Earlier today my phone got a big screen appeared saying I had been looking at child pornography and I have to pay £100 Ukash. I was scared so I turned it off immediately. However, when I turned my phone on, the message popped up right back taking over my phone screen and didn’t go away. It blocked access to my files and applications so I cannot do anything on my phone. I searched online and found that many people had the same problem and this was just a scam. But I am having a hard time removing Ukash Virus from my android because I have no way to access my settings or apps manager to uninstall it. What should I do?
Ukash Virus Starts Attacking Android Device Now:
Ukash Virus is widespread Ransomware that holds its victims’ devices hostage until they pay a ransom. It is a nasty virus discovered in 2013 that pretends to be a warning from the Metropolitan police or other legitimate authorities falsely accusing the victims have violated the laws and then it demands people to pay a fine of £ 100 or more to correct all the violation and unlock their device. This malware has cheated millions of computer users before and right now it starts attacking mobile devices, especially on Android OS which is the world’s most widely used mobile operating system (OS).
Ukash Virus, also known as PCeU virus or Metropolitan British Police malware can lock both your tablet and phone down and then start showing a huge warning message saying that the Metropolitan British Police or other governmental authorities have noticed your illegal activity. It may accuse you for the use of copyrighted content, distribution of pornographic material and similar crimes and even put your picture on the locked page. In addition, it displays your IP address and city, informing the only way to unlock the android phone and avoid the jail is to pay the fine of £ 100. You will be required to pay the fine through a prepaid card called Ukash. Although this is a legitimate payment system, you should never agree with this because you can never be sure that your payment will really help you to unlock your phone and the worse is payment through prepaid card like Ukash or Paysafecard will not allow you to trace the money or ask for a refund, therefore scammers use this service to rip off those inexperienced users.
It’s pretty scary when your phone displays fake Metropolitan Police or Police Central e-crime Unit warnings instead of your favorite apps. When your phone has been blocked by Ukash virus, you will not able to make a phone call or access any settings. This malware is still heavily distributed via infected websites and spam. It will masquerade as popular services such as Adobe Flash Player or Video Player and then use a “drive-by download” method to infect android devices. This means that you don’t even have to click or download anything to become infected. The malicious app will install to your phone automatically when you visit an infected site. On another hand, it is also possible to get infected with Ukash virus via infected email attachments, so stay away from suspicious mails actively offering you to download their attachment.
“I got this Ukash virus today which locks up my Samsung phone and says I have to pay £100 in the next 48 hours…When this popped up, it was one of the scariest moments of my life. It took a picture of me from my front camera and showed my ip address saying that if I don’t pay within 48 hours, they will arrest me and send this information to all my contacts. Is that real? “
Ukash virus is not real. It is closely connected to Trojan Koler so it could be a high risk for any android phones. Even though it seems real, you should never purchase Ukash card to pay for the fine. This malware is designed by cyber criminals to steal money from unwary users. Don’t fall into this hoax and satisfy the hackers who seek to trick people into paying the ransom.
Ukash Virus Scam Locked Android Phone Screen:
As soon as this ransomware gets inside the system, it locks the device and causes such alert:
ATTENTION! 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.
CONDUCTED AUDIO AND VIDEO.
You certainly don’t want Ukash 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.
- Scan for banking apps from major financial institutions and upload the results to the attacker’s server.
How Does Ukash Virus Get into Your Phone/Tablet?
As we all know that Android is the most popular operating system for smartphones and it has millions of users over the world, therefore it gives a big chance to the viruses developers to play their tricks and earn money from android users. They create many malicious apps that target Android and distribute them all over the Internet or even get them bundled with other reliable apps to wait for users to download. Also drive-by-download sites can be another reason for android users to get Ukash virus installed. Those sites contain many potentially malicious app files which can be downloaded on target devices without user’s permission. Once downloaded, Ukash virus will start its malicious activities by locking the compromised device and preventing users from using the phone anymore. Therefore, conscientious app download and safe browse are always needed when you are on android device.
Tips to Prevent Ukash Virus from Installing on Your Android Device:
There are a few things you can do to defend yourself against Ukash 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 Ukash virus.
Ukash Virus Removal on Android Phone/Tablet
1. Restart your android phone/tablet to safe mode.
Safe Mode is a mode that allows a phone/Tablet 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 just like the picture shows:
2. Uninstall the malicious app that brings Ukash 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.
Ukash virus is very common on Windows, but right now it has its way on mobile platforms like Android too. This virus is designed to target various different countries in Europe and North America and variants of the Ukash Virus have been spotted for most countries in Europe, including Spain, Italy, France, Netherlands and Belgium. It is a dangerous cyber threat that was released several years ago. Once Ukash virus is running on Android device, it will block access to the infected phone’s files and applications, and instead it displays a large message that fills up the phone screen rapidly. It captures your IP address and accuses you of committing a crime ranging from illegal copyrighted downloads to having illegal adult content stored on your phone. You will be asked to pay £100 through Ukash or Paysafecard within 24 hours or this information will be sent to your contacts therefore your relatives and friends will know you are guilty soon and you may have to go jail as well. However, don’t be afraid of this message because it is not true. Even though you don’t pay for a fine in 24 hours, criminal case will NOT be opened against you expect the phone is still locked. Hence, it is necessary to remove Ukash Virus from the phone manually.
Have you tried everything you can to get rid of Ukash 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!