Google may have "Don't be evil" as its motto, but DLP Mobile seems to be embracing the dark side in charging £1.86 for an app to remove its own spyware. Companies that sell software for spying on partners are already on highly-dubious moral ground, but selling an application to remove your own spyware would be a step too far for …
... Marvin the Paranoid Android ...
Mine's the one with the Nokia in the pocket ..
It should be easy enough to find out if this is installed on your phone by just going to your provider and getting an itemised printout of all the SMS you have sent. There would be a suspicious number of SMS sent to one number right after a normal SMS is sent.
....I can still see some people actually buying this.
So can Reveal. Sadly, I assume that is the point.
Flog an app that's likely to get pulled - but get some coverage.
Then sell an app to the paranoid, who wonders if somebody installed it on their phone.
I'd love to see which program actually shift the most copies - Spy vs. Paranoid.
You have to pay up front to find out if you have it to remove it.
... so makes the whole charging for a one-time app stupid.
....the job of the Government, surely?
You have to hand it to people with this much "chutzpah" to pull this scam off! Brilliant!
....after we've pulled the pin out of it?
The new shirt you haven't even gotten on to your back yet?
Sorry I was still thinking about your govmint comment.
"Playing on the fears of the already-paranoid to extract money is really beyond the pale"
Did you expect anything better?
google's return policy is ripe to be abused here.
As long as it's uninstalled within 24 hours of first purchase no money is taken.
This does however assume that they've not crippled the removal of the remover, then there's a big infinite remover for the remover of the remover ....
It would show up on said paranoid person's bank/credit card statement as it would need to be purchased using their Google checkout account...
Not only are both bits of software morally wrong but the first one (if priced) is pretty useless.
I always knew the whole virus/malware industry was a scam. Release a worm then sell a cure, and release a virus. It can't be that hard to make it difficult for the hackers.
Look at the outcry MS recently provoked among the AVS community when they released a free and easy malware fixer.
There's money in tham thar infected folk.
The next release that allows Reveal to be removed by Remover after sending all information to a central host, followed by a quick re-installation of Reveal.
At least it makes for a more interesting list of "additional features" than most verrsion upgrades....
send £1.86 to SorryDude, 742 Evergreen Terrace..."