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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 1 week ago Ayushman

******************************THE UGLY REALITY OF 360 TOTAL SECURITY***************************************************************************************
1.) https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-10/october-2017/qihoo-360-total-security-default-engine-9.2-174068/
2.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jc2asYcMSQ
3.) https://www.digitalcitizen.life/review-360-total-security
4.) https://www.techradar.com/reviews/360-total-security
5.) https://antivirusprotection.reviews/review/360-total-security/

Qihoo must have poured millions of dollars in developing this product but it is quite BAD.

1.) Poor Realtime Protection
2.) Poor phishing Detection
3.) Performance Impact
4.) Too much advertisements and Privacy issues
5.) Extra tools are overemphasized and underpowered
6.) Intrusive and interface layout stressing non-essentials.
7.) Too many false positives by 360 Cloud Engine
8.) Poor Documentation

I know that its protection can be improves by enabling those 3rd party Bitdefender and Avira engines, but tests shoes in spite of that protection is not remarkable and performance impact goes very high.
Lots of negatives, like those Extra tools when seen from view point of a PC professional are bloatware and not absolutely essential.

Recommend Improvements:
1.) Have a crystal clear privacy policy
2.) Just use Bitdefender Engine by default and ditch 360 cloud engine forever.
3.) Non-intrusive and quality advertisements
4.) Improve real-time protection, program should immediately react to the presence of malware without executing them.
5.) Improve Phishing protection.
6.) Remove nonessential tools and do not emphasize them, like frequent cache cleaning and aggressive startup management.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 1 week ago Ayushman

******************************THE UGLY REALITY OF 360 TOTAL SECURITY***************************************************************************************
1.) https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-10/october-2017/qihoo-360-total-security-default-engine-9.2-174068/
2.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jc2asYcMSQ
3.) https://www.digitalcitizen.life/review-360-total-security
4.) https://www.techradar.com/reviews/360-total-security
5.) https://antivirusprotection.reviews/review/360-total-security/

Qihoo must have poured millions of dollars in developing this product but it is quite BAD.

1.) Poor Realtime Protection
2.) Poor phishing Detection
3.) Performance Impact
4.) Too much advertisements and Privacy issues
5.) Extra tools are overemphasized and underpowered
6.) Intrusive and interface layout stressing non-essentials.
7.) Too many false positives by 360 Cloud Engine
8.) Poor Documentation

I know that its protection can be improves by enabling those 3rd party Bitdefender and Avira engines, but tests shoes in spite of that protection is not remarkable and performance impact goes very high.
Lots of negatives, like those Extra tools when seen from view point of a PC professional are bloatware and not absolutely essential.

Recommend Improvements:
1.) Have a crystal clear privacy policy
2.) Just use Bitdefender Engine by default and ditch 360 cloud engine forever.
3.) Non-intrusive and quality advertisements
4.) Improve real-time protection, program should immediately react to the presence of malware without executing them.
5.) Improve Phishing protection.
6.) Remove nonessential tools and do not emphasize them, like frequent cache cleaning and aggressive startup management.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 1 week ago Ayushman

******************************THE UGLY REALITY OF 360 TOTAL SECURITY***************************************************************************************
1.) https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-10/october-2017/qihoo-360-total-security-default-engine-9.2-174068/
2.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jc2asYcMSQ
3.) https://www.digitalcitizen.life/review-360-total-security
4.) https://www.techradar.com/reviews/360-total-security
5.) https://antivirusprotection.reviews/review/360-total-security/

Qihoo must have poured millions of dollars in developing this product but it is quite BAD.

1.) Poor Realtime Protection
2.) Poor phishing Detection
3.) Performance Impact
4.) Too much advertisements and Privacy issues
5.) Extra tools are overemphasized and underpowered
6.) Intrusive and interface layout stressing non-essentials.
7.) Too many false positives by 360 Cloud Engine
8.) Poor Documentation

I know that its protection can be improves by enabling those 3rd party Bitdefender and Avira engines, but tests shoes in spite of that protection is not remarkable and performance impact goes very high.
Lots of negatives, like those Extra tools when seen from view point of a PC professional are bloatware and not absolutely essential.

Recommend Improvements:
1.) Have a crystal clear privacy policy
2.) Just use Bitdefender Engine by default and ditch 360 cloud engine forever.
3.) Non-intrusive and quality advertisements
4.) Improve real-time protection, program should immediately react to the presence of malware without executing them.
5.) Improve Phishing protection.
6.) Remove nonessential tools and do not emphasize them, like frequent cache cleaning and aggressive startup management.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 1 week ago Ayushman

******************************THE UGLY REALITY OF 360 TOTAL SECURITY***************************************************************************************
1.) https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-10/october-2017/qihoo-360-total-security-default-engine-9.2-174068/
2.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jc2asYcMSQ
3.) https://www.digitalcitizen.life/review-360-total-security
4.) https://www.techradar.com/reviews/360-total-security
5.) https://antivirusprotection.reviews/review/360-total-security/

Qihoo must have poured millions of dollars in developing this product but it is quite BAD.

1.) Poor Realtime Protection
2.) Poor phishing Detection
3.) Performance Impact
4.) Too much advertisements and Privacy issues
5.) Extra tools are overemphasized and underpowered
6.) Intrusive and interface layout stressing non-essentials.
7.) Too many false positives by 360 Cloud Engine
8.) Poor Documentation

I know that its protection can be improves by enabling those 3rd party Bitdefender and Avira engines, but tests shoes in spite of that protection is not remarkable and performance impact goes very high.
Lots of negatives, like those Extra tools when seen from view point of a PC professional are bloatware and not absolutely essential.

