10 April 2014

Virus Shield, a top selling anti-virus app for Android devices has been removed from the Google Play store after it was found to be useless.

The app, which cost $3.99, claimed to offer security protection for Android devices, but has been found to actually do nothing more than present an important looking ‘Virus Shield’ image on the screen which changes from a cross to a tick (suggesting your device is protected).

The app has been downloaded thousands of times, putting Virus Shield at the top of paid app lists for the past week. It also featured many good reviews and recommendations.

Although the fake app is harmless, if you have downloaded it, your device is not protected. You should choose a new security product from a reputable source.

More information

The original article discussing the Virus Shield fake app.

Stay Smart Online offers good advice on securing mobile devices.

Android devices have been targeted by malware in the past. You can read some of our previous Alerts about malicious apps and Android malware.

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