I have a FBI Prism Virus on my Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1. Earlier today I was sent a link and clicked on it without knowing what it was. Then it popped up that virus thing and it locked my tablet asking me to pay 300 dollars, but i did nothing wrong, i need help to remove this from my samsung tablet. It says that all my activity was recorded and all my files are encrypted. It also said something about illegal copyright laws and child porn thing. It says I have to pay a 300$ fine within 48 hours or I will have criminal charges placed on me and all my illegal activities will be sent to my contacts. It looks pretty real, it has the FBI logo and it knows my IP and city. Again, it’s telling me to buy a moneypak card, put 300 bucks on it and pay it as a release fine. Should I be scared? I’ve heard of FBI scams but this one looks different. It didn’t happen on a computer or a phone, it’s on an android tablet. I’ve never illegally sold any copyrighted items or distribute child porn so none of those reasons they gave me should really be directed at me. Do you think it’s a scam? I’d appreciate some help on what to do.
FBI Prism Virus Blocked Your Android Tablet? – How to Remove it?
FBI Prism Virus is a notorious malware that has been around for a while now. Currently this malware has made it’s way from a computer to an Android phone, even it can be landed on an Android Tablet without user’s approval. There are different types of ransomware such as DOJ virus, NSA virus, Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security Virus, PCeU Virus etc designed to attack users from different locations. However, all of them will prevent you from using your device normally, and they will all ask you to pay a ransom before you can use your device. Like other similar ransomware, FBI Prism Virus is famous for scaring users into believing they have been accused of watching illegal content online. Once it infects a tablet, it will either block the Internet access or lock up the whole screen using a big fake warning supposedly from FBI titled with “Attention! Your device has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below.” Subsequently, it accuses the victim of breaking copyright laws and looking at prohibited pornographic content (child porn, zoophillia). However, these claims are false. It is a scare tactic designed by cyber criminals to make you pay $300 or even more in order to release your device. Don’t spend a penny on this hoax because no one can guarantee if the infected devices can really be unblocked after the ransom is transferred and whether your information could be leaked out. FBI Prism Virus is mobile malware that should be removed manually.
How did you get this FBI Prism Virus in the first place? According to the warning, it said you did something illegally like visiting websites related to child porn and downloading illegal videos or music so FBI locked up your device. Is your tablet really blocked because of these reasons? No. Even though you haven’t done anything mentioned above, you still have chance to get infected by this virus. FBI Prism Virus pop-up is not real and it is a virus that infects a tablet/phone through many ways. Usually victims get infected with FBI Prism 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 download the fake apps that masquerade as popular services such as Adobe Flash Player or Video Player, the virus can be installed secretly and then perform its malicious activities. It quickly locks the tablet screen and disables any functions on your device. It cuts off your Internet and will not allow you to do anything on your tablet. It threatens you that if you don’t pay the fine in 48 hours, it will send your illegal activities to your contacts and data on your device will be cleared. To make the FBI page more legal, it also shows your IP address and City, with some fake government seals, and a mashup of ripped-off images, including one of President Obama pointing an accusatory finger. Please note that FBI Prism Virus has nothing to do with FBI and other legitimate authorities so it won’t do anything as the virus pop-up said. It is a bad virus that should be deleted without any delay.
FBI Prism Virus Locked Android Tablet Screenshot:
You certainly don’t want FBI Prism 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 tablet/phone that may collect your information like your browsing history, phone IMEI, contacts information and others.
Why My Tablet Got Blocked By FBI Prism Virus?
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 FBI Prism Virus installed. Those sites contain many potentially malicious app files which can be downloaded on target devices without user’s permission. Once downloaded, FBI Prism Virus will start its malicious activities by locking the compromised device and preventing users from using the phone anymore. So conscientious app download and safe browse are always needed when you are on android device.
How to Unlock Phone/Tablet From FBI Prism Virus ?
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 Tablet/Phone:
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 Tablet/Phone just like the picture shows:
2. Uninstall the malicious app that brings FBI Prism 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
FBI Prism Virus is a scam designed to swindle your money. It blocks you from accessing your device so you are not able to open any files and picture or even make a phone call. The page looks real with your IP address and city listed on the top so it has fooled thousands of unwary users into paying the non-existent file. But you should know that your IP address is not usually hidden, and there are lots of tools online that will be able to detect your IP address. It’s likely the cyber criminals used such a tool to play their tricks. We suggest users not pay anything to this FBI scam. There is no guarantee that handing over the ransom will give you access to your device again. Paying the ransom could also make you a target for more malware. Instead, you need to manually get rid of the virus in a hurry.
Have you tried everything you can to get rid of FBI Prism Virus from your tablet 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!