Android anti-virus software abysmal & useless, report says

By on November 13, 2011
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If you have an Android OS, you’re better off without an anti-virus at all.


If you have an Android OS, you’re better off without an anti-virus at all. That’s the verdict from‘s analysts who performend an extensive test of seven free, and two paid anti-virus softwares for the platform and the results basically say that they are almost entirely useless against virus attacks.

The following free anti-virus applications were tested:

  • Antivirus Free
  • BluePoint Antivirus Free
  • GuardX Antivirus
  • Kinetoo Malware Scan
  • LabMSF Antivirus beta
  • Privateer Lite
  • Zoner AntiVirus Free

Zoner AntiVirus Free was the best bet of them all, and even that had a pathetic 32% detection rate. In fact, almost every other application got a 0% which is shocking to say the least, with the exception of Kinetoo’s Malware Scan which managed to score a 6%.

The reported then offered this concise statement:

The circulation of obviously near to useless security apps endangers those, who trust them and install apps from 3rd party app markets without further suspiciousness.


There’s more details of the test on the actual report but suffice to say, you’re better off uninstalling the anti-virus from your Android and knowing you’re not that safe than having it and being in the delusion that you’re unpenetrable.


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  • Tech_Knight

    What about AVG for android?

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