Antivirus software may be something you are familiar with on Windows computers, but your Android smartphone is just as much an attack target for viruses as any other device. Malware isn’t just a nuisance that slows down your device and displaying annoying ads. It can also steal your identity or bank information. Google Play offers a number of protection filters, but you’ll still require an antivirus to protect your Android phone from hackers and keep them from stealing your information.

Avira Mobile Security has been rated as one of the top antiviruses for free for Android smartphones. It also scored high in tests conducted by labs, both for malware detection and removal. It offers a wide range of features including a malware scanner as well as WiFi network scanners. junk cleaning, data breach alerts, and a photo vault. You can get premium protection either as a separate product or as a part of Avira’s Web Security Suites, which are backed up by a money-back guarantee of 30 days.

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers another free option for Android phones. Its malware scanner was highly rated in both lab and hands-on tests, comes with a rootkit detection feature and a built-in VPN to ensure secure browsing. It also allows you to manage app permissions, block ads and navigate safely on public networks. You can only get free on-demand scanning, not real-time protection.

Sophos Intercept X, an IT leader and client of numerous businesses and government agencies around the globe is a solid choice for those who are looking for complete privacy control on their devices. Its malware scanner scored very well in hands-on and lab tests, as did its link checking, privacy tips and QR code scanning. It also comes with a few additional options, like scanning for two-factor authentication and a password generator.