Hackers are targeting Android users in a masse due to the increase of ransomware and crypto-mining. Cybercriminals have stolen millions dollars, hacked identities and given away computing power in the last few years. Luckily, an antivirus application for Android can shield your devices from all types of threats. Look for an app that is simple to install, user-friendly and comes with additional features such as tools for optimizing your system as well as anti-theft and parental controls.

Avast Mobile Security has a good reputation in the world of security on the Internet. 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 protection is excellent with minimal impact on performance. It also has call blocker, VPN, junk cleaner, photo vault, WiFi network security RAM increase, anti-theft, web shield and other extras.

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus offers absolute protection for a reasonable price. Its malware detection is top-quality with minimal impact on battery life. Additionally, it also includes an ability to block calls, Wear OS support and other additional features. It’s only downside is that the software isn’t as user-friendly and doesn’t come with the money-back guarantee.

AhnLab which is from South Korea, is another great choice. It scored near-perfectly in my hands-on tests and labs but it’s a bit less user-friendly interface. It’s also not as active on social media and community forums as some of the other apps on this list. According to AV Test and AV Comparatives it has high detection rates for Android malware.