It’s okay if you have a porn app on your phone. I’m not going to judge.

But I am going to judge if you have one particular new porn app called Adult Player. That app was recently discovered to be a form of ransomware that works in a frightening way.

This Android app looks like a fun app filled with great sex and nudity. The thumbnail features a picture of a woman holding her two enormous boobs. But after you install the app, all of the fun stops.

The app will secretly activate your phone’s front-facing camera and take a picture of your face.

Then, the app will lock your device and demand a $500 ransom.

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The app isn’t actually available from the Google Play Store (which doesn’t really allow adult apps at all). You need to download it directly from a malicious webpage. Of course, you’ll also have to activate your phone’s permission to install third-party updates.

The app is brazen with its encryption scam. Here’s the picture you’ll see when you try to unlock your phone:

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“The amount of fine is 500$”? What is this, the Islamic State? Since when do you get fined for watching porn? I wish the developers of this app at least had the guts to call it a ransom.

The phone also claims that your phone gets locked for “safety reasons”. The app’s developers make it look like the FBI has locked down your phone. You even have your very own FBI case number!

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How to Remove the App

Zscaler is the security company that discovered the app, and they get credit for all of the photos on this page.

That company has provided full instructions on how to remove the Adult Player app here.

Basically, you reboot your phone into safe mode, disable the app’s administrator privileges, and then uninstall the app like you normally would.

See? There’s no need to pay the $500 fine.

How to Avoid Ransomware Apps in the Future

Google doesn’t individually certify every app on its app store. It does, however, use an automatic filter to scan every app that is uploaded onto the store. That filter removes most ransomware apps – including Adult Player – from the store.

If you downloaded the Adult Player app, then you did so by visiting an infected website.

Unless you know an app is legitimate and trustworthy, it’s never a good idea to install anything from outside the Google Play Store.

Furthermore, this app requires you to actually grant it administrator privileges! Here’s the screen you see after you open the app for the first time:

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If you ever seen an app ask for permissions like that, it’s a good idea to say no and remove that app immediately.

If you can follow those easy tips, you’ll have no trouble avoiding scams like Adult Player in the future.

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