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With the rise of ransomware, crypto-mining and other attacks hackers are taking on Android users with the utmost ferocity. Millions of dollars have been stolen and identities stolen, as well computing power given away to cybercriminals in the past few years alone. Fortunately, an antivirus software for Android can guard your devices from a variety of threats. Find an application that is simple to install, simple and comes with additional features such as system optimization tools as well as anti-theft and parental controls.

Avast Mobile Security is a popular name in the world of internet security. Its Android version has a full suite of protection with a free version and affordable subscription plans that offer complete protection for your mobile device/s, PC and laptop/tablet/computer. Its malware detection is top notch with minimal impact on performance. It also includes call blocker, VPN, junk cleaner, photo vault, Wi-Fi network security RAM boost, anti-theft, internet shield and other features.

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus offers absolute security at a low cost. Its malware detection is effective with a minimal drain on battery. It also includes the ability to block calls, Wear OS support, and other features. It’s only downside is that the software isn’t as user-friendly and does not come with a money-back warranty.

AhnLab from South Korea is another strong choice, with a near-perfect score in my lab tests and hands-on tests but with a slightly less intuitive interface for the app. It’s not as active in social media or community forums like other apps on this listing. However, it has great detection rates for Android malware, according to AV-Test and AV-Comparatives (but it hasn’t been evaluated by either lab since the year 2015).