Beware – Fake Google Apps Spotted Over Windows Phone Store!

Windows Phone has a worldwide market share of less than 5% in 2014, and this has led to its marketplace (known as the Windows Phone Store) being ignored by several app developers. The most prominent of these developers of course, is Google.

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Right now the only Google app that is available over the Windows Phone Store is Google Search. However, some nefarious parties have taken advantage of this to make available some fake applications over the marketplace over the last few days.

Microsoft recently removed some fake Google apps which were spotted over the store. The fake apps that were found were as follows:

  • Gmail
  • Hangouts
  • Google Maps
  • Google+
  • Google Search
  • Google Voice

The red flag was raised when it was noted that these apps were retailing at $1.99. Google offers these same apps over Android and iOS for free. Moreover, the name of the developer for these apps was Google, Inc. Over Android, Google goes by the name Google Inc. (without the comma)

Fake apps carry several security risks and afflict user privacy as well. They can track user locations, steal email IDs and phone contacts and phone logs, eat into data usage and mobile bills and also carry out man-in-the-middle attacks.

Please note that these apps have now been removed from the Windows Phone Store.

A Microsoft spokesperson said – We removed a series of apps for violating our policies concerning the use of misleading information. The apps attempted to misrepresent the identity of the publisher.

To stay safe against fake applications over Android and BlackBerry devices, Quick Heal Mobile Security offers several great features and real-time protection.

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austin pinto
austin pinto
6 years ago

i think there should be quickheal products for windows 8 and 8.1 phone os

Shreyas
Shreyas
6 years ago

Hi, I think there should be quick heal security wherein spam threads should be automatically detected and removed from the main stream, this would give a good and secure user experience.

Chaitanya
Chaitanya
6 years ago
Reply to  Shreyas

I’d say I don’t think that’ll help.
Many a times legitimate emails get marked as spam and removed; if the antivirus will automatically remove such emails then it’ll create problems(sometimes irreversible).

rathnam seeli
rathnam seeli
6 years ago

thank i had no idea about this

ashutosh kumar
ashutosh kumar
6 years ago

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Sandipan
Sandipan
6 years ago

Lets hope Quick Heal releases mobile security for Windows phones also.

MIHIR
MIHIR
6 years ago

is there any face apps in Google play store of Android phone?

MIHIR
MIHIR
6 years ago
Reply to  MIHIR

sorry its ‘fake’ not ‘face’

asif
asif
6 years ago

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Debabrata Das
Debabrata Das
6 years ago

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MK Thakur
6 years ago

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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Sharad
Sharad
6 years ago

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Vishwanath
Vishwanath
6 years ago

What this fake google application will do? what is the use of releasing this fake google application?

Virendra Patel
Virendra Patel
6 years ago

I am really surprise hearing this news but this information is nice and helpful to lots.

rakesh
rakesh
6 years ago

Hi, I think there should be quick heal security wherein spam threads should be automatically detected and removed from the main stream, this would give a good and secure user experience

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TN VERMA
6 years ago

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