Hi there. I have an mp4 file on my mobile which I opened and it said that i needed to pay a fine and that it was recording audio. The pop up said I have been caught visiting porn websites so my phone would be locked until a $500 fine is paid. The fee has to be paid via MoneyPak and PayPal MyCash transfers to restore access. I managed to get rid of the pop up and was using my phone normally but the anti-virus detected it a few days later and the file was called Trojan:Android/SLocker.A. Does that mean the virus is still in my phone? Is it really recording my activities? I am scared and need help in removing the virus completely. Thanks in advance.
Trojan:Android/SLocker.A is a highly dangerous virus mainly targeting on mobile devices. It refers to a fake FBI alert that locks out Android users from accessing their phone until a fine of $500 is transferred. When the virus is installed on Android devices, it will display a fake message from the FBI, telling users they have broken the law by visiting pornographic websites or downloading illegal materials. To make the message more compelling, hackers also add screenshots of the so-called browsing history and display users’ locations, case number and IP address etc. It makes every target user panic as it claims to have screenshots of the victims’ faces and it is recording their activities. Thousands of Android users have been targeted by this ransomware so far. The malware demands users to pay $500 to restore access to their smartphones. And the payment method is through a prepaid card like Moneypak, Moneygram or Ukash, but not a credit card, that is because transactions made through prepaid cards cannot be reversed. Fortunately Trojan:Android/SLocker.A virus does not encrypt the files on the infected device as it claims. But once infected you will find that home screen button and back functionalities are no longer working, and turning the device on/off doesn’t help either, as the malware runs whenever your phone boots up. Although paying the fine seems to be the only option you can do to unlock your phone, you should never do that because message on the blocked page is not true.
There are many reasons for you to get your mobile device infected with Trojan:Android/SLocker.A. For example, when you are going to browse online or watch a video on the Internet, you may be tricked into installing an app first which gives you a prompt saying that you are missing a plug-in. And then it will suggest you download software called Video Player or Adobe Flash Player update. But once you did that and opened the download, it will turn out to be Trojan:Android/SLocker.A virus and your phone screen will be locked up right away. On the other hand, the virus can be disguised as an mp4 file or other apk files which are often bundled with spam emails without any notice. According to the research, more than 15,000 spam emails containing malicious files has hit the inboxes of Android users in the last few days. Users should be more cautious and avoid such infection on the device.
It will take control of your mobile phone 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 Moneypak/Ukash code.
It may damage your computer data and the Android system.
1. Trojan:Android/SLocker.A 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. Don’t waste money to purchase any anti-virus programs.
4. Manual removal is the best option to unlock your device.
Although this virus page seems to be legitimate, it is 100% fake. It even uses web cam control to make users panic and make them to pay for the ransom wrongly. If your phone is infected with Trojan:Android/SLocker.A virus, your front-facing camera may seem to record something automatically. It makes you into thinking your picture has been uploaded and sent to the legal authorities like FBI. And someone you don’t know is now watching what you are doing. The fake warning will lock your device forever and block you from doing anything. As mentioned above, we can see how this scam works to deceive innocent users. It is good at using scare tactic to extract money from victims. Hence, users must get rid of Trojan:Android/SLocker.A from the Android phone as soon as possible.
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.
Trojan:Android/SLocker.A is categorized as Trojan which is usually distributed from the Internet through malicious links, spam email attachment, games and porn websites. It utilizes few deceptive techniques to sneak into the target mobile device without the permission and knowledge. Once access, it locks down one’s device and refuses to give you access until you have paid for the fine of $500. But even if you have paid for it, your device will not be restored back to its original state. This virus refers to an infamous scam called FBI malware designed to extort user’s money. No one knows whether the virus has the ability to steal money or personal information if it is not removed timely. For the sake of your device security, you have to get rid of Trojan:Android/SLocker.A without any delay.
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 August 16, 2015 4:03 am