What is Android Police Virus?
Android Police Virus (or Android virus) is a malicious infection, which first release on the Internet has been recorded in May 2014. However, it seems that it has recently been updated and, at the moment of writing, actively spreads around the Internet. In fact, some people consider it to be a ransomware just like FBI virus. However, the crucial difference between Android Police Virus and ransomwares is that it can only affect smart phones and tablets running Android operating system. Besides, security experts consider it to be less malicious.
Android Police Virus is related to Koler.A BKA Trojan, which are usually activated after installing a corrupted application from a suspicious website or file-sharing portals, after clicking on media player updates when visiting adult content websites or after clicking on infected links. Once the Trojan is activated, it immediately locks down the machine and delivers a fake alert accusing you of committing a serious cyber crime due to which your computer has been locked. An example of Android Police Virus alert:
Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below.
All the actions performed on this phone are fixed.
All your files are encrypted.
CONDUCTED AUDIO AND VIDEO.
This message is adjusted according to the PC’s location, which can be determined with the help of GPS and wireless data on your Android. Consequently, the message can show up in various languages. By the way, it is supposedly sent by national security service or GVU (Gesellschaft zur Verfolgung von Urheberrechtsverletzungen), which is an organization that works to stop copyright infringement. Since people are usually blamed for downloading files illegally and scared into thinking that if they will not pay the fine, which is $300 for American victims, national security service will penalize them for illegal activities, they immediately start considering paying the fine. However, you have to keep in mind that it’s just a scam, which has nothing in common with the law enforcement authorities. After paying the ransom you may not only lose money, but may also reveal credit card details to cyber criminals, which may encourage them to implement further crimes.
How can Android Police Virus infect my phone?
There are a lot of different methods that cyber criminals use in order to spread infections, such as Android Police Virus. Usually, such and similar infections are caught when visiting illegal or pornographic websites with mobile devices. Such websites may contain really suspicious content, such as fake software updates, infected links, etc., which once clicked may active a Trojan and infect your device with Android Police Virus virus. Besides, research has shown that this malware frequently infiltrates devices via corrupted apps. Of course, it’s not very likely that you will install an app with malicious code from Play Store; however, if you prefer downloading apps from unfamiliar sources or unreliable file-sharing portals, you may easily end up with a serious computer infection. Therefore, if you want to keep you device secure, stay away from suspicious websites, NEVER click on suspicious-looking links, alerts, ads and similar thing when browser and download apps only from reliable sources. Besides, you should install a powerful anti-spyware tool and keep it up-to-date.
How to remove Android Police Virus virus?
If you suspect that Android Police Virus is hiding in your smart phone or another Android device, we recommend you to check the system with BullGuard Mobile Security, which is capable of detecting malicious files, malware and virus components. Of course, such infections can block security software in order to prevent removal. If you are going thru this experience right now, you should reboot your Android device into Safe Mode before launching BullGuard Mobile Security:
- Find the power button and press it for a couple of seconds until you see a menu. Tap the Power off.
- Once you see a dialog window that offers you to reboot your Android to Safe Mode, select this option and OK.
If this failed to work for you, just turn off your device and then turn it on. Once it becomes active, try pressing and holding Menu, Volume Down, Volume Up or Volume Down and Volume Up together to see Safe Mode.