Being an open platform, Android has its share of malware, spam and even fake apps. Most users do not realize this, but a good Antivirus software is essential have if you install a lot of apps or download files from the web on your Android device.
One of the best antivirus apps for Android is the free AVG Antivirus. It scans your Android apps, files & media in real time for viruses, malware and spyware.
You can also set the app to auto scan at a fixed schedule and enable protection from suspicious websites.
The app can be set to scan incoming SMS text messages to identify spam. In the Performance section, you can optimize various settings including battery, data usage, storage and apps.
To use the built-in Anti-Theft functionality, a free account has to be created at the AVG website. You can then locate and control your device using the AVG website or via SMS. There is also a call and SMS blocker built-in using which you can filter incoming calls and messages. It even scans any app that is installed to check with malware.
While in use, the app consumes around 45 MB of memory – great for use on Android devices that are low on memory. The app is ad supported though the pro version of AVG removes advertisements and includes additional security settings such as app backup, app lock, and option to take photos of anyone who fails 3 times to enter your device password.