Recommend Improvements:
1.) Have a crystal clear privacy policy
2.) Just use Bitdefender Engine by default and ditch 360 cloud engine forever.
3.) Non-intrusive and quality advertisements
4.) Improve real-time protection, program should immediately react to the presence of malware without executing them.
5.) Improve Phishing protection.
6.) Remove nonessential tools and do not emphasize them, like frequent cache cleaning and aggressive startup management.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 5 months ago George.J

Update: Editors new pick for Best Free Antivirus - Kaspersky Free Antivirus/Kaspersky Security Cloud.

Most improved products of 2018: Forticlient, Windows Defender & Tencent PC Manager. The first two has a real shot to be in top five this time.  

 

 

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 3 months ago freestuffrocks

I too think the latest Kaspersky offering is the best free AV around. Exceptional protection for a free product. My only reservation is its country of origin and allegations of collusion with the Russian government. If that doesn't bother you then fine.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 3 months ago biggerabalone

qihoo 360 is a crooked company and is implicated in illegal activity. it is communist software which is cloud based, so you send all your data to an unethical regime. gov agencies (military) are not allowed to use it. it was even caught cheating in antivirus testing. so it is not effective at protecting your computer, and you have no metrics to say it is effective. and by cheating, again it is unethical. do you want to trust it with your bitcoin or bank information? stay clear of it.
https://www.computerworld.com/article/2917384/malware-vulnerabilities/antivirus-test-labs-call-out-chinese-security-company-as-cheat.html

it exhibits malware like behavior. here is an article that documents it purposely making it's antivirus uninstallable. so you are stuck with it.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/china-slams-qihoo-for-unfair-competition/

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 months 1 week ago humpty

Qihoo 360 installed a toolbar and a shopping extension in my Chrome browser. Best avoid it. I'm using Windows 10.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

I'm not sure why everyone else should avoid this because you install stuff you haven't checked first.
This add-on is part of their suite and also available separately for anyone who wants it.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/360-internet-protection/glcime...

We even list an advisory about this in our own product details but I guess you didn't read that either. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 months 1 day ago NotSoSure

So, this is your idea of a review summary? On this page (techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.html), you list 5 programs, one with 5 stars, two with 4.5 stars, and two with 4 stars. I followed the link from the program with 5 stars (Read Full Review) because I was interested, and it took me to a page that repeated the same summary info on the product with a few more fruitless links and no more detailed info. How are your readers supposed to make informed decisions when links from "summaries" to more detail produce nothing?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 6 hours ago Priyaksen

I will try to install this, thank you for sharing sir.
https://convertedcurrency.com/

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 1 week ago Kaleem

I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post.

Kaspersky free antivirus delivers the ultimate security for computers and mobile devices. It protects your privacy, money, identity, photos, files and family against Internet threats, cybercrime and malware. So no aspect of your digital security is left to chance.

https://softexiacrack.com/

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Best Free Antivirus Software 4 days 19 hours ago phoneguy

I am running Window 7 on some of my machines. Obviously I only want to use free alternatives at this time since my main OSs are Windows 8.1 and Linux. I found that Defender is still updated on 7 but it is not an Antivirus solution. Antivirus is still needed. As of May of 2020 I found that Avast has added quite a few nag screens as well as making my 7 machine take an extra 3 to 4 minutes to boot up. I will update if I find an alternate program that is more friendly for Win 7.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 3 months ago Sastro Cendol

Perhaps I can give a little information about the deficiency of Dr.Web Light, there are:

- No options for scheduled scanning.
- Scanning time is took too long when u performing Full Scan (comparing other AV)

However, what's the actually definition of Android AV?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago billy22taxi

AV-TEST - The Independant, IT-Security Institute, has released Mobile Devices Android etc... Test Results

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/jan-2013/ TrustGo got top marks

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago IO.Hazard Many people suggested me to check TrustGo Mobile and I'm in the process of writing a review for it. As for the AV-Test Results themselves, they are a good reference but since the report didn't cover some of the apps included here, it cannot be used as the basis for our reviews. It simply would not be fair to mention just the AV-Tested apps while ignoring the unreviewed ones. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 2 months ago IO.Hazard Update about Avast! and AVG Anti-Virus free. If you're using Avast!, you may have noticed that the latest definitions have labeled some apps such as GMail and WhatsApp as malware. Although that can be avoided by simply whitelisting the flagged app(s), it's not the best thing to happen to a user (let's hope there weren't any false negatives). Avast! promised to launch a fixed definition update to solve that problem but you may need to apply it manually. Read more: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=118778.0 AVG seems to have a similar problem reporting "false positives" and the issue remains even after updating the definitions, so it may be a problem with the anti-malware engine itself. The review will be updated accordingly soon. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 1 month ago IO.Hazard Dear visitors, We will consider your comments and suggestions about new free apps (no trial / commercial products will be accepted) but we can't post a review for your suggested apps right away. As you may know there are tons of Security Apps out there and we simply cannot review them all. If you have suggested and app but you didn't see it added in the review even after a long time, it could be due to several reasons: 1. An app with a better performance already exists in the current review. 2. The app installs some kind of annoying adware (such as Airpush). 3. The app is a scam (a.k.a. a plain Fake App). Please don't let yourselves fall just for the rating an app has. Some fishy apps force users to give a 5 stars rating first in order to run the app, thus creating a misleading rating. Last but don't least, don't post a suggestion for the same app over and over again, otherwise we will flag it as Spam. Thank you! Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 1 month ago jimcarter1959

I switched from Lookout Mobile Security to TrustGo after Lookout failed to back up contacts on 2 different phones. In fact; at no point did Lookout EVER function for back up. Needless to say, TrustGo performs this task flawlessly!

