Google to Refund Virus Shield Users

Users that bought Virus Shield, the infamous anti-virus app in the Google Play Store will be getting refunds. A few weeks ago it was revealed that the app didn’t actually do anything to protect your phone and was merely a scam. The scam went undetected for some time, racking up purchases and even topped a few charts in the Play Store.

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After reaching more than 10,000 downloads, the gig was finally up and the app was removed. Google is now refunding users who paid for the bogus app as well as credit to spend in the Play Store.

The Register claims that the refunding will cost Google about $120,000 based on figures from Appbrain that puts the number of downloads at a considerably higher 30,000.

“This app made the false claim that it provided one-click virus protection; in reality, it did not,” said Google in its statement.

“Google Play’s policies strictly prohibit false claims like these, and in light of this, we’re refunding you for your ‘Virus Shield’ purchase. You should see funds returned to your account within the next 14 days.”

The developer of the app, Jesse Carter, had promised to refund users but has not acted and now Google is taking on the bill.