Malwarebytes Premium | Android Installation

Malwarebytes is the industry standard in protecting against malware. Install it on all of  your devices.

Install Malwarebytes Premium (free) from the Play Store

First up

Install the free version and address any issues to ensure that your device(s) are safe. If you don’t need automatic scanning, real-time protection, ransomware detection and malicious site alerts then you’re good to go!

But remember to manually update the database that – among other things – contains signatures of the steadily proliferating known nasties.

The free version does not update itself nor will it bug you to do so; so check for updates before doing (manual) scans. If you want to set-and-forget then read on and upgrade to Pro; you will be rewarding an organisation that has provided protection since the early days for next to nowt.

Going Pro

If you’d like to check out what you’ll gain over the free version then head over to Settings and look at the greyed out options. Having installed and updated the free version, here’s how to install Malwarebytes Premium:

If you care to save a little and help Wad Mabbit Society with the costs of providing and bettering services then pre-purchase licences from us.

You can do so through our shopping cart, PayPal or direct deposit. We will email you a genuine licence key that we have bulk purchased direct from Malwarebytes as soon as we get the notification. It might not be immediate as we have yet to afford an automated subscriber shopping experience and I might be having a nap (sleep apnoea) but I will get to it, stat! plus I will better the offer at the bottom of the screen. What I make covers site costs.

With licence key in hand (best to copy to memory then paste), follow on:

Find Premium features from the Hamburger ( ≡ ). On the next screen (shown left) :

If you don’t do this, and instead use the discount links at the bottom, two things occur:
 1.  you won’t get the best deal; and
2.  we won’t get a cent!

Enter the licence key (that we sent you, right?) and note somewhere which device is attached to which key (many store this electronically – often in the cloud – if storing unencrypted information in hackable storage concerns you go old school and write it somewhere safe).

After you [APPLY] the key you will – apparently – find yourself back where you started (maybe they just didn’t bother with a confirmation screen). If so, use the back button to your Dashboard then select Premium Features from the Hamburger ( ≡ ).

You should see a subscription expiry date:

All good? Well back out to the Dashboard, where you will see (apparent) issues; it’s just unfortunate wording, so relax! 

Select [ Fix Issues ] to enable Premium features:
– automatic scanning,
– real-time protection,
– ransomware detection; and
– malicious website alerts.

[You may have to scroll down the dashboard to find this]
Tick the checkbox to the right of Usage Access not Enabled then select the blue banner [ Open Usage Access settings ] to go to the Apps with usage access screen.

The Malwarebytes entry is ‘Off‘ yes? So select that entry and in the Usage Access screen that follows, slide the blue rocker to the right to turn access on and select the back arrow twice to return to the dashboard.

Now select the checkbox to the right of Safe Browsing Scanner Disabled then select the blue banner [ Activate Service ] to go to the Accessibility screen and tap the Malwarebytes Safe Browsing Scanner entry. In the following screen turn it on then select [OK] to the prompt that follows. Back out to the dashboard (if there is no ‘back arrow’ use the device default action e. g. swipe up on the left or tap the button).

You should now be left with the Background exclusion required notice. Select the checkbox to the right then select the blue banner [ Set up Background exclusion ] to go to the Ignore battery optimisation screen – the Malwarebytes entry is not there (yet) – hit that little blue triangle to the right of Allowed, near the top of the screen and tap All apps. Find the Malwarebytes entry and tap it. Select the Allow option in the prompt that follows then [OK]. Back out (again, no arrow) to your Dashboard.


Your device should now be safe…
But [ Scan now ] just to be sure.

Phew, that really was getting under the hood, eh? But necessary. Automating those sort of choices is a very, very bad idea, and it’s all about security, right?