I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus Email Scam

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

"I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus" removal guide

What is "I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus"?

"I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus" is another spam email campaign designed to extort recipients. Cyber criminals send thousands of emails with deceptive messages stating that they have infected the victim's computer and recorded compromising material. These people threaten to send the recorded video to all of the victim's contacts unless a ransom is paid. This is a scam.

I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus spam campaign

Emails from the "I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus" spam campaign claim that cyber criminals have injected malware into the system when the recipient was supposedly watching an adult video. It is also stated all personal data has been stolen and a video recorded via the webcam of the victim masturbating. These claims are followed by a threat stating that the video will be sent to all of the victim's contacts unless a ransom of $480 in Bitcoins is paid. The recipient has 25 hours to submit payment. If payment is made, all material will supposedly be deleted. This is simply a scam. Cyber criminals send these emails to hundreds of thousands of users hoping that some will fall for it. Unfortunately, they often succeed in tricking unsuspecting users (especially those who lack knowledge in cyber security) and generating revenue. These spam campaigns are very simple, and yet beneficial for criminals. The number of these campaigns is large and growing daily. If you receive email messages stating that someone has infected your computer, stolen data or similar, simply ignore them, since they are fraudulent.

Threat Summary:
Name I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus 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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"I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus" shares many similarities with dozens of other spam campaigns, such as "You May Not Know Me", "I'll Begin With The Most Important", "I Hacked Your Device", "Services Which Actually I Sell In Darknet", etc. These spam campaigns are also used to extort money from recipients, however, other campaigns are used to proliferate viruses. These are delivered with malicious attachments that, once opened, infiltrate malware into the system. In most cases, spam campaigns are used to proliferate trojan-type viruses, such as Adwind, FormBook, Hancitor, AZORult, TrickBot, and many others. Some campaigns also proliferate ransomware. In any case, however, opening attached files/links is very risky, since the presence of such malware can lead to serious privacy issues, as well as financial and data losses.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

As mentioned above, email campaigns proliferate viruses via malicious attachments, however, users' intervention is necessary for the malware to infiltrate (users must trigger the infection manually by opening malicious attachments). File types distributed using these spam campaigns include executables, JavaScript files, PDF documents, archives, and many others. In most cases, however, attachments are Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Once opened, these ask victims to enable macro commands. In doing so, many users inadvertently grant these files permission to download and install malware. In summary, users' lack of knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for such computer infections.

How to avoid installation of malware?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the internet. Think twice before opening email attachments. If the file/link is received from a suspicious party or seems irrelevant, do not open anything. Bear in mind that criminals often send deceptive messages to abuse recipients' curiosity (e.g., "you have received a package", "you have won a lottery", and so on). They attempt to trick users by offering something free of charge. Do not fall for these scams. Have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running, since these tools can detect and eliminate malware before any damage is done. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus" email message:

Subject: Your friends will love this vid of you beating your meat


Expect you actually don't care about my english sentence structure, since im from Denmark. I contaminated your machine with a virus and now have all of your private data from your computer system.

It was set up on an adult page after which you have selected the online video and  it, my program immediately got into your os.

Then simply, your cam recorded you flying solo, on top of that i documented a video that you have looked at.

Immediately after some time additionally, it picked up all your device contact info. If you ever want me to wipe off your all that i have - transfer me 480 dollars in btc it's a crypto-currency. Its my account transfer address : 17rABUVhKzTxzwznAJMd8MHabzCZuwhUwu

Now you have 25 hrs. to make up your mind As soon as i will receive the transaction i am going to wipe out this movie and every little thing entirely. If not, you should be sure that the footage is going to be forwarded to all your contacts.

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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 Spyhunter 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 Spyhunter 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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