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 1 month ago cyguyjg

If a perp steals your device and roots it, is TrustGo's Device Protection defeated?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 1 month ago Sastro Cendol

Maybe the downline from TrustGO is RAM consuming issue, especially at low-end or limied stock RAM phone. I can say that because it happened at me (my phone slowing down for a little). Bassically overall features is good and secure.
It's absolutely if more features needed more resources.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 1 month ago IO.Hazard If your phone gets lost of stolen, what happens next is up to the person who has it. In the worst case scenario, your phone could end up in the hands of unscrupulous people who know advanced "stuff", which would severely restrict the options you have to recover your phone. That means that neither TrustGo, avast!, Lookout or any of the other apps listed above could be used effectively no matter if the phone is rooted or not. If your device is running on Android 4.0 or up, I encourage you to use the system encryption (go to Settings > Security > Encrypt phone). It won't help you to recover your phone but at least it will keep all your personal data protected from thieves and snoopers. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 1 month ago IO.Hazard How much RAM does your phone have? I installed TrustGo on a wide range of devices including one with 384 MB of RAM. The phone struggled a bit to do the job (that's undeniable), but in the end it managed to run TrustGo decently. Anyway, you must know it is hard to ask TrustGo (or any other app for that matter) to keep low RAM usage values all the time, specially when you consider the power it packs. That is even more relevant when you consider that most of the security apps reviewed here are well above the 10 MB mark even when idle. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 3 weeks ago naren

Dear Reviewer,

You updated the reviews on 5 May 2013. I read Comodo Mobile Security review. I guess you reviewed old version 1.5. New version 2.0 released on 19 April 2013. The official site https://m.comodo.com/ shows old version but the download gives latest version 2. Google Play still shows 1.5 but Comodo Devs mentioned CMS on GP will be updated in few days.

What's new in version 2?

1. Network Firewall (root needed)
Automatically block unnecessary connections to the Internet
2. Privacy Advisor
Quickly find out which permissions are requested by your apps
3. Apk Manager
Manage your Android installation files

What's improved?

1. Improve Scheduled Task
Schedule tasks to run at specific dates and times
2. Enhance the protection performance
Refined AV Engine Scan Algorithm to improve the detection effectiveness

Version 2 received an update yesterday i.e 8 May 2013
Regards
Naren

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 3 weeks ago IO.Hazard Thanks for the heads up. Your feedback is much appreciated. Truth is I was not aware of Comodo's new 2.0 version because I download the apps only from the Play Store which, sadly, still shows the v1.5.269807.9 as the latest version updated on march-11th-2013. However, I confirmed the information you gave by downloading the official APK from the https://m.comodo.com/ page (v2.0.276884.16 with virus def. 88.0 - MD5: 02c85a2577acfc7262a975c7f872395d) and it is working fine. The main downside is that there are no notifications when a new version is available. You have to manually check for updates. Let's hope Comodo updates its Play Store page with the latest APK soon because this new version looks promising. I'll update the review with the new info as soon as I finish testing it. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 3 weeks ago naren

Few options, stuffs, etc........as per Devs will be there in the upcoming CMS upgrade very soon, like autoupdate/upgrade schedule, etc...

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 1 week ago IO.Hazard Comodo has updated the Play Store with Comodo Mobile Security & Antivirus Free 2.0 (Finally). Although the review has not been updated yet, the Quick Selection links have been updated with the latest info. The updated review will follow soon. Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 5 days ago Theziggy

Re Avast antivirus

I installed this and it said that my txt app - Handcent was not compatible. I use Handcent a lot more than I scan for viruses so until Avast plays nicely with Handcent I'll make do with a competitor

Theo

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 4 days ago IO.Hazard Avast!'s Anti-theft component appears to have problems with several messaging apps. I have personally experienced that issue with Go SMS, Pansi and other instant messaging apps since installed avast! for the first time. I thought the 2.0 version would fix some of these issues, but it didn't. I contacted avast! about this "incompatibility " issue some months ago, and they explained to me that installing third-party SMS apps won't cause any problem with your phone nor avast! themselves. The "only" issue with that, as they told me, is that any SMS command you send will appear in the third-party app, INCLUDING your PIN code (!), which would render the logic of the anti-theft protection completely useless. I decided to put that statement to the test while using Go SMS and it turned out to be true. My top-secret "1234" test PIN was shown along with my "lock" command. Anyway, if you really need to install one of the "incompatible" instant messaging apps for any reason AND you don't want to uninstall avast!, using the online anti-theft instead of the SMS-based tools is the only option I can think of. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 4 days ago Theziggy

Thanks IO.Hazard

That makes sense. Thanks for the info.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago EricCRZ

Can we have an updated review?

Looking at the latest AV-Test.org results dated 17 June 2013 - TrustGo scored just below the average with 95.4%. Whereas both Avast! & Comodo scored 99.8%.

I've recently been running Avast primarily for it's web based anti-theft but it does lag on my Android 2.3 so I'm weighing up the alternatives.

Love your reviews etc. Been a long time user of your site!

