PCeU Virus Locks Thousands of Android Devices In United Kingdom Now!
Currently PCeU virus has successfully impacted thousands of Android users located in the UK and other European countries, attempting to extort a fee to unlock devices. This is not a new virus because we have seen PCeU Virus landed on Windows computers and Mac computer since 2012. However, this malicious ransomware keeps spreading and it has come to Android devices and attacked many innocent smartphone users. While it is working on an android, it can completely lock down your phone or tablet and seize control of your device without your consent, then it asks the victims to pay £100 in order to get access to their locked devices. Apparently, PCeU Virus is a scam and has nothing to do with any legitimate authorities that should be removed without a doubt.
If PCeU virus attacks your android device, you’ll get the same experience like the following victims:
“Last night I had the PCeU virus that told me that my phone has been blocked up for safety reason. It accused me of breaking copyright laws and looking at prohibited pornographic content (child porn, zoophillia). It said since its my first time I can get let off if I pay £100 in the next 48 hours through UKash and Paysafecard. I swear I never did anything like it said before, so I realize this can not be real. I spent a whole day searching for a solution to unlock my Samsung S5 phone. I put it in safe mode now. But I cannot uninstall the app which caused the virus. Any suggestion?”
“I was on a porn site earlier and it requested I download a flash player, I did and as soon as I finished the download my phone locked me out. A long list of things came up flaming to be from the PCeU telling me if I didn’t pay £100 in 48 hours by a Ukash or Paysafecard I would be charged with charges of crimes and they would contact all of the contacts on my phone. Is that true? If not, how to unlock my android phone?”
“I was using LG G3 phone to watch movie and suddenly a warning popped up and asked me to install adobe flash player first. I did that and then my phone got infected with the PCeU virus where it says you’ve got to pay a fine of 100 pounds or you will go to jail. It locked my phone and I cannot do anything on it. The menu button and home button are not working. The only thing I can do is to press power button for 10 seconds or so to power off my phone. But when I power on the phone, the fake police warning is still there and doesn’t go away. Can someone help me remove it and I know it’s a scam to take my money but if I don’t pay will I seriously so go jail?”
What is PCeU Virus?
PCeU Virus is categorized as ransomware that has popped up on hundreds of thousands of people’s Android devices since a few months ago. This virus is not something new. It first appeared on Windows computers by taking control of one’s computer and demanding a ransom to unlock the PC, and then it turned to attack Mac OS X operating system by blocking one’s Internet access and also required the users to pay a few hundred pounds. Now this virus still plays the same trick, it holds victims’ android devices (including android phones and android tablets) hostage until they pay a ransom.
Usually victims get infected with PCeU virus scam through a method known as a “drive-by download” in which they simply need to visit a website like a pornography site. Or they download the fake apps that masquerade as popular services such as Adobe Flash Player or Video Player.
This virus is associated with Trojan Koler so it could be a risk for any android phones. Once installed, it will pop up a fake screen informing the victim that Metropolitan British Police or PCeU has detected “prohibited content” on the phone so it blocked your phone to stop all the illegal activities. It’s all a ruse, despite the United Kingdom logo and threatening tone. The Trojan even personalizes the terrifying experience by snapping a photo of the victim using the Android’s front-facing camera and showing his IP address and location on the blocked page. It prevents users from accessing their phones’ home-screens and making it impossible to browse menus and use apps as normally. But paying the fine is not an option to solve your problem and unlock your phone/tablet because PCeU virus is nothing but a hoax designed by cyber criminals to rip off innocent users. No one can guarantee if the infected devices can really be unblocked after the ransom is transferred. Therefore, users are recommended to remove PCeU virus manually instead.
PCeU Virus Scam Locked Android Phone Screen:
You certainly don’t want PCeU 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 would I get PCeU Virus on my phone/tablet?
Ransomware, one of the largest virus threats nowadays, can be updated every once in a while by hackers to attack android mobile devices from around the world. PCeU Virus mainly attack android users in Europe and Australia. This dangerous network fraud pretends to be a government department and scares victims that they violate the country laws because they did some illegal online activities and they must pay a certain amount of fine in a certain period of time to unlock the phone/tablet and avoid the legal responsibility. Many of the victims, especially those common inexperienced android phone or tablet users, will feel that the PCeU Virus page looks really legitimate. They are scared, so they choose to pay the so-called penalty to unlock their device. In fact, the real police or government will not send this kind of ridiculous message to lock the users’ device and ask for fines. PCeU Virus is absolutely a huge Internet hoax. As we all know that Android is the most popular operating system for smartphones and it , 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 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 PCeU virus installed. Those sites contain many potentially malicious app files which can be downloaded on target devices without user’s permission. Once downloaded, PCeU 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 PCeU virus from installing on your android device:
There are a few things you can do to defend yourself against PCeU 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 PCeU virus.
How to Unlock Phone/Tablet From PCeU 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 PCeU 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.
PCeU virus is very common on Windows, but it is also getting more and more common on mobile platforms like Android. Once your android device is compromised, you will be displayed a fake police warning saying that you are guilty of child porn, child abuse, zoophilia or sending out bulk spam. It says you are a criminal so the government or Police has locked you out of your phone. It gives you the solution to regain access to all your data is to pay £100 within 48 hours by a Ukash or Paysafecard. It is unclear whether users will then actually regain access to their device if they pay. So we suggest victims refuse to pay any money to these cybercriminals. As an Android user, users should be aware that downloading APK’s from sketchy websites is a sure way to get infected. Protection is always the best solution. If you find your android device has been locked by PCeU virus, follow the manual guide above immediately to get your phone unlocked immediately!
Have you tried everything you can to get rid of PCeU 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!