FBI Virus Scam Locked My Tablet – How to Unlock?

Hi there. I was just surfing the internet and my tablet randomly downloaded the money pack porn virus and it now has frozen my tablet with the fbi virus screen. It says that all my activity was recorded and all my files are encrypted. It also said something about illegal copyright laws and child porn and I have to pay a 500$ fine within 24 hours or I will have criminal charges placed on me. It looks pretty real, it has the FBI logo and it knows my IP and city. The URL says the FBI website too. Again, it’s telling me to buy a moneypak card, put 500 bucks on it and pay it as a release fine. I’ve never illegally sold any copyrighted items or distribute child porn so none of those reasons they gave me should really be directed at me. Is it real or just a virus pretends as an FBI? I am using a Samsung tablet.  I’d appreciate some help on what to do to unlock my tablet. Thanks in advance.

FBI Virus Scam Can Target on Tablet Now:

FBI Virus, is known as FBI Moneypak Virus or FBI Department of Defense Virus that can not only get into your computer, but also can attack your mobile devices like Smartphone and tablet secretly. This virus has been spread rapidly over the Internet so there are millions of innocent victims get fallen into its hoax and eventually lost their money. Now tablets are rapidly catching up with computers because of the way they enable you to live your life without interruption, rather than around your desk at home or in the office. As tablet users are increasing, the cyber criminals catch every chance to infect innocent users and further steal their money. Therefore, they start distributing FBI virus all over the Internet by hiding it to shady website, bundling with other normal apps or even decorating it as an available service like adobe flash player or video to lure users into downloading it.

As soon as FBI virus is installed on a tablet, no matter you are using an Android tablet, iPad or even Kindle Fire, it displays a bogus FBI virus message claiming that you have violated federal law and  FBI found your device has been involved in illegal activity (downloaded or distributed copyrighted material or viewed child pornography, etc.) and demanded a penalty fine of $100, $200, $300, $500 or more to be paid in order to unlock your tablet.

“I was watching video on my Samsung tablet, suddenly a pop up came up asking me to download ‘Adobe Flash Player’ in order to continue the video. So I did it, but soon I realized it’s the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my whole life. It locked me out of my tablet. As long as I turn it on, a message comes up and takes over my screen quickly. It says”FBI” and if I “paid a $500 Pay Release Fee, made payable to “Green Dot MoneyPak , my device would be unlocked. It stated that it was locked because of illegal downloaded material located on my phone, therefore involving a criminal offense. The message seems real. On the head of this notification, there is an official FBI seal and various names of law enforcement authorities related to the FBI accordingly. It also has my IP address and City. I searched on Google from my laptop and found it was a scam. So should I worry about that? Is there any chance it may come from the real FBI? If that is a scam, how do I get rid of it from my tablet?” said by one of the FBI scam victims.

Now FBI virus victims are on rise and from the above statement we have known how this malware works to trick innocent users. The malware locks the tablet system until the owner pays the “fine” using a specific pre-paid money card service like Moneypak or Moneygram. And to further panic the user, some variants of FBI virus will use your front-facing webcam to take a photo of you to include in its faked warning window. It turns your blood cold and makes you feel like the FBI is watching you. The malware also threatens users that if a fine is not paid within several hours, they will get a big trouble like losing data, going jail or more. Most of the victims will be panic and feel ashamed to tell anyone when they see such bogus FBI notification. They foolishly pay for the so called “fine” but finally get nothing changed because the tablet or phone is still blocked up even though the payment is sent by Moneypak thing. Watch out!  What you are suffering with is a mobile virus and under no circumstance should you give your money to virus makers. Real FBI would never take payments from only one specific brand of money card. The reason you are required to pay with a pre-paid card is that those cyber criminals don’t let you trace your money directly so they can continue to perform their tricks in the background. Victims should calm down and don’t fall into this scam, and the most importantly it is urgent to remove FBI virus from the infected tablet to avoid further damages.

If you have any questions about FBI Virus, please feel free to contact YooCare Expert to know more about this malware.

