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30,000 Android users fooled into buying bogus anti-virus app at $3.99 a pop

0. phoneArena 11 Apr 2014, 14:51 posted on

First appearing in the Google Play Store on March 28th, Virus Shield soon became the third most popular paid app in the market. Priced at $3.99, Virus Shield was supposed to search through your Android smartphone, looking for viruses, all without affecting the battery life on the handset. Android users ate it up. Bolstered by a number of five-star reviews, 30,000 paid subscribers had signed up after one week. As it turns out, all of these people were scammed...

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posted on 11 Apr 2014, 14:52 18

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 2461; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Android users are very smart. They will never fall for something like this...oh wait :( n/m..

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 15:13 15

7. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


The app is popular with good reviews so I don't get how it's the users fault. Google should screen the store more heavily.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 17:38 8

37. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 678; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


The first issue I see is people putting an AV program on a damn phone.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 20:28

47. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Also AV program from an unknown company and for Android which like all other mobile OSes doesn't need one
The dev probably bought 99.99% of those purchase himself

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 15:25 16

10. tedkord (Posts: 12314; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, that 0.004% of android users really means something.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 16:06 5

24. papss (unregistered)


Ted it still is 30000 folks which is nonsense

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 16:11 2

26. Finalflash (Posts: 3230; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


He has a point though, that is pretty much a rounding error if anything.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 16:38 1

31. ecmedic4 (Posts: 338; Member since: 02 May 2013)


I would consider 30,000 ppl a big deal, considering at 3.99 a pop, that is $119,700.00 which is a crap load of money.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 17:14 1

34. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


bogus apps as top paid item in play store also really mean something

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 06:53

60. JunitoNH (Posts: 1898; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Well it was pull from the store, if left unchecked, who knows how many would had end up paying for it.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 15:30 2

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


AVG for me....

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 15:31 6

13. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Nothing for me, i've got a Windows phone.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 15:37 8

16. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Soon for me same as you....#930

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 23:33 1

53. express77 (unregistered)


i am on android. no antivirus, no issue.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 16:02 5

21. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Smart you say? I never or have the NEED buying a VIRUS app for my ANDROID Phone. So I'm one of the smart ones here.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 20:48 1

48. blingblingthing (Posts: 545; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Exactly, keep getting apps from Playstore or from XDA. simple

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 16:05

23. verbalize (Posts: 126; Member since: 03 May 2013)


LOL. I love this..

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 17:18 4

35. KParks23 (Posts: 639; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


All samsung users!

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 17:37 2

36. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 678; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


The first issue I see is people putting an AV program on a damn phone.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 17:39 1

38. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


So what's the big deal,,,,? It's only 4$,,, considering how much Apple rips of its users is astronomical,,,!

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 18:45 2

40. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


30,000 users out of......1 billion

I will take those odds... all day every day.....

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 20:23 1

46. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Actually 99.99% of those were most likely fake and bought by the dev

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 21:38 1

49. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Might be right since it was so many positive reviews...or fake reviews.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 04:22 1

58. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3044; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Like 30.000 users are representative for all millions of Android users.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 13:57

73. amasog (Posts: 351; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


you nailed it man! LOL!!!!!!!

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 14:53 1

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Google needs to go after them for their users...

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 14:54

3. mayur007 (Posts: 569; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


i thought only apple knows it how to fool people .. :P

google too can

bcoz google is responsible for this apps surviving .. now gone though

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 14:59

4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Wow, this sucks...
I feel bad for these people who were willing to pay for this crap.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 13:58

74. amasog (Posts: 351; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


remember, they are android users!! you see how gullible they are?? LOLOLOLOL!!

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 15:01 4

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Man my brain my memory glitch fck. this is atleast 2 week old news and if i'm not wrong you published it last week.

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