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Popular Antivirus Solutions evaluated in AV-Comparatives’ Mobile Security Report 2023

The independent antivirus security testing lab releases the results of malware protection and battery consumption of popular security products for Smartphones.

AV-Comparatives’ latest Mobile Security Report 2023 is now available. 9 security products for Android have been thoroughly tested and reviewed.

Independent security testing lab AV-Comparatives has published the report of its 2023 investigation into antivirus apps for the Android mobile platform. The Austrian institute comprehensivly evaluated nine popular security apps to assess their malware protection, battery life, and theft prevention capabilities.

Third-party products made by Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, Kaspersky, Securion and Trend Micro were all scrutinised, along with Google’s built-in security measures in the Android platform. The most recent version of Googles mobile operating system, Android 13, was utilised for the purpose of the evaluation. It is looked at how well the tested products work on the latest version of Android. 

More than 2700 recent malicious applications for the Android operating system were used in the malware protection test. The results clearly demonstrated the advantages of employing an independent antivirus software to safeguard mobile devices from malicious Android software. A false-positives test with 500 legitimate apps was also run to ensure that the products tested don’t protect at the expense of high rates of false alarms. 

Anti-theft functionality allows a user whose smartphone has been lost or stolen to e.g. locate it, lock it, and wipe private data. Anti-theft features in the tested products were tested for reliable operation. 

A past criticism of mobile security programs is that they cause a significant drain on the device’s battery. AV-Comparatives addressed this issue by running a battery-drain test. They evaluated the effect each product has on battery life during everyday phone usage (making calls, surfing the Internet, watching videos and sending emails).

As well as the results of the tests, the report includes general security advice and information for users of Android devices. The security measures incorporated into Android 13 are considered, along with the effect these have on third-party security apps. Security tips for Android users are also provided.

The complete report of the 2023 Android Mobile Security Test is available for free download on AV-Comparatives’ website at Since 2004, AV-Comparatives has been a trusted authority in publicly testing computer security software. The institute holds ISO 9001:2015 certification for “Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software” and is also certified by EICAR as a “Trusted IT-Security Testing Lab.”