Apple remove misleading virus apps

20 March 2015

whatsapp Apple are apparently shutting down a load of 'anti-virus' apps over at the iOS App Store, as they think that they're 'misleading'.

Anti-virus software company Intego, said that Apple doesn't want iHavers to believe iOS devices are at risk from viruses and malware, so they're going to nix a load of applications, including Intego's 'VirusBarrier' app.

Intego argue that their software scans external files that were stored in emails or in the cloud, looking for malicious things. While an email attachment can't directly install a virus to an iOS device, these viruses can still be passed on through them, and VirusBarrier wants to prevent that.

Apple are said to have called the VirusBarrier App Store description ‘misleading’ and, according to Intego, Apple are refusing to reinstate it to the App Store until the developer rewords the description to make the app’s intent ‘obnoxiously’ clear. At the moment, it says: "Your iOS device can act as a gateway for malware and viruses. Infected attachments can transfer to your computer, or your friends, family, and colleagues."

"Intego VirusBarrier iOS offers on-demand scanning for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, so you can catch malicious files and get rid of them before they spread."

This isn't good enough for Apple, clearly. Then again, nothing is.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Gadgets   Technology

1 comment

  • tin
    apple removing apps that aren't upfront about what they're doing? oh boo hoo.

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