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Google removes bogus security app from its Play Store; a more hands-on approach to monitoring apps, recommended

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Google removed a security application named the Virus Shield from its Play Store after finding out that it is a bogus one.

Virus Shield, one of the paid applications from Google Play Store then, topped the charts a few days after its launch. Priced at $3.99, the developer of Virus Shield was said to have earned about 40,000 dollars from nearly 10,000 downloads.

?This is fraud, pure and simple, and the developer ?Deviant Solutions? potentially made considerable amounts of money based on a complete lie,? Android Police wrote at the time of its discovery. ?We assume that a lot of the initial reviews were fake, but now that it?s on the top of the charts, at least a few people will be buying it in the belief that it will protect them.?

Android Police further explained, ?Instead of scanning apps, settings, files, and media, like the service advertises, its shield icon simply changes from an “X” image to a check mark after a single tap.?

Reports also said that the discovery of the fake security app and its subsequent removal from the Google Play Store is an evidence of the growing problem of Android. Reports added, ?Malicious apps are abundant on third-party app stores and in some cases, they even make their way onto the Play Store.?

Unlike its rival, the iOS App Store consistently monitors and scans applications. Moreover, the iOS App Store deliberately examines the updates.

?It’s somewhat disheartening that an app so obviously fake could rise to the top, especially considering that it’s paid,? Android Police wrote. “Perhaps a more hands-on approach to monitoring apps that rise as rapidly as Virus Shield (which we’re almost certain did so with less than genuine downloads and reviews) is called for,” Android Police recommended.

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