Security App in Google Play Store Caught as Scam

What’s that old saying, you get what you pay for? It’s a good argument against relying on free anti-virus software or VPN providers. Bloggers over at Neowin have noticed that a new security app in the Play Store called Virus Shield has surged in popularity despite only being a few weeks old. The app promises top notch security against malware and adware and all for just $3.99. So what’s the deal?

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The app has 4.5 rating in the store so seemingly people like what they get but moderators on the Play Store have noticed something and have now removed the app.

Unfortunately for the buyers, Android Police has discovered that all the app does is change a red “X” graphic to a red “check” graphic. Literally. The 859kb app doesn’t protect, secure, or scan anything. More work went into the Settings menu than the actual “security” portion of the app, and it appears that thousands of users have been scammed out of their money.

It turns out the app’s creator is a known scammer who has been up to this kind of thing before. Neowin raises some concerns about this new app scam bringing more attention to the openness of the Play Store, where seemingly anypne can set up a bogus app and scam people out of their money.

Have you ever used Virus Shield? And if so, have you filed a complaint? Let us know in the comment section below.