Two thirds of Android antimalware apps are ineffective or unreliable

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Choosing an effective Android antimalware app is a shot in the dark for many users and they may end up in more danger of malicious apps, not less.

In fact, as the results of AV-Comparatives’ latest test of Android antimalware apps has shown, only 80 of the 250 security apps tested detected over 30 percent of malicious apps and had no false positives, and only 50 achieved detection rates from 90 to 100 percent.

The test results

Independent testing organization AV-Comparatives tested 250 antimalware apps found on the Google Play Store against the 2,000 most common Android malware threats of 2018 and 100 clean, popular apps.

To ensure the most accurate possible results, the testing was performed on physical Android devices rather than an emulator, and any malware samples not detected in an on-demand scan were installed and run, so that the security programs have another opportunity to prove their protective capabilities.

But, as it turns out, over two thirds of the tested apps failed to reach a block rate of even 30% or had a relatively high false alarm rate.


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