The scanners for viruses are just one aspect when it comes to safeguarding your phone. It is also important to consider other options, like parental controls, anti theft and blocking text and call messages. You’ll need to select an antivirus that doesn’t place the device under stress and doesn’t use much power.

Bitdefender is a great option since it comes with excellent security features that have been proven by independent lab tests and our own in-house testing. It also has other features, including a camera that can take pictures of anyone who tries to gain access to your smartphone. Its free version provides a good level of protection and the price is affordable.

AVG is a different option that has excellent detection capabilities and a raft of features that make it a top choice in our tests. It’s a well-known brand in the field of security and it scored top scores in both our lab and hands-on tests for Android malware protection. It has a robust antitheft feature that allows users to locate, remotely lock and erase your phone in the event of theft.

Quick Heal is another popular application that runs on the Avast antivirus engine (Avast purchased AVG back in 2016). It’s a comprehensive security tool that includes virus scanning, ad blocking, a junk cleaner and a boost in RAM that will to improve the performance of your device. It also comes with the ability to manage passwords, a Wi-Fi scanner dark web monitoring and anti-ransomware tools.

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