MalWareBytes Anti-Malware isn't the do-it-all app you're used to on your desktop, but it is certainly effective. It sacrifices some of the powerful features you'd use less often for ease of use and speed. That makes it a lot easier for new users to understand while still maintaining the power to fully protect your phone or tablet.
This app offers protection from viruses, as well as privacy concerns and theft. Our first scan took about a minute and a half, which is great for a full scan. Doing a privacy scan took a matter of seconds, found every app that connected to our accounts, and advised us on a course of action to protect our privacy. The app automatically corrects any virus problems it finds, but it lets you take care of deleting or modifying dangerous apps. MalwareBytes is more proactive as you install apps, but its real strength comes from its automatic scan scheduling. These scans can be programmed to happen at any time of the day and can work in the background so they don't disrupt your regular usage. While the app lets you see how your phone is utilizing your memory, it doesn't let you close out running apps and doesn't offer a task killer. The app's menu is ridiculously basic, which makes it a little boring to use after awhile.
While this name is usually considered a tech-savvy brand, the mobile version has made things a lot easier to use. This is a blessing and makes MalwareBytes a great app for most users. While the gearheads may want more to optimize their phone's performance, average users will be more than pleased with all this app can do.
Malwarebytes Security: Virus Cleaner, Anti-Malware.
Block scams and protect your privacy. Our powerful app scans for viruses and malware, and aggressively detects ransomware, PUPs, and phishing scams. Malwarebytes for Android also blocks calls from scammers (the Chromebook version does not).
Your Malwarebytes for Android or Malwarebytes for Chromebook free download comes with a 30-day trial of the Premium version. When the 30-day trial is ended, Malwarebytes will only detect and clean, but not prevent, infections. It's ad-free, forever.
Note: Malwarebytes for Chromebook is an Android app engineered specifically to protect your Chromebook. Google Play automatically detects if you viewing this page on an Android device or a Chromebook, and will install the appropriate Malwarebytes product. There are a few features, noted below, that are only available for phones.
Want to surf the web safer and faster? We recommend adding our free Chrome extension for faster page loading and protection against risky sites, such as phishing and tech support scams.
Premium ($1.49 per month, or $11.99 per year)
- Detects ransomware before it can lock your phone
Real-time protection shields your device from infection. With mobile malware threats on the rise, advanced technologies deal with dangerous newcomers like ransomware before they can become a problem.
- Blocks calls from known and suspected scammers
Call Protection detects when a call is from a known or suspected scammer, then it blocks the call or warns you it may be fraudulent. (Currently limited to US-based calls) Only available for phones
- Safer browsing experience
Scans for phishing URLs when using the Chrome browser and alerts you when any are detected to ensure you have a safer experience while surfing the web. Only available for phones and tablets
- Detects malicious links
Alerts you to bad links in SMS text messages to protect you from identity theft and other scams. Only available for phones
Free (the Premium version also includes these benefits)
- Conducts privacy audit for all apps
Identifies the access privileges of every app on your Android device so you know exactly what information you're sharing. Keep tabs on which apps can track your location, monitor your calls, or cost you extra in hidden fees.
- Finds and removes adware and malware
Searches all files and apps quickly and effectively for malware or potentially unwanted programs such as screen lockers or adware, freeing your Android device from bloatware.