Embed A Malware On The Web Page Email Scam

Also Known As: possible malware infections
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

"Embed a malware on the web page Email Scam" removal guide

What is "Embed a malware on the web page Email Scam"?

"Embed a malware on the web page Email Scam" is categorized as spam email campaign. Typically, these campaigns are used to threaten people and trick them into paying to avoid shame or other "consequences", such as computer infections. In this case, cyber criminals claim that they have captured "the process of your onanism" (a video), and have stolen your personal data. If you want to prevent supposed data loss and the video from being proliferated to all of your contacts, you are encouraged to pay a ransom. This is typical behaviour of cyber criminals and you should not worry.

Embed a malware on the web page Email Scam malware

You are probably one of thousands to receive this blackmail message. Developers of this spam campaign use "email spoofing", a method allowing them to deceive people regarding the email sender (in other words, the method is used to hide the actual sender). In this case, the spoofing method is used to make the email appear as if it is sent from a legitimate sender, and thus the email is more often opened. It also makes it easier for cyber criminals to deceive people to pay a ransom for something that does not exist (in this case, an embarrassing video). Cyber criminals claim that you have visited a pornographic website that is embedded with malware. The malware has supposedly captured a compromising video of you watching pornography, and has gained access to your personal files and contact list. Cyber criminals demand a ransom payment of 600 Euros (in Bitcoins) and give 30 hours for receipt. If the ransom is not paid, they threaten to send the video to all contacts in the contacts list. In addition, they try to make people believe that they are able to monitor everything they do with their computers when they are turned on. None of this information is accurate and this is simply a scam. These criminals hope that someone will take their threats seriously. Unfortunately, sometimes they succeed. We strongly recommend that you ignore this email and simply delete it. Apply this to all similar emails you might receive.

Threat Summary:
Name Embed A Malware On The Web Page Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of one's computer.
Distribution methods Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.
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There are hundreds of other email campaigns that are similar to "Embed a malware on the web page Email Scam", such as Hacker Who Cracked Your Email And Device, Remote Control Desktop With A Key Logger, We Have Installed One RAT Software, and many more. Most of these campaigns share an identical goal - to threaten people and to trick them into paying a ransom. Some, however, do not make any ransom demands - they are used to trick users into opening a malicious attachments that will infect computers with a virus. In most cases these attachments are presented as legitimate documents (bills, invoices, and so on) - they are usually Microsoft Office documents (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.). Do not open these attachments. They are used to proliferate high-risk viruses such as TrickBot, Adwind, FormBook, and so on. They are usually designed to extract users' banking account details, passwords, logins, and other sensitive/personal information. Some of these viruses are capable of opening "backdoors" that often cause ransomware-type virus infections. They can cause financial problems, data loss, or issues relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on.

We receive a lot of feedback from concerned users about this scam email. Here is the most popular question that we receive:

Q: Hi pcrisk.com team, I received an email stating that my computer was hacked and they have a video of me. Now they are asking for a ransom in Bitcoins. I think this must be true because they listed my real name and password in the email. What should I do?

A: Do not worry about this email. Neither hackers nor cyber criminals have infiltrated/hacked your computer and there is no video of you watching pornography. Simply ignore the message and do not send any Bitcoins. Your email, name, and password was probably stolen from a compromised website such as  Yahoo (these website breaches are common). If you are concerned, you can check if your accounts have been compromised by visiting haveibeenpwned website.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

As mentioned above, some spam campaigns proliferate attachments (Microsoft Office documents) that contain/proliferate malware. Generally, once an attachment of this type is opened, it asks users to enable macro commands. If enabled, the attachments then download and install malware. Note, however, that these malicious attachments are harmful only when they are opened using Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and so on). If other products are used to open the attachment, they will not be able to download and install malware. In summary, these particular spam campaigns target only Windows (Microsoft Office) users. Users of other operating systems are generally safe.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Do not open attachments sent from suspicious/unknown/irrelevant email addresses. If you are not sure if the email is trustworthy, do research using Google and see if you can find any information. Avoid using third party software downloaders or fake (unofficial) software updating tools. These are often used to proliferate rogue applications. To update your software, use implemented functions or tools provided by official developers only. Download software from official and trustworthy websites and install it carefully. Software developers often use the "bundling" method to trick users into installing (or downloading) potentially unwanted applications. Therefore, check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of the installation processes. Deselect offers to install unknown/suspicious software and only then finish the installation. If you are using Microsoft Office, we recommend that use versions that include "Protected View" mode. This prevents downloaded files from downloading and installing malware. "Protected View" is available on Microsoft Office 2010 and later. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "Embed a malware on the web page Email Scam" email message:

Subject: Hi, victim.

hello, victim.
I write you inasmuch as I embed a malware on the web page with porno which you have visited.
My malware captured all your personal data and turned on your camera which captured the process of your onanism. Just after that the virus saved your contact list.
I will erase the compromising video records and data if you send me 600 EURO in bitcoin.
This is wallet address for payment : 1JMSH4oDSuGteB46G7Yg1FLQXeqfVPJyyU

I give you 30h after you view my report for making the transaction.
As soon as you open the message I'll see it right away.
It is not necessary to tell me that you have sent money to me. This wallet address is connected to you, my system will delete everything automatically after transfer confirmation.
If you need 48h just Open the calculator on your desktop and press +++
If you don't pay, I'll send dirt to all your contacts.
Let me remind you-I see what you're doing!
You can visit the police station but nothing can't help you.
If you attempt to deceive me , I'll see it right away!
I don't live in your country. So anybody can't track my location even for 9 months.
Goodbye for now. Don't forget about the disgrace and to ignore, Your life can be ruined.

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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Malwarebytes for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:

malicious process running on user's computer sample

If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:

manual malware removal step 1 Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:

screenshot of autoruns application

manual malware removal step 2Restart your computer into Safe Mode:

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

 

manual malware removal step 3Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.

extract autoruns.zip and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck the "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.

Click 'Options' at the top and uncheck 'Hide Empty Locations' and 'Hide Windows Entries' options

manual malware removal step 5Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.

searching for malware file on your computer

Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.

To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Malwarebytes for Windows.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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