The damning study for antiviruses on Android

The damning study for antiviruses on Android

The famous independent antivirus testing laboratory AV-Comparatives has just noted in a study that a large majority of antiviruses for Android would be completely useless.

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Having become the favored target of hackers just behind Windows, Android constitutes a huge market for publishers of antivirus solutions. Las, one of the most reputable independent antivirus testing organizations on the planet, AV-Comparatives, has just published a scary study. This relates in fact that out of 250 Android security apps available on the Google Play Store, only 80 are able to detect more than 30% of malware without generating false positives. In total, only 23 of them succeeded in blocking all the malware samples used during the tests. To conduct this study last January, experts from the Austrian laboratory explain that they used 2 samples of the most common malware, as well as 000 healthy programs capable of generating false alerts. The tests were carried out on Samsung Galaxy S100 terminals running Android 9 and Nexus 8.0 running Android 5.

The safe values

The study shows - if it is necessary - that it is better to choose carefully an antivirus for Android. AV-Comparatives has thus drawn up a list of publishers capable of detecting 100% of malware, including mainly the big names in the antivirus market, such as Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, F-Secure, G-Data , Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec or Trend Micro. Publishers Malwarebytes and Lookout, who both enjoy an excellent reputation for their security solutions for Android, narrowly miss their place in the honor roll with respective detection scores which still stand at 99,4, 99,6 and XNUMX%.

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