlane

Thanks for the contribution. I have always said an antivirus program is only as good as its last update.


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