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Best Antivirus and Mobile Security Apps in 2019

As an increasingly large number of users are starting to embrace mobile as their primary platform for almost all day-to-day computing tasks, many new security threats emerge. According to research by Pulse Secure, a provider of access control and mobile device security, as much as 97 percent of all mobile malware targets the Android operating system. The reason is quite simple: the open nature of Android makes it very easy for technology enthusiasts to customize their device to their liking and explore its inner workings, but it also gives malicious hackers many ways how to exploit the system and users.

Another security company, G DATA, chronicled 440,267 new malware files in just the first quarter of 2015. That’s almost 4,900 new Android malware files being released every day. These alarming numbers should encourage users to think twice about their security habits and consider installing a mobile security software. Such software can not only help you defend from all kinds of malware, but it can also discover weaknesses in your smartphone configuration and recommend solutions.

We have selected what we consider to be 4 best antivirus and mobile security apps for Android devices available on Play Store. No matter which app you install, you will greatly improve your overall security and make it much harder for hackers and malware to get hold of your personal information or cause damage.

360 Mobile Security

360 Security

With over 200 million downloads and almost 10 million 5-star ratings, 360 Security is a very impressive mobile security package that goes way beyond viruses. The app is designed from the ground up to help your smartphone perform better and be safe from all existing and future malware.

That’s why it integrates a powerful Junk File Cleaner that can delete file duplicates, old and unused system data, and application cache. It takes just a short while to run it but the improvement can be felt instantly. Your smartphone will likely boot faster and feel more responsive because your smartphone doesn’t need to process so many files.

The intelligent Power Saver effectively solves the biggest problem of all smartphone users: short battery life. You can configure it to switch off useless services and features, such a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, depending on where you are, what time of the day it is, and what are you doing with your phone.

The last smartphone optimization feature is the built-in Memory Boost. Even though this feature was much more useful in the older days when the Android operating system did a relatively poor job when it comes to RAM management, it still has its place even today. By placing a quick shortcut on your homescreen, you can close all running applications with just a single click, instead of shutting them down one by one. That’s something that all gamers will certainly appreciate.

With all the extra features behind us, we can finally get to the core of 360 Mobile Security. The real-time anti-malware scanner scans all APK files and monitors active processes to ensure that no malicious application can execute its code. 360 Mobile Security also give you the ability to lock certain application, so that nobody can access your private files in case your device falls into the wrong hands. However, if you do lose your device, you have a good chance of getting it back, thanks to the Find My Phone feature. It uses your smartphone’s GPS to pinpoint where exactly your device is. A nice extra feature is the Call and SMS Filter, which is built directly into the app itself.

As you can see, there’s a very good reason why the 360 Mobile Security is regarded as the best Android security software currently available. Probably the only downside that comes to mind is the fact that it can feel a bit too bloated. If you, indeed, feel that way, continue reading to find out what other apps have to offer.

ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus

eset mobile security

Headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia, ESET operates from 1992, when it was founded Miroslav Trnka, Peter Paško, and Rudolf Hrubý. They have since then established offices all around the world and became the security software solution of choice for millions of home users and countless business. They are known for their professional approach and a proven track record of reliability and trustworthiness.

These values extend also to their mobile security application, which is rated at 4.6 stars by a total of more than 350,000 users. What’s behind this success? A comprehensive set of features and excellent performance offered even by the Free version. ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus is one of a few security solutions for Android with 100% detection rate, according to testing performed by AV-Test in 2015. Not only does the app automatically scan for malware and malicious activity, it can also perform on-demand scanning and secure the device in case of a theft by SMS commands – all from a table-friendly interface that takes only a very little time getting used to.

Customers who purchase the Premium version get to enjoy the Proactive Anti-Theft functionality, which notifies users of suspicious activity a long time before any actual damage can occur. This is especially useful in conjunction with ESET’s phishing protection. You won’t have to worry about having your private information stolen while online shopping or checking your bank account. The same pro-active approach extends also to application scanning and deep Application Audio. Knowledgeable users can use it determine which applications have a bit more access than they would need and decide whether it wouldn’t be best to completely uninstall them and replace them with some security-conscious alternative.

