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Feb 14, 2016

“Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” – How to Remove?

Can a person get arrested for watching porn on cell phone? Yesterday when i was search something on my android then i got web browser virus wanting you to pay $250 and it is warning” your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons”. I was on my smart phone and then a pop up came up asking me to download video player so I allowed it without thinking twice. I believe that was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made. My phone now has been locked up and it gave me a warning saying that “Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” and listing my city and IP address. It also says I was being charged for viewing copyrighted material. I swear I didn’t do anything like it mentioned. This message prevents me from doing anything on my phone and  it wants me to pay $500. I looked it up and saw it was a virus, but I have no way to remove it from my phone and get it unlocked. When the internet on my phone is blocked with this ukash virus, says it has been blocked for safety reasons and fine is £100, what can i do if it tells your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons on my smart phone? How can i bypass this spam without paying the fine in the expired time? And i won’t be arrested if i can rip off this warning message?

“Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” Message Blocked Up Android Phone – How to Unlock?

“Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” is a fake warning associated with Trojan Koler or other Ransomware that can lock up a vulnerable phone and target smartphone users from all over the world, especially for United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Usually this virus pretends to be a message from the FBI, Metropolitan Police or U.S Department or Justice that states your phone has been blocked due to the reason that you have been viewing child pornography sites, using unlicensed software, or sharing copyrighted files. It even displays your IP address and city to make it look more authentic. This scam is used to deceive inexperienced smartphone users and lure them into pay a non-existent fine with a prepaid card like Moneypak or Ukash. The amount of the fine is from $100-$500 and it even gives a deadline which is usually 24 hours, 48 hours or 72 hours to let you complete the payment. If you don’t follow what it says, you will never gain access to your phone anymore and criminal case will be opened against yourself. Although this piece of Ransomware seems to be scary, it has nothing to do with any legal authorities like F.B.I., Cyber Police, Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security, Metropolitan Police or U.S. Department of Justice, etc.

This virus can disguise to be an attractive app, usually called “Flash Player”, “Porno Player” or “Private Video” to lure users into downloading. Once you are tricked and download this app, your phone will be immediately blocked up. Therefore, Android users should know the risks of changing the default OS settings to accept downloads from sources other than the Play Store and had better not do that. It will make your phone vulnerable for further attacks. The only thing you can see on your phone after it is hacked is the “Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” warning which says all the actions performed on this phone are fixed and all your files are encrypted. You cannot do anything on your phone at that moment until you pay for the requested fine. But it is important to know that paying the fine won’t change anything for it can’t unlock your phone at all. However, fortunately this type of virus doesn’t really encrypt your files, it is just used to further scare you and make you pay the fine as quickly as possible. In a word, the message on your phone should be ignored and removed quickly instead of paying the fine because it is just a trick created by the hackers who are hijacking Android devices with a particularly pernicious form of malware. The warning is dubbed “ransomware” because it holds its victims’ devices hostage until they pay a ransom. In addition, people should remain wary when downloading apps, particularly those with relatively few downloads or from unfamiliar developer accounts to avoid getting this type of virus again.

Please Contact YooCare 24/7 Online PC Expert now if you don’t know how to start the removal on your phone.

Ransomware on Android Phone Screenshot:

“Attention! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” 

 Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security Virus Scam on Android Phone

Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security Virus on Andriod

Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security Virus on Andriod (2)

PCeU Virus Scam on Android Phone

PCeU Virus

GVU Virus Scam on Android Phone

GVU Virus on Android

AFP Virus Scam on on Android Phone

PCEU Virus Android

Possible Danger Caused By This Scam:

It will take control of your moblie phone rapidly once it is downloaded.
It will pretend itself as a legit warning and then ask for a ransom.
It will not allow you to change your phone settings or open Google Play to download antivirus program.
It will not let you power off the phone or do anything else except for inputting the demand Moneypak code.
It may damage your computer data and the Android system.

Important Things You Have To Know If Your Android Phone Has Been Blocked:

1. “Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” virus scam can attack smartphones running with Android or Mac OS X system.
2. Don’t pay for anything or provide your personal information to this hoax, it won’t help lock out of the fake FBI virus warning but just waste your money.
3. Currently no app is able to detect or remove this malware, even for preventing the virus from attacking the computer again.

Never Become The Victims & Stay away from Phone Ransomware Now.

Although this virus page seems to be legitimate, it is 100% fake. It even uses web cam control to make users panic and make them to pay for the ransom wrongly. If your computer is infected, your camera may turn on automatically. It makes you into thinking your picture has been taken and sent to the legal authorities. And someone you don’t know is now watching what you are doing. The fake warning will lock your device forever and block you from doing anything. As mentioned above, we can see how this scam works to deceive innocent users. It is good at using scare tactic to extract money from victims. Hence, users must get rid of “Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” page from the Android phone as soon as possible.

A Step-by-step Manual Removal Guide On Android Phone

1. Restart your phone to safe mode.

Note: “Safe Mode” on Phone starts up without loading any third-party add-ons and different devices have different ways to access safe mode.

For example:

For Samsung Galaxy S4: 1. Power down. 2. Turn on and repeatedly tap the soft-button for “Menu.”

For Samsung Galaxy S3 and others: 1. Power down. 2. Turn on, then press and hold Volume Down (Galaxy S3 and others), Volume Up (HTC One and others), or Volume Down and Volume Up together (various Motorola devices) when the vendor’s logo appears.

If you have managed to select Safe Mode, you will see the text “Safe Mode” at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Android-Safe-Mode

2. Once you have put your phone in safe mode, contact an expert for further removal instruction.

Ransomware is not new. Five years ago, criminals in Eastern Europe began holding PC users’ devices hostage with similar tools. At first it only happens on computers but now ransomware starts targeting users on phone and tablet. When it is launched it blocks all the functions and apps from properly running, and prevent you from doing anything on your phone. There is a warning saying that “Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons” on the top with other messages like you are violating the laws of your country are listed below. It only gives you an option to pay a fine if you want to dismiss all pending charges and to unblock the phone. The message only accepts prepaid forms of payment, such as Ukash, Paysafecard, and Greendot MoneyPak. It is fishy because no government will punish a person by locking his phone or computer, even asking for money by using a prepaid card. If you careful enough and spend more time researching this thing, you will find out this is a fake message coming from ransomware. To unlock your phone, paying the fine is not an option, instead you have to manually remove the ransomware from your phone immediately.

Note: Manual removal is a skillful and risky job, if any mistakes are made in the process, you may damage your phone immediately. If you are not sure how to do, please contact YooCare PC experts 24/7 online for help right now.

Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on February 14, 2016 3:22 am

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