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Two thirds of Android antivirus apps don’t work


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Two thirds of antivirus applications for Android do not work properly.

AV-Comparatives tested 250 antivirus apps for Google’s platform and just 80 passed their basic standard. Their basic standard is that the app should detect more than 30% of malicious apps from 2018 and had zero false positives.

But according to the researchers, some of the apps failed to do that and even flagged themselves.

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AV-Comparatives found that most of the apps are just using app whitelists or blacklists and aren’t scanning codes.

Most apps that passed their test were from well-known security brands like AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee and Symantec. The ones that didn’t pass were more often than not made by amateurs, cookie-cutter apps or apps from companies that aren’t focused on security, noted Engadget.

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