Extra features of ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus include SMS and Call Blocking and low battery alerts. The latter feature solves the unfortunate situation when your battery runs on and you don’t know where your phone is. Normally, you would just have someone call your number and locate the device by sound, but that’s not an option with a dead battery. The Low Battery feature sends the current location of the device to my.eset.com when it hits critical battery level.

ESET also offers Cybersecurity Training online classes, which teach essential tips for making any mobile online experience safe. This goes to show that the company is really committed to helping people protect their private information and not just make a profit.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware captured the attention of countless users who fell in love with the simple-to-use and performance-efficient desktop version. The mobile alternative sticks with the proven formula and gives all smartphone and tablet users a great way how to secure their devices without having to spend a long time learning how the app functions and what it can do.

Where other anti-malware solutions take a more holistic approach to security and try to provide users with as much functionality as they can, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile keeps things simple and focuses only on security. The core of the application is an effective anti-malware scanner that scans apps for malicious code or Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). It knows about everything that’s going on in your phone and can warn you in a timely manner in case you receive a message that contains malicious code. Your personal information is protected with the help of a capable malware and unauthorized surveillance guard features, which provides identity and personal data protection on-the-go.

Powerusers will surely appreciate the ability to perform a deep security audit of all installed applications in order to find out what permission each application has. This is something that would normally require a third-party application, so it’s great to have it integrated directly into the mobile security application. Users with less experience will benefit from Malwarebytes’s ability to automatically recognize security vulnerabilities and recommend how to close them to prevent anyone from exploiting them.

Of course, the worst case scenario may, indeed, become a reality, and it’s important to be prepared how to act. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile features a remote lock functionality and the ability to locate the device on a map. This way, you always have a few tricks up your sleeve and are not left dead in the water. Overall, this application is great for those who would prefer a simpler, lighter security solution that does one thing and does it very well.

Verdict

Mobile security requires a certain effort from users themselves. Just installing an application and letting it run in the background isn’t enough. You also need to develop sound safety habits and stick with them no matter what. That being said, a good mobile security software is an excellent starting point and a way how to make it much more difficult for hackers to cause you any harm.

Fix Samsung Galaxy S7 that keeps getting virus infection warnings

Many Samsung Galaxy S7 (#GalaxyS7) owners have been complaining about virus infection pop ups. We took time to research on this problem as we already have readers who contacted us about related issues.

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Most of the time, these pop ups aren’t legit but they want you to believe your phone is infected with a virus and they’ll suggest that there’s an app you need to download that will help you get rid of the virus and regain your phone’s optimum performance. They’re targeting users that are not sufficiently knowledgeable about these sort of things.

More often, developers who spread real viruses and malwares gather sensitive information from the devices that are infected. This includes names, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, etc., which they can use for whatever purpose they have in mind.

Continue reading below to learn how to address these virus infection warnings and how to prevent your phone from getting infected. For those who have other issues with their phones, you can visit our troubleshooting page or contact us by completing our Android issues questionnaire.

Step 1: When the warning(s) pops up, don’t do anything

You may have already tried tapping on the page that suggests you download an app that will take care of the virus. Well, that was a blunder, don’t fall for it the second time. In fact, I suggest you don’t do whatever the page is telling you.

The virus infection pop up is a fake and touching it will redirect you to another page that may automatically download an APK file that would automatically install an app that contains the virus on your phone. This is exactly what creators of the virus want you to do. Once the app is installed, we don’t know for sure what would happen next.

Step 2: If you haven’t tapped it yet, then just close the web page

That’s right! The page that’s telling you about the virus is not an app but a web page. This is why 80% of the time these warnings show while you are browsing some websites (especially censored sites). One pop up will lead to another which creates a couple more pop ups and so on.

