Originally Posted by pegas73
It is very serious allegation. Do you want to say that 5 000 000 - 10 000 000 users have been cheated? If so, it would be one of the biggest IT scam ever. While I agree that simpleness and speed of this application is suspicious I don't believe that developers of famous and highly rated applications (Clean Master and Battery Doctor) would recourse to such shadow practices.
Anyway, a decent clarification of someone from CM Security would be highly appreciated.
Just download some malware off the internet on purpose and test it. Maybe the one I tried wasn't recognized but it recognizes everything else?
Try one of the malware apks on this page:
This is REAL malware so make sure you know what you're doing if you decide to install one of these apks (they are password protected so there's no way to install them by accident anyway). All of these apks are detected by Avast on the PC, so you know they are a real threat.
For the SMS vulnerability, maybe it's a real security issue, from what I understand, CM Security will protect your SMS so that malicious apps won't plant fake sms in your SMS list, but then again, why does the app makes such a big deal of it, when you just have to flip a switch in the app to solve it? Two other switches, one for real time protection and one for internet protection are turned on automatically. I've seen on reviews people mentioning that this app was superior to the rest because it found a problem others couldn't find and therefore it's superior, so it seems the scareware tactic is working.
And here's the scareware popup that I got while visiting a torrent site, it's in italian, but it says that my phone was infected by 3 viruses coming from adult websites, and that I have to install CleanMaster to fix.
This IS scareware:
A tactic frequently used by criminals involves convincing users that a virus has infected their computer, then suggesting that they download fake antivirus software to remove it. Usually the virus is entirely fictional and the software is non-functional or malware itself.
I'm not accusing them of being a fraud or anything like that. I'm just saying that to me this looks shady. I also have to admit that I'm very paranoid in general, especially when it comes to this kind of stuff.
Maybe someone with more free time should conduct a more comprehensive investigation on this matter. Maybe I'm just being paranoid, and I don't think the software is malware, but what if it's non functional? Gullible users would think they are protected when in reality they aren't.