Android security app test results

Android security app test results

Summary: Independent test lab AV-TEST has released their latest results for Android security products. We bring you the results for detection, features, and system impact.

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In its latest comparison of Android security apps, independent test lab AV-TEST found an overall high level of detection. 16 of the 30 products tested detected 100 percent of malware in the AV-Test, and many more were close to 100 percent. On the other hand, a few had false positives.

Only two of the products (Zoner Mobile Security 1.1 and SPAMFighter VIRUSfighter Android 2.1) failed to meet AV-TEST's standards for certification.

The movement in the pool of products has not been significant since AV-TEST's last Android roundup less than two months ago. The median overall score is the same and the average detection percentage is within 1 percent of the last tests. 

Here is a complete listing of the products tested and their detection scores:

Product Google Play link Exact version tested Score
Avira Free Android Security 3.0 (link) 3.0 6.0
Bitdefender Mobile Security 2.6 (link) 2.6.114 6.0
G Data Internet Security 25.0 (link) 25.0.0 6.0
Kingsoft Mobile Security 3.3 (link) 3.3.1 6.0
KSMobile Clean Master 4.0 (link) 4.0.3 6.0
KSMobile CM Security 1.0 (link) 1.0.0alpha 6.0
McAfee Mobile Security 3.1 (link) 3.1.1.896 6.0
Qihoo 360 MobileSecurity 1.5 (link) 1.5.1 6.0
Trend Micro Mobile Security 3.5 (link) 3.5 6.0
TrustGo Mobile Security 1.3 (link) 1.3.14 6.0
Aegislab Antivirus Premium 1.1 (link) 1.1.4 6.0
Ahnlab V3 Mobile 2.1 (link) 2.1.2.11 6.0
Anguanjia Security Manager 4.3 (link) 4.3.1 5.5
F-Secure Mobile Security 8.3 (link) 8.3.13921 5.5
Ikarus Mobile Security 1.7 (link) 1.7.19 5.5
NQ Mobile Security 6.8 (link) 6.8.66.01 5.5
Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile 3.5 (link) 3.5.0.6043 5.5
avast! Mobile Security 3.0 (link) 3.0.6978 5.0
ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus 2.0 (link) 2.0.843.0 5.0
Kaspersky Internet Security 11.2 (link) 11.2.3 6.0
Quick Heal Total Security 1.01 (link) 1.01.070 5.5
Symantec Norton Mobile Security 3.8 (link) 3.8.0.1196 6.0
Antiy AVL 2.2 (link) 2.2.32 5.5
Sophos Mobile Security 3.1 (link) 3.1.1245 4.5
Comodo Mobile Security 2.3 (link) 2.3.293084.125 5.0
Tencent Mobile Security Manager 4.5 (link) 4.5.1 5.5
Bornaria Mobile Security 1.3 (link) 1.3.25 2.0
Panda Security Mobile Security 1.1 (link) 1.1.0 4.0
Zoner Mobile Security 1.1 (link) 1.1.4 0.0
SPAMFighter VIRUSfighter Android 2.1 (link) 2.1.3 0.0

We have included an AV-Test-provided chart below showing detection rates, focusing on the range of 95 percent to 100 percent, but here's a concise summary of the ranges:

  • 100 percent: Aegislab (*), Ahnlab V3 (*), Anity AVL, Avira, Bitdefender, G Data, Ikarus, Kaspersky, Kingsoft, KSMobile CM, KSMobile CMS, McAfee, Norton, Qihoo 360, Trend Micro, TrustGo
  • 99.0 percent—99.9 percent: ESET, Anguanjia, Comodo (*), F-Secure, NQ Mobile, Tencent, Webroot
  • 96.8 percent—98.7 percent: avast!, Panda (*), Quick Heal, Sophos
  • In The Rear: Bornaria (87.3 percent), Zoner (67.5 percent), SPAMFighter (36.1 percent)

(*) - Program had false positives

As the asterisk legend says, four of the products falsely-detected malware in programs. Aegislab Antivirus Premium 1.1 and Ahnlab V3 Mobile 2.1 each had one false detection in a third-party app store. But Comodo Mobile Security 2.3 had three false positives in the Google Play Store and Panda Security Mobile Security 1.1 had four in Google Play. 

