PCMag has long relied on test results from AV-Test.org
and others to help identify the best PC antivirus products, especially
dynamic whole-product tests. A report released today extends AV-Test's
reach into the Android antivirus market, with over 40 products tested.
The report opens with a review on the state of Android malware. The
Android Market holds over 450,000 apps now, compared to fewer than
100,000 in July of 2012. The rate of new malware threats is rising, and
the overall count of threats is rising steeply. Per AV-Test's chart
there are nearly 12,000 distinct threats. There have also been reports
of Download-Trojans that download and activate malicious code after
installation, thereby avoiding detection by Google's Bouncer.
Android antivirus testing is a new field, so the report doesn't
attempt to identify a single winner. It doesn't even spell out the exact
detection percentage for each product. Rather, it groups the products
into five protection ranges and advises choosing a product from one of
the top ranges that also includes any other security features you desire
such as locating a lost phone or remote lock and wipe.