Some of the Google Play Store’s Android apps were so inefficient that they were detected as malware.
The tests revealed that two-thirds of the Android antivirus applications that appear in the Google Play store do not protect the devices.
Researchers at the Austrian AV-Comparatives antivirus testing company analyzed 250 applications claiming to offer enhanced security for Android smartphones and tablets.
Their results revealed that less than a third of them had managed to detect even 30% of the malicious applications launched in 2018, while 80 of the tested applications did not meet the most basic requirements of the company in terms of cybersecurity.
“Some of the Android security products in our test have blocked so few if any, malware samples in some cases, so they can not reasonably be described as anti-malware applications,” says one report on the results obtained.
The tests showed that some Google Play store apps were so inefficient that they detected themselves as malware.
Cybersecurity experts have consistently warned of the dangers of applications claiming to offer protection. Lucas Stefan, a malware researcher for Android, recently highlighted a large number of fraudulent apps with nearly a million downloads.
Despite the poor performance of most apps tested in the latest study, the researchers said that most of the 250 Android apps had a review score of four or more in the Google Play store.
The researchers advised Android users who wanted to install an effective antivirus app for their device, to ask them to pay attention to comments and downloads on Google Play.
“It is clear that the use of user ratings is not effective because the vast majority of users will only rate their ratings based on the user’s experience without knowing whether the app provides effective protection. falsified by the developers “they wrote.
“In the same way, the number of downloads can only be a very rough guide, a successful anti-fraud application can be downloaded several times before being discovered as a scam.
“For this reason, we recommend using only known, verified and reputable vendor applications.”
Applications that have worked well in testing include well-established brands such as Avast, AVG, F-Secure, Skyscraper, and McAfee.