Phone is Locked by FBI for Illegal Pornography?-How to Fix?

I need your help. The FBI locked My HTC phone for illegal pornography. This morning, I was checking my business emails. Suddenly, a message popped up and called itself the FBI police attention message. I had been accused of keeping child pornography-which of course I do not have). It asked for $500 fine via iTune gift card. I was scared and about to pay the fine, but I calmed down and checked it on Google. It turned out to be a virus. I tried everything to remove it, but no luck. Can you help?

Why is Your Phone Locked by FBI?

The FBI threat on your mobile device is a nasty virus released by the cyber criminals for illegal purpose. Your device is locked due to the virus infection but not like as the warning describes. This virus is identified as the ransomware as it holds your device hostage asking for a large amount of money. It is a member of the Urausy vrius family. To make you pay the money flatly, it pretends to the FBI, cyber police, NSA or other law enforcement and claims that your online activities have violated related laws. It demands $500 fine via gift card, Moneypak, vanilla card or other prepaid card to unlock the device screen. You may be scared by this FBI police threat as it looks “real” in a way. But, do not worry. This message is not from the police or any other law enforcement. You may ask why your device is blocked if it is not the police. It is because your device is infected with a piece of serious virus. You can remove the fake FBI threat virus to unlock your device. And, there is one thing you should keep in mind. Never send any money to the cyber criminals behind this virus. It will not help your infected device. In fact, this virus have been rampant through out the world. If your device is infected, kick it off your device completely. If you are not one of the victims, protect your device well.

What Should I Do to Protect My Device from Fake FBI Virus?

The fake FBI virus infection is very common. It is necessary to pay more attention to your mobile device’s safety. Firstly, do not use apps from unsafe websites. The virus hides inside malicious apps that you download off the Internet will lock your device unexpectedly. Next, do not open anything in a spam. The criminals dispatch spam with malicious attachment or phishing link which will make you download virus. Last but not least, do not visit dangerous websites. Many porn and game websites have been compromised nowadays. Pictures and words there are turned into hyperlinks that will lead you to virus websites. In a word, be careful with unknown programs and suspicious links online.

How the Fake FBI Virus Works?

As soon as the fake FBI virus sneaks into your device, it takes over your screen immediately. It makes use of scary FBI warning to swindle money out of innocent people. This tricky virus displays bogus FBI alert saying that your device is blocked for safety reason due to being involved in viewing, storing and spreading child pornography. Your online activities have violated related laws and you have to pay a certain amount of money via vanilla card. If you don’t pay within the limited time, you will spend 5 to 7 years in jail. The so-called FBI also has your IP address, location, device model, your contacts list and other personal information as if it is able to monitor every move on your device. Hence, you might pay the non-existed fine without hesitation. However, we have to tell you it is a terrible idea to do this. If you paid, the cyber criminal achieved their goal and would run away. Nothing would change on your infected device. Though it has your information, it can’t prove that the message is from the police. In fact, it is simple to code a web page that can query your IP address. You should know that there are public databases available that correlate IP addresses of Internet providers with physical location. Therefore, unmask and get rid of the fake FBI virus to unlock your device. Fight back against the hackers.

Since paying the so-called fine won’t help you remove this 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.

Screenshot of fake FBI virus

How to Remove Penalty Notices Scam from Android Phone/Tablet Manually?

Step-by-step Guide to Unlock Your Tablet/Phone from this scam virus

Step 1: Please try to put the infected android phone into Safe Mode at first to unlock the screen temporarily from the powerful 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 first. Press power button to power it 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

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


According to the research, many people have been scammed by this fake FBI virus. They said the logo and picture looked genuine. Obama also pointed at them. They believed that they police would go to arrest them if they didn’t follow the guide to pay. Besides, the FBI warning would not go away easily. They restarted their devices many times. Every time they started the device, the fake FBI attention message appeared quickly. We have to tell you that it is normal. The virus will not go away until you remove it. No one knows whether it will download more threat to damage your device for more sensitive information. You have to locate every related file of the fake FBI virus and remove them one by one. Though it is difficult for you to to handle with this virus, do not try to pay the penalty to fix the problem because that will not help at all. Many people lost a large amount of money while their devices were still blocked. Hence, ignore the bogus police threat. Delete the nasty fake FBI virus manually right now. Get rid of it once for all.

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 on May 1, 2017 2:31 pm, last updated on September 26, 2017 5:56 pm

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