Cheers,

Eric

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy Choosing an antivirus for any platform solely on the basis of a set of test results is a dodgy game at best. The results you quote for instance are almost reversed for TrustGo and Avast! in the space of just a couple of months. Different tests will also give different results and the worst thing that anyone can do is to swap out one product for another on the basis of a test score. http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/mar-2013/ http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/may-2013/ The bottom line is that Windows and mobile devices are such an attractive proposition for scammers and malware writers in general that no one product is likely to offer greater protection than another within those that consistently score average or above. It is also important users appreciate that the best protection involves some cooperation from them regarding surfing and download habits and that security software cannot be relied upon for total protection. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago EricCRZ

That's a very valid point Midnight. I think I was getting caught up in the Test results chase. I've switched back and fourth lots of times recently and ended up coming back to Avast because of the constant updates and good support.

I'm sticking with it now and today's update seems to have fixed the lag I was experiencing ;)

It's easy to get caught up in detection rates but I'm realizing it's a lot more than that.

Thanks,

Eric

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 10 months ago naren

COMODO Mobile Security (CMS) 2.1 Released

New! Protection rules (allow/deny/ask) for Privacy Advisor entries.
New! Boot manager to manage auto-start apps
New! Encryption support in Private Space
New! x86 arch is supported. You can now enjoy CMS in VirtualBox or even your PC!
FIXED! CMS asks for virus database update repeatedly under certain circumstance.

[Moderator's note: Link to direct download of file removed. Not permitted as per site/forum rules.]

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago IO.Hazard Dear Gizmo's readers, I know it's been more than a month since the review was updated and I'm sure many of you are eager to read an updated review. Please be patient, as I'm updating every single reviewed app with its latest relevant info. I know there's a ton of reviews out there, as well as "expert lab rankings". Using them, however, would hurt the independent spirit of this site. Besides, "expert tests" do not provide any guarantee that those apps are as good as the test claims. If you don't believe it, well, here's an article you may find interesting. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/303860-can-you-trust-android-anti-ma... Have a nice day! view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago Riff

Hi I registered on this site specifically to get help on malicious apk downloads. I usually get unauthorised downloads from a particular news site. It usually downloads automatically but luckily on those occasions ive managed to delete it without clicking. Ive tried DrWeb, Lookout and APK Antivirus which is spose to stop the downloads itself. None worked.

My issue is that there does not seem to be any anti-virus app that successfully BLOCKS these downloads. No point flagging it after the download. Im using a Motorola Xoom tablet with 4.1.2 update. Could there be a prob with my tablet?? Anyone with the same prob?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago Anupam When you know that these malicious apk come from that news site, why don't you stop visiting that site. Or, if you have the app for that news site, get rid of it. You should try Avast Antivirus... as it has a web shield, which can block such downloads, if I am right. Also, do check in Settings, and turn off the setting for "Unknown sources", which if on, allows installation of apps from non-market sources. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago IO.Hazard Anupam, I'm afraid avast is no longer the great app it used to be... The guys at avast have apparently changed their mind about keeping avast as a freeware app, turning it into a freemium security app instead, which means you have to perform those infamous "in-app" purchases to keep the app and its key components updated and running correctly. avast has decided to follow a vainglorious path, telling its users "no more free goods for you guys". Luckily, there's a ton of good and free apps out there and there's always time for a change, right? Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago Anupam IO.Hazard, I have replied to this in the forum thread. I haven't come across these changes yet. So, some confirmation is needed, before you decide to take Avast out of the review, or give a low rating. It would really be sad if this was true. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Payment details for "premium" features are here, but I can't seem to find a list of what these are. Without some sort of comparison it's not that easy to decide how much like crippleware the free version now is. MC - Site Manager. https://blog.avast.com/2013/08/22/avast-mobile-premium-the-ultimate-in-m... view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago Anupam It indicates that the premium version has more features than free version, like backup, etc. If I understand correctly, the anti-theft feature is still available for the free version, but the premium version adds more features to it, like taking pics, and sound recording, in case of attempt to break into the mobile. So, free version still functions like before, and remains the same according to the article, which is what I have observed. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago IO.Hazard Anupam, I'm not planning to take avast out from the list as it is still a capable app. However, I think some apps have kept pace with the enhancements and are showing some impressive muscle while still being 100% free, which leaves avast in an awkward position. Another problem that occurs is that avast's new version has increased its size and RAM usage due to the numerous additions it packs, even though some of those additions cannot be used (nor enabled or disabled) unless you pay for them. Regarding the protection shields, I ran accross some problems: sometimes a malicious site/download was blocked effectively, while some others didn't. It could be a bug, I don't know for sure, but I think this haphazard hit-or-miss in the web-shield needs to be solved. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Really sad to see Avast going down this route. I agree that if there are free and commercial versions, a clear comparison should be there, with two different apps available, and commercial features should be kept away from the free version. It's really a shame how great products start to go down because of such practices. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago Anupam I have posted my thoughts about Avast in the forum thread, after I uninstalled and reinstalled Avast again. I see that you recently updated the review. Thanks for all your hard work, and thorough reviews. I might try TrustGo sometime. Its features look good to me, and it remains all free. Keep up the good work :). view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago Riff

Hmm funny that all my comments were taken out. Maybe admin guys could put this under a different thread and not use my post as heading? How do i delete my account from here??

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Which comments of yours were taken out? How many? You only posted another comment on 30th August, just below, and it's still there. Which other comments are you talking about? If you want to get your account deleted, either send a personal request to one of the moderators, or post in the forum. If you want specific help for your issue, please post in the forum, where it will be answered better, and will also be organized. The proper place for asking for help is the forum anyways. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 9 months ago braveangel

Hi. I want to affirm that avast has indeed go freemium. I have used the app since the very first day I acquired an android device. A short list of free and premium features is here:
- Anti virus and malware detection: free
- Privacy concerns: free detection but premium to view.(Used to be all free.)
- App lock: 2 free, premium for more.
- Backup: free for Contacts, SMS & Call logs; premium for photos, videos, music, (root only) apps & apps setting.
- App management: all free.
- SMS and Call Filter: all free.
- Anti-theft: all original functions are still free; new functions such as photograph the thief and record his voice are premium.
- (Root only) Firewall: all free.
- Network Meter: all free.

