Scammy Apps on the App Store Won’t Let Users Quit Them

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Some apps on Apple’s App Store have employed questionable tactics. Developer Kosta Eleftheriou, who has a reputation for exposing scams on the App Store, has come across apps that will not let users close them by disabling the quit button.

These include My Metronome, which has now been removed from the App Store. Some have reported they can’t close it due to the quit button being greyed out and are asked to pay for subscriptions. Other apps are preventing Mac users from shutting off or updating their computers.

The developer behind My Metronome has grossed close to a million dollars. This number could be higher, as another developer uses the same address and has apps with the same tactics.

The Verge confirmed that the quit option was disabled on these apps but found ways of closing them. Keyboard shortcuts nor pressing escaped worked. One app has a window with an “X” button that worked, while another has a small “maybe later” button.

Source: The Verge

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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