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Google may have "Don't be evil" as its motto, but DLP Mobile seems to be embracing the dark side in charging £1.86 for an app to remove its own spyware.

Companies that sell software for spying on partners are already on highly-dubious moral ground, but selling an application to remove your own spyware would be a step too far for most. But not DLP Mobile, who will sell you a copy of Reveal, an application designed to remove their own spying application... despite the fact that the former isn't available any more.

Secret SMS Replicator was only briefly available in the Android Marketplace, before Google pulled it, and DLP Mobile appears sufficiently ashamed of the app not to sell it direct.

So anyone willing to pay £1.86 for Reveal would have to believe that someone had installed the spyware on their phone during the brief period while it was available, and be stupid enough to think that paying more money to the company responsible was the only way to deal with the software (as opposed to using one the handful of anti-virus scanners available for Android).

Playing on the fears of the already-paranoid to extract money is really beyond the pale. ®

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