All in all, avast is still my go to free security app. The core antivirus functions are still free and lots of bundled features are also free. However, to be fair, the full installation of avast takes up ~23 MB of storage and its normal operation takes 22 MB of memory. It's a big app.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 6 months ago Spy

Have a look ;)

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/sep-2013/

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 5 months ago DaRK.STaR

As much as I loved trustgo, I don't like any of the apps it suggests in the hot apps section. Following your tips I read their permissions before installing them and they are not as transparent as they should. I perfomed a search about this issue I found a lot of people with the same concerns about the kind of apps trustgo suggests, so I uninstalled it. I installed Dr. Web instead and it said one of the apps I had installed from hot apps was leadbolt adware!!!

Whats the point of installing a security app when it suggests you to install dubious apps? Shouldn't it warn you against those instead? Please, reconsider your ratings about trustgo.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 5 months ago IO.Hazard Thanks for your feedback. I cannot confirm nor deny what you're saying since I never installed an app from TrustGo's 'Hot Apps' section. However, due to the nature of your claims I will give it a shot and will report back once I test that on my own. If any of your claims prove to be true, rest assured we'll make the necessary changes in the upcoming review. Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 5 months ago MidnightCowboy Looks possibly to be the same kind of setup as Avast! including Chrome and other Windows apps using wrapped installers which is now becoming the norm. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 5 months ago Anupam This is a case of advertising. The Hot Apps are shown as a list, when you click on App Manager within the app. It's misleading, yes. But, with the kind of intrusive advertising going on in the computer world, both on PC and in the phones, a user has to be careful on what he is clicking on. You can get a rogue software, when you click on an advertisement in your web browser. Many apps in smartphones show ads while the app is running. It's on the user not to click on dubious looking apps. Like, MxPlayer, one of the most popular and excellent video player app, shows dubious ads, like, "you have 3 virus infections, click here to clean them up". Therefore, it's up on us to be careful of what we tap or click on. Sadly, yes, it's all misleading, and is meant to deceive the users into clicking or tapping, and that's what happened here. I wouldn't ever click on such ads, or hot apps shown as ads. I would rather download from the official app store. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 5 months ago skittleys

(1) Where's MalwareBytes?! This list was updated December 12, almost 2 months after its long-awaited arrival in Google Play.
(2) You have done an excellent job highlighting apk scanning, privacy features, and various utilities. However, you touch very little on the biggest malware threat of all: those embedded in pdfs and other common files. Many of these apps do not offer real-time scanning of new non-apk downloads. And several—including your new favourite app, 360 Mobile Security—offer no file scanning capabilities at all. At the very least, this should be added to the "con" list. This is a much more critical feature of any antivirus app. While phone finding, RAM monitoring, and backups are wonderful, they are not a necessary component of an anti-malware solution, and there are many excellent free apps available that provide these services. I—amongst others, I imagine—would rather use an app that provides full anti-malware protection and no other features, as opposed to a security "suite" that provides many services but no protection against documents etc. Thankfully, there are quite a few apps that offer this protection, but this list is more or less ignoring this aspect.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 5 months ago IO.Hazard Even though the review shows as 'updated in dec 13th' truth is it wasn't. That's the date of a fix to the html code performed by a member of our site's staff, therefore there was no actual update to the review. In any case, we don't add apps as soon as they are launched as we don't like to get out list overcrowded. We are very careful when adding new apps to this list, and MalwareBytes is just about 3 months old now, with version 1.1 being the latest. I tried 1.0 version and it had a good ammount of issues which I hope were fixed in the 1.1 version. As you may see by reading one of the comments below, even TrustGo (an app we liked very much) is showing some security flaws now. However, you've made a point about 360's 'cons' (which is duly noted) but one of the main reasons we chose it as a top-pick is the one you mentioned: it offers protection against malware while excluding unwanted features. I you have concerns about file-embedded malware there are some apps that perform advanced file scanning such as Dr. Web and Sophos in case you want to test its capabilities. Lastly, we have to consider that not everyone has a device with >1GB of RAM, that's why checking the RAM usage is a critical point in our evaluation as (believe it or not) 512MB of RAM is still a common setup and any security app with real-time scanning which turns out to be a RAM hog would inevitably lead to performance issues. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 5 months ago IO.Hazard You're right MC. Some Android apps are using a similar scheme. The sad news here is that they're using 'Leadbolt' and 'Android Push' adware which are very annoying. Some variants will work even when your device is not connected to the internet and they show ads from dubious frameworks such as SendDroid, AppBucks and Kuguo. For users with Android 4.0.x and lower that's a huge concern, as you cannot tell which app is to blame unless you install a 3rd party app. Jelly Bean users (4.1 and up) however, can get rid of those apps easily, as the OS itself will point out the app which is causing the problems. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 5 months ago Pixiefrogw

Since 360 doesn't have anti theft and locating features, which anti theft /locating app do you suggest using in conjunction with 360?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 4 months ago IO.Hazard Google introduced and extension called "Android device manager" back in august. This extension was bundled with a PlayStore update which added this tool as a device manager and it lets you locate your Android device on a map, see when it was last located and when it was last used, as well as ring, lock and wipe the device. The best thing of this extension is that it automatically links your device to your existing Google account (the one you use for the PlayStore for instance) so there's no need to create a new account or register to a new service to manage your device remotely. However, if you didn't get this tool installed along with the PlayStore update back in august, you can install it from the PlayStore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm You can get more info about how this tool works in the official page: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3265955 I hope you found this information helpful. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 4 months ago EricCRZ

