Can someone tell me why this PCeU (Police Central e-crime Unit) can accuse me that I have done something illegal on my android phone/tablet? I swear I only use the phone for calls, music and movies. I don’t know what happened to my phone. It just shows a picture about this police authority and it occupies the whole screen, I can’t do anything on my phone now. I can’t even turn off my phone. It claims that a so-called fine must be made so that I can get my phone back to normal. Should I pay? I don’t want to get into trouble with the police. Do you know about the ￡100 fine where you have to pay by UKash or something? I had a message on android tablet ref porn & child porn which I may add not looked at but panicked and clicked ok to message it said all sorts of things but panicked & clicked ok something to do with criminal charges and a ￡100 fine. I think I panicked & clicked ok, is this a fake or real? Worrying me to death.
Brief Introduction to This Uk Met Virus
Nowadays, the cyber criminals are more and more frenzied, they can do whatever they can to reach their illegal goals. So this PCeU (Police Central e-crime Unit) virus can be an evil product of them. With the technology developing, smart phone can be a part of essential to many people. It provides a lot of convenience for the work and life. However, this platform becomes the second hard-hit area for the attack of cyber hackers. From attacking the computers with Windows and Mac operating systems, cyber hackers start to attack smart phones with Android systems these days. From the online reports, the number of the victims who have been infected this kind of virus on their android phones is still increasing rapidly.
The Screenshot of This Scam
So what is PCeU (Police Central e-crime Unit) virus? It has been categorized as a malicious scam virus that comes from the same threat family like FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) virus, AFP (Australian Federal Police) virus and so on. This kind of ransomware can be classified by the attacking areas. And this PCeU scam virus usually can affect innocent phone users on the British area. What’s more, tablets with Android systems can be the targets as well. People who though that mobiles and tablets can be virus free should change their views immediately as it is no longer safe for them to use the devices with Android system to go online. This scam virus can be spread from the Internet, and we figure out that the Internet seems to be the only way for this infection to transmit to innocent users. Cyber criminals can implant this infection into many websites that have been hacked, most of those websites can be pages with porn material and malicious links. When the infection is finished, people who come to visit the infected websites can be attacked at once. Hackers don’t need to do too much, they just hack websites and upload the virus, then they just wait for the victims to come and get infected.
What will this PCeU virus do when it comes to an Android phone/tablet? As soon as it sneaks into the phone, it can pop up a picture claiming that the phone user has been charged by some illegal activities that have been done on the phone. To make the accusation be more real, hackers can edit the picture with some police logos and names. Also, some details about the phone user like IP, country, region and city can be listed. People who encounter this situation can be scared when they see the police warning at the first sight. They will be cheated by the description and the information that posted on the picture and think it comes from the real police. Actually, all it shows are tricks made by hackers. The only purpose for this is trying to scare people and make them to believe this warning comes from the police. In order to avoid further punishment, people are told to pay amount of fine, and the fine can be 100 to 550 pounds. If the people refuse to pay, the warning tells that the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 3 to 11 years can be sentenced. Don’t be taken in! All this virus wants is money. It just uses the same trick like what it does on computers. It can lock the whole phone and won’t allow people to do anything on it.
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.
Manual Removal Guide to Unlock Your Android Phone/tablet 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/tablet?
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 S6 S5 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.
PCeU virus is a kind of ransomware that attacks Windows computer, Mac machines and smart phones. It has been distributed by cyber criminals for a long time. To be honest, there is not a perfect anti-virus program that can prevent it from infiltrate devices that listed above. It can lock the whole system and claim the users have done something that break the law. To get the device unlocked, a so-call fine is required by this virus. Under no circumstance, should people pay to this virus as many victims found that their devices are still locked after the payment has been made.
Suggestion: To follow removal guide to get out of PCeU 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 November 3, 2015 8:30 am