So, what have I done? I have been fined $ 500. This morning, I was looking for interesting videos on a website. Then, as soon as I clicked on one of their videos to watch, my phone got locked up by this FBI message saying that they locked my phone because they found some suspicious files and attendance of forbidden pornographic sites on my phone or something like that. They say I am a criminal subject. I have to pay them 500 dollars. What should I do to unlock my phone and clear me? Please help. I am scared.
Is your phone locked by a FBI Headquarters warning? Are you being fined $ 500 for suspicious files and illegal actions on phone while you didn’t do anything like that? What do you do to fix the problem? In this article, what on earth it is and how to unlock your phone from the fake FBI Headquarters virus.
First, the FBI Headquarters warning is fake. Though it states that it is from the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Headquarters and Washington DC Department, UAS etc., its real owners are the hackers. They make use of fake police warning to swindle money out of users with the help of nasty viruses.
The fake FBI Headquarters virus has been categorized as a hazardous group of ransomware as it blocks devices and demands a fine to unlock. The cyber criminals release this evil virus to attack various mobile device and computers all over the world. Once installed on the targeted device, the fake FBI Headquarters virus blocks your device immediately. Some victims told that the FBI warning appeared suddenly and quickly when they were browsing or watching videos. The virus was installed so fast that you didn’t have time to react.
The FBI Headquarters virus threatens users with a fake police alert. The police threat takes over the screen and will not go away. Sometimes, the fake FBI Headquarters virus only blocks your Internet. You can’t browse on Internet app, Google Chrome or Safari. Once you open the browser app, it redirects you to the virus page soon and doesn’t allow you access the Internet at all. Restarting won’t fix the problem. Sometimes, it blocks everything on the device. You even can’t access the home screen. Even worse, you can’t turn off the device if the the virus is updated. Only the fine payment page works.
It claims it is the FBI Headquarters. They had a full scan of your device and found some suspicious files and attendance of forbidden pornographic sites. For this reason, your device has been locked. The fake FBI Headquarters virus attempts to convince you that the alert comes from FBI or other law enforcement agencies with logo and specific laws, scaring the innocent Internet users into paying a non-existent fee in order to get a so-called code to get their devices unlocked. If you don’t pay the fine within three working days, you will get more serious punishment as your location and snapshot of your face have been loaded on the FBI Cyber Crime Department’s data center. In this way, many users chose to pay the penalty to avoid trouble. In fact, it is a wrong and bad idea to do that. It is because that will not help your blocked device at all. Victims would soon realize that they still were not able to get rid of the fake FBI Headquarters virus after paying the fee. Besides, they couldn’t get their money back as they paid via prepaid card. Please keep in mind that the FBI Headquarters warning is completely a virus, despite its authentic appearance and threatening words.
Screenshot of Fake FBI Headquarters Virus
How Your Device Got Infected with Ransomware?
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.
Samsung Phone is Locked by FBI Headquarters for Suspicious Files Detection?-How to Unlock?
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.
In a word, the fake FBI Headquarters virus is evil and dangerous.As soon as it accesses a the targeted device successfully, the fake FBI Headquarters virus locks the device for money as the remote hackers demand. It steals the name of FBI Headquarters to make illegal money. As this virus was difficult to get rid of and seemed to be powerful like the police, many users believed the police warning was real and paid the fine. In the end, they lost money for nothing. The virus was still there, locking the screen and corrupting the device. Today, we can tell you that the police warning is fake. It is sent by the hackers but not the police. You are not obligated to pay the fine. You can ignore the warning temporarily. However, do not understate this fake FBI Headquarters virus and allow it to stay on your device. This virus is developed to collect victims’ information for Cyber criminals for illegal profits. Some victims said that, the virus displayed their contacts, email and other similar information on the device screen. It is too risky to leave this virus on your device. Information leak is a huge headache for people. No one deserve such upsetting virus. The fake FBI Headquarters virus keeps changing all the time. This is why some security programs are not able to block and remove it. So far, manual removal is the most effective way to get rid of this nasty fake FBI Headquarters virus. Locate the virus and remove related files manually and completely.
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 May 15, 2017 5:23 pm