On this same product. What's the difference between 360 Mobile Security and 360 Mobile Safe? Both by the same company Mobile Safe appears to be free, the same scanning engine but lots of extra features like applock, private vault space etc. So are they one in the same as far as performance and detection and both free?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 4 months ago IO.Hazard 360 Mobile Security is an antimalware app with some extra basic tools. 360 Mobile Safe, on the other hand, is more like a "all-in-one" maintenance tool for Android. I tested it and it does what it promises in a good way. It is not a bad app, but if the only thing you're looking for is protection against malware, you'd better stick to 360 Mobile Security. I faced some problems when I tried to update Mobile Safe's malware definitions (the app tried to connect to the internet, but I received an "error" message instead) and its memory footprint while working in the background is about 15 MB, which is not that high, but it could be lower. 360 Mobile Security and 360 Mobile Safe coexist with each other with no problems, but I cannot make a statement about the latter's detection capabilities since I didn't perform an in-deep testing of 360 Mobile Safe; however, since it comes from the same company, I asume it must be the same (?). 360 Mobile Safe has a lot of potential and is still at an early stage (v1.0.0), so there's a lot of room for improvement but I wouldn't use it to replace 360 Mobile Security for the time being. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 4 months ago EricCRZ

Thanks very much for looking into this. I'll stick with 360 Mobile Security out of the two if I end up switching to one of those.

Thanks again!

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 4 months ago naren

There are 2 versions, 360 Mobile Security - Antivirus & 360 Mobile Safe - Antivirus + Anti-Theft.

Both are free. If you want Anti-Theft, try 360 Mobile Safe.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 4 months ago Paul777

Just tried TrustGo after reading this. It has decent resource monitors and RAM optimizer, but the anti-theft features are almost non-existent and everything else is way too basic. It did not have a 'photograph the thief' feature, even though my phone has 2 cameras. The SIM-change activation consists of a tick box, no options or mention of how it will send an alert. The 'find my phone' feature could only disable the phone, trigger an alarm or wipe it. It frequently could not find the phone, even with good signals. The browsing privacy and scan features just run with no explanation or options (scan = 1 button, privacy = 1 tick-box), but if the reviews are correct they are reliable. Just far too minimal for something so important and definitely not for me. Found Avast a bit of a resource hog, but it has a lot more to offer.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 4 months ago skan

What about kaspersky Lite?. It's free and supposed to be good.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 months ago kendall.a I have spent the last couple of days trying out 360 Mobile Safe. In short, I really like it! One thing, however, to keep in mind is that the anti-theft module does NOT work on a tablet. It requires a sim card. This product was ideally made for a phone, not a tablet. That's not to say that I didn't really like it on my tablet; because I did. It is the only AV that I've used on this tablet that did not drain my battery one iota. I charged my tablet overnight and then took it to work. After lunch I turned it on and it still said 100% battery. None of the previous AV's I have used have done that. Another feature I really liked was that it showed me all the downloaded apk files that I had installed previously but since had un-installed. I didn't realize that the apk files were still on my tablet. I deleted over a GB of old apk files that I no longer needed. The last feature I really liked is what I call a "boost" feature. It's essentially an icon on your screen that you can click and it will clear out your RAM (or close background applications). Lastly, if you know anything about wakelocks, Mobile Safe 360 did not have any wakelocks at all over 3 days. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 months ago Prof. Jewell

This is listed on "gf" but doesn't seem to be reviewed:

"VirusTotal *for Android* (492 KB) helps get your system and user apps in your device scanned by more than 40 antivirus vendors and flag any malicious apps. Tap a flagged app and you can view its detailed scan results from the vendors."

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-android-apps.htm?page=0,6#Page...

Is this likely to happen soon?

P.S. Listing ones reviewed, but not recommended, is very useful. Thanks,

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 months ago IO.Hazard Thanks for sharing your experiences regarding TrustGo. Truth is we re-evaluate the reviewed apps every once in a while to check its changelogs. If you read some of the comments below, you'll see TrustGo is facing some issues that cannot be ignored, therefore we will definetely consider all those flaws in the next update which should happen the next week. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 months ago IO.Hazard Thanks for your kind words about this review. About VirusTotal, well, it is a very useful app, but it only detects potentially "malicious" APKs and it doesn't scan other kinds of threats in real-time. Additionally, it needs and active internet connection to do its job. All in all, it may be added in future updates, but we will give priority to the more versatile apps since this category is facing constant changes as new apps arrive and the old ones are getting updated faster than expected. Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 months ago Larrychamp

360 Mobile Security PERMISSIONS requested that I allow it to send emails (to my contacts?) without my knowing. Doesn't that bother anyone else?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 months ago IO.Hazard Larrychamp, Thanks for posting your thoughts about 360. Truth is this permission is new and was added in v1.6.5 on February 23rd. However, in order to be precise, the permission does not say "send e-mails"; it says "send messages". Now, coming back to the core of the matter, that permission is indeed a highly sensitive one, so I wrote an email to the guys at Qihoo regarding that matter but I haven't got a reply yet. For the time being, I must advice against updating to the 1.6.5 version. Installing 360 Mobile Safe is not an option, as it requires the same *fishy* permission. At this point, my recommendation would be to install other apps such as Comodo, Avast! or Sophos, at least until we get a response from Qihoo. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 months ago ew

I was glad to see this comment because my own response to seeing the permissions currently requested by this app was identical -- am I the only one bothered by this?

