Avast earned 100%, but these 138 other security apps are considered “risky.”
Does your smartphone need an antivirus app? The answer is absolutely yes, and the truth of the matter is that there are a multitude from which to choose. As an aid to consumers, independent testing lab AV-Comparatives periodically assesses security software to evaluate its effectiveness. The lab did such a study recently on Android antivirus products and learned that over half of those tested were “risky,” meaning they were at best buggy and at worst deceptive. Avast, however, received a perfect score of 100% malware detection.
The study looked at 204 security apps, concluding that at least 60% were dubious and unsafe to the consumer. Check the lists below to see if you may have unwittingly downloaded and installed any of them.
Possibly due to the glamour of having a security app in their portfolio, bad developers (or extremely amateur ones) have released imitation apps to mislead users and pose as competent security companies. In some cases, they “are not deliberately deceptive, but are ineffective at protecting the device against malware,” reports AV-Comparatives in their findings.
In this test, our Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus earned a perfect score, detecting 100% of the 2,000 samples of malware used, all gathered from the most common malicious Android apps of 2017. To test for false positives, the lab also included 50 clean apps. Avast made no detection errors in the course of the study — zero false positives. Our threat detection network effectively discerns safe from unsafe.
AV-Comparatives found in their tests that “quite a few apps seem to be closely related variants of the same thing, or use a common AV app template. In some cases, only the name, logo and colour scheme are different.”
The tests proved that these rogue apps not only have a very poor detection rate (lower than 30%), but they also open the door to other threats using false white lists, generally from “trusted” and similar developers. Some of these apps have been abandoned by the developer and are no longer being updated in the Google Play Store, which ensures they are unable to detect the latest threats.
AV-Comparatives makes the following recommendations when it comes to choosing an Android security app:
Please, for your own safety and peace of mind, see if any of apps below are currently on your mobile devices. AV-Comparatives considers each of these to be either risky, dubious, deceptive, unsafe, ineffective, or buggy.
Thanks to independent testing labs like AV-Comparatives and AV-TEST, consumers can easily find a well-lit path through the dense forest of apps crowding the marketplace. Be smart and protect your digital life with the right tools. Read the full report by AV-Comparatives and protect your Android device with our perfect-scoring Avast Antivirus 2018.
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