Smartphones and tablets are becoming more and more influential in our lives today. Besides communication purposes, we use them to perform sensitive daily tasks like internet banking and shopping online.

At the same time, the security of mobile devices has also emerged a greater concern as they can be more easily targeted to spread malware files than computers and laptops.

In order to make sure that your mobile device is secure, you need to install an antivirus app can clean up viruses, Trojans, malicious links and other kinds of malware.

There are dozens of antivirus apps for Android devices out there but here we will take a look at the five best. These antivirus tools not only offer topnotch malware detection and prevention, but also bring up a number of privacy and anti-theft features.

  1. Avast Mobile Security

Avast Mobile Security is one of the most trusted free antivirus app for Android smartphones and tablets. The app keeps your device secure against phishing attacks from email, phone calls, SMS messages and infected websites.

The app has been downloaded over 100 times on the Google Play Store and has solid 4.5 user rating on the platform.

In the past, Avast Mobile Security app was completely free with ads but now the users can upgrade to premium version for the $1.99 a month or $7.99 a year.

The premium version brings with it some exciting new features such as a call blocker and firewall.

Another exciting premium feature is ‘in-app locking’, which allows you to set a PIN for opening certain apps. This feature blocks malware from launching apps automatically.

  1. Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Bitdefender is another powerful antivirus program trusted by thousands of users across the world.

The app is pretty much plug-and-play, which means you can start scanning your Android smartphone or tablet for viruses as soon as you install it on your device and there is no need for any additional configuration.

The program also automatically scans any new apps you download on your device.

  1. AVL

Antiy AVL is another well-known antivirus app that won AV-TEST AWARD FOR BEST PROTECTION for Android devices in 2013.

Its features are not only limited to the antivirus database but also a scanner that can detect any kind of executable file trying to break into your device.

Another highlight feature of the app is a call blocker, which prevents malicious numbers from contacting you. Thanks to its anti-phishing capability, the app also prevents harmful websites from loading on your Android smartphone or tablet.

  1. McAfee Security & Power Booster Free

McAfee Security & Power Booster free is another well-known antivirus software for computers and Android devices.

Besides antivirus scanning capabilities, the app can not only track a lost device but also lock and wipe it remotely.

The feature that differentiates McAfee from other antivirus apps is its capability to take the picture of the thief in case the device is stolen.

The app is also capable of tracking the apps leaking sensitive information and locking ones doing so.  It also allows you to block unwanted calls and SMS.

  1. Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

Another powerful antivirus app is Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus that blocks dangerous apps, website and web links on your device.

The free versions of the app brings features like background check, antivirus protection, app lock, anti-theft, anti-phishing, Find my Phone, call-blocker and web filter.

By upgrading to the premium version, you can use voice control to run a scan for viruses, malware, spyware, activate the ‘Find my phone’ function and get updates about your device’s protection status