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

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

well-known brands turned out to be the most effective.


Testing was carried out in January 2019year on smartphones running Android 8.0 (“Oreo”) and Android 6.01 (“Marshmallow”). 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. A separate device was allocated for each program.

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 advertising dummies; more often they used only the system of “black” and “white” lists, without independently checking the code of the downloaded apk. In rare cases, antiviruses tried to block themselves or had too many false positives. Among the junk programs there are also those that are in the top 100 of the Google Play Store.

Products from well-known brands were successfully tested: AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec, ESET, AhnLab, Avast, Avira, Dr.Web and Tencent.

Source: AV-Comparatives

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