Hey. I got a police threat claiming to be the cyber police. The “Your device has been blocked due to illegal activity” warning locks my screen and I can’t do anything on it. It demands a $500 of fine to be paid via vanilla card within 3 working days. I even couldn’t turn off the phone and have to wait until the battery die. I was so scared and about to pay the fine while I didn’t know how to get a vanilla card. Luckily, I asked my friend and he told me that it was only a virus. He suggested me contact you for help because you helped him fix the problem. So, I am here. Please help me bypass the fake cyber police virus so that I can use my Samsung S8+ again. Thanks.
“Your device has been blocked due to illegal activity” is a bogus warning brought by a piece of nasty malware. It is a tool used by cyber police to swindle money out of innocent users. They make use of advanced technology to develop malware for illegal money. The malware take your device hostage, locking the screen with cyber police warning and demanding a fine to unblock. This is why we also call it ransomware. On the cyber police warning screen, it states that your device has been blocked due to illegal activity. You are told that all activities on your device have been recorded and suspicious activity has been detected. According to laws of the United State of America, you are supposed to pay a fine. Otherwise, you will face more trouble. In fact, it has nothing to do with the real cyber police. The warning is made up by the hacker to scam users. The cyber police virus is very aggressive. It corrupts your device to help its owner generate revenue remotely. Your personal information is at risk. We suggest you remove the cyber police virus to protect your device and information.
However, you should note that the cyber police virus can be more aggressive. It is capable of blocking everything on your device. You are not able to access the home screen. According to the victims, they only had 3-5 seconds before the cyber police reappears after powering the device on. You don’t have enough time to install anti-virus software or remove the virus on your own. In order to make the warning more authentic, it collects your basic information, such as your name, email, IP address, location, model of device and contacts, and displays them on your screen. It has the copy of cyber police logo and seal, saying that you used the device to view, store and spread illegal porn. You also are accused of violating copyright laws. Related laws and punishment are listed. Scarier, it takes a picture of your face to Snapchat, threatening that your profile has been uploaded to center criminal database. You have to pay a fine of $ 300-$ 500 for your illegal activity. Otherwise, you have bad record. The cyber police will arrest you and take you to court. You will have to spend years in jail. Your friends on contacts will be interrogated. In a way, this cyber police warning looks horrible for the inexperienced users. They believed that it is sent by the real police who are able to monitor their activities online and know all about them. The virus disable the power button and does not allow users to turn off the device which makes them think that the police are controlling their devices. In fact, the virus collects your personal information to scare you into paying a non-existed fine. Do not trust it and send them code of prepaid card. That will not help your blocked device.
What’s The Best Way to Remove Cyber Police Virus?
The Cyber Police virus is believed to be from the Internet, spreading for illegal purpose. It is a ransomware created and controlled by cyber criminals who are qualified with certain levels of tech knowledge and skills. Since almost every single android device has an authentic virus protector, cyber criminals must make this virus quite smart in order to escape from the detection and auto removal by legitimate antivirus programs. That’s why smart device with antivirus protections still get infected by this FBI Vanilla virus. As the virus block the anti-virus programs, virus manual is the most effective way so far. That will make sure that the FBI Vanilla virus will not come back again.
Manual removal process, which requires advanced computer knowledge and abilities as well to deal with the virus manually, is suggested here as the most efficient way of unlocking android mobile from FBI Vanilla Virus. Due to the changeable characters of virus files and associated settings, we suggest you contact computer experts for help.
Screenshot of similar fake police Warning Virus
The criminals spread scam virus via various ways. Your device will be infected easily before you can react. Let’s talk some of the situations.
Situation 1: Viewing suspicious sites. Virus on malicious sites and legal sites that have been compromised can catch you and block the device immediately when you visit them.
Situation 2: Opening corrupted attachment or click on malicious links in a spam. The cyber criminals dispatch tons of spams with virus to worldwide users every day. Sometimes, virus is embedded in attachment. Sometimes, it hides on site that the malicious link redirects you to. Once you click on them, virus sneaks into your device quickly.
Situation 3: Downloading unknown software that includes malware. Sometimes, you may be convinced that a piece of certain software is useful and meet your needs very much. After you see description of the software, you may think that you will not lose anything after you install it even if it is not as useful as it says. You are totally wrong. Once you download software with virus, your device will be blocked. You are putting your device at risk.
Step 1: Please try to put the infected android device 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.
There is no doubt that the “Your device has been blocked due to illegal activity” warning is fake. The cyber police virus steal the name of police and other legit law enforcement agencies to scare you into paying a fine for something you haven’t done. Your device is not locked due to illegal activity, but because of the virus infection. Besides, the ransomware not only pretend to be cyber police, but also the FBI, Department of Justice, Britain police and other famous authorities. No matter what it claims to be, it is not real. The real police will just come to your house and talk to you face to face. They do not punish someone by locking the device and collect a fine via a popup. Do not try to pay the fine avoid the trouble. You will not get rid of the threat though you pay as it requests. On one hand, you need to know that the real threat is not the police warning because it is not real. The real threat is the cyber police virus. On the other hand, the virus will still stay in your device after you pay the fine until get the virus removed. According to IT experts, the cyber police virus is interested in victims’ personal information because its owner can make money with them. It also is harmful to your device. If you don’t get rid of it in time, it corrupts your system gradually. Want to use your android device again? You need to delete cyber police virus to bypass the “Your device has been blocked due to illegal activity” warning first. Locate the malicious files and delete them completely!
Suggestion: How to bypass “Your device has been blocked due to illegal activity” warning? 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 Emerson L. Sullivan & last updated on December 23, 2017 5:17 am