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Android antivirus [AV-Test; 2013]


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Тест антивирусов для Android. Проведенный независимой лаборатории AV-Test.
Test anti-virus for Android. Conducted by an independent laboratory AV-Test.

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  1. 1. This document may be copied free of charge but the source must be stated and the AV-TESTGmbH logo must be displayed.|1Protection Apps for Android – Feb. 2013AV-TEST Examines 22 Antivirus Appsfor Android Smartphones and TabletsMillions of Androidsmartphones are currentlyaccessing the Internetwithout any protection. Theexperts at the company AV-TEST couldn’t believe theirears when they heard thisinformation. After all, asthe latest AV-TESTexamination of antivirusapps for Android shows,there are plenty of efficientprotection apps available.Markus SelingerAt present, over 15 million smartphones inGermany use Android as an operating system.This number does not even include theadditional millions of Android tablets that arecurrently in use. Surveys have shown that everyAndroid device uses at least 20 other apps.Despite this fact, not one of the top 20 mostpopular smartphone apps is an antivirus app,which is completely incomprehensible giventhat Android users can choose from a largeselection of protection apps, some of which areeven free. In January 2013, the AV-TEST testlaboratory examined 22 antivirus apps that arecurrently available for Android. All but one ofthese test candidates were able to achieveexcellent results.The good news is that 21 of the 22 antivirusapps tested were so good that they successfullypassed the AV-TEST certification procedure forJanuary 2013. Only the app from GFI failed thetest and was therefore not awarded acertificate.The maximum number of points available in thetest was 13. The antivirus app from TrustGoMobile Security was the only app that was ableto achieve this maximum score. Nevertheless,the next four apps in the overall ranking alsoFor more information, please visitwww.av-test.orgYou can always find the latest informationconcerning the test and any possibleupdates online on the AV-TEST GmbHwebsite.You can also directly submit any enquiriesyou may have about the tests on the AV-TEST website.
  2. 2. This document may be copied free of charge but the source must be stated and the AV-TESTGmbH logo must be displayed.2LookoutAntivirus &Security:This free appachieved secondplace in theranking based onthe apps’ overalltotals.TrustGo MobileSecurity: ThisAndroid securityapp achieved 13points, the maxi-mum number ofpoints availablein the test.scored impressive points totals of between 11.5and 12.5.The Test CategoriesEach of the apps was tested in the laboratoryon an Android 4.1.2 system. The final scoreswere based on the apps’ results in the followingthree test categories:Protection: The protective effect of the appswas tested according to their ability to detectthe AV-TEST reference set of nearly 1000 piecesof malware using Android. Maximum number ofpoints available: 6Usability: The tests examined the user-friendliness of the protection apps by analysingtheir correct ‘friend or foe’ identification ofother Android apps (false positives), as well astheir load on the system and the resulting strainon the device battery. Maximum number ofpoints available: 6Additional security functions: The appsreceived an additional point when they alsooffered other security-related functionsalongside their virus scanners. Maximumnumber of points available: 1A Samsung Galaxy Nexus was used as a testplatform for all of the apps in order to providean equal analysis of their load on the devicesystem.The Test ResultsThe individual results of the tests carried out onthe antivirus apps can be interpreted in anumber of different ways. The apps can, forexample, be ranked according to their overallpoints totals, meaning that the following appsachieved the top positions: TrustGo, Lookout,Symantec and Trend Micro. These fourproducts achieved 12 to 13 of the maximumpossible total of 13 points.The middle of the table contains products thatachieved points totals of between 10.5 and11.5, namely the apps from Antiy, Bitdefender,Dr.Web, Sophos, Avast, Comodo, ESET, NQMobile, Webroot, AhnLab, Quick Heal andTencent.Six products were unable to achieve more than10 points but still managed to qualify forcertification with points totals of 8.5 to 9.5,namely the apps from G Data, Ikarus,Kaspersky, F-Secure and Qihoo.