FBI Virus Scam Screenshot:

FBI-virus-android

This Mobile Fraud Can Perform Many Evil Activities On Your Phone/Tablet:

  • Lock up the entire system and forbid users to make a phone call or do anything on the phone.
  • Download other dodgy apps in the background that could erase all data in your devices including your files, documents, photos, contacts and videos.
  • Create vulnerabilities in your phone that may collect your information like your browsing history, phone IMEI, contacts information and others.
  • Scan for banking apps from major financial institutions and upload the results to the attacker’s server.

FBI Virus Scam Distribution:

FBI Virus can be downloaded on an android phone or tablet as the form of an APK (Android application package). Often, the app will disguise itself as an antivirus app or a video player program which brings you more fun. It uses many ways to trick you into downloading it. You may get it by clicking the malicious links sent from your contacts, visiting shady website, or downloading other apps. We suggest users ONLY download apps from trustworthy sources. Install a mobile security app on all mobile devices to detect these threats before they are opened.

Tips to Keep Your Android Device Safe:

There are a few things you can do to defend yourself against FBI virus.

1. Pay attention to app you are trying to install. You should always be judicious about what apps you are going to download and where you download them from. The safest bet is to stick with downloading well-known apps from reputable markets like Google Play in addition to having a security app.

2. Avoid going to phishing website or pornographic sites. There are plenty of viruses contained in these shady website they could get you to enter personal data and/or credit card details.  Users should be away from these sites or their devices will be easy to get infected without awareness.

3. Install an reliable antivirus program. An antivirus program can help you block most suspicious app from installing on your device, it minimizes the risk of being infected with FBI virus.

How to Unlock Phone/Tablet From FBIVirus?

1. Restart your android phone/tablet to safe mode.
Safe Mode is a mode that allows a phone to load all the default settings and software the phone originally came with. Therefore, third-party app won’t be activated in this mode so virus won’t pop up.

Guides to get to safe mode:

For Samsung Phones/Tablets:
With the device powered off, press and hold the Power button (located on the right edge) until the Samsung logo appears then release.
With the Samsung on the screen, press and hold the Menu button Menu (located in the lower-left) until safe Mode displays in the lower left then release.
For LG Phones:
With device powered down, press and hold the Power button until the LG logo appears then release.
With the LG logo still on screen, press and hold the Volume down button (located on the left-edge of the device).
Continue to hold Volume down button until ‘Safe mode’ appears in the lower-left of the unlock screen then release.
Note: The process may take up to 45 seconds to complete.
For HTC Phones:
With the phone powered off, press and hold the “Power” button for a couple of seconds to turn the device back on.
When the HTC logo appears on the screen, press and hold the “Volume Down” button.
Continue holding the “Volume Down” button until the Android OS is completely loaded.

By following the above guide, users will see “Safe Mode” appears in the lower left-hand corner of the screen on Android phones or tablets just like the picture shows:

safe mode android

2. Uninstall the malicious app that brings FBI virus under Application Manager.

3. Reboot your phone to normal mode.

4. If you have any trouble locating or uninstalling the virus app or cannot get your device to safe mode, you can contact YooCare Expert Now.

FBI virus is a well-known malware that has been widely distributed on the internet. People usually get the virus through downloading and installed a so-called “video player” app and then the virus will start playing its malicious activities. Once infected, you will not be allowed to access your device because a message saying that your device has been blocked for safety reasons will pop up as soon as your tablet is on. Even though you can power off your tablet by holding the power button for 15 seconds or so, but the virus will pop up right back once you power it on.  It disables most functions on your tablet so there is nothing you can do after device has been infected. The virus leads you to such a bad situation, and it offers you a solution to unlock your device and avoid all the violation – to pay a fine via Moneypak within 24 or 48 hours. Please note that FBI virus is a well known scam that is in no way connected to the police force. It is used by criminals to scam inexperienced computer users so that they will hand over their money out of fear of prosecution, jail time and severe fines. Don’t fall into this scam and you have to remove FBI virus from your tablet once upon detection.

Cannot get to safe mode? Cannot uninstall the virus app from Application Manager? Please start a live chat with YooCare Expert now to get this problem solved!

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