AV-TEST has inspected 41 different virus scanners for Android with regard to their detection performance. According to the report, about half of these scanners are not yet suitable for use as reliable products and identify less than 65% of the 618 types of malware tested. The mobile versions of well-known desktop products were mostly evaluated as good or very good.
The best products in AV-Test's report (with detection rates of 90% and higher) come from the following top 10 companies, in alphabetic order: Avast, Dr. Web, F-Secure, Ikarus, Kaspersky, Lookout, McAfee, MYAndroid Protection/MYMobile Security, NQ Mobile/NetQin as well as Zoner. "When using these products you don't have to worry about your malware protection," AV-Test said.
Products with a detection rate between 90% and 65% are still very good and could move to the top range depending on changes to the tested malware set. Some of these products just miss one or two malware families, which might be not prevalent in certain environments. The following 13 products, in alphabetic order, fall in this category: AegisLab, AVG Mobilation, Bitdefender, BullGuard, Comodo, ESET, Norton/Symantec, QuickHeal, Super Security, Total Defense, Trend Micro, Vipre/GFI as well as Webroot.
BluePoint, G Data and Kinetoo are in the third range (40 - 65%). "These vendors may still not have a sufficient infrastructure to collect a broad range of malware or they focus on a local market. They provide reliable malware protection against a few families, but have trouble with some others. It can be expected that these products will improve once they broaden their sample acquiring," the research found.
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You can find the detailed test report here.