Malwarebytes for Android review, manual and guides

by Linas Kiguolis - -

Malwarebytes Virus Cleaner & Anti-Malware for Android[1] is developed by Malwarebytes. The company is well-known for its security software and services. Malwarebytes was founded in the United States in 2008.

malwarebytes for android review

Since its foundation, the company aims to offer its customers advanced and award-winning protection against malware, ransomware, adware and other cyber threats.[2] Malwarebytes develops security solutions and software for both business users and consumers. 

Malwarebytes provides both Android and iOS users with mobile security software that and aims to keep their smartphones and tablets safe and malware-free. 

Malwarebytes Mobile Security for Android includes antivirus, anti-malware and device-cleaner features that give customers protection against the latest malware, ransomware, adware, and unauthorized surveillance.

Malwarebytes Security: Virus Cleaner, Anti-Malware for Android is available at Google Play App Store. You can download the app for free. In addition, the Free download comes with a 30-day trial of Premium. The Premium version costs $1.49 per month or $11.99 per year. Malwarebytes Security is the only application available on the Official Google Play App Store by Malwarebytes. The application was installed more than 10,000,000 times and has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.[3]

The application was tested by Reviewed by Pro researchers on their test device, a Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F 64GB.

Malwarebyets for Android featuresTest results

Antivirus protection

Once the application was installed on our test phone, we ran the scan and Malwarebytes detected most of the malicious apps and successfully removed them. In addition, the application scans all files and applications for potentially unwanted programs also known as PUPs, screen lockers, and adware. We were happy how Malwarebytes for Android performed and cleaned our test device.

However, Malwarebytes does not offer Web protection, it only scans websites for phishing using the Chrome browser.

Malwarebytes Antivirus and Anti-Malware for Android was not tested in the latest test by the independent testing lab AV-TEST. Thus, it is hard to compare our small test’s results to the bigger test and evaluate the antivirus protection. The application was tested in 2015 by AV-TEST, and it demonstrated lower than average scores. The detection of a representative set of malicious apps was only 90.7% while the industry average at the time was 99.3%.[4]

Additional features

Malwarebytes Mobile Security does not include many features, compared to other similar applications. The Free version conducts privacy audit for installed apps in order to identify the access privileges of every app. This allows users to known exactly what information is shared. The free version also detects and blocks adware and malware.

Malwarebytes for android interfaceIn addition to free features, the premium version includes protection against ransomware which shields Android device from infection in real-time. It also includes a Call and Text Protection feature which detects unknown or suspender scammers and blocks the call or warns a user about the fraud threat. Even though users are not protected while browsing the web, Malwarebytes still makes your browsing experience safer, as it scans for phishing URLs in Chrome and alerts users when any are detected. Finally, the application detects malicious links and blocks SMS text messages that include any to protect users from ID theft and scams.

As you can see Malwarebytes does not include any common features such as Anti-Theft features, Parental Controls, Backups or Web protection.

Even though it does not include many features, there are no unnecessary features. In addition, Google already provides many tools for Android that could cover some of missing features.

System-performance impact and scans

Once installed, the Malwarebytes security application for Android we did not feel any negative impact on the system. Our Samsung was working perfectly and we could even play various games and have many apps open in the background. The application does not impact the battery life or slow down the device during the normal usage.

The initial Malwarebytes scan took about 13 seconds to complete and it used less than 1% total CPU power which is great. Once a malicious app is detected, users are provided with the option to ignore, delete, or whitelist the malicious application.

User interface

When it comes to user interface, Malwarebytes provides simple and easy to understand interface. The main window displays the status of your device’s security. Other features are easily accessible and informative.

malwarebytes for android mobile security

Customer support

Malwarebytes includes a Support Tool which is a multi-purpose troubleshooting and repair utility created in order to assist the troubleshooting of issues for Malwarebytes software. The company also provides users with a very informative and helpful support section that can be used according to the product that you need help with. The website includes FAQs, Forums, billing questions, installation and activation information and more. If you still need help, you can ask in the forums, manage your account information or contact Malwarebytes experts by submitting a ticket.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Average
Security and Privacy features Only essential features
Scanning performance Quick 
System-performance hit Minimal
User interface Simple

The final verdict

Malwarebytes for Android is a great choice for those who look for barebones security. It does not include any features that some users might find unnecessary and does not have any negative impact on the device during the normal usage or scans. The interface is also very convenient. When it comes to security, we found that the antivirus protection is reliable, however, the application did not participate in the latest tests by AV-TEST and when it did, the results were lower than the system average.

About the author

Linas Kiguolis
Linas Kiguolis - Senior IT developer

Linas Kiguolis is a senior IT developer and news editor at 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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