A new Android Lockscreen type of ransomware which belongs to the police impersonator viruses has been detected out in the wild. The questionable Trojan enters through users via suspicious applications or by visiting malicious web links via your phone. What is worse, this malware pretends to catch the user in violation making him pay the hefty fine of $100 USD. All users who have been affected by the ransomware should immediately take out their SIM card from their device and follow the instructions below to successfully get rid of this lock screen malware without any damage to their phone or data.
|Short Description||Locks the screen of the user’s mobile device, claiming he or she has committed a crime and asking to pay a fine of 100$ for unlocking the device.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Android update after which the locking of his screen with a timer and a scareware message.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious URLs prompting the installation of a malicious “content-gormless.apk” file.|
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Cyber Police Ransomware – Distribution
The way this ransomware may be spread is via several ways:
- Socal Media and another type of online spam on websites.
- Spammed emails that are featuring malicious URLs.
Users believe that the primary method for it to spread is via spam bots such as the My Facebook Video Spam. The way such spam bots work is that they corrupt a certain Facebook profile to send out spam messages with custom URLs carrying the payload:
After the link has been clicked it may redirect to a page, prompting an update. Regarding Cyber Police ransomware, malware researchers from Symantec Security Response have confirmed that the ransomware displays an Android Update prompt, very similar to the following:
Once the user taps on “Activate” or “Install”, the malware may begin the infection process. The malicious package believed to be carrying the payload is reported to be named “content-gormless.apk”.
Cyber Police Ransomware In Detail
Once activated on the computer the ransomware assumes control of the following features:
- The background.
- Phone and messaging services.
- Imaging services.
- Camera and app access and launch control.
Furthermore, after installation, the app will display itself with an icon, which has the Android logo on a green background and white color.
Not only this but upon activation, the ransomware is also reported to connect to multiple remote hosts which may be its command and control centers:
After an infection, the ransomware has been reported to lock the screen of the user. If the user tries to enter the menu, the lock screen immediately closes it. It is reported to feature a timer along with a scareware message claiming the user has broken the law:
Not only this, but researchers at YooSecurity Guides report of variants of the Cyber Police lockscreen ransomware to feature the following ransom note on tablets:
The ransomware’s activities and demands are simple:
- To pay a “fine” of approximately 100$ via payment services like Ukash or iTunes Gifts.
- To steal personal and other sensitive data from the Android device of the user.
In case you have become a victim by this malware, it is strongly advisable to immediately change the passwords of your phone’s Google and other accounts where you have registration.
Remove Cyber Police Ransomware and Fix Your Phone
You have the option to take your phone to a specialist. However, it is rather expensive in terms of time and money. And removing it will not turn out to be that tricky after all. This is why we have designed instructions that you should follow below to help you deal with this ransomware swiftly and for free.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Cyber Police from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Cyber Police on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Cyber Police in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Cyber Police from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Cyber Police from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Cyber Police from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Cyber Police from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Cyber Police Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Cyber Police from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Cyber Police
Step 2: Uninstall Cyber Police and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Cyber Police on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Cyber Police there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Cyber Police from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Cyber Police and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Cyber Police via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Cyber Police files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Cyber Police, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Cyber Police from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Cyber Police from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Cyber Police from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Cyber Police from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Cyber Police will be removed.
Eliminate Cyber Police from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Cyber Police from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".