Top-five Google Play app exposed as con
Anti-virus tool did nothing except change screen icon
An anti-virus app that ranked among Google Play’s top-five paid-for apps was revealed to be a scam this week, CNET reported.
Until it was discovered and removed, Virus Shield, priced $3.99 clocked up over 10,000 downloads. And Despite doing nothing except changing an icon from an “X” to a tick after a non-existent “scan”, the app received four- and five-star reviews from 1,270 users.
Android Police analysed the app and its Java code and discovered Virus Shield did nothing except changing the icon when users activated the tool with a single tap of the screen.
Android is the world’s most installed mobile OS, resident on the vast majority of handhelds globally. Malware for the platform is abundant and Google Play uses malware-scanning software on uploaded apps. However, Virus Shield is free of malware and passed the screening.
Google has removed the app and its seller from the store, but downloaders of the app will likely find it difficult to get a refund. Google Play requires application for refunds within 15 minutes of download, after which users must take their grievance to the developer.