The virus scanners are just one part of the puzzle when it comes to protecting your phone. It’s equally important to take a look at other features, such as blocking texts and calls parental controls, anti-theft protection. You’ll need to pick an antivirus that does not put stress on your device and doesn’t consume lots of power.

Bitdefender is a good choice as it has great protection features that have been proven by independent lab tests and our own in-house testing. It comes with a range of other security features, including camera traps that capture the picture of anyone who tries to access your phone. Its free version has pretty adequate security and the subscription pricing is fairly low.

AVG is another option with a great detection rate and a raft of features that make it a top pick in our tests. It’s a well-known name in the antivirus space and it scored top scores in both our hands-on and lab tests for Android malware protection. It also has a strong anti-theft feature that allows you to locate, remotely lock and wipe your phone in case of theft.

Quick Heal is a different popular application that runs on the Avast antivirus engine (Avast acquired AVG back in 2016). It’s a comprehensive security bundle that includes try this virus scanning as well as ad blocking. It also includes garbage removal as well as a RAM boost and a junk remover. It also comes with a password manager, WiFi scanner, dark web monitoring and anti-ransomware tools.