Installing an antivirus on Android is exactly the same as not installing it

Confirmed: installing an antivirus on Android is exactly the same as not doing it

Every year there are 1 or 2 ‘viruses’ important for mobile phones, it is even said that 2019 will be the year of malware thanks to the increase and the proliferation of fake apps with malicious code , backdoors, banking Trojans and the boom of cryptomining malware . Currently there are several free antivirus for Android phones , but it has been confirmed that installing them is exactly the same as not doing it.

A report from AV-Comparatives shows that the company has tested 250 antivirus applications for Android, Google’s platform, and that they have discovered that only 80% of them approved the basic standards of the site . That is, more than 30% of the malicious apps of 2018 were detected and had zero false alarms, although some applications fell short.

To carry out the study, the tests were conducted in January 2019 and the researchers used a Samsung Galaxy S9 with Android 8.9 Oreo and a Nexus 5 with Android 6.01 . The mechanics was to check the effectiveness of the 250 applications against the 2,000 most common malware threats for Android during 2018.

Only 23 apps detected 100% of the threats

2019 will be the year of the malware according to the latest report of the well-known McAfee antivirus

During the study it is also reflected that the applications overlooked antivirus known as AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee and Symantec, which usually catch everything . In addition, it is reflected that antimalware apps from 32 suppliers have been removed from Play Store in the last two months since the test was conducted.

Of all the antivirus, only 80 detected more than 30% of the malware, and of those, 23 detected 100% of the threats . Researchers advise users not to get carried away by the users’ qualifications , since most of them offer a rating based on their experience, without knowing if that app offers effective protection.

The study also recommends users to use antivirus from well-known, verified and reputable suppliers . An investigation that illustrates the challenge faced by Google and other store operators when it comes to selecting applications.