It looks like Apple’s App Store troubles aren’t over with quite yet. A new report is out this afternoon claiming that Windows malware has been discovered in an Apple-approved iOS app.

Instaquotes Quotes-Cards for Instagram, a third-party title that crawls the popular photo sharing service in search of Image Quotes, is said to contain an old made-for-Windows worm…

CNET reports:

“In a recent post to an Apple discussion forum, user “deesto” mentioned he had downloaded the free “Instaquotes Quotes Cards for Instagram” app from the iTunes store and noticed that his ClamXav antivirus program had flagged the downloaded file as containing the “Worm.VP-900″ malware…

…To test the claims in the discussion forum, I download the Instaquotes package from the iTunes store and, scanning it with Symantec’s free iAntivirus program, found that it contains the following two Windows executables that are flagged as being malware.



It’s believed that the developer’s computer was infected with the malware, and it slipped into his app without his knowledge before he uploaded it.

The worm is old, created back in 2009, and is detectable by most Windows antimalware utilities. It doesn’t pose a threat to iOS or the Mac platform, but all things considered, it’s probably a good idea to avoid this app until the bug is eradicated.

This is the second malware-ridden app that has made its way into the App Store in as many months.

  • it’s bound to happen and will probably happen again but consider this… compare android malware to iOS malware… iOS still comes in more secure.

    • JamesR624

      This had nothing to do with Android’s security. Stop trying to start flame wars.

    • This is about an app getting malware targeting Windows because of the developer’s computer, it’s not about iOS malware.

  • Hayden Bridges

    LOL, Norton.

  • Nicolas Loots

    Mac user: I don’t see no malware.

  • JerseyD

    I’m going to gift this to some of my friends

  • TinTonB

    wait, you can only compile and run iOS apps on Mac OS’s. How the heck did
    windows based malware make its way, i presume automatically, into that file? It cannot run, unless its using the mac platform as a slave for sharing out windows based malware.

    • Syed Ali

      And Cody Lee seems stupendous about this blatant fact.

      • Emre SÜMENGEN


    • Actually, iOS apps can be made on any platform (even on a jailbroken iDevice!), but they have to be submitted to the App Store with a Mac.

  • Does Apple even have a review team anymore, seems like anything has been getting in lately!

    • Emre SÜMENGEN

      Why should Apple’s IOS App Review Team try to detect and block a Windows malware???

      • Your missing the point, ALOT of things have been getting in lately, I wasn’t just referring to this. And by the way, they will remove this app until the developer fixes the problem!

      • Emre SÜMENGEN

        Well, your comment was under this post… So…

        And, I still believe this specific incident has nothing to do with Apple, IOS or Appstore (or the review team). Thus, there is NO problem actually (just like, “there is no spoon”) 🙂

        For others, I still think it’s much much prettier than competitiors’ solutions (none, usually). But, it’s getting a little loose lately, I must admit.

        (There’s one thing: People were screaming all over Apple to loosen it’s control over the review process, as far as I can remember :P)


    How come it’s a good idea to avoid the app?

    It’s an IOS app… The malware is for Windows. You don’t run IOS apps on Windows…

    Is there a part I don’t get?

    • Syed Ali

      Welcome to the idiots world my friend. We are devolving mentally! If anyone disagrees – how many polymaths are there in this world? Lol