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Apparently the sheer wealth of online portals for pornography just isn’t enough for some people, so much so that many have been caught with their pants down (literally) after installing an app which later took snaps of the users, locked up their phones, and demanded money in return of their phone use and dignity.

The app, which isn’t actually available in Google Play or any other reputable store, has to be installed manually by the user, and almost immediately presents itself as something a bit dodgy. Aside from the NSFW icon, the app asks for all kinds of permissions, some of which instantly flag warning signs, though many have taken to ignore these and accept the permissions anyway.

The app, called Adult Player, seems functional in the beginning, but then locks out the user from their phone and demands they pay $500 while displaying the cheeky images the app caught of the user… well… y’know.

No matter what users do, the phone is fully locked and thanks to the image which has been taken using the front facing camera of the device, it’s not the most ideal thing to take to your local repair shop.

Even if you shot over that $500 via PayPal, which the ransomware demands, some users who found themselves a little hot under the collar and paid the ransom, found that it actually did nothing and their devices remained locked.

Fortunately US Security Firm Zscaler found a way for red-faced users to get around this issue without dropping a dime by simply booting your device into safe mode and uninstalling the software.

Here’s the steps you should take:

  1. Boot device into safe mode (Please note that entering “safe mode” varies depending on your device, usually using a combination of power, home, and volume buttons.). Safe mode boots the device with default settings without running third party apps.
  2. Uninstalling ransomware from device requires you to first remove administrator privilege. Go to Settings –> Security –> Device Administrator and select ransomware app, then deactivate.
  3. Once this is done, you can go to Settings –> Apps –> Uninstall ransomware app.

Of course, this isn’t guaranteed to work, especially for those with handsets that can’t access safe-mode easily. Though at least it’s an option.

There’s a reason why third-party app installs are disabled by default. If you don’t trust the source, then don’t use it. It’s unfortunately that simple, and everyone knows downloading anything to do with porn is a bad idea.

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