Hi, i am having troubles with a paysafecard virus on my Samsung S8. My Samsung S8 has the dumb FBI Paysafecard virus child porn scam on it and i can’t even turn off my phone to restart it. I’m not a computer expert at all i know some of the basic but i don’t know anything about the phone area. I would really like help! I need to take care of this right away before all of my friends and family become affected. I should say infected. I got a message saying that my phone has been blocked for viewing child pornography contents and violating copyright and related right laws so I need to pay £100 via Paysafecard or Ukash to unlock my phone. It really freaked me out and now I can’t access my phone at all except for inputting the Paysafecard code. I tried to exit the blocked page but it didn’t give me any chance to get into settings even after restart. The blocked pop up had my IP address, city and my picture. It said if I don’t pay, I will be fined or sent to jail. I am really scared and I have never done anything illegal before. I searched online and found many people had the same problem before. I understand it is a virus used by hackers to try and obtain personal and financial information for fraudulent purposes. But I can’t remove this Paysafecard Virus from my cell phone. I am using Samsung S5 if that matters. Please help! I went onto my phone today and a pop up came on saying i have really messed up files on my phone along with illegal downloads and i’ll need to pay a fine. If i don’t, it will count as a criminal offense but after research i found that it’s only a virus and would like help getting rid of it. What should i do?
“Paysafecard Virus” is a general name used to indicate a bunch of dangerous ransomware which utilized illegal methods to lock computer or phone system and demand a fine via Paysafecard just like Cheshire Police Authority Virus or PCeU Virus. This type of virus focuses on users in European countries, especially UK. It usually gets into target system through a method known as a “drive-by download”. That means as long as the target users visit a corrupted website like a pornography site or download a fake app that masquerades as popular service such as Browser Update, Adobe Flash Player or BestHDPorn, the device will be infected immediately. The virus may also infect your system while you are installing a game or program, opening a picture, playing a video file or shopping online. Paysafecard Virus is active on Android phones, Android tablets, iPad or iPhone and it is designed for scamming users and stealing money from their pockets.
Paysafecard Virus usually pretends to be a legitimate message pop-up from government department to block any of your access to the infected device. In some cases, it only blocks the Internet access, not the whole phone screen so you are still able to make a phone call. The virus falsely accuses you for the use of copyrighted content, distribution of pornographic material and similar crimes and said your IP address was used to visit websites containing pornography, child pornography, and child abuse even though you never did that before. It shows UK POLICE logo or banner to make the message look real. And then you will be asked to pay a fine of 100 pounds using Ukash or PaySafeCard payment methods in order to get your mobile phone or tablet unlocked. Otherwise, a criminal case will be initiated against you automatically and you will be sent to jail. The Ransomware utilizes such alternative payment systems as Ukash, PaySafecard or MoneyPak etc to collect ransom fees from the infected users. Victims should know that paying the fine is equal to sending money to cyber criminals because the message that blocks your device is not associated to any legal representative of law enforcement institution. Although Paysafecard claims it is Europe’s most popular and proven internet payment method and it lets you pay online simply, quickly and safely at all well-known merchants in the gaming and telephony & messaging industries, as well as in many other areas, paying the fine via Paysafecard will not get any code to unlock your device but just waste your money. Paysafecard Virus is just a scam and it needs to be removed manually as quickly as possible.
It will take control of your mobile phone or tablet rapidly once it is downloaded.
It will pretend itself as a legit warning and then ask for a ransom.
It will not allow you to change your phone settings or open Google Play to download antivirus program.
It will not let you power off the phone or do anything else except for inputting the demand paysafecard code.
It may damage your data and the whole Android system.
1. “Paysafecard Virus” scam can attack smartphones running with Android or Mac OS X system.
2. Don’t pay for anything or provide your personal information to this hoax, it won’t help lock out of the fake FBI virus warning but just waste your money.
3. Currently no app is able to detect or remove this malware, even for preventing the virus from attacking the computer again.
Since viruses are quite inevitable, there are some tips you can avoid being infected with Paysafecard Virus in the future:
1. Be careful of downloading applications in the internet because many of them are just cloned applications. Visit legitimate app stores like Google PlayStore because it filters out the reliable application from what’s not reliable. Most viruses are from gaming and anti-virus applications which are forged. Before downloading an application, try to read some customer reviews so that you will be assured that it is truly a trusted app. Stick with apps from the Google Play store or the Amazon App store.
2. Be cautious at opening attachments thru MMS, SMS messages and e-mails because you might open an unknown attachment from unknown sender. Never open any attachments which are suspicious to you.
3. Don’t open your Bluetooth connection when not in need. It would be easy for the virus to go inside the phone’s application and destroy the phone’s performance.
4. Most Android phones are shipped with a lock that keeps apps from outside Google’s app store from installing. Don’t uncheck the lock unless you know what you’re doing.
5. Read the permissions. Every app you install has to declare its permissions, meaning the app lists what it will have access to on your phone. Don’t just click OK without reading what the app will do.
1. Restart your phone to safe mode.
Note: “Safe Mode” on Phone starts up without loading any third-party add-ons and different devices have different ways to access safe mode.
For Samsung Galaxy S4: 1. Power down. 2. Turn on and repeatedly tap the soft-button for “Menu.”
For Samsung Galaxy S3 and others: 1. Power down. 2. Turn on, then press and hold Volume Down (Galaxy S3 and others), Volume Up (HTC One and others), or Volume Down and Volume Up together (various Motorola devices) when the vendor’s logo appears.
If you have managed to select Safe Mode, you will see the text “Safe Mode” at the bottom left corner of the screen.
2. Once you have put your phone in safe mode, contact an expert for further removal instruction.
Paysafecard Virus includes a group of truly malignant infections, which have been spread all across the world and have been attacking Windows systems, Android platform and Apple system for a long time. Cyber criminals who are responsible for creating such scam are using the names of legitimate organizations and local authorities to make their rogue messages appear more realistic – this ensures that more users would be scared into paying a non-existent fine via Paysafecard or other payment methods like Ukash and Moneypak. Paysafecard usually blocks access of the infected device and falsely claims that the users has been involved in email spamming, the distribution of pornographic material, and the use and distribution of copyright material such as music files, movie files, and unlicensed computer programs. The final goal of this hoax is to trick users into paying money. The amount of the fine is usually £100 or £200. Please remember that Paysafecard thing has nothing to do with any legal authorities. Once you pay for the fine, there is no way to dispute the payment or file a charge back. It also allows the hackers to stay anonymous while stealing money from victims. If you don’t want your personal info at risk, you have to get rid of Paysafecard Virus immediately.
Note: Manual removal is a skillful and risky job, if any mistakes are made in the process, you may damage your phone immediately. If you are not sure how to do, please contact YooCare PC experts 24/7 online for help right now.
Published by & last updated on December 11, 2017 6:33 am