Oh, my god. I woke up at 8:00 this morning. As usual, I turned on your phone. But thing went differently this morning. As soon as I booted my phone, I got a pop-up on my phone screen claiming that my phone is locked by cyber police from Homeland Security and they’re asking for $100 iTunes gift card within 48 hours or I will be sent to jail. I was so scared. I didn’t know why I got this pop-up on my phone. I was shock and frozen. I didn’t do anything wrong as it stated on that pop-up. I can’t do anything on my phone now. I was told that the pop-up is a scam virus and I must remove it as soon as I can. What should I do now? How do I get rid of this malicious scam virus from my phone? Please help!
“It scared me to death because I was on an adult porn site and then I got a pop up on my phone saying something about I was charged with rape and can face up to 5 to 11 years jail and buy a $100 iTunes Card. It said that all the information was sent by the cyber police from Homeland Security. Is it real? Will I be sent to jail if I don’t pay for that fine?”
Homeland Security virus is a new threat created by cyber criminals to hack innocent android phone users. It is also known as ransomware virus. This kind of virus used to attack android phone by disguising as real law enforcement agencies demanding money for fictional crimes. This scam virus is so risky and cunning. So as to trick more and more mobile phone users on the world, it will be created into kinds of variants, such as NSA virus, FBI virus, RCMP virus and PCEU virus etc. Once it gets into your phone, it will lock your phone immediately and then take the whole control of your phone and then ask you to buy a $100 iTunes gift card to get your phone unblock. However, even though you buy the $100 iTunes gift card and enter the code on the lock screen, it does nothing to unblock your phone. Your phone will be kept blocking until you remove the virus completely.
How do you get Homeland Security virus on your phone? While people got this virus on their phone, the first reaction is that “I did nothing wrong on my phone. I just clicked on a link or open an email on my phone. Then this virus popped up.” Now let’s see why. Homeland Security virus used to be attached to spam emails as well as spam email attachments. While you are using the phone, you may get this virus by clicking on malicious links/pop-up/ads, visiting suspicious websites (especially pornography websites, zoophilia websites and violent content websites etc.), Downloading unsafe free applications (such as “Adobe Flash Player” or “Software Update”). So, you must be more cautious while you are browsing the Internet. You have to think twice before clicking a link/ads/pop-up or visiting a porn website/unknown websites or doing the system app update.
Once your phone is locked Homeland Security virus, you will get a fake pop-up with a message saying about your recent illegal activities including violating the copyrights law (Video, Music and Software) and related rights law. It also states that you were watching illegal pornography and says you need to buy a $100 iTunes gift card and gives the code to unlock your phone in 2 days. It says that if you don’t pay for the payment in time, you will not get into your phone anymore. Even though, this information looks like it is really sent from the real police, you must be aware that this is just a scam virus. What you have to do is to take measure to get rid of this virus as soon as you can. Don’t worry about time limited. Calm down and then ignore the message. Therefore, if your phone is locked by Homeland Security and asked Pay $100 iTunes Gift Card, you are suggest to remove this virus step by step immediately without any delay.
1. Once infected, it will block the screen of your device immediately and make you do nothing with it.
2. Once infected, it will send you a fake notification which states that you violate the local laws and be required to pay for a AUD $100 fine.
3. You are warned that your picture has been taken and will be sent to court if you don’t pay for the payment.
4. You are told that your basic information are recorded in the warning massage.
Note: Once your tablet/phone is infected by this malicious virus, you should delete it immediately. Since if you leave it in your tablet/phone with the passage of time, there will be a big threat to your financial security and the damaging of your android system. In order to protect the tablet/phone from being ruined by the Virus and in case of losing money, measures should be taken to get rid of Homeland Security Virus from your android tablet/phone as soon as possible.
Even though the warning of Homeland Security ransomware seems to be real and legitimate. As a contrary, it is a 100% fake scam. It is designed by the cyber criminals to trick the innocent smartphone users and set them into a panic and then threaten them to pay for the ransom erroneously. If your phone gets infected, your camera may turn on automatically and then takes a picture of yours immediately. Then it will mislead you that your picture has been taken and will be sent to the police, or it will tell you that the police is monitoring all the things you are doing now. The fake warning will inform you that your phone will be locked forever and block you from doing anything as well, the only way to unblock your device is to pay USD $100 within 48 hours. How a nasty virus it is! It is skilled in using scare tactic to trick money from the innocent users. Thus, once your phone is infected, you must remove this Virus from your android device immediately.
Step 1: Restart the safe mode on your infected device.
For Samsung tablet: Power it off, and then power it on. During startup and when you see the Samsung Logo screen, press and hold the Volume Down key until you can see safe mode writing below the screen at the left hand angle of the screen.
For Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 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.
Note: “Safe Mode” on Phone starts up without loading any third-party add-ons and different devices have different ways to access safe mode.
If you have managed to select Safe Mode successfully, you will see the text “Safe Mode” at the bottom left corner of the screen. As the picture shows below:
Step 2: If you can find “Safe Mode” on the left hand corner, that means your tablet/phone is in safe mode already, please contact an expert for further removal instruction.
Note: The above provided removal guide is so complicated. If you are not an Android Phone repair expert, do not try by yourself. In case you lose your confidential data and photos, an expert is needed during the process of manual removal.Yoocare/Yoosecurity experts can provide the most professional service for you for manual removal.
Homeland Security virus is a malicious ransomware that can lock your phone and display a fake message to threaten android mobile phone users in the USA especially. This virus nowadays not only attack computers but also aims to android device market. Innocent android phone users may buy the $100 iTunes Gift Card as they are too scared while they are seeing this fake message displaying on their phone screen. People used to get into panic and scared while they are facing to the law and legal issues. They are too afraid to correctly judge the truth of the message and then see through a fraud set by the hackers. In fact, paying the non-existent penalty will not help you unlock the phone and drive away the virus. Thus, we should take actions to remove the scam virus from android phone as early as possible.
Suggestion: Manual removal is a skillful and risky job, if any mistakes are made during the removal process, you may damage your phone immediately. If you are not sure how to start, please contact YooCare PC experts 24/7 online for help right now.
Published by & last updated on March 10, 2016 6:39 am