Last night when I was watching video on Youtube, I got this Cyber Crime Virus blocked my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. It said my phone has been involved in illegal activities and I need to pay $300 to unlock it. It took a picture of me and said if I don’t pay the fine within 48 hours, I will get arrest and it may send something to my contacts too. On the top it also said Mandiant USA Cyber Security, FBI Department of Defense or other departments like this. So is it a scam or legitimate thing? How to unlock my android phone?
Cyber Crime Virus Blocked Your Android Phone or Tablet? – How to Remove it?
Cyber Crime Virus is defined as a new mobile threat that has been attacked thousands of android users as similar as the infamous DOJ Virus and ICE Virus. It performs the same tricks like Ransomware that can block unwary users from accessing their mobile phones or tablets until they pay for a certain amount of ransom. Those bad guys who design this virus only have a single purpose which is to steal as much money as possible from unsuspecting users. Getting Ransomware on a phone or tablet is definitely a pain for users. This virus is extremely difficult to remove, and even paying the ransom cannot guarantee that the device will be restored as usual. Therefore, if your phone has been blocked by Cyber Crime virus, don’t rush to pay for a fine. Instead, manual removal is the best solution that can help you unlock your device immediately.
Cyber Crime Virus is distributed through many ways. To be more specific, it can be downloaded together with other apps you have intention to install, or it can download itself without your permission when you are on a shady website or a pornographic website. Of course it won’t show any evil activities before it accesses your phone or tablet, instead it calls itself “Adobe Flash Player” “Video” or “Private Video”, pretending as a good app to reassure users and further make them download it. But once you allow the installation, it quickly locks the phone screen and disables any functions on your device. You will not able to use your phone to call or even to perform a single task because any buttons are not working anymore. Subsequently, a fake warning which pretends to be from International Cyber Security Protection Alliance or ICE Cyber Crimes Center will cover the whole screen. It reports about various crimes, like the use of illegal software or distribution of malware and then it asks you to pay a fine of $300 within 48 hours by using Moneypak, Moneygram or Greendot Moneypak. To further trick users and make them pay for the ransom, it also lists the victim’s IP address, City and Country and in some cases it shows some fake government seals, and a mashup of ripped-off images, including one of President Obama pointing an accusatory finger. Anyway, it does everything it can to take over your Android with a warning that claims you are under surveillance by federal agents for alleged criminal activity. However, please keep in mind that all this activity is a huge scam that seeks to rip you off, and you should never pay a fine using Moneypak prepayment systems. All you have to do is to remove Cyber Crime virus as soon as possible to ensure that your android device is safe.
Cyber Crime Virus Locked Android Phone Screenshot:
This virus will play a malicious trick of telling you that you need to install a special “video player” app, and then offering it for download. If you do it, you will have a message on your phone/tablet like this:
Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below. All the actions performed on this phone are fixed. All your files are encrypted.
You are accused of viewing/storing and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc.) You have violated World Declaration on non-proliferation of child pornography. You are accused of committing the crime envisaged by Article 161 of United States of America criminal law.”
Please ignore what it says. The virus will do nothing real as it claims. It is a hoax designed to rip you off and extort your money.You certainly don’t want Cyber Crime virus to ruin your android phone/tablet because this malware can:
- 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.
How to Unlock Phone/Tablet From Cyber Crime Virus?
1. Restart your android phone/tablet to safe mode.
On a Cell Phone, 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:
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 just like the picture shows:
2. Uninstall the malicious app that brings Cyber Crime virus under Application Manager.
3. 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.
Protect Yourself against the Cyber Crime Virus:
To avoid falling a victim to this scam, avoid clicking on links on unsolicited emails, especially those that claim that they are from reputable institutions such as a police department and lead you to click on links. Pay attention to app you are trying to install and the safest bet is to stick with downloading well-known apps from reputable markets like Google Play. Don’t go to any shady website or pornographic website because these sites may contain unknown malware. Once the Ransomware is installed on your mobile device, it also installs Trojan Koler in the background that compromise your privacy and security. The victim may also be threatened with jail time or erasure of valuable data stored on the system. Fortunately, Cyber Crime virus won’t really encrypt or erase your data in the phone, but paying for a non-existent ransom is not a solution to get your device unlocked. Please note that the real FBI, DOJ, ICE or any other real authorities would never block the Internet access on your phone to make you pay a fine. All you are suffering is merely a virus and you should get rid of it without any delay.
Have you tried everything you can to get rid of Cyber Crime virus but it is still there? Cannot uninstall the virus app from Application Manager? Please start a live chat with YooCare Expert now to get this problem solved!