Majority Of Android Antivirus Apps Are Fake

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The report said out of 250 apps tested, only 80 qualified the basic benchmark of 30 percent detection of malware during individual tests. Unfortunately, some of the most popular apps including Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator (10 million downloads), Hoverboard Racing (five million downloads), and Real Tractor Farming Simulator (five million downloads) were also trapped in this scam. With Android Q, those apps would have to present themselves as keyboards, something that isn't entirely convenient for both users and developers. It was found that numerous antivirus apps instead of scanning the apps, simply used a whitelist/blacklist approach based on package names than relying on the code for deciding whether an app is unsafe or harmless.

Use only trustworthy AV, not this garbage that after scan makes you uninstall nearly all of your apps because its nonsense detection rules.

Running a shady app that promises to keep you safe while doing nothing can also give you a false sense of security.

Whereas some of these blacklisted apps are just posers doing nothing other than duping users and cashing in on their ignorance and vulnerability, others are outright risky as they even got flagged by other malware-detection apps.

"Most of the above apps, as well as the risky apps already mentioned, have been developed either by amateur programmers or by software manufacturers not focused on the security business", the AV-Comparatives staff noted.

Fake antivirus - - has over 10K installs but isn't scanning any files for malware.

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But out of 250 apps, only 23 of them were able to detect all 100 percent of the malware samples.

Considering the fact that the Google Play Store is the place where everyone goes to whenever they want to download a new app or game, the Android parent is always looking for new ways to improve the service's performances and stability.

Is the app you're using right now a malicious one, check it here. Google's built-in Play Protect feature was a bit lower at 68.8 percent, but it's created to be more conservative.

Here are a few of the apps you can download if you're still paranoid: McAfee Mobile Security (freemium), Bitdefender Mobile Security and Antivirus (paid), Kaspersky Internet Security for Android (freemium), Norton Security and Antivirus (paid), Sophos Mobile Security (free), Trend Micro Mobile Security and Antivirus (paid), Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free), Avast Antivirus & Security (free), AVG Antivirus Security (free) and Lookout (freemium). Like the ability to cause the phone to vibrate or push app notifications.

So how should you pick an antivirus app?

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