Last updated: 06 June 2020 | Reading time: 5.5 minutes
Back in the day, we used to install an antivirus the first on Windows PC. I think it’s time to do that on our Android devices. The blog post covers the 6 best free antivirus apps for Android in 2020. We will explore the features of each and then it’s up to you, which one to install.
Table of contents
- Antivirus Android
- Antivirus and Security
- Kaspersky Antivirus
- Total Virus Defender Free
freemium ($0 to $39)
Avira is an all in free antivirus for Android. The app provides security, privacy, and performance-related scanning for free. Apart from that, you also get free 1 GB VPN. The internet speed is not so good, but it’s OK for browsing the internet. Some other features are:
- Locate device
- Play sound on your device
- Lock device
- Wipe data
For some features, you will need to allow the app to work as an admin. You can also set up your account. The account lets you manage the Avira apps installed on your device, buy and manage a subscription, and see the device information. One thing I could not find was the option to view the device location. If the app offers to track the phone, then there should be an option to track online, but there was none.
As I have mentioned that the app is all in one, there are some non-antivirus related features as well. The app comes with a boost performance feature, which can help in optimising the used RAM. Moreover, you can see the apps which have sensitive permissions such as calls, contacts, location, etc. so you can delete those apps or disable the specific permissions.
Lastly, the app offers to lock other apps for free. You can add as many apps you want, and it only supports to draw a pattern, which you can manage in the app settings. All the mentioned features are free, but nothing is worth it if someone deletes the app. In that case, you might want to use an apps hiding system. Many launcher apps such as Microsoft Launcher, Evie, etc. offer to hide apps. The app offers extended tools such as camera and microphone monitoring in its premium subscription. The app overall is one of the best free antivirus apps for Android.
Some people prefer a simple app. Antivirus Android is one of the best free Antivirus apps for Android because of its nature of being simple. The app is easy to use and allows scanning of apps and files. The app occupies about 10 MB of storage, and it scans quickly. As it scans, you get to see the apps and files which are being scanned.
The app comes with an option to enable real-time protection, which will keep scanning as you add new apps and files. Furthermore, there is an option to optimise RAM. The app is free and shows ads to support its development.
Antivirus and Security
Another entirely free antivirus for Android is Antivirus and Security. The app offers four features:
- Junk remover
- App lock
- Performance booster
After you scan, it shows the list of apps which have the sensitive permissions, including but not limited to the ones which share your personal data, have permissions to sensitive features, etc.. You also get to uninstall those apps straight in the antivirus app. If you trust any of the apps, then you can add those in the white list. White list apps never come in the suspicious apps list. You can clean the junk files and boost performance by optimising the RAM. Moreover, the feature app lock offers to lock apps and draw a pattern before accessing any.
Kaspersky Antivirus: Security, Virus, Cleaner
freemium ($0 to $0.99 – $199.99)
In between the simple and rounder apps, you have Kaspersky which offers a few features for free. The free features include antivirus, call filter, and anti-theft. A feature I like the most is quarantine. If it finds a file contacting virus, it saves the file in a separate location away from the device files for you to verify. You can find those files in the quarantine option under the scanner.
The app also offers an opportunity to choose between quick, full, and folder scans. Other than that, the call filter option allows you to add people in the block list and block the unwanted calls. There are a few features such as real-time protection, app lock, text anti-phishing, and internet protection available in the pro plan, which costs about $4 per month or $18 per year.
freemium ($0 to – $96.57)
AVG is a trusted antivirus available on multiple platforms. AVG mobile comes with below functionalities:
- Performance booster
- Junk clean
- Wifi clean
- Network speed check
- Photo vault
A unique feature on the list is Photo Vault. The app offers to protect the media by hiding in the gallery and saving in the vault. You will need to go to the vault in the app and insert your PIN to access the photos. It also asks to select an account to send the recovery PIN if you forget your PIN. Moreover, you can boost the performance of your device, check Wifi, which will make sure that the network is secured, clean junk files, and check the speed of the network. The app also offers the premium version in which you get an ad-free experience, app lock, and a couple of more features.
Total Virus Defender Free
freemium ($0 to – $3.49)
With over 1 million downloads, the app is one of the best free Antivirus for Android. The app is for those who want total control over the scanning. The app offers separate options to scan apps and files. Moreover, you can select the directory you want to scan.
Regarding the scan, it goes deeper than other antivirus apps to make sure that everything is okay. After the scan is complete, you see a scan report. If any infected apps are detected, then you can uninstall all with one tap. You can enable the real-time scanning option, and get the PRO version to unlock the advanced scanning features
The name antivirus is no longer used for just scanning the files. Antivirus apps come with complete device protection these days. The blog post covered a few best free antivirus apps for Android in 2020. I hope the information was useful. Thanks for reading, and please let me know your views in the comments down below, so we can discuss more.
Madhsudhan is a professional software engineer. He has been writing for over two years, and he writes about Android and PC software.