Those fooled by the Virus Shield app scam on Google Play to get a refund, and more

Those fooled by the Virus Shield app scam on Google Play to get a refund, and more
Earlier this month, it was determined that a top rated and “top paid” app in the Google Play store, Virus Shield, was a complete sham, the $3.99 spent on the app yielded the user none of the proclaimed protections from “harmful apps being installed on your device.”

Still, in no time, the app snookered at least 30,000 people, netting the developer, Deviant Solutions, tens-of-thousands of dollars in revenue for an app that did nothing.

The good news is not only that Google is reimbursing people their $3.99 for the purchase, they will also get a $5 Play Store voucher. This is no doubt an olive branch to smooth any ruffled feathers those may have about Google Play being a sort of “wild, wild west” environment for apps.

If you happen to be one of the unfortunate buyers of this program you should be receiving an email from Google as follows:



source: Android Police

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25 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

What happened to the developer? I hope he gets punished real good...

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I seen him, he was crying.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I saw an article that said he apologized, and said he made a mistake Didn't see anything about punishment, I hope he get some kind of fine and ban Also, am I the only one who wishes I bought the app even though it was obviously unless

2. wilsong17 unregistered

Good job Google

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....nice move Google.

3. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Take that Fandroids!

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

What does this have to do with fandroid?

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

What more did you expect from a cigarette smoking chimp.

8. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Greatness.

12. nvrhde

Posts: 77; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Ohhh that hurts

21. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

@regkilla ummm... Google caught the fake app (that although was fake, it was not malicious). Had it removed. Refunded the money. Then gave them a $5 credit. I fail to understand your logic but then again I don't speak retard.

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly...lol.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Google refunding the money and giving a $5 voucher... I will take that all day any day....thanks...

6. papss unregistered

I too want to know what trouble this guy will get in. Also are we sure this guy didn't add some sort of spy software to get personal info? How are these reviews so positive for this "app"? Are the users really that oblivious?

10. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Google is responsible, not to let malicious apps in Google Play, not to check the quality of the apps. The users must evaluate the apps. How could someone be punished because the app do nothing? Google can just ban him, because of the false ad. Nothing else. Kudos for Google that makes this great move, though. Users must learn NOT to buy without trial version. The stupid users are not only in the Apple's team. You can find some in Android team too, now. Many came from Apple to Android lately

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

There was an XKCD app that showed how typical reviews for apps can go. https://xkcd.com/937/ I think that there was a similar issue here.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This is a good reminder that just because something is in the Google Play store, it doesn't mean that it's safe. When it comes to apps -- on any platform -- caveat emptor.

11. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

No one say yet, that this app is NOT SAVE. They say it just do NOTHING.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

A few days ago, I read that it stole your personal information. To me that is not safe :)

15. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Then u have not gone through CODE of this app, This app simply turn its image after clicking on the scan button,, Go through AndroidPolice comprehensive wirteup for this app, It not unsafe,, it just that it doesn't do anything

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I didn't review the code because I didn't buy the app :) Now I think that because of the way the Android store works, the scammer who made this app got the credit card information for all of his customers. Do you know if this is the case?

13. mickeygosselin

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I kinda wish I bought this "anti-virus" program just so I could get that additional $5 along with the $3.99 for a false app

20. blingblingthing

Posts: 968; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

LOL, good point. I guess there is a good reason to by a Mobile Anti Virus

17. express77 unregistered

What do trolls and haters have to say?

22. waryjrock

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

So because these people were idiots they get free credit? I'm sorry but go ahead and refund the money but don't reward stupidity.

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