Please read the current permissions. They also allow access to confidential information, and other alarming things.

I was going to install untilI read the permissions. I can't see giving them.

I am wondering whether agreeing to initial permissions when installing an app allows automatic assent to any additional permissions later added by the developer?

It is ironic that installing antivirus etc apps requires the high level of trust involved in giving blanket permissions to their developers. After reading the permissions requested by 360mobile,, I searched "is Qihoo really legitimate?". Though I take the results of quick internet searches with a grain of salt, the results were not reassurring.

I'd appreciate seeing comments from someone at Gizmos, thanks.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 months ago ew

Please see my own comment in response to Larrychamp; I probably should have posted it here. Thanks.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 2 months ago naren

Just for the info,
Anti-Theft is now added in 360 Security.
Now I am confused with the company coz 2 softwares 360 Security & 360 Mobile Safe both have same features??

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 2 months ago IO.Hazard You're definitely right. 360 mobile security and 360 mobile safe are almost identical. It is an odd move by Qihoo as it creates confusion amongst users. 360 software is moving in a strange direction and is raising some concerns regarding privacy, which is not good at all. Perhaps it is time for a serious update to the review. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 2 months ago IO.Hazard Hi, Let me clear some things up: There is no such thing as a permission that allows automatic assent to any additional permissions that could be added later by the developers; that is a big lie. The PlayStore always shows the permissions list every time you attempt to install a new app. If you are updating an app and it has added new permissions, the PlayStore will show a "NEW" tag next to them, so you can know what they are for. If you don't like the new permissions, you can keep the old version and cancel the update or uninstall the app altogether. As for your search for 360 Mobile security, I found no harmful information and I saw that is recommended by a bunch of well-known sites. However, it is true that 360's apps should be more transparent and they could add a description of the permissions and what are they needed for, sadly they don't, so we are left alone trying to guess why are they needed and what exactly these permissions do. I had to write this long answer because the information you wrote about the permissions is not accurate. We don't want to confuse our readers nor provide them with misleading statements. If you have any additional questions or comments about this, please feel free to visit our forum. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 2 months ago EricCRZ

Qihoo have recently done an update an in the What's New notes have provided a link to fully explain each of the permissions people have concerns over: http://goo.gl/3a2mCd I'm currently using Sophos but may end up switching to 360 eventually.

P.S. Also, I was looking at CM Security by KS Mobile https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cleanmaster.security which seems a very intriguing AV which also does well in the independant Av-Test.org results. Another one from China which has been around for awhile though it lacks anti-theft it's claims sound promising.

P.P.S. Has anyone else noticed the lack in web/facebook and twitter updates for Trustgo though they did update the app recently? Looks like everything's been left since the middle of last year but all still works and still performs well in the test results.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 2 months ago avtar

Installed 360 Mobile Security as it was recommended here but noticed it needed permissions that made me feel uncomfortable eg reading my emails and sending emails/texts but installed anyway as it had been recommended by Gizmo. Came back and read all these comments and decided to uninstall it whereupon my browser (Chrome) would only return results from ?baidoo in Chinese! Had to do a factory reset to fix it.

Downloaded TrustGo but this seemed to have similar permissions? Which security app can run without these sorts of permissions?

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago IO.Hazard Hi, As you can see, the review has finally been updated. It took more time than expected, but Android apps are in constant change. A pair of new apps has been added, other apps were updated with relevant info about their latest changes, while others are gone for good. Additionally, I would like to thank the readers for their useful comments, which provided important info and helped me a lot when writing the review. I hope this updated review proves useful and you enjoy reading it. Regards. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Good job - thanks for the update. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago IO.Hazard Interesting info EricCRZ. Thanks for sharing it with us. I think you'll be glad to see the changes that were made to the review. Sadly for 360, there was too much oppostion to it because of its origins and its late response to our requirements about the premissions usage. As far as I know, KS Mobile is headquartered in San Francisco, so its apps can be considered as "Made in the U.S.A.", not Chinese. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago IO.Hazard It was my pleasure, MC. Let's hope our readers like it as you do. :D view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago EricCRZ

Many thanks for the updated review! Something I always look forward to reading.

I downloaded and running CM Security which I find is a great product. I use it in combination with Mr. Number for blocking Calls and texts and AppLock to protect uninstallation, Settings and PlayStore and seems to all be working seamlessly. CM Security will be having an anti-theft which simply integrates with your Android Device Manager. It's currently in beta.

On a similar note. Comodo Mobile security since version 3.4.5 released 02nd March does act as Device Administrator and there were a large number of fixes to the Optimizer (Cache cleaner/task killer). CMS's built-in App Locker under the Private Space now allows you to lock CMS itself along with settings/playstore and any other app you choose. I'd use it myself but my phone has a very low resolution and therefore not fully compatible but I downloaded via the forum download and can confirm all the features work though it's not scanning my full SD Card on my device only scanning SDcard0 and not the External Card.

I did try Malwarebytes and may come back to it when it develops further.

Thanks again for reviewing these products!

