Independent testing: 170 out of 250 antiviruses for Android turned out to be garbage

The independent Austrian organization AV-Comparatives has tested antivirus applications for Android. Products

famous brands proved to be the most effective.


Testing was conducted in January 2019 onAndroid 8.0 ("Oreo") and Android 6.01 ("Marshmallow") smartphones. Employees of the organization opened the Chrome browser and downloaded a malicious apk-file. If the application was detected by the antivirus and blocked, the test was considered passed. For each program allocated a separate device.

It turned out that out of 250 antiviruses passed the testonly 80. The reasons for the failure were different: the applications could turn out to be an advertising dummy, more often they used only the “black” and “white” lists, without checking the code of the downloaded apk on their own. In rare cases, antiviruses tried to block themselves or had too many false positives. Among the junk programs are those who are in the top 100 of the Google Play Store.

Products of well-known brands passed successful testing: AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec, ESET, AhnLab, Avast, Avira, Dr.Web and Tencent.

Source: AV-Comparatives

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