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  • Apple Reportedly Pulling Apps Claiming to be "Anti-Virus" Apps From the iOS App Store


    The Cuptertino, California-based Apple is now reportedly pulling applications from the iOS App Store that claim to offer Anti-Virus protection for Apple's mobile devices.

    Anti-Virus functionality on the iOS platform is questionable at best considering what the applications are actually allowed to do on the iOS platform under Apple's controlled environment, so they've been well-known by many to be fairly useless. On the other hand, Apple's purported decision to begin removing them from the App Store is an interesting one for sure.

    Intego, an Anti-Virus company, was the first to publicize the ideal, as 9to5Mac reports. In the blog post, Intego reveals Apple has the intention of removing Anti-Virus applications from the App Store and that Intego will no longer be able to provide updates to users of the VirusBarrier iOS application.

    Quote Originally Posted by Intego
    pple has elected to eliminate the category of anti-virus and anti-malware products from their iOS App Store. As a result of this decision, our product VirusBarrier iOS is no longer available for sale.

    All of our existing VirusBarrier iOS customers will continue to get their virus definition updates as they have been for as long as they own the product. These updates do not go through the App Store and are not affected.

    We apologize but will no longer be able to provide product updates to our VirusBarrier iOS customers as updates could only be provided through the App Store.

    Our VirusBarrier for Mac customers are unaffected by this action. VirusBarrier for Mac still scans for viruses on iOS devices and finds and eradicates viruses found in document directories on the devices.

    To be clear, this wasn’t an action directed specifically at Intego, we were one of several companies affected by Apple's decision.
    Intego is sure to note at the end of the post that they are just one of many application developers affected by Apple's decision. It is also clear that this may very well be the case by simply searching "Anti-Virus" in the App Store; search results yield hardly any, if any, true applications that claim to offer Anti-Virus services for Apple's mobile devices.

    Sources: Intego via 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Reportedly Pulling Apps Claiming to be "Anti-Virus" Apps From the iOS App Store started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      And Apple allowed these programs in the app store why? I wonder if anyone actually even looks at any of these programs to begin with before just allowing them in? How is it that Apple continues to be tricked/duped/whatever by these app developers so that they have to go around after they find out these programs are bad and then remove them?
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I wonder what those apps are actually doing. If you can update the app from some mysterious cloud server that's really bad. Should apps even be able to do that? Sounds like a major security risk.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      I wonder what those apps are actually doing. If you can update the app from some mysterious cloud server that's really bad. Should apps even be able to do that? Sounds like a major security risk.
      They're not able to update code, just definitions which is probably just a text/plist file.