It has recently come to our attention that several of our Android app users have received threatening virus warnings from various antivirus apps. Some users reported a message from AVG identifying an Evo-gen Trojan threat within the app, and a similar thing allegedly also happened to a user on an Oppo phone, with the phone’s built-in protection warning issues.
AVG Virus Warning • Play Store Complaints
We can assure you that these warnings are all false positives. Unfortunately, such things happen from time to time. Scanning for viruses and malware is not a perfect process and we have already contacted antivirus software developers to remedy the situation and the issue appears to have been resolved. These are screenshots of AVG AntiVirus, Avast Mobile Security and Malware-bytes on a phone running the latest GSMArena 1.6.6 app.
AVG AntiVirus, Avast Mobile Security and Malware-bytes reports, all clean
We also include a more detailed multi-tool antivirus scan report in an APK file downloaded directly from the Google Play Store, courtesy of virustotal.com. We strive for full transparency and encourage anyone in doubt to grab and scan the APK for themselves.
VirusTotal APK Analysis
There are some additional details about the unfortunate situation that we would also like to highlight. First of all, our app is only officially available on the Google Play Store. Google has a myriad of very strict security and virus scans through the Google Play Protect program. It runs both on the files we publish in the store and when you install the app on your device. There is very little chance that malicious code will miss it. You will also notice that some of the reviews we have received are from users running the older version 1.5. This screenshot was taken directly from the Google Play Console administrator.
Google Play Console Admin Reviews with App Version Included
It would be even more difficult for us to continue to “push” malicious code into various app updates. Also, the fact that the virus warnings have appeared recently without us modifying the application clearly indicates an unfortunate case of misbehavior of the new virus definitions. Various antivirus tools tend to share the same definition sets, which also explains the multiple sources of alerts.
At GSMArena we have always strived for full transparency in our work and place the highest value on trust and a good relationship with our users. Right now, our Android app is more of a passion project for our dedicated fans than anything else. It currently works without ads and is not monetized in any way. It is clear from the short list of required permissions that we do not collect user data either.
We hope this puts your mind at ease and ask anyone affected by this unfortunate bug to reconsider the low feedback ratings given on the Play Store. We will also be happy to answer any other questions you may have on the subject.