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

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



1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

6. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

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

2. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

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

3. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Fraud isn't malware guys.

4. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

^This. lol

5. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

sorry to hear this

7. dmehers

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 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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