Your android phone or tablet is locked by the ICE Virus and you cannot perform any task on the phone or tablet? Where does the virus come from? How to remove ICE Virus to unlock android phone or tablet? This article will show you a step-by-step removal guide that can help you to get rid of it completely.
An Overall Description about ICE Virus on Android Phone/Tablet:
ICE Virus is a serious infection which is designed by cyber criminals to attack computers originally and now also focuses on android devices. It aims at helping the virus makers to accumulate money in a dirty tactic. This virus makes full use of the system security vulnerabilities to get into your android phone or tablet. To stay away from the ICE Virus, you should avoid downloading free apps from unknown sources, visiting malicious web sites or opening junk e-mail attachments. There are some other harmful viruses performing the same trick to lock your phone or tablet and ask for a fine, such as U.S Cyber Security Virus, NSA Virus and FBI Vanilla Reloadcard Virus.
Once the ICE Virus enters into your android device, it is able to instantly lock the whole system. Each time you power on the infected phone or tablet, it is always there. In addition, you can see a terrible alarm in the screen claiming that you have broken some legal provisions by viewing prohibited pornography, diffusing copyrighted materials, downloading or using unauthorized software and the like. It also says that if you want to unlock your phone or tablet and avoid any other “legal consequences”, you have the obligation to pay a fine amounted from $100 to $600 within 12/24/48/72 hours through the given payment methods. Otherwise, you will have to face criminal litigation and even be put in prison. In order to further frighten you, the ICE Virus is usually equipped with a camera module and tells you that all your data are recorded as the evidence of your unlawful acts. In this case, some inexperienced users will choose to pay the fine, because they do not know any other way that can solve this problem. In fact, the government and other legal organizations will send an official statement to the person who breaks the law instead of locking his/her android phone or tablet to display a warning message on the screen. You should be aware that this is a scam with the purpose of blackmailing you. Nothing is going to change if you pay to the cyber criminals. The only way to get rid of the warning message on your screen is to completely remove the ICE Virus. So far, no antivirus app can prevent users from being attacked by the virus. Therefore, manual removal is the best way that you should try to get rid of it completely.
Since paying the fake fine does not help you to eliminate the ICE Virus, manual removal is the most effective solution. Processing manual removal should have certain technical skills. If you are not sure how to get started and fear of doing anything wrong that results in critical errors damaging the phone, please live chat with YooCare experts.
Dangerous Factors besides Blocking Your Phone/Tablet:
ICE Virus can disable all the functions of the android phone/tablet such as calling and surfing the Internet.
It can create security vulnerabilities so that other viruses and malicious software can damage your phone/tablet.
It can avoid the detection of legal antivirus programs.
It can play as a remote host for the virus makers to collect your valuable information so that they can obtain illegal interests.
Complaints from Victims who got infected by ICE Virus Scam:
“I was looking for some information on Google and when I clicked on a site I got instantly redirected to another page which came up ICE virus block and had my location, ip address, country /town etc up and tracked on it, and when I tried to open a new tab, this same message would come up like my browser was blocked. This really scared me naturally. Am I in trouble? How do I get rid of this warning and unlock my web browser?”
“I’m having trouble with this virus that claims that I’ve been committing crime. ICE Crime Center. It blocked my phone and will not allow me to call or use any apps. It said I have to pay within a certain amount of time or I go to prison/pay a bigger fine. I don’t know what to do. Is it real? If not, how does this virus come to my phone?”
Steps to Manually Remove ICE Virus:
ICE Virus is a malicious fraud which has spread rampantly on the Internet in the name of the US government. It aims at tricking the android phone or tablet users who lack of experience via claiming that what they have done online is illegal and now they must pay the price for that. It is able to lock the phone or tablet completely and warn you that you have done something illegal such as violation of the copyright law, viewing or distributing prohibited pornography materials and other similar items. If you want to unlock your android phone or tablet, you have to pay a fine through the given payment methods including PaySafeCard and MoneyPak. You will not be able to perform any task on the infected device unless the fine is received. But you will find out that the phone or tablet is still blocked after you pay. So, obviously, this is a hoax. So far, no security app can find a good way to protect Internet users from being attacked by the ICE Virus. No doubt, you should remove it immediately when you see it on your phone or tablet. Because it can prevent the launch of your antivirus app, manual removal is the best choice to completely remove it from your android device.
Step 1: Please try to put the infected android Phone/Tablet into Safe Mode at first to unlock the screen temporarily from ICE Virus
(1). For various android devices (LG, HTC, etc.): hold down the power button to bring out the menu with Power Off and Reboot option—-hold down the Power Off option (If nothing happens, please tap and hold the Reboot option instead)—-click OK on the pop-up box asking if you want to access safe mode
(2). For Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5: power off the device—-turn on and tab the soft-touch Menu button repeatedly
(3). For Samsung Galaxy S3 and other devices with similar customized android system: power off the device—-turn on and hold down the Volume Down button (try Volume Up or Volume Down and Volume Up together if Volume Down does not work) when the brand logo shows up
You will see “Safe mode” at the lower left corner of the screen if you access safe mode successfully
Step 2: Search and remove suspicious apps or files which are related to the ICE Virus
Step 3: Reboot the device to get out of safe mode
In a word, ICE Virus is an old infection but has new targets – android devices. It locks the android phone or tablet completely and tries to persuade the user who is lacking in experience that he/she has done something illegal and must pay a fine if the user wants to unlock the infected device and avoid being put in prison. Unfortunately, you will find out that the phone or tablet is still locked even if you have processed the payment of the so-called fine, because the money is acquired by the virus makers instead of any government organizations. This is obviously a big scam. Your android phone or tablet will be messed up and your personal information is not safe if you do not remove the ICE Virus as soon as possible.
Tips: The manual removal is complex which needs adequate professional skills. Therefore, only the user who is proficient in tech knowledge is recommended to process the removal manually, because any error will crash your android phone/tablet. If you do not know how to handle the manual removal, please contact the expert from YooCare online technical support for further help.