Malware includes a host of harmful software like computer viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc. which can damage a computing device. As mobile phones increasingly work similar to the conventional desktops, they are getting targeted by malware developers. Malware can infect the files in your smartphone, steal your private data, and clandestinely collect information about your browsing habits. A good anti-malware software installed and running on your smartphone is the only way to protect your device and the data stored in it.

The reputed anti-malware software for Windows devices, Malwarebytes has recently released an app for Android devices. Just like its desktop version, malwarebytes anti-malware for android protects your smartphone from different kinds of harmful software and also offers additional services to better manage your smartphone. The app updates its malware database automatically and keeps scanning the data as well as the existing and newly installed apps on your device. Automatic scans can also be scheduled at the stipulated intervals for your device.

Just like many other security and cleaning apps like Clean Master which offer features beyond securing the device, Malwarebytes too offers a feature called ‘App Manager’ to manage the installed in your device. App Manager identifies the apps which are installed and running on your device so that you can force close some unnecessary apps to release the device’s RAM and make it work faster.

Malwarebytes also has a unique privacy manager which enables you to scan the apps installed on your device for the permissions they have to access your personal information. The access permissions are broken down into broad categories like calendar, storage, contacts, SMS, security settings, etc. Tapping on the access category will take the phone directly to the gadget’s app settings where the access permissions can be modified. The app’s security audit feature scans the device for any unnoticed security lapses on the device like GPS tracking and enabling of the locking pattern for the phone and suggests suitable remedies.

Managing the apps and their access permissions can also be done directly through the settings of the phone, but the addition of these features to Malwarebytes just makes it easier to perform these tasks. Interface of the app is good and the application icon seen in the phone’s notification bar keeps you updated regarding the performance of the app.

Malwarebytes is completely free and doesn’t have any advertisements.

Price: Free

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Compatible with: Android 2.3 and above

Download size: 5.2 MB

Rating: 9/10

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