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Aug 26, 2016

How to Remove United Kingdom Police Scam Virus from Android Device?

Need help removing this United Kingdom Police scam virus. I was using the Internet on my Samsung phone earlier this morning then suddenly a pop up came up saying that I had been viewing illegal pornography? It asked for 100 pounds & claimed to be the United Kingdom Police. I started to have a mental breakdown, thinking that I was gonna get in trouble and gonna go to jail. Luckily, I found it is a scam virus on the Internet. They said I only needed to remove the virus. The problem is I have no idea how to remove it. Is there anyone can help me out? Thank you in advance.

What is United Kingdom Police Scam Virus?

United Kingdom Police scam virus is a member of the nasty Urausy ransomware family which is trying to grab money from innocent mobile device users. It has been created to attack unprotected mobile devices and block them for illegal money. It pretends to be from the United Kingdom Police, Police Central e-Crime Center, Metropolitan Police and states that the device is blocked due to child pornography and other similar illegal activities. In order to unblock the device, it demands a fine in the amount of £100 via Ukash or PaysafeCard payment. Though it displays the logo and seal of United Kingdom Police on the lock screen and looks authentic, it is a bogus message from the cyber criminals but not the police. Our users must be alerted that it is just a scam virus. Dot not follow its guide to pay the non-existed fine. It will not help your blocked device. To access and use the infected device safely, we suggest you remove this United Kingdom Police scam virus completely right now.

How to Protect Your Device from the Scam Virus?

With the development of society, Internet has been wide-used throughout the world nowadays. The cyber criminals seize the opportunity to spread viruses like United Kingdom Police scam virus for illegal purpose in those years. They not only target and hack authority departments or important people who own precious data on their devices, but also create scam virus to trick ordinary people for money. You need to know that this kind of virus is pretty rampant and the virus infection becomes very common. Therefore, it is very necessary for you to protect your device well and keep it away from virus. Typically, you may pick up virus while you are visiting malicious websites or legit websites that have been hacked. Virus will be installed on your device as soon as you click on a certain link or picture on the suspicious websites without your permission or knowledge. Be careful with unknown websites and do not visit malicious websites next time. You may find that message will pop up and ask you to update your application. We suggest you should be cautious when dealing with this kind of message as some of them are fake. The virus can pretend to be from a famous company and ask you click on the link to update your media player, Java or other similar application. If you click on the link to update, you are downloading a virus. Do not download unknown applications. You can download ones on the official websites to make sure that they are safe to use. In addition, the scam virus can also be distributed through spam email with embedded links to malicious websites or infected attachments, as well as on infected peer-to-peer shared files. Do not click on link and attachment in a spam and ignore email from unknown users to get away from viruses.

How Does it Work?

The United Kingdom Police scam virus is very tricky and aggressive. Once it is installed on your device, it blocks your system and does not allow you access your apps. A fake warning will take over your screen. It will not go away no matter how many times you restart your device. In the message, the virus claims to be from United Kingdom Police, Police Central e-crime Unit, PCeU & Metropolitan Police, Cheshire Police Authority, etc. It tells that your device is blocked due to it has been involved in some illegal online activities like distribution of pornographic material, SPAM, or copyrighted content, etc. In order to make the trick more vivid, it detects your IP address and takes a picture of your Contacts attempting to trick you into believing that the police are spying on your online activities. It demands a ransom via prepaid card like Ukash, PaysafeCard and iTune card within 24 hours to 72 hours. The ransom ranges from £100 to £500. If you do not follow its guide to pay, your friends will be interrogated and the police will come to your house and take you to the court. For what you have done with your device, you may spend 6 to 8 years in jail. This message sounds horrible. But, do not worry. Its owner is the cyber criminals instead of the real police. It is only a scam virus. You will not go to jail for this. The only thing you need to do is removing this harmful United Kingdom Police scam virus to unblock your device.

Since paying the so-called fine won’t help you remove this United Kingdom Police scam virus, manual removal is an effective solution for this. Processing manual removal is supposed to have a certain level of tech skill. If you are not sure how to start and are afraid of making any critical mistakes damaging the cellphone, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Step-by-step Guide to Unlock Your Tablet/Phone from United Kingdom Police scam virus

Step 1: Please try to put the infected android phone into Safe Mode at first to unlock the screen temporarily from United Kingdom Police scam virus

(1). For various android phones: 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 phones 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
Android-Device-Safe-Mode

Step 2: Search and remove suspicious files which are related to the virus
Step 3: Reboot the device to get out of safe mode

Conclusion

As we know, the United Kingdom Police scam virus is very tricky. If you receive any pop-up message from the United Kingdom Police demanding a fine, we do not suggest you trust it and send money to the so-called authority. Do not be panic when seeing this kind of message. Calm down and resolve the problem correctly. You can leave alone the lock screen temporarily and check if it is real on the Internet. Obviously, it is just a scam. The police will not collect fine by delivering you a pop-up message. If you did violate the law, they would come to your house and arrest you directly. Hence, do not pay any money to the fake police. Or, you are supporting the criminals. Our customers told us that the virus was still on their devices though they paid as it demanded. The criminals just ran away and left the virus on the devices after receiving the money. We understand how upset you would be when facing this evil United Kingdom Police scam virus. This problem must be resolved immediately. As the virus is very aggressive and blocks your security program, manual removal is the most effective method so far. You can locate the virus and remove it manually. Take action right now. No one knows if this scam virus will do further damage to your device. Stop it before it is too late!

Published by & last updated on August 26, 2016 8:51 am

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