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  • the proof Android does not need any protection

    the proof Android does not need any protection = everything is just a user approved app
    but Google allows that

    BUT iPhone should be protected but Apple has the fastistics tactics so Apple does not allow antiviruses:

    "
    iPhone is most vulnerable, least secure smartphone in the market, security firm finds.
    "Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android".
    40% of iOS popular apps invade your privacy without any permission.
    "
    Jiří Pavelec
    • iPeople form the USA, keep just facts, please

      iPeople form the USA, keep just facts, please
      Jiří Pavelec
    • if you

      install apps from outside the play store, you might want an AV app. otherwise you should be fine.
      theoilman
      • exactly

        exactly, it's called freedom and freedom brings responsibility
        with Apple you have just fascism with its vulnerabilities but you don't need to be responsible, you are treated like a baby
        Jiří Pavelec
        • Keep politics out of tech discussions, please !

          Posting a comment that brings no facts but only questionable opinions inspired by fanatism does not contribute to this discussion: it's just stupid. Please express your frustration somewhere else. Thank you.

          I own and manage both iOS and Android devices and, though the iTunes 'closed' echosystem provides a superior protection 'by design' against risks of uploading malware, in my experience, with just some basic, common sense precautions, everyone can make his Android device quite safe as well.
          m.vellano@...
          • Apple does not allow anything (browser change, email change, install outsid

            Apple does not allow anything (browser change, email change, install outside market) = fascism

            what is wrong? what is missing facts? your argument? than yes :)
            Jiří Pavelec
          • Fascism is a political ideology.

            Apple is not a government. If you CHOOSE to use apple products, you abide by their rules. You can CHOOSE to use other products that have different rules.
            Low_tech
          • Fellow bloggers both fascism and fanaticism! !

            I am responding to above comments regarding freedom of speech, your issue freedom in regards to apple and fascism! When u speak of freedom, you need to remember the speech part of that statement! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion in what is called constructive criticism, meaning your own but also factual, etc. As for the gentleman who chooses to be so offended by above comment to go to the extreme as to call his or her comments fanaticism! Well you are the one acting fanatic! You also have the right to your opinion but always be aware the rest of us do too! Once again there is constructive criticism and then there's the fanatic, who's only beliefs are his own no matter what the truth really is or isn't and will go to any extreme to support such beliefs! To you both, calm down and respect FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND WHAT IT STAND FOR! As the saying goes try think before you speak! Cheers!
            suzieqm40
  • take away?

    Does the fact that the article is focused entirely on Android mean that the iOS is safer? Or just that it needs to be covered in another article? I've been recommending iPads for the grandparents who constantly trip themselves up because I'm of the impression that malware on iPads is not an issue, but I'm happy to be educated if that's not the case.
    gdstark13
    • Malware on iPads is not an issue

      Many would argue that malware on Android (and I would say particularly on Kindle) is not an issue either if you stick with Google Play.
      But there are other issues besides malware. See page 3 of this story for the other security features, many of which would be valuable on an iOS device too, and which are generally available for iOS.
      larry@...
  • Why no Lookout?

    I didn't find Lookout in your list of reviewed security products. It certainly is among the most popular, so why wasn't it reviewed?
    macmcf
    • Probably didn't want to be included

      This question comes up with every AV-TEST story. If a vendor doesn't want to be included they don't include them
      larry@...
      • According to Digital Trends Lookout was reviewed

        According to Digital Trends, Lookout was reviewed by AV-Labs and scored 99.4% ?
        http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/top-android-security-apps/
        They rated it as one of the Top 3 Android Security apps
        SimpleCAD
        • That was an earlier set of tests

          in November I think
          larry@...
          • Scratch that

            The link you cite refers to AV-TEST September tests
            larry@...
  • No Lookout entry

    I wonder why Lookout doesn't have their app included in these comparisons? I was hoping they might address it on their own website but there's no mention of it there, either.
    joetron2030
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile

    Was just wondering why you missed this one off the list?
    tiggsy
    • They don't want to be in

      They never cooperate with AV-TEST. If a vendor doesn't want to be in, AV-TEST doesn't test them
      larry@...
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile works for me. No impact on performance, regular updates, no issues. Free, but I would pay a reasonable price for it.

    I like Malwarebytes desktop products also.
    tietchen
  • AVG?

    No AVG test either. I wonder why. I've used AVG on my desktop, laptop and phone for years and not had any problems.
    JohnOfStony