Google has removed a fake anti-virus app called ‘Virus Shield’ that shot to the top of the charts on Play Store, following reports that it turned out to be a scam.
The $3.99 app was claimed to provide Android smartphone users protection from viruses, malware and spyware, while boosting the phone’s performance.
However, a report from Android Police revealed that the app would not in fact do anything; it would just change its icon from a red ‘X’ to a ‘v’ check icon when it was tapped on, pretending to be checking your smartphone for viruses.
With the app clocking 10,000 downloads, the app received a 4.7-star rating from nearly 1,700 users, with a further 2,607 recommendations for it to be placed on the Google Play store, which leap frogged it to the No. 1 new paid app and third overall top paid app.