Yesterday, I was using my phone to watch movie online, suddenly, my phone got blocked by the Guardians of the Peace of Ireland. It said that I have been accused by violating the law and committing a crime. I didn’t do anything wrong on my phone I promise. Now I can’t access my phone at all. As soon as I power on my phone, the block page can appear. It won’t let me to close it. In order to get my phone back, I need to pay a fine to the police. Does this warning really come from the police? What should I do?
Brief Introduction to This Virus
Once you get a warning from the Guardians of the Peace of Ireland on your android phone, you must be aware that what you are facing is not the police, but a virus. Nowadays, with the development of the technology, a new kind of virus has been designed by cyber hacker. The ransomware virus now not only targets on computers with Windows and Mac operating systems today, it also aims on smart phones and tablets now. Just like what it can do to the infected computers, once this virus infiltrates the target phones and tablets, it can block the whole system by displaying a fake warning from the police to cheat and threaten innocent phone users. The only one goal that those cyber hackers want to gain is the money. Under no circumstance, should this payment need to be made.
The Screenshot of This Scam
The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland (GARDA) Virus can be distributed by cyber hackers from the Internet. It is the main way to get it spread to phone users in a specific area. From its name we can notice that this scam virus targets users who live in Ireland, just like the FBI and DOJ viruses target on users in USA, PCeU virus attacks British people. Cyber hackers can upload this virus to websites that they have already hacked into, those websites can be some famous websites, porn web pages and so on. When people click on the malicious links to open the infected websites on their phones, this virus can be downloaded immediately. Once this GARDA virus gets downloaded, it can be activated right away. It can pop up a warning that occupies the whole phone screen which can’t be close or minimize. Phone users can’t even use the power button to shut down the infected phone. This fake warning can appear as soon as the phone is turned on. It will not allow people to do anything on the phone.
The fake GARDA police warning can claim that the phone user has done something wrong on the phone that breaks the law. What’s more, it tells the user that all the files on the phone have been encrypted. To be honest, all it says are forged by cyber hackers. It is a trick that tries to threaten innocent people to convince that it is a really police warning, so that they will do what the fake warning tells willingly without any doubt. To avoid be punished by the law, phone users are told to pay a fine from NZ$100 to 500 or even more through Ukash or PaySafeCard. If the penalty fine can’t be made in time, the phone user can be arrested by the police and put into jail for several years. That really scares innocent users as no one will get into trouble with the police. However, even though some people paid the fine, their smart phones still can’t be unlocked. So that’s why we urge people should not pay to the virus in no case.
The Traits of the Infection
-Can lock the phone and won’t let you do anything on it
-Tells you that you must pay for the violation of law by using MoneyPak or some other ways.
-You are charged for doing something illegal, but actually you didn’t.
-Tells you that your activities in this phone have been recorded and your files have been encrypted.
-Your IP address and some basic information are listed on the page.
Finding all or some of these symptoms on your android phone, sorry to say that your phone is infected by the Guardians of the Peace of Ireland (GARDA) Virus. Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts for manual removal guide.
Manual Removal Guide to Unlock Your Android Phone from Fake Police Warning (For Literate)
There is a removal guide provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.
Step 1: Try to access the safe mode on the infected phone.
What is safe mode on an android phone? Just like the safe mode on Windows computers, the safe mode on android phone is a diagnostic mode. It is intended to fix the issues that happen on the problematic phone. In safe mode, the phone will reduce functionality. Typically, the safe mode loads as few executable modules as possible and disable all the non-core components to run. In one word, safe mode only runs the system without the third-party software.
How to get the safe mode on an android phone?
There are too many brands of android phones in the world, so the way to get the safe mode can be various. We will only take a group of them as examples, if you can’t follow the tips to get the same mode on your phone, please go online to find the right way to access the safe mode as the safe mode is premise to remove this infection from your phone.
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.
Step 2: If you can find “Safe Mode” on the left hand corner, that means your phone is in safe mode already, please contact our expert for further removal instruction.
The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland (GARDA) Virus targets on computer users and people who use android phones and tablets. No wonder, it is a kind of bad virus that can lock the infected device and cheat people by using a fake police warning. People are not able to utilize the infected devices as the whole systems of the devices get blocked by this virus. In order to unlock the device from the so-called police warning, people need to pay a great amount of money. In fact, to finish the payment is not the way to get rid of this scam virus. So, people must be cautious about this ransomware. If it attacks your phone, please do not hesitate to get it removed in time.
Suggestion: To follow removal guide to get out of the Guardians of the Peace of Ireland (GARDA) Virus that mentioned above, a quite level of phone knowledge is needed. Otherwise, the wrong operating on the safe mode can make the situation even worse. Please make sure you are capable of dealing with this. If not, please Contact online experts for help now!
Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on September 22, 2014 8:51 am