Tencent WeSecure for Android review, manual and guides

by Linas Kiguolis - -

Tencent WeSecure for Android[1] is developed by a Chinese multinational company Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Ltd also known as Tencent Holding Limited.

Tencent WeSecure for Android review

The company was founded in 1998 and today is the world’s biggest investment corporation. It also specializes in various digital products and services, entertainment, artificial intelligence, and technology.

When it comes to Android applications, there is a range of apps available at the official Google Play store developed by Tencent Technology. The apps vary from gaming, social networking, music, payment systems, security and more and are offered in both the Chinese and global markets.[2]

Tencent WeSecure for Android is a free application available on the official Google Play store and on the official webpage at WeSecure.qq.com.

The app focuses on three categories:

  1. Antivirus – protects Android devices against viruses,
  2. Booster – increases the device’s performance,
  3. Privacy – protects private information stored on the smartphone.

At the official webpage, it is said that Tencent WeSecure has over 300 million users. However, the information is a bit different at the Google Play, where is said that the application has only more than 50,000 installs. It is worth to mention, that Tencent WeSecure has a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5.[3]

Tencent WeSecure requires Android 4.2 or later versions.

Test results

We tested the software for about a week using our test device Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F 64GB. We checked five categories of the application, including antivirus protection, additional features, system-performance impact, scanning performance, and user interface.

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Antivirus protection

Tencent WeSecure for Android, similar to other applications, applies traditional malware detection techniques and cloud-based servers. We had some infected files and apps in our test device and the application found most of them just after the first scan. However, it missed 2 malicious files out of 15.

Tencent WeSecure also protects users while browsing the Internet. As we tried to visit malicious and dangerous websites, the application has successfully detected and blocked them all.

In order to provide a critical evaluation of the app, we also checked how it performed at the test conducted by the independent German-based testing lab AV-TEST. According to the latest test results July 2018, the AntiMalware application has demonstrated almost excellent rates, as it detected 99.7% of the latest Android malware in real-time and 100% of the latest known Android malware. The testing lab used over 6000 malware samples. In addition, Tencent WeSecure did not deliver any false positives.[4]

As you can see the application has very decent detection rates.

Additional features

Tencent WeSecure focuses on the device’s security, performance, and privacy features.

  • Antivirus protection protects users against various cyber threats and malware. It also protects users while browsing the Internet.
  • Optimization features and phone booster cleans junk files and can speed up the device by an average of 40%.
  • Privacy features include protection of sensitive applications and photos.
  • The application also includes Call Blocker and Backup.

As you can see, Tencent WeSecure lacks some features, such as Anti-Theft features, Message Filter, Parental Control or VPN Service.

System-performance impact

Tencent WeSecure is a very lightweight software and does not take up much space. In addition, it has minimal impact on system performances. As we tested the application, we did not notice any lags or interrupts.

According to AV-TEST, the app does not impact the battery life and does not slow does the device during normal usage. The testing lab also mentioned that the app does not generate too much traffic.

Scanning performance

When it comes to scanning performance, scans are smooth and quick. The application offers users a full scan which took us approximately 40 seconds to complete. The scans are accurate and informative with a minimal impact on system performances.

Customer support

Most of the security applications for Android offers users an informative and helpful support page. However, when it comes to Tencent WeSecure, its’ webpage is relatively empty and does not have much to offer. If you want to get support, you will have to contact the support team via e-mail.

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User interface

Tencent WeSecure does not differ from most of the apps and offers simple and easy to understand interface. As it do not include many features, the interface is simple and clear. All the features can be accessed via couple clicks easily, including scan and a fix of detected malicious apps.

The interface looks bright and colorful.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Advanced
Security and Privacy features Security, antivirus, and optimization features
Scanning performance Accurate and quick
System-performance hit Minimal
User interface Simple

The final verdict

Tencent WeSecure is a reliable security application for those who want to protect their security and privacy, and boost the device’s performance. The application focuses on these three layers, but do not provide any additional features, such as Anti-Theft or Message filter. What we really liked about the app, is that it does not slow down the device and offers quick and accurate scans.

About the author

Linas Kiguolis
Linas Kiguolis - Senior IT developer

Linas Kiguolis is a senior IT developer and news editor at Reviewedbypro.com. He has a major in Applied Computer Science because IT has been his passion for a very long time even before he went to college.

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