  3. 3. This document may be copied free of charge but the source must be stated and the AV-TESTGmbH logo must be displayed.3Only the security app from GFI missed out oncertification by achieving an insufficient total of8 points. This app was only able to achieve onepoint in the test category of Protection.ProtectionWhen the test results are analysed according tothe apps’ scores in the category of Protection,an extremely positive development can beidentified in comparison with the test carriedout on antivirus apps in 2012. In the 2012 test,only 10 apps (of the 41 apps tested) were ableto achieve a detection rate of over 90%, whileas many as 18 antivirus apps reached thisthreshold in the year’s test. Only four of the 22apps tested in 2013 achieved a detection rateof under 90 percent and only the GFI appdetected just 71 percent of the malware tested.In comparison, a huge total of 31 apps wereonly able to achieve detection rates of less than70 percent in 2012. A large number of the appstested last year even only detected between 0and 40 percent of the malware tested and weretherefore better classified as ballast forsmartphone memories than active tools againstmalware.The ranking of the apps according to theirprotective effect is very similar to the rankingbased on their overall results in all testcategories. The best apps in the test category ofProtection were those from Antiy, Bitdefenderand TrustGo, all of which boasted a detectionrate of 100 percent. The top ten protectionapps for Android achieved detection rates ofbetween 97 percent and, in the case of theapps specified above, 100 percent.Given that smartphones and tablets do notexactly boast endless processor performancecapabilities, AV-Test also examined the securityapps’ load on the Android system. If the strainput on the system is too high, this immediatelyleads to increased battery consumption.Antiy Antivirus: Thissecurity app achieved fifthplace in the overall ranking.Bitdefender Mobile Security:This app was able to detect100% of the malware tested.Norton Mobile Security:This app produced solid resultsin all of the test categories.Performance Problems, BatteryDrainers or False Alarms?
  4. 4. This document may be copied free of charge but the source must be stated and the AV-TESTGmbH logo must be displayed.4Results of the Test on Antivirus Apps for AndroidThe Best Protection Apps for Android According to Their Overall Points TotalsThe best Android security app comes from the manufacturer TrustGo, followed by the apps fromLookout and Symantec. TrustGo achieved the maximum number of points available, namely 13, andalso boasted the best malware detection result.Manufacturer Product Protection Usability AdditionalFunctionsOverallPoints Total1 TrustGo Mobile Security 6.0 6.0 1.0 13.02 Lookout Antivirus & Security 5.5 6.0 1.0 12.53 Symantec Mobile Security 5.0 6.0 1.0 12.03 Trend Micro Mobile Security 5.0 6.0 1.0 12.04 Antiy AVL 6.0 5.5 0.0 11.54 Bitdefender Mobile Security 5.5 5.0 1.0 11.54 Dr.Web Antivirus 4.5 6.0 1.0 11.54 Sophos Mobile Security 4.5 6.0 1.0 11.55 Avast Mobile Security 5.0 5.0 1.0 11.05 Comodo Mobile Security 4.5 5.5 1.0 11.05 ESET Mobile Security 4.0 6.0 1.0 11.05 NQ Mobile Mobile Security 4.5 5.5 1.0 11.05 Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile 4.0 6.0 1.0 11.06 AhnLab V3 Mobile 3.5 6.0 1.0 10.57 Quick Heal Total Security 3.0 6.0 1.0 10.07 Tencent QQSecurity 5.0 4.0 1.0 10.08 G Data MobileSecurity 3.0 5.5 1.0 9.58 Ikarus 2.5 6.0 1.0 9.59 Kaspersky Mobile Security 4.0 4.0 1.0 9.010 F-Secure Mobile Security 3.5 4.0 1.0 8.510 Qihoo 360 Mobile Safe 2.5 5.0 1.0 8.511 GFI Mobile Security 1.0 6.0 1.0 8.0Please note: Apps with the same points totals are listed in alphabetical order.In the test, the apps from Tencent and F-Securewere constantly in action and thereforepermanently used up valuable battery power,albeit not a huge amount. The apps from Qihooand Avast behaved in a similar manner butwere more battery friendly. Although theantivirus apps from Lookout, ESET, Kaspersky,McAfee and Webroot always responded in asomewhat unsettled manner, they barelycaused any measurable load on the CPU.The other security apps only increased the loadon the LPU when in direct use and otherwiseremained quiet in the background, at leastwhere their CPU load was concerned.Despite these mixed results in terms of batteryconsumption and load on the system, all of theantivirus apps performed extremely well whenit came to identifying other safe apps. Theywere able to classify the apps installed on thedevice as safe without blocking them in allcases other than a few unimportant individualexceptions.More Functions – More SecurityA large number of security apps for Android not
