Help! My iPhone Internet had popped up with a page with Metropolitan Police Warning saying I have to pay 200 within 12 hours. I cannot close the window without force quitting Safari. I looked it up and on the internet said this is a scam. Can anyone help me get rid of it? Thanks.
Ransomware is nothing new to the public now. Metropolitan Police Warning is made by the cyber criminals, which is also known as a kind of ransomware virus. This malicious ransomware attempts to lock your iPad/iPhone, and posing as an unofficial notice from a law enforcement agency, claims that your device has been determined to have visited illegal websites. In order to unblock your iPad/iPhone, you must do the payment for a fine with limited hours. If you don’t make the payment within the required hours, your online criminal activities will be reported to the Police of UK and you will be sent into jail for couples of years. Here comes the question: do the Metropolitan Police really demand you to pay for the fine?
“Is it true or is it scam? I got a warning page blocking my Safari which said it is from Metropolitan Police. It asked me to pay a fine of £200. It warns me if I don’t pay the fine and said my iPhone will be erased and my Facebook/Twitter accounts will be blocked if I don’t make the payment up to 12 hour. What should I do? Please help!”
Well, the police of UK underline all the people who are living or traveling in UK that they would never use such tactics (block one’s device) to make contact with the public or demand funds. Thus, it is obviously that “Metropolitan Police Warning blocks your Safari and asks for a fine” is a trap made by the cyber criminals with the purpose of duping your money. This malicious ransomware can get into your iPad/iPhone due to your careless online activities such as visiting compromised websites, or have been duped into installing malicious software onto your iPad/iPhone. Once you see Metropolitan Police Warning posting message on your iPad/iPhone screen, you should aware that your iPad/iPhone is infected by the malicious scam virus. You should not believe in the warning message and do the non-existent payment. You should figure out a method to remove the virus from your compromised screen and unblock your Safari as soon as you can.
Screenshot of the Metropolitan Police Warning virus:
How to get rid of a Metropolitan Police Warning virus on an iPad/iPhone? We used to think that Apple IOS system can get away from ransomware virus hacking safely. However, cyber criminals create malicious virus: the potential metropolitan police virus aiming to hack Apple device users. To distribute this scam virus, there are plenty of opportunities, strategies and methods are available for its distributors. The most common and popular method which works is bundling of software. So, you may get this virus while you are downloading or installing the free and infected applications. SPAM email attachments are also used for the distribution of this precarious virus. Sometimes, your online activities may give the virus to hack your Apple device, such as visiting pornographic or gambling website, clicking links on untrusted websites and advertisements, downloading items from unreliable sources, etc. From the previous analysis, you may know why we are saying the distribution channels of the virus are various.
It will block your Internet access once it is downloaded.
It will pretend itself as a legitimate warning to lock you out of Safari or Chrome browser.
It will not let you exit the blocked page even you have restarted the device a million times.
It can block all types of antivirus apps.
1. This message can run on iPhone, iPad, iPod or other Apple devices.
2. Don’t pay for anything or provide your personal information to this hoax, it won’t help unlock Safari/Chrome, but just waste your money.
3. Currently antivirus apps are unable to detect or remove this malware.
4. There is no anti-malware software that can detect 100% of the malware out there.
Since viruses are quite inevitable, there are some tips you can avoid being fallen into the “Cannot Open Page” box 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 Apple Store 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 App Store and don’t jailbreak your device and install apps from third-parties.
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. 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.
Metropolitan Police Warning is completely a scam virus which is created cyber scammers which mainly hacks the device users who are living or traveling in UK. This malicious infection used to pretend to be the legitimate UK government and then send you the threaten message and then lock out your Safari to stop you from using it again. Everything seems to be “real”. However, it is nothing related to the real UK Police. It is a malicious ransomware. This virus may get the chance to block your Safari while you are downloading freeware, visiting suspicious websites or links, reading or responding spam emails as well as its attachments and installing unsafe programs on your iPad/iPhone. Once it blocked your Safari, it will ask for a fine. Anyway, once your iPad/iPhone locked by Metropolitan Police Warning, you should calm down. And then think of a way to get rid of this virus as early as possible. So far, only manual removal can remove this virus completely and quickly. If you don’t how to start, you are strongly recommended to contact YooCare for further help.
Suggestion: Manual removal is a skillful and risky job, if any mistakes are made during the removal process, you may damage your device immediately. If you are not sure how to start, please contact YooCare PC/Mobile experts 24/7 online for help right now.
Published by Selina Lynmich on March 12, 2017 12:32 pm and last modified on March 12, 2017 12:33 pm.