Hi, completely freaking out! My mobile phone was attacked last night by some kind of FBI virus that wants me to pay a 500 dollar fee to unlock my phone. It says my phone is locked due to the violation of the federal laws of the United States of America. I am accused of visiting websites containing pornography which I did not. I was looking at Christmas things and browsing the net when the attack happened. I am innocent. Please help me. I don’t want to go to jail.
Fake FBI Criminal Investigation TextView is a scam that the cyber criminals use to swindle money out of unexpected users. It takes users’ devices hostage and asks for money to unlock. We also call it Ransomware for this reason. In order to scare you into paying the money, it pretends to be FBI and accuses you of law violation. It threatens that you will go to jail if you do not pay the fine in time. In this way, many people believed that they have been in trouble with the FBI and chose to pay money to get rid of trouble. We have to tell you that it is bad idea to follow it to give it money. They are not the FBI or other legit police. The cyber criminals are the real behind-the-scenes owner. If you paid as it required, you were sending money to the cyber criminals. You would lose money for nothing because the virus would not disappear. Our customer told that their devices still were locked though they had paid via prepaid card. Hence, Never ever trust the fake FBI Criminal Investigation TextView. It is not sent from FBI. You can ignore this message and concentrate on the virus removal. If you are one of victims, remove the fake FBI Criminal Investigation TextView and unlock your Android devices soon. Do not allow it to damage your device or steal money from you.
As soon as the ransomware is installed on your device, the fake FBI Criminal Investigation TextView takes over the screen. No option is provided to close that page. Sometimes, it blocks your browser. Do not allow you to use Internet app, Google Chrome or Silk. It does not disappear like other regular browser notification after you quit the browser. Every time you open the browser, the TextView shows up and does not let you access the Internet. Sometimes, it blocks everything on the Android device. The fake FBI Criminal Investigation TextView occupies the whole screen. You can not use any app or access the home screen. The fake FBI states that your device is locked due to the violation of the federal laws of the United States of America. It lists the specific Article of laws that you “violated”, saying that your device was used to visit banned websites. Those websites contain Child pornography, Zoophilia pornography, Child abuse and Bulk-spamming etc. In fact, those messages are fake that have been made up by the criminals to scare you. To make it authentic, it lists Contacts of your friends, pictures of your family, your IP, location and local time etc. It requires you to pay a fine like $ 200, $ 300 or $ 500 via moneyPak, Safecard, vanilla card, iTune gift card within 24 or 72 hours to unlock your device. Otherwise, the police will come to your house and take you to court. You will spend 5 to 11 years in jail for this. In a way, those words are horrible. People would think that they have big trouble thus paying the fine without hesitation. Therefore, the cyber criminals can collect a huge amount of money from innocent users. Besides, it also attempts to steal your personal details to get more money. Do not leave this malware on device any longer. We strongly suggest you remove this nasty virus to get rid of the fake FBI Criminal Investigation TextView.
The criminals spread FBI locked screen 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.
Screenshot of FBI Scam Virus
How to Remove Fake FBI Criminal Investigation TextView on Android Phone/Tablet Manually?
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.
There is no doubt that the FBI Criminal Investigation TextView on your Android device is bogus. No matter what it claims to be, FBI, Cyber police, UK Police, Ministry of Public, Department of Justice, NCA, Cheshire Police Authority or any other law enforcement, do not trust it. No police will inform you something about crime by locking your device or blocking your Internet. They will not collect a fine in this way. They would come to your house directly if you did violate the laws. Do not be fooled by this fake message. You do not need to pay the fine. The only thing you need to do is to remove the fake FBI Criminal Investigation TextView to unlock your device. You ought to know that this malware is harmful to your device. This malware takes control over your infected device and does not let you what it will do to your device secretly. It may collect and send GPS coordinates, contact lists, pictures, e-mail addresses etc. to third parties. In addition, it can send SMSs without your permission to the third party and subscribe to premium services. To get what it wants, it may install other malware to take over your device completely. You have to remove this evil virus manually before it ruins your device and grabs your money. Get rid of the FBI Criminal Investigation TextView and fix your device 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 Emerson L. Sullivan, last updated on December 18, 2016 1:02 pm | How to Guides