30,000 Android users fooled into buying bogus anti-virus app at $3.99 a pop
posted by Alan F. / Apr 11, 2014, 2:51 PM
So what did the developer, Deviant Solutions, claim that the app did? The description of the app claimed that it "Prevents harmful apps from being installed on your device...scans apps, settings, files, and media in real time... and protects your personal information." It also claimed to have very little effect on battery life, and had no ads. The only problem is that all the app did was change an image with an "X" to one with a check mark after a single tap of the screen.
A report published on Friday said that decompiling the code revealed that the app was worthless. In response to this report, Jesse Carter, the developer, claimed that it was all a mistake. Carter said that the app uploaded to the Google Play Store was a placeholder that was accidentally switched for the version with the anti-virus code. Which seems hard to believe considering that the Virus Shield was updated from version 1.0 to version 2.2 during the period it was available in the Google Play Store.
The good news is that the app has been pulled from the store, and everyone who paid for Virus Shield should be getting their $3.99 back. What is amazing is that many of the four and five star ratings were legit.
source: The Guardian, AndroidPolice via MobileSyrup
Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012
Android users are very smart. They will never fall for something like this...oh wait :( n/m..
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 2:52 PM 18
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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 Apr 11, 2014, 3:13 PM 15
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Yes, that 0.004% of android users really means something.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 3:25 PM 16
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AVG for me....
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 3:30 PM 2
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 Apr 11, 2014, 4:02 PM 5
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Actually 99.99% of those were most likely fake and bought by the dev
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 8:23 PM 1
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Wow, this sucks... I feel bad for these people who were willing to pay for this crap.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 2:59 PM 0
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