Mobile phones, especially those with Internet connections, are just as susceptible to viruses as desktop and laptop computers, so getting free mobile antivirus software can help users keep their phones safe. If free mobile antivirus software is the goal, then the user should check for and confirm a price — or the lack thereof — because some programs are free for life while others are just free trials. When a virus infects a mobile phone, it enters as a file or attaches to a file, so the program should be able to scan documents for viruses. Most viruses will come in through the Internet, and an antivirus program that will block and warn users of harmful websites may be useful. Unlike desktops and laptops, where program integration is usually not an issue, the user may find it difficult to get a mobile antivirus program for his or her particular phone.
There are many free programs online, including free mobile antivirus software. The problem is that many of these programs are only free for a limited time, such as a week or a month. To ensure that the desired antivirus program truly is free, the user should check the program’s website for information on the program's free trials and any time limits.
After a virus gets into the mobile phone, it will either attach to an existing document or manifest as a new document. Regardless of what the virus does when it enters the phone, free mobile antivirus software should come with a document scanner. This will reveal any files that are infected or potentially infected. The scan should be performed both manually and automatically; manual scanning allows the user to scan whenever he or she wants, and automatic scanning will ensure the phone is scanned regularly.
Most viruses infect a mobile device via the Internet, so the best free mobile antivirus software should come with an Internet blocker. This will display a message whenever the user wants to enter a potentially harmful website, telling the user that a virus may get into the computer. Some websites may be fine, but this will still inform the user of potentially harmful activities.
Many different mobile operating systems (OSs) exist, so it may be difficult for the user to find the right free mobile antivirus software. Before choosing an antivirus system, he or she should check the program’s compatibility with the phone. Programs that are not compatible with the mobile OS will not work.