These five options cover a lot of antivirus needs.
Norton Mobile Security
Slotting in between the two previous options on a level of cost, this ‘freemium’ option offered by Norton receives solid ratings across the board.
Norton carries one of the best established and well-known names in antivirus software products, having been initially released 26 years ago in 1991. This long industry lifespan has meant that Norton has been able to hone its product to be very effective.
The Norton Mobile Antivirus software can be accessed in its most basic form as a free app which gives the user access to 30 days of premium features. Once this trial period comes to a close, the user can choose to purchase a premium license for $30. A first year discounted to $20 takes the edge off of the price tag.
The malware protection capabilities that are built into the Norton Mobile Security software has been well reviewed as offering a straightforward set of features for tackling malware. This solution also arms the user with quite a high level of freedom, meaning that you are able to choose between quick and full scans on demand, or the ability to schedule daily, weekly or monthly scans.
Norton Mobile Security also comes with a level of autonomous protection which does not rely on scans being scheduled or manually initiated, as the software is constantly checking any new updates or installations in case of malware.
All of this seemingly impenetrable armour and weaponry comes with the downside that it leads to a fairly big hit on the performance of the device; this is contrasted for example by Bitdefender.
ESET Mobile Security
Although perhaps less well-known than names such as Norton, ESET has a strong record and a lengthy history having been set up 25 years ago in Slovakia.
In terms of cost, ESET also fits into the ‘freemium’ category, with the app and basic features being available for free, with one year costing $9.95 or $14.95 for two years when purchased directly from ESET.com.
Customers purchasing via Amazon or Google can use the software on up to five devices, while those who purchase the product from the ESET site will only be able to use it for one device.
ESET Mobile Security includes a scanning function for malware in particular, and it has been considered quite sturdy. This service grants the user a three-tiered system for scanning. A Quick Scan option will penetrate as deeply as three nested archives.
Smart Scan builds on the Quick Scan by introducing external storage to the mix; this will mean that the scale of your own storage will influence the speed at which the process can function. The third level is the Deep Scan – this option trawls through all of the files on both the internal and external memory.
ESET Mobile Security is also well regarded for its Anti-Theft feature. Users of the free version will be able to use GPS Location, Remote Lock and Remote Siren using SMS. Premium subscribers can gain access to the Anti-Theft features and functions on the ESET web portal. There is also a function called Proactive Protection that will be triggered in the event of theft or if the phone is lost.
Kaspersky Internet Security for Android
Kaspersky is a behemoth in antivirus, and like with the other very recognisable household names, the user can be confident that they will be getting access to a service that is at the very top of the antivirus heap.
The malware protection capability is unsurprisingly solid, and what is highly noteworthy about this level of performance is the mild impact on the overall system performance caused by the use of this feature. This element contrasts the solution offered by Norton, as although an extremely high quality defence is put in place, it has a significant impact on the system.
The price of the Kaspersky Internet Security package is $15 for one year on a single device. If you need to cover more devices, there is a simple option in place that allows for an extra fee of $5 per year for each extra device.
In addition to the subscription based option there is also a free version of the app that also includes antivirus scanning, a call and text filter, and antivirus scanning. With this option the user will not have access to the real-time protection provided for the web and privacy that is available with a subscription.
Malware detection is at the core of this product by Kaspersky. One minor downside is the slow scanning speed, however the perspective could be had that it is this slow speed that allows for the device to run everything else at full speed.