With the Android operating system dominating about 42% of the mobile operating system market share in 2018 (obviously the most used mobile operating system), there is no doubt that it would be one of the most targetted OS by hackers, script kiddies and their likes with everyone in this category trying to create malicious apps that would steal your private information or even install junk/ad popping malware, hence the need for an Antivirus on your android device.

I know I made a post on this blog as to why you do not really need an AntiVirus for your android device in recent times, but like I said, it applies to those who are careful enough. One thing for sure is, being over careful wouldn’t hurt right? There’s no such thing as being over-protected and so slapping in an AntiVirus on your Android device is for sure one way to tighten up security if you ask me.

In this post, I’ll be sharing with you some of the best free anti-virus software/apps you should have installed on your android devices. You might want to check out of top 10 antivirus apps for android if you have some bucks to spend on some other paid options also. Otherwise, continue reading for the top 5 free antivirus applications to secure your android smartphones.

1. Avast Mobile Security

Avast Mobile Security

With over a 100M installs and 4.5 rating from over 5M reviews as seen on the play store, you know for sure that this app is quite and that should be for a reason, they know what they when it comes to security. 

The amazing thing is that you get a lot of options with the Avast Mobile Security all for free. These include call blocker, Anti-theft, RAM booster for boosting your RAM when needed, Junk Cleaner, Firewall for a rooted Android device and even aWi-fi scanner.

Some other things you might include Power Saver, and a photo vault so you could secure your photos (obviously your private photos) with a PIN. The downside for this app is, you get ads on it, but to get those off, you need to upgrade to premium.

Download: Avast Mobile Security

2. BitDefender AntiVirus Free

Bitdefender Free Antivirus

Bitdefender AntiVirus Free is my next option when it comes to picking which yet another free antivirus for my android smartphone. Though there are a couple of things you might miss out from this free version of the Bitdefender antivirus such as real-time scanning of web pages as you visit them, you are sure you get a full-time antivirus for your device.

BitDefender has a lot it does for your device which includes scanning apps as soon as they are downloaded. More so, the application scan process is cloud-based, so you do not have to worry about CPU usage or even virus definitions being downloaded on your device and taking up space.

Bitdefender Antivirus free is yet one of the best free antivirus packages for every Android smartphone.

Download: Bitdefender Antivirus Free

3. Norton Security and Antivirus

Norton Security

Just like the antivirus mentioned above before this, Norton Security lacks the browser-based security for web pages, but with 1M reviews, a 4.6 rating (even higher than that of Avast) and also over 10M installs, you should understand that these guys are trusted for what they do.

It is one of the best antivirus apps that would secure your devices from malware and potential threats out there. One other thing most people find useful on Norton Security and Antivirus app is the ability to remotely lock, wipe or locate a stolen device via SMS.

Download: Norton Security and Antivirus

4. 360 Security

360 Security

With over 100M installs, same rating and Avast but with more reviews as at the time of this post, you for sure can deduce how popular 360 Security is to android users. As much as you’d love this antivirus for its security features, you’ll also fall in love with its little gimmicks such as taking a photo of whoever tries to break into your smartphone.

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The 360 Security antivirus also features junk cleaners like some others in this list, speed booster, lock screen, anti-theft protection and even speed boosters all for free. It is worth you checking out

Download: 360 Security

5. Security Master

Security Master

One reason I have Security Master listed in this post is for the fact that it comes with a whole lot of functionalities with the free version. This app has the largest number of downloads, ratings and reviews on this list. With 500M installs, a 4.7 rating from a whopping 24M reviews, it simply is one security app you should have on your device.

Some of the free options include call blocker, network scanner, anti-theft options, app locker and even memory booster options. Ads are also displayed on this antivirus and if you want to get that off, you might consider going premium and that gives you unlimited VPN usage. Otherwise, the FREE Security Master option is more than enough for anyone.

Download: Security Master

Now, here are the top 5 free antivirus software you can have installed on any android device while having peace of mind that your device is as safe as it could ever get.

Have you installed any of these android antivirus apps on your smartphone or tablet? Do let me know which you picked as I’m eager to know.

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