Just recently an app was released over at the Google Play store that was supposed to protect Android devices from nasty viruses. The app called Virus Shield cost $3.99 to download which in less than a week made it to the top of the charts garnering more than 10,000 downloads. Unknown to consumers the app really did nothing and simply displayed a few images and a toggle which was discovered by Artem Russakovskii and several other readers of AndroidPolice.
Ever since it was reported that Virus Shield really did nothing it was pulled out of the Play Store. The developer behind the app said it was a mistake and that it was not really intended for release in the first place. Jesse Carter of Deviant Solutions said that “One of our developers simply made a foolish mistake. The app version that was decompiled by AndroidPolice was not intended to be released. It was an early placeholder that our ui designer created. There was a mix-up between the version that contained the antivirus code for our app.”
Carter further added that they were not able to earn anything from the app since their Google Play Developer account was suspended before they could correct the mistake. The app was taken down from the store on the 15th of this month which is the time that Google processes developer payments.
Google wants to rectify the situation by issuing a full refund to those who purchased the app. In addition to this a $5 Play Store credit will also be given. A message released by the company states that
We’re reaching out to you because you recently purchased the “Virus Shield” app on Google Play.
This app made the false claim that it provided one-click virus protection; in reality, it did not.
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.
Additionally we’d like to offer you $5 promotional credit1, which can be used to purchase digital content on Google Play such as apps, games, books, music and movies.
Your credit redemption code is XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Click or tap here to redeem. For help redeeming, please visit our Help Center.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused; rest assured that we’re always working to make Google Play better for our users.
Google Play Support