"Netflix Email Virus" removal guide
What is "Netflix Email Virus"?
"Netflix Email Virus" is an email that is distributed as