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Android phones are a frequent target for hackers. Malware can run in the background, steal personal information and slow down devices. Antivirus software can help keep devices safe by blocking malware attacks. The top anti-virus apps also detect phishing websites and other internet security threats, and offer a variety of extra features to improve your privacy on the internet.

The majority of major Android antivirus apps come with the free version, however certain apps charge extra features or for premium tiers, which range from $15 to $30 per year. Certain premium tiers include features like the option of a VPN or identity theft protection for an added fee. Certain apps, like Lookout are not subject third-party laboratory tests and have an aggressive slow scanning engine that can strain the phone’s performance.

Kaspersky offers two versions of its antivirus program which are free and a premium version that costs $29.99 per year or $39 for three years. The free version offers blockers for calls and SMS scans, virus updates and anti-theft tools, while the pro version has an enhanced set of antivirus features like antimalware protection, device scanning and an app lock.

Norton has the top overall rate of malware detection in our tests. Its mobile suite also offers a range of security features that protect your privacy, both on mobile and desktop devices. Its advanced features include the ability to scan networks for Wi-Fi, it also has a VPN as well as an alert service for dark web sites that alerts you to data breaches. Its free tier, which was previously Norton Mobile Security, has been replaced by a separate application dubbed Norton 360 Deluxe, and it comes with a long trial period.