Study: Two-thirds of antivirus applications on Android do not work



The Google Play store has thousands of antivirus applications, and although many of them carry annoying advertisements or overburden the memory of the device, a scientific study confirms today that most of them do not work properly and some are classified as viruses!.

Av-comparatives has conducted a study on 250 anti-virus applications from Google Play and only 80 (less than a third) have managed to bypass the company’s basic testing standards.

One of the basic criteria for testing was that the application could detect more than 30% of the malware last year and did not give any false and erroneous warning. The misfortune is that some of those applications refer to themselves during scanning as viruses or malicious software.

When you look at the mechanism for working with these applications, it turns out that some of them do not scan files and search for malicious software, but only use black and white lists and compare with them, some of which can pass malicious software disguised under the name of known and famous programs such as Facebook Instagram.

Applications that work efficiently are provided by established companies in the field of security and protection such as Kaspersky, McAfee and AVG, and here is the recommendation that says that if you need an application for protection from viruses, it is better to download one from a company specializing in security and protection, not those that are programmed by amateurs and programmers or new security companies.

The following is a list of applications that have passed the study tests:

AegisLab Antivirus Premium
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

AhnLab V3 Mobile Security
Max Dev Labs Antivirus

Alibaba Alibaba Master
Media Master MD Antivirus

Antivirus Apps Studio Antivirus
MicroWorld eScan Mobile Security

Antiy AVL
MY-DATA Mobile Security

Apex Apps Mobile Security
MYMobile Security Warrior

APUS Group APUS Security
NQ Mobile Security

Avast Mobile Security
NSHC Droid-X 4U

AVG AntiVirus
ONE App Virus Cleaner

AVIRA Antivirus
Panda Free Antivirus and VPN

Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
Phone Clean Apps Virus Cleaner

Brainiacs Apps Antivirus System
Power Tools Apps Antivirus

BSafe Labs Antivirus
Privacy Lab Antivirus & Mobile Security

BullGuard Mobile Security and Antivirus
PSafe dfndr security

CAP Lab Phone Cleaner
Qihoo 360 Mobile Security

Check Point ZoneAlarm Mobile Security
Quick Heal Antivirus & Mobile Security

Chili Security Android Security
REVE Antivirus Mobile Security

Clean Boost+ Studio Phone Cleaner
Securion OnAV

Comodo Mobile Security
Samsung Device Maintenance

Dr.Web Security Space
Smooth Apps Studio Super Antivirus

DU APPS STUDIO Speed Booster & Cleaner
Sophos Mobile Security

Emsisoft Mobile Security
Super Cleaner Studio Super Antivirus

ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus
Supermobilesafe Super Security

ESTsoft Dr.Capsule Antivirus
STOPzilla Mobile Security

Fotoable Antivirus & cleaner
Super Security Studio Antivirus

F-Secure Internet Security & Mobile Antivirus
Symantec Norton Security

G DATA Internet Security
TAPI Security Labs Antivirus & Virus Cleaner

GizmoSmart Antivirus
Tencent WeSecure

Google Play Protect
TG Soft VirIT Mobile Security

Hawk App Super Cleaner
ThreatTrack VIPRE Mobile Security

Hi Security Virus Cleaner
Total Defense Mobile Security

Hyper Speed Antivirus
Trend Micro Mobile Security & Antivirus

IKARUS Mobile Security
TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security

IntelliAV Anti-Virus
Trustlook Antivirus & Mobile Security

IObit AMC Security
Trustwave Mobile Security

Kaspersky Lab Mobile Antivirus
WatchdogDevelopment Mobile Security

K7Computing Mobile Security
We Make It Appen Antivirus

Lookout Security & Antivirus
Webroot Mobile Security & Antivirus

McAfee Mobile Security
Zemana Antivirus & Security

MalwareFox Anti-Malware
ZONER AntiVirus


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