Shocking! More than half Android antivirus apps are fake

Shocking! More than half of Android's antivirus apps are fake

If you are looking for an antivirus program for your Android device, make sure the application you choose comes from a reputable security company.

Indeed, it is very likely that the free antivirus that you are considering for the moment is nothing more than a false application.

That's why we believe it's a real possibility.


Two-thirds of the antivirus apps on the Play Store are fraud.

Antivirus applications are the first line of security for smartphones. They protect devices against malicious links and applications and ensure that everything is completely separate from third parties.

However, in a recent analysis, the Austrian AV-Comparatives antivirus company discovered that more than two-thirds of the anti-malware programs on the Google Play Store were a sham.

They tested about 250 applications and found that only 80 of them provided adequate protection.

Remaining applications did not meet basic test standards

During the test, the company submitted each application, installed on a separate device, to approximately 2,000 malicious programs in 2018.

The basic standard for passing the test was to detect and eliminate at least 30% of these programs, but unfortunately most programs have failed in this department.

They did not index the malware strains and only used a whitelist / blacklist approach to process the applications.

In addition, they did not scan the application code

Instead of scanning the application code, failed antivirus applications scanned the package name to determine if the program was clean.

Therefore, if the package name of an application matches the name of the anti-virus whitelist (the name that starts with "com.instagram"), the software marks them as being blind and safe.

As a result, many antivirus applications have even been reported as a threat.

The whitelist strategy can be easily avoided

The AV-Comparatives report noted that most applications that failed the test followed a similar pattern.

They seemed more interesting to run ads than to detect threats and even had a fairly similar interface.

According to the researchers, most applications "seem to have been developed by amateur programmers or by software companies that are not focused on the security sector."

Which applications have passed the test?

We know that the results of AV-Comparatives make it difficult to find a reliable antivirus application, but you should know that all of the most important antivirus products from leading security companies have passed the test.

This means that security products for smartphones from companies such as Kaspersky, AVG, McAfee, QuickHeal and Symantec are always safe to use, although you may have to pay for them.

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