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Koler FBI Android Ransomware – How to Remove + Restore Files

This article aims to help you by showing you how to remove the Koler FBI ransomware virus from your Android device and how to restore files that have been encrypted on your Android device.

Koler Android ransomware virus has still been reported to be active and infecting in new iterations. One of those iteration masks the virus as a fake FBI police detection, accusing the victim of watching or downloading illegal porn on his device. The ransomware is not known to use encryption on the victim’s files, but only locks his device by obtaining the permissions for it and then uses scareware tactics to convince victims to make a ransom payoff in order to unlock their device. In reality however, you should not pay anything to this virus and read this article in order to learn how to export your files from your Android device and remove this virus completely.

Threat Summary

Name Koler
Type Android Lockscreen Ransomware
Short Description Locks victims out of their Android devices and aims to convince them into making a ransom payment to unlock the device and make it usable again.
Symptoms The screen is locked and an FBI pretending-to-be message appears, convicting the victim of watching porn videos.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Koler Ransomware Distribution

In order to be widespread, this ransomware uses two main types of methods. The first one is used for it’s initial infections, which accounts for more than 70% of infected devices in the US. This is reported to be a fake Photo viewer app which the victims download, believing it is a legitimate one. To get you to download the app, the virus would send a malicious app, with a message similar to the following:

“Someone made a profile named – Luca Pelliciari – and he uploaded some of your photos! Is that you? https://bit.ly/xxxxxx.”

When the victim is tricked into opening the malicious URL, it immediately downloads the app on the computer of the victim.

In addition to this, the Koler ransomware virus is also self-replicating, meaning that it can use your phone to send the same infection message to other phones, which may also result in other phones becoming infected with it and higher monthly bill due to the malware sending messages at your expense. This is the main reason why if you encounter the Koler FBI ransomware, you should immediately plug out your SIM card(s) from your device.

Activity of Koler Ransomware

Once Koler ransomware has infected an Android device, the malware immediately locks down your device and denies any use of your SIM card, meaning that you cannot make any calls. The virus also changes or adds a login PIN that is not known to you. Check the instructions below on how to deal with the ransomware in the best way possible.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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