So I have ICSPA Virus blocked my phone and I am searching for a solution to fix it. It wont let me get on anything so I cannot go to Settings, Application Manager to uninstall it. It said I had been viewing child pornography and I had committed copyright infringements. I have to pay a fine of $300 via Moneypak in 48 hours or else I would be charged with crime? I am not sure if it is real so I looked it up on google from my lap top and then I found it is a well known virus. Is there an app or something that will get rid of it? please help!
ICSPA Virus Scam on Android Devices Description:
ICSPA Virus, is short for International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus, categorized as Ransomware which has become a hot topic in recent years. This virus can attack more than computers now, it also takes over your Android including your phone or tablet with a warning that claims you are under surveillance by federal agents for alleged criminal activity. It use scare tactic to trick unwary users to pay $300-$500 ransom in order to unlock their devices. This threat first appeared on Windows computers and Mac computers in 2013, as Android market is growing up, it is available on Android devices too.
As same as FBI Virus, ICSPA virus gets access to the target device by disguising as a special “video player” app and then it tricks users to download it. Once installed, the malware will pop up on the phone immediately taking over the whole screen and display a warning screen saying that the police are accusing you of viewing illegal pornography. It convinces you that the police or other authoritative institution like International Cyber Security Protection Alliance wants to impose a fine of a particular sum of money on you. So when you scroll down in the warning screen, you’ll find a demand for $300 Moneypak or Ukash and instructions on how to pay the ransom will be given. To make it looks more authentic, it also shows fake government seals, your IP address and locations on the top of the virus pop up.
“While I was looking around online, I clicked on a link that took me to a weird website and then a popup came up asking me if I want to download an app called “Porndroid,” it didn’t give me any time to click Yes or No. All of a sudden my phone started downloading. The next thing i knew my phone was locked and has the ICSPA virus screen. I have been trying to remove this virus but i cannot find a way. I have restarted my phone in Safe Mode and tried to delete the app via the “Apps” section of my settings. I am able to find the “Porndroid” app on the list but when i click on it the “Uninstall App” option is not clickable. I have no way of uninstalling this app it seems. What should I do?” said one of the ICSPA malware victims.
ICSPA malware will lock you out of your Android phone and applications and it also disables all the functions of your phone to wait for the ransom. Even the matter seems to be despairing and you may have rebooted your phone a million times but the virus is still inside, you should not pay anything to this hoax and fulfill those crooks. Anything shown on ICSPA pop-up is not real. It won’t really erase or encrypt your data even if you don’t pay for the fine and you will not get arrested. Please be aware that this virus is only designed to steal the money from the inexperienced users and it must be removed from the android system without any delay.
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.
ICSPA Virus Scam Distribution:
ICSPA 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 ICSPA 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 ICSPA virus.
How to Unlock Phone/Tablet From ICSPA 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 ICSPA 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.
ICSPA virus is one of the fake police scams classified as Ransomware. It blocks access to the victim’s android device and computer by displaying a full-screen message which claims to be from the police. Afterwards, it falsely claims the victim’s computer was involved in viewing child pornography and then demands payment of a 300 dollar ‘fine’ to be sent via MoneyPak. It is very fishy because a criminal charge as serious as child pornography would be punished with a few hundred dollars fine is laughable. Actually this is just a trick played by the cyber criminals. None of official institutions would ask any payments via systems like this therefore it only confirms that this is not a real warning so don’t be scared by ICSPA virus pop-up warning and fall into its hoax. Instead, you should ignore the warning on your phone or tablet, and take immediate measure to get rid of ICSPA virus from your device instantly.
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