  5. 5. This document may be copied free of charge but the source must be stated and the AV-TESTGmbH logo must be displayed.5Results of the Test on Antivirus Apps for AndroidThe Detection Rates of the Protection AppsIn the first test run on antivirus apps for Android in 2013, theapps’ detection rates were much better than those recordedback in spring 2012. 18 of the apps that underwent the latesttest achieved detection rates of over 90 percent. The bestantivirus apps in this category were those from Antiy,Bitdefender and TrustGo, all of which boasted a detection rateof 100 percent.Manufacturer Product Detection Rate1 Antiy AVL 100%1 Bitdefender Mobile Security 100%1 TrustGo Mobile Security 100%2 Lookout Antivirus & Security 99%3 Avast Mobile Security 98%3 Symantec Mobile Security 98%4 Comodo Mobile Security 97%4 Dr.Web Antivirus 97%4 NQ Mobile Mobile Security 97%4 Tencent QQSecurity 97%4 Trend Micro Mobile Security 97%5 Kaspersky Mobile Security 96%5 Sophos Mobile Security 96%5 Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile 96%6 ESET Mobile Security 95%7 AhnLab V3 Mobile 94%7 F-Secure Mobile Security 94%8 Quick Heal Total Security 93%9 G Data MobileSecurity 89%10 Ikarus 87%11 Qihoo 360 Mobile Safe 84%12 GFI Mobile Security 71%only offer users a malware scanner but also anumber of other security-related functions.Users often consider the anti-theft feature tobe the most important of these additionalfunctions. They can use this feature to remotelyblock and locate their device and even tocompletely delete their personal data wherenecessary. All of the apps tested offered thisfunction with the exception of the app fromAntiy.Other available functions include the option ofblocking unwanted calls or text messages, amessage filter, secure browsing and a childsafety feature, as well as backup and encryptionfeatures that involve slightly more time andeffort. A lot of apps offer different mixtures ofthe functions mentioned above. None of theapps tested, however, offered all of theseadditional functions at once.Free Apps or Apps Available toPurchase?All of the apps that underwentthe test are at least available asfree trials, for example as 14-daytest versions with no limitations.A large number of other securityapps are even completely free orfree to a certain extent. Thesecond-placed app from Lookout,for example, offers a freeprotection function and givesusers the option of purchasingother special functions for anadditional charge. A lot of appproviders offer security appsalong these lines.One of the most astonishingoutcomes of the test is the factthat the first-placed product fromTrustGo is completely free forhome users. It does, however,only offer a few additionalfunctions alongside the protectivefunction that worked so well inthe test. This Android app is fullyavailable in both German andEnglish.Whether the apps are availablefree of charge or at a price playedno role in the overall ranking ofthe latest AV-TEST test.
  6. 6. This document may be copied free of charge but the source must be stated and the AV-TESTGmbH logo must be displayed.6The Amount of Malware isRapidly IncreasingAlthough many users could simply laugh off theamount of malware that was causing a threat in2010, this is no longer a laughing matter. At theend of 2011, the AV-TEST GmbH malwaredatabase already recorded a total of over 8000pieces of malware. Just one month later, inJanuary 2012, this number had increased to ahuge total of over 21,000 Android attackers.Now, in January 2013, the amount of malwarethreatening Android systems has increased ninetimes over to a total of over 185,000!This development clearly shows that criminalsconsider the Android system to be a new sourceof income. At present, the most popular way forthese criminals to spread their malware is byoffering infected apps. Although the GooglePlay app store is constantly examined, infectedapps are still making their way onto mobiledevices time and time again.The second option used by malware criminals isto avoid Google Play and instead offer apps thatare available directly from a website. The factthat it is very easy to transfer files and databetween PCs and mobile devices means thatthe infected apps end up on users’smartphones. The perfidious thing about thisapproach is the fact that even a Windowssystem with an Internet security suite is unableto detect the Trojan installed in the appbecause it is ultimately not malware forWindows.The malware only becomes active once it hasbeen installed in an Android system. If a userhas installed a certified antivirus app, this willbe able to intercept the malware but in the caseof most Android users, who have not installed aprotection app, the malware is free to run riot.Magdeburg, Germany, 29thFebruary 2013Author: Markus SelingerYou can find background material concerningthe test online at: contact the team at AV-TEST GmbH ifyou have any questions.E-mail: presse@av-test.deTel.: +49 (0)391 6075460Website: www.av-test.orgThe amount of malware threatening Android systems is continuing to rapidly increase. Incomparison with the total of 100,000 new pieces of malware recorded in 2012 on the whole,an additional 50,000 new attackers have already been identified in January 2013 alone.