My son’s phone is an iPhone 6 Plus phone. It just came up with a potential metropolitan police virus lockdown on his phone. On the locking screen, it is saying there are pornographic sites. He is 10 and ministered phone usage. What is this and how do we unlock his phone? Is it real? Please help!
Well, if your iPad/iPhone gets blocked by a potential metropolitan police virus, what will you do? How to remove this virus and unblock your iPad/iPhone? The potential metropolitan police virus is a malicious scam virus which is made by cyber scammer who pretends to be the legitimate police agency of UK and sends you non-existent information in the name of potential metropolitan police. At the very beginning, this virus mainly hacked computer users. Nowadays, with the rapid increase of Internet use rate, cyber scammers aim their eyes to all kinds of devices like computers, IOS Mac computers, android phones/tablets, iPads and iPhones. Words from victims of potential metropolitan police virus:
“Hello. It seems to have some virus on my device. It is named potential metropolitan police virus. How can I get this off my phone? I received ‘ Your Safari browser has been blocked up for viewing and distributing illegal materials prohibited by the criminal law of the United Kingdom, called pornography with elements of child pornography, rape and zoophilia… In order to unblock your Safari browser, you are obligated to pay a fine in the amount of £200.00 with iTunes Prepaid Card.’ By the way, mine is an iPad. Please help! Thank you.”
“Hi, my name is Mike. A message has appeared on my iPhone 6 saying I have to pay a fine of £100 using an iTunes prepaid card to unlock my phone. There is a metropolitan police banner at the top. The cannot open page message is now permanently on screen and in fact whilst I’ve typed this message the original request to pay the fine has also disappeared. Is it real? I am scared. What should I do?”
How to get rid of a potential metropolitan police virus on an iPad/iPhone? This is an urgent problem needed to be sorted out as soon as possible for the majority of the people around the global. Anyway, if your iPad/iPhone gets blocked by a potential metropolitan police virus, it may show you very scary message such as “You are accused of viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc). You have violated World Declaration on non-proliferation of child pornography. You are accused of committing the crime envisaged by Article 161 of the United Kingdom criminal law.” You may be freak out completely as soon as you see that fake message from the potential metropolitan police virus. Watch out! Please do not trust anything saying on the virus’s screen. You should take action immediately to get rid of the potential metropolitan police virus before it damages your system of steals your sensitive data.
Screenshot of the potential metropolitan police virus:
How to get rid of a potential metropolitan police 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.
How to get rid of a potential metropolitan police virus on an iPad/iPhone? The potential metropolitan police virus is a malicious scam virus which steals the name of the government and pretends to be the “real” police to scare to pay for the demanded fine. Actually, it is a cunning scam virus using to trick your money by scaring you with the sending message on your blocking screen on your iPad/iPhone. The potential metropolitan police virus will pop up and lock your iPhone/iPad you visit a phishing site, open a junk e-mail attachment, click on an unknown link or download an application from an unsafe source, especially after you jailbreak your device. No matter what you see on your screen, you should not believe in it. Especially, you should not pay for the asked fine or make the phone call to the given phone number. You should keep yourself calm down and then find a way to remove this virus to unblock your phone as soon as you can so as to protect your sensitive data and your system. So far, the potential metropolitan police virus can only be removed completely with the use of step-by-step manual removal.
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, last updated on February 24, 2017 2:42 pm | How to Guides