Austrian security company IKARUS have made a solid security app here. IKARUS scans your device for any current issues, showing a real-time list of what’s being checked and any infections found. See also Top ten Android apps.

IKARUS automatically updated its virus definitions as we were reviewing it, though for the first 24 hours it indicated there were no udpdates since those offered when AV-Test trialled the app in February. Visit all Security Software review.

Exploi.Lotoor was rather an Achilles heel for this otherwise strong app, with Gonca and Geinimi also finding small chinks in its protective shield. The top six contenders averaged protection rates of at least 90 percent overall, so fourth-placed IKARUS is a solid choice. See also: Group test: what's the best Android antivirus?

It doesn't have many frills. The interface is clear and straightforward, with customisation options limited to how frequently it looks for updates and whether updates should be sought when data roaming is being used. Presumably this is to avoid nasty shocks relating to roaming charges.

Updates are set to manual by default - we’d recommend changing this to weekly, if not more frequently, just to avoid complacency about having a security app installed.

The scan that starts when you fire up IKARUS in the first place is actually an app-only scan, so you’ll need to run a full scan of your device as soon as possible, particularly if you've copied anything to your device from an external media card (as we had) or have one currently inserted. The process took just over two minutes to scan 1599 found items, so is seemingly not as comprehensive as Dr Web. Our full-scan test with 2GB SD card in place took 3 min 20 sec but still only logged 1599 files scanned.


  • Requires Android: 2.2 and up
  • Size: 3.6MB
  • Requires Android: 2.2 and up
  • Size: 3.6MB


A no-frills security scanner that offers impressive malware-protection credentials, IKARUS LITE focuses on this and this alone. Add a separate backup and remote wipe app to fully protect your device.

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