NetQin accused of installing malware on Android phones, then charging to remove it

• 29/03/2011

Mobile anti-virus software NetQin is seeing a bit of heat lately, as a nasty rumor has spread involving its mobile anti-virus software, where users will install it, run it for virus scans, and find that they need to pay to remove the malware found.¬†Funny¬†thing about this though is that the malware wasn’t there until the user installed NetQin itself, thus the malware was installed with NetQin, and they want to charge you to remove it. Great scam, if it’s true.

NetQin denies the allegations and has issued the following statement;

NetQin Mobile Inc. has strong ethical standards and abides by all applicable industry rules and regulations. The allegations waged against us are entirely false.

NetQin stands behind the quality of all its products and we are diligent in our work to ensure that all NetQin Mobile Apps are safe and secure. In fact, we welcome any independent 3rd party to evaluate and audit our products, as we are confident they will be found to be safe, secure and of high quality.

Weird, I haven’t had to install any anti-virus software on my device, and it runs just fine!

[Via – MobileCrunch]

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