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Apr
avast

Thanks to its amazing anti-theft features – which are powered by what used to be Theft Aware – avast! has long been one of our favorite mobile security apps. That's not to say its malware prevention abilities aren't also a highlight of the application, because they are – in fact, it's an all around good package. And thanks to a new update that hit the Play Store just a bit ago, it's just got better.

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The update doesn't bring anything major – it's really about fine-tuning what features are already in place. You'll find a simplified Anti-Theft set up process afterwards, as well as a new AT UI. Aside from that, it also packs better uninstall protection, an activity log, and the option to scan folders among others:

What's in this version:

• Simplified Anti-Theft setup
• New Anti-Theft user interface
• Improved uninstall protection of apps
• File Shield (also scans downloads)
• Full activity log
• Option to disable sending SMS to avast! Account
• Folder scanning
• Vietnamese localization

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The update is live now in the Play Store, so if you haven't already pulled it down, hit the widget to grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • RichA

    To make it great, they need to re-add photo taking for anti-theft.

  • Ray

    Love this app. So many great features and light on the battery.

  • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

    So painfull update process. I hade to reinstall antitheft twice. Somehow it updated twice. And the update means many restarts, enable disable admin, enable disable antitheft etc.

  • adi19956

    (This might be a long shot) is anyone else on a rooted N4 finding the reset protection on this is preventing 4.2.2 upgrade?

    • Paul_Werner

      I use the reset protection and it didn't prevent my 4.2.2 upgrade on my N4

  • philnolan3d

    I'm happy with Lookout and Cerberus, don't see the need for more.

  • http://shanked.me/ Shank

    Not the best user experience when I go to uninstall an unrelated app and get prompted for a PIN. I guess it's okay.

  • ignitionnight

    Adding anti-theft to mine and my wife's N4s, how does it compare to Prey?

  • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

    BTW.

    What's the real benefit of such apps (calling itself - Antivirus) on Android devices?

    Except the AV non related features (like Anti Theft, some privacy related features, app management, SMS filter, "firewall").

    • TY

      For the AV part, I turned off "Scanning apps on running" and just leave "Scanning apps when installing" on. All scheduled scans turned off. Barely affects performance at all (only when installing apps!), but makes me feel more comfortable when sideloading apps, browsing websites, receiving messages etc.

  • sachin goral

    Best Anti-theft app on play store. Guys go to MYdotAVASTdotCOM and try the anti-theft commands. It just works so fast and effectively that you'll never think of another anti-theft app. And all that for freee :-)

  • Chuck Falzone

    Maybe add some backup capability: texts, call history, maybe photos and contacts for folks who don't back them up some other way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anirudra.das Anirudra Das

    avast may simplyfy the firewall so that non rooted phones may also use that and start a new anti theft feature which can work without sim card or wifi so that we can still track the stolen phone

  • http://www.facebook.com/nkofahl Nathan Kofahl

    i would like more ways to control remote wipe

  • Guest

    I'd like to see some automatic cloud backup before memory wiping with the anti-theft features. Also maybe holo ui, but that could just be my personal preference.

  • Nadeeka Munasinghe

    i want to see automatic GPS turn on feature in non-rooted devices too.