E

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago Spy

Well, 360 security do include anti-theft option. And according to AV-test in March 2014 the 360 security's protection is given full rating.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago danbest82

For me, CM security uses a lot of RAM all the time(runs 2 processes) and quite a bit of CPU when receiving SMS (what I noticed anyway). Unfortunately my phone isn't super high end and can't afford extra use of resources. Just figured I'd let people know so they are prepared. If others have better luck, let me know.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago IO.Hazard If you've read the intro, you should have noticed we don't consider the anti-theft as 'a must', and we explained why. We never said 360 was a bad app. Its only problem is it includes too many permissions, even for a security app. Its installation size has grown too, as it includes more features than previous versions, which is not bad, but could be too much for users who only want anti-malware protection. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago IO.Hazard The only time CM Security opens a second process is while downloading definitions updates. The rest of the time it only uses a single process, even with the 'safe browsing' option enabled. Have you installed another anti-malware app besides CMS? That could create some conflicts and cause your RAM usage to increase a lot. You don't need a high end phone to run CMS. I've seen it running on 'old' phones with Android 4.0.4 and 512MB of RAM. However, if you are using JellyBean 4.1 or up, things can be totally different as the OS consumes a lot of RAM itself, leaving too little for third party apps. JellyBean needs a device with 768MB of RAM at least to run decently, according to Google. Sadly, many manufacturers make devices with 512MB of RAM with JellyBean installed on them. That's their a way to create 'low-budget' phones which, in the end, won't perform as good as you would like to. **MAY 9th UPDATE** CM's latest version has confirmed our previous concern. Its RAM usage has increased more than twice, and enabling the bundled Anti-theft only makes it worse. Will the next update fix that? We sincerely hope so. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago rickybobby

Spy probably meant the newest version of 360MS now includes an anti-theft component. I read the intro and the explanation about the anti-theft seems logical.

Nonetheless, removing 360MS from the top was a surprise to me, as it worked like charm for me. I read the comments below as well as some posts in the forum that attack the app with no reason, basing their comments on problems some users had with old DESKTOP versions of 360. I read the permissions and they look legit for me, especially when you consider the things 360MS can do.

The size of this app has increased, that's true, but I keep using it and has protected me from various kinds of malware since I installed it based on your initial suggestion. I know creating lists like this demand time and effort, and I thank you for that, but next time try following your knowledge and expertise instead of listening to trolls or people who like to bash products they don't like. CMSecurity looks good and I will give it a try, eventually, maybe when I get tired of my current security app.

Anyway, you deserve cheers for a job well done. Thank you.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 month ago stevej

trustgo was able to detect 2 ad ware apps that CM Did not.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 weeks ago disownedlady66

So far,so good,just join and still checking this site out..

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 3 weeks ago rickybobby

I had that issue with TrustGO months ago. The weird thing is no other app detected the same, even after a scan with VirusTotal. However, VirusTotal did detect a pair of ad-ware based apps that TrustGo had no idea of :P.

I decided to test CM and it was fine until the last update. Guess what? The memory footprint has skyrocketed! I'm talking about 80 MB of RAM. What gives? I disabled the anti theft and it went down to 45 MB, but I found it too high anyway, so I uninstalled it.

Companies think all of us have phones with 2GB or more of RAM. I'm not buying that scheme. I can live far better by installing other free apps that are not so demanding.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 2 weeks ago IO.Hazard Thanks for pointing that up. I noticed that increase in CM's RAM usage too. Not good. I will wait to see if this is a just a temporary thing (bug?) or a definitive major change. Anyway, I don't see any advantage in using the included anti-theft as it increases the RAM usage levels and does not provide any major benefit than Google's device locator. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 2 weeks ago IO.Hazard Hi, CM security was updated yesterday to v1.3.1. The app itself is still good, but the RAM usage levels have skyrocketed as some users below reported weeks ago. We were hoping a new version to confirm if that increase was due to a bug or something similar, sadly that's not the case. In normal mode (one single process on the background) the RAM levels were within the 38 to 45 MB range. Add about 10 MB to that while updating (2nd process) but if you enable the Anti-theft the picture gets worse... 70 to 90 MB of RAM! I never used an app with such a high demand for RAM. Not good at all. I'm looking for alternatives for the next review, as CM Security cannot be considered a top app nor user-friendly with those high RAM requirements. I just opened a new thread in our forum regarding this issue. Feel free to post your comments and thoughts about this. Your feedback would help a lot. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 2 weeks ago IO.Hazard Many thanks for your early warning. I know it's been almost a month since you post and my response, but I had hoped the developers would fix that high demand for RAM in future versions. Please, refer to my latest post for specific info about the RAM requirements as well as potential alternatives for the next review in our forum. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 1 week ago saurabh singh

It is good

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 5 years 11 months ago Spy

Without any offense, its clearly written above in the article as: "... Even though it lacks things such as an Anti-theft or a Firewall, 360's design and features compensate that loss...."

I guess you should read it well ;)

I tested it, its firewall works, as well as its anti-theft.

I just said it does not lack anti-theft.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 5 years 11 months ago camguy

just downloaded and installed CM Security ver 1.5.0.1586 this morning. It is using 9MB with one process and one service in normal standby mode.When scanning peaked at 42mb, but dropped back to 9MB when scan finished.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 5 years 10 months ago rickybobby

Despite all the effort made to write this article, Android's security engineer seems to think otherwise calling antivirus apps 'pointless'.

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/and...

I don't claim the present review is pointless, I'm just sharing something an official android chief at google just said.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 5 years 9 months ago GT3337

May I ask what you think the problematic/intrusive permissions are with 360 Security?
To me the permissions 360 security ask for are pretty similar to that of CM Security, your current top pick.

Thanks.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 5 years 5 months ago Naveen D

Please update this post

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 5 years 5 months ago Naveen D

360 Security version 3.x has anti-theft capabilities

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 4 years 11 months ago naren

Comodo Mobile Security free version 3 released.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.comodo.cisme.antivirus&hl=en

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