Super Security sounds worryingly like one of those ransomware programs that catch out Windows users, offering to fix your PC having identified some issues with its settings. Thankfully, AV-Test assures us this app is not a drive-by trojan download. In its independent tests it posted nine 90 percent and above scores. But it had a total blind spot when it came to the Opfake Opera browser add-on Trojan. Visit all Security Software reviews.
This, plus a couple of other duff scores, meant Super Security blocked not much more than 60 percent of AV-Test’s malware in total – a poor showing. See also: Group test: what's the best Android antivirus?
We didn’t like Super Security’s alarmist reporting of what it found on our Android phone after its first scan. Malware and High Risk items were given top billing, though it later transpired these could simply be live wallpapers or apps that can access your contacts list to tell you who’s calling.
Three of the high risk items were, of course, other security apps, while the Met Office app was called out for using location tools to tell us the weather forecast. Our main heightened risk – allowing app installation from outside Google’s shop – was hidden at the bottom of the screen.
An apparently useful ‘Strongbox’ feature proved less so when SS insisted on scanning our SD card with no option to decline. Password, PIN and remote lock are all included in this app too, as is a task manager that force quits system hogs.
Super Security isn’t without merit but with a few too many holes and scary messages, we’re disinclined to use it.