Closing the browser (Internet app) will automatically close all these pop ups but they may return the next time  you open it. In this case, you need to clear your browser’s cookies and cache or you can immediately clear the cache and data to reset your web browser (for this purpose, I will use Internet).

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Find and tap on Settings.
  3. Touch Applications and then Application manager.
  4. Swipe to ALL tab.
  5. Find and touch the Internet app.
  6. Touch the Force Close button first.
  7. Then, tap Storage.
  8. Tap Clear cache and then Clear data, Delete.

Step 3: Uninstall the app that was automatically installed

As I told earlier, apps containing malware can be automatically installed on your phone and in this case, you need to uninstall it immediately before it can create more issues.

You need to go to the Application Manager and view ALL apps list and find ones that are suspicious. It’s your phone and you may be able to remember the apps you installed, so if there’s one app that you don’t know about, disable or uninstall it immediately.

Step 4: If the warnings remain, do the master reset

The thing about malware is that it’s very difficult to trace. You may be able to get rid of the page that keeps popping up but if the app was already installed and infected others, you can no longer be sure of the safety of your data and information. At this point, you have no other options but to perform the master reset.

This procedure will delete everything in your phone including your downloaded apps, files and data. Needless to say, the viruses and the malwares will also be installed and deleted. Besides, you can’t take any chances especially if you have some sensitive information saved in your phone. So, backup your files and data and follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.

NOTE: It doesn’t matter how long you press and hold the Home and Volume Up keys, it won’t affect the phone but by the time you press and hold the Power key, that’s when the phone starts to respond.

  1. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  2. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.

NOTE: The “Installing system update” message may show on the screen for several seconds before displaying the Android system recovery menu. This is just the first phase of the entire process.

  1. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  2. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  3. Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  4. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  5. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

How to prevent virus/malware infection

Now that you’ve already reset your Galaxy S7, it’s time to strengthen security in your device. There are a few things you can do on your own:

  1. Install an antivirus app or any app that will help prevent malwares. It’s not necessary but advised.
  2. Don’t log on to censored or blocked websites. This includes adult sites, torrent sites or any blogs that offer pirated software and/or movies.
  3. Make sure ‘Unknown sources’ is disabled so APKs won’t be sideloaded without your knowledge. Go to Settings > Lock screen and security > disable Unknown sources.
  4. Install apps from the Play Store and those that are developed by big companies or reputable developers only.

Other issues reported by Galaxy S7 owners

Now it’s time to cite some issues we received from our readers who encountered this very issue.

Q: “My Samsung Galaxy S7 is telling me there are viruses in my phone. So I downloaded antivirus apps and one malware detector but they can’t find anything that’s suspicious. I am worried because the error keeps saying that a number of viruses will damage my phone and I don’t want that to happen. Can you guys help me with it? Thanks in advance.” — Jessa

A: Hi Jessa! Just because the anti-malware you downloaded said nothing is suspicious in your phone doesn’t mean it’s true. Don’t take any chances. That said, try to follow the 4th step in my troubleshooting guide above.

Q: “Hi guys, for some reason my phone is saying about my browser that’s heavily damaged due to 6 viruses? It went on to saying that the Generic Android 6.0 is 28.1% damaged due to those viruses, which may also damage my SIM card and corrupt my pictures and data. I never want these things to happen to my phone but I don’t know what to do to prevent it. By the way, this problem occurs when I open Chrome. Can you guys help me out here, please?” — Stephen

A: It’s just an ad that will make you install an app that it suggests will get rid of the virus and correct all the problems with your phone. However, the fact is it will install the malware if you tap on the ad. So, don’t do that. Also, don’t worry because there’s no virus in your phone provided you haven’t tapped the ad or if Unknown sources is disabled.

Also, to prevent this page from popping up again, open Chrome and tap on the Settings icon at the upper right, then touch History and then Clear Browsing Data. You can choose which data to leave and delete. That should do it.

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