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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1. Ninetysix (Posts: 2040; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Android users are very smart. They will never fall for something like this...oh wait :( n/m..
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.
37. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 289; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
The first issue I see is people putting an AV program on a damn phone.
47. vincelongman (Posts: 3117; 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
10. tedkord (Posts: 7962; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Yes, that 0.004% of android users really means something.
24. papss (unregistered)
Ted it still is 30000 folks which is nonsense
26. Finalflash (Posts: 2320; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
He has a point though, that is pretty much a rounding error if anything.
31. ecmedic4 (Posts: 282; Member since: 02 May 2013)
I would consider 30,000 ppl a big deal, considering at 3.99 a pop, that is $119,700.00 which is a crap load of money.
34. androtaku (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
bogus apps as top paid item in play store also really mean something
60. JunitoNH (Posts: 1356; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Well it was pull from the store, if left unchecked, who knows how many would had end up paying for it.
13. sip1995 (Posts: 1415; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Nothing for me, i've got a Windows phone.
53. express77 (unregistered)
i am on android. no antivirus, no issue.
21. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Smart you say? I never or have the NEED buying a VIRUS app for my ANDROID Phone. So I'm one of the smart ones here.
48. blingblingthing (Posts: 507; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Exactly, keep getting apps from Playstore or from XDA. simple
36. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 289; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
The first issue I see is people putting an AV program on a damn phone.
38. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
So what's the big deal,,,,? It's only 4$,,, considering how much Apple rips of its users is astronomical,,,!
40. jroc74 (Posts: 5646; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
30,000 users out of......1 billion
I will take those odds... all day every day.....
46. vincelongman (Posts: 3117; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Actually 99.99% of those were most likely fake and bought by the dev
49. jroc74 (Posts: 5646; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Might be right since it was so many positive reviews...or fake reviews.
58. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2108; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Like 30.000 users are representative for all millions of Android users.
2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1862; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Google needs to go after them for their users...
3. mayur007 (Posts: 523; 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
4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1536; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Wow, this sucks...
I feel bad for these people who were willing to pay for this crap.
74. amasog (Posts: 312; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
remember, they are android users!! you see how gullible they are?? LOLOLOLOL!!
5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3683; 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.
20. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
And here I was thinking PA is slow at reporting WP related news. Are you sure they've posted this before?
25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10087; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Yes they have. I believe it was three days ago.
29. sip1995 (Posts: 1415; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
6. hassoups (Posts: 468; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
if they have the playstore, they have play services, so why the hell do they still feel the need to install an antivirus app?
14. sip1995 (Posts: 1415; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Cuz Google is letting every stupid app to be in the play store, unlike Apple and Microsoft that they both have secured stores.
22. tedkord (Posts: 7962; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
27. sip1995 (Posts: 1415; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I think it's easier to put an app with virus in it at the play store the App store.
I've got a windows phone, so i don't really care about Apple.
41. jroc74 (Posts: 5646; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Doesnt matter....his post put you claim to bed.
No app store is perfect.
43. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
He still thinks Windows doesn't get viruses. Anyone who believes that has no credibility.
44. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
That's funny because there are anti-virus apps in the WP store.
45. tedkord (Posts: 7962; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Once the Windows App Store starts getting real apps it will also become a target.
50. jroc74 (Posts: 5646; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Exactly...look at Firefox from when it first launched to now.
And before anyone says duh ...what about iOS....OS X isnt squeaky clean, bullet proof.....I expect iOS isnt either...
33. hassoups (Posts: 468; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
I agree. To all those saying it's because it's an open os, Google play services are anything but open source. This is being lazy on google's behalf.
56. blingblingthing (Posts: 507; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Boy do I love reading this non sense of "my platform is virus free". Dude with a mac told me this. I asked how do you know it's virus free. He said he just doesn't have any viruses.
He doesn't have an anti virus. So I asked it safari would give him a virus detection pop up. He pauses.
Thing is. Without an antivirus. You merely are trusting you don't have a virus. I don't have an antivirus on my phone because I get apps from playstore and xda. Simple. If you are getting apps from shady sources. You can protect your self. I don't.
76. jroc74 (Posts: 5646; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I'm sure I could find examples of malware, virus for OS X, Safari....
8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
So he made about 120,000 dollars. What more does he need in his life now?
17. fzacek (Posts: 2481; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Hopefully he needs to pay back all that money.
19. akki20892 (Posts: 3809; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Its a 119700 dollars.
9. 1701nino (unregistered)
This is a page where google can learn from apple,in somw cases "waled garden" is a good thing.
51. shuaibhere (Posts: 1962; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Lol....how ignorant you are....don't you know that windows has most anti virus apps....so it's sibling will get all of them once it becomes famous...
54. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I was going to just say, as compared to what, security through obscurity, then I realized..most WP sold are bottom feeders, bottom rung, under a $100,with low cash flow an limited apps that can be easily scrutinized.
So it does seem, being nothing more then a popcorn fart against the big systems, works, and I'd guess for quite some time. .
57. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
That's a gentle way of hiding the security issues with Android bro.
59. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Wasn't it like two or three weeks ago, WP store had a couple apps mimicking real apps and being sold through them?
It was right here on PA.
This is not a security issue, its a sham app that is harmless, but has been caught.
Much ado over nought.
64. sip1995 (Posts: 1415; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Clone apps are different than the apps with VIRUS.
66. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Show us one virus laden app from play store?
I'll wait for a link.
69. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
There are many, not one. It'll take some time for all the links to show up, I know you'll be waiting. :)