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Fake Chrome browser in the Windows Phone Marketplace duping people out of $2

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Fake Chrome browser in the Windows Phone Marketplace duping people out of $2
It seems like people attempting to trick unsuspecting users into installing crap on their devices is as old as the Internet itself. Fraud is rearing its ugly head once again, this time over at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

The app is called Chrome, sports the famous Google Chrome logo, and has a description that states, “Keep Chrome Browser handy on your device, especially for those unavoidable times you are on a slow crowded network, away from Wi-Fi. This app is same as a google chrome web browser. It has most stylish search button. Facebook, Google, Yahoo! -with Chrome Browser, all your favorite sites work great on your windows phone.

Unfortunately the app is just an IE Shell; therefore, users will see no speed improvements over the built-in option. With a price tag of $1.99, this is surely a scam to be on the lookout for.

Luckily it has started to amass a collection of 1-star ratings, which should send up a red flag for an unsuspecting user. Hopefully, Microsoft will be more diligent in removing garbage like this from the Marketplace.

Look, but don't buy the Chrome app here [Windows Phone Marketplace Link]

source: WMPowerUser

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posted on 24 Jan 2012, 02:40 1

1. bloodline (Posts: 686; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


This is really funny, considering windows twitter competition of android malware stories.

stupid Microsoft

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 09:34 1

6. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


*Facepalm* Man you're dumb. Oh wait, you're using Android.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 03:03 2

2. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


lol window just got slaped back with their android malware contest lol

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:18 1

3. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Fraud isn't malware guys.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 09:01 2

4. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


^This. lol

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 09:11 1

5. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


sorry to hear this

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 05:09

7. dmehers (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


FWIW I've just released an app that synchronizes your Chrome Bookmarks, recently viewed pages, and open tabs down to Windows Phone. It works by talking Chrome's own sync protocol to Google's servers, meaning there is no Chrome plugin to install.

http://damianblog.com/2012/03/24/chrync/

This one is real :-) It opens web pages in IE.

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