Fleeceware app ChatGBT
Sophos says the apps took advantage of policy loopholes to get into app stores. The free versions of these apps are as good as useless and they bombard users with constant ads to make them pay for functionality that’s available for free online. Their developers rely on fake reviews to make them look like legitimate apps.
Fake reviews for fake ChatGPT apps hide legitimate negative review
Here are the fleeceware ChatGPT apps you need to remove:
- Chat GBT: Its iOS version called Ask AI Assistant costs $6 a week and $312 a year after the end of the three-day free trial. Developers earned $10,000 in March alone
- Genie: It charges $7 for a week and $70 for a year. Earned $1 million in April.
- GAI Assistant: Paid version costs $6 a week. The free version has a daily limit of ten inputs. It earned its developers around $15,000 in March.
- GBT AI Chat: €6.49 a month.
- AI Chat – Chatbot AI Assistant: Tries to charge $8 for a week but the prompt can be bypassed
- Genie AI Chatbot: $7 weekly or $70 yearly subscription. Brought in revenue of $700,000 last month.
- AI Chatbot – Open Chat Writer: $6.99/month or $79.99/year
The apps claimed to be based on ChatGPT’s algorithms
All the apps have been reported to Apple and Google and some have also been taken down. Users should also delete them but removing them alone won’t be enough. You must also cancel your subscription otherwise you’ll continue to be charged even after you get rid of them.