Bitdefender's Antivirus Free is the lean and free sibling of the company's top-rated Mobile Security & Antivirus app and is designed to keep malware off your Android phone.
Scans automatically or manually: The lightweight Bitdefender app automatically scans new and updated apps as you download them from a store. If Bitdefender detects something suspicious, it gives you the option of uninstalling or keeping the app. You can also initiate a scan at any time by tapping the Start Scan button and choose whether to have Bitdefender check just your installed apps or everything on your phone.
The light version uses the same scan engine as the paid version.
Top marks on malware detection and usability: The security and antivirus testing firm AV-Test awarded Bitdefender's Antivirus Free app top marks on malware detection and system performance.
Malware scanning for free: It's free. And it keeps an eye out for malware. But if you are looking for broad-spectrum protection, an annual subscription to the Bitdefender's Mobile Security & Antivirus app is $14.95.
It's not full service: If you want a larger collection of security and privacy tools, get a subscription to the full app, which includes privacy and anti-theft tools.
No customization: You can't schedule scans or control if the app checks your SD card.
Like its full-featured sibling, Bitdefender's Antivirus Free is among the best Android antivirus apps, doing a reliable job of scanning for malware without a lot of fuss.