Review Bitdefender Antivirus Free for Android - The Best AV for Android

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  1. Spawn

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    #1 Spawn, Dec 8, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016
    Name of Software/Product:
    Bitdefender Antivirus Free for Android
    Advantages:
    - 100% Free to Download and Use without limitations
    - No Registration or Login required
    - Autopilot automatically set to Always On to scan for new and updated apps from Google Play Store
    - Real-time scanning of updating apps with notification to user
    - Automatic scan of storage upon a device restart including SD card
    - Completely Cloud-based for minimal storage usage and best-to-date detection (Bitdefender Cloud)
    - Minuscule battery usage
    - Updated GUI since mid-2017
    Disadvantages:
    - No offline scanning
    Bottom Line:
    - It's a 100% free solution for Android phones and tablets.
    - Highly recognized in the Antivirus industry and scores in the top 5 for AV protection on Windows, Mac and Mobile.
    - Full cloud-based antivirus for Android devices.
    Protection:
    5 / 5 ✪
    Usability:
    5 / 5 ✪
    User Interface:
    5 / 5 ✪
    CPU/RAM/Storage:
    Low Usage
    Performance:
    Low Impact
    Overall Rating:
    Outstanding - 5 / 5 ✪
    Protection - Top of its game Antivirus provided by Bitdefender for Android. Outstanding protection against malicious apps downloaded from Google Play Store, or bypassed Google Bouncer's security vetting process.

    Usability - Zero configuration makes it very easy to use, with a single tap to scan. The rest of the functions are automatically controlled by Autopilot mode.

    User Interface - Could do with an update to match theme with existing Bitdefender range, otherwise existing UI is satisfactory.
    - Bitdefender updated GUI added mid-2017.

    Storage - Low storage usage at 15MB upon installation. No background definition updates as it's all Cloud-based.

    Performance - Low impact, runs silently in the background with real-time protection for new and existing updated apps. No drain on battery life.

    Overall - There's absolutely no reason not to use Bitdefender Antivirus Free for Android. It does exactly what it says and all without leaving features you won't otherwise use.

    Advisory: If you download/install Apps outside the Google Play Store, then I recommend an Antivirus with more features such as Web Protection against dangerous websites and scanning of Downloads folder.

    About Review: It's solely based on my opinion about why it's the best Antivirus for Android under the Free category. Other features seen in paid-for applications may provide priority customer support and assistance. However, Google have implemented strong protection measures for all Android users with Anti-Theft (Google Settings) and Malware Protection under Google Chrome for Android (Download warnings).
     
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  2. geminis3

    geminis3 Level 2

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    Nice review ;)
     
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  3. tim one

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    Bitdefender Free is a pure, antivirus, one of the best, without any unnecessary features, but focused on malware protection.
     
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  4. In2an3_PpG

    In2an3_PpG Level 10

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    Thanks for the review!! :)
     
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  5. Anker_by

    Anker_by Level 4

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    Very well explained, ;)
     
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  6. Pat MacKnife

    Pat MacKnife Level 4

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    So this free version has also a top detection rate, like their paid Mobile security 3.2 ?!
     
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  7. tim one

    tim one Level 18
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    Bitdefender Free uses the same engine and cloud technology of paid Mobile Security so I guess It gets the same score.

    Bitdefender Antivirus Free for Android
     
  8. Spawn

    Spawn Administrator
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    I don't see why Bitdefender should use lesser protection for their Free Antivirus, so I am with you on this one. Bitdefender Mobile Security has a few extra features, whether you use them or not.
     
  9. Pat MacKnife

    Pat MacKnife Level 4

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    Auto updated to version 3.2.188
     
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  10. Fonda Bellamy

    Fonda Bellamy Level 1

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    Great review. Thanks for it.
     
  11. ahity

    ahity Level 1

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    now im using bitdefender trial and login with trial subscription, if free version still have same source so after my trial end i can use free bitdefender for mobile
     
  12. Chigwells

    Chigwells Level 2

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    Wow, great review, you might just have me converted!
     
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