An organization specialized in testing antivirus products
concluded in a report published this week that roughly two-thirds
of all Android antivirus apps are a sham and don’t work as
The report, published by Austrian antivirus testing outfit
AV-Comparatives, was the result of a grueling testing process that
took place in January this year and during which the
organization’s staff looked at 250 Android antivirus apps
available on the official Google Play Store.
How many do-nothing “antivirus” apps are in the iOS (and Mac) App Store though? Seriously — search for “antivirus” in the iOS App Store and look at the results. All sorts of “cleaners” and “security” apps that are placebos at best, and who knows what (especially if they offer VPNs) at worst. Some of them actually claim to be “antivirus” — especially on the Mac App Store. How would that actually work given App Store sandboxing rules?