The No. 1 Paid App in Google Play is a Scam [Removed]

by Istvan Fekete on April 8, 2014

Computer security is a top priority for both regular and business users, even if the computer fits in the palm of your hand (well, it depends on the model). However, you should know that there are different kinds of security apps, so you may want to ask around before picking one. And when choosing, don’t rely on the charts on Google Play, because you never know what you will get as “the best” (aka No. 1) app. For example, the slick new app in Google Play called Virus Shield that ranked No. 1 is a scam (via AndroidPolice).

Virus Shield was released recently, on March 28, 2014, and quickly climbed to the top of the Google Play charts, topping the top paid apps list last weekend with over 10,000 downloads and 4.7 star rating.

Fact is, the app has a cool look and is a piece of cake to operate: just press a single button, and your virus shield is activated. Oh, and I almost forgot: this shield costs only $3.99.

Looking at the app’s performance, it has seen incredible growth considering it was released just 10 days ago, and there are more than a million apps in the Google Play storefront. The app description is catchy, as it says it prevents harmful apps from being installed on your device, and scans apps, settings, files, and media in real time, protecting your personal information.

The “only” major problem with it: Virus Shield is a scam, and this means it’s a fake security app. For $3.99 you get a simple app that changes an image from “X” to “check” after a single tap. That’s it. Nothing more.

What’s alarming is that the app ranked No. 1 on Google Play, emphasizing once again the lack of security checks before an app goes live in the store. And taking the app down after bloggers start reporting the issue isn’t the way Google should protect its users.

So, until Google addresses this issue, you’d better do some research before downloading any app from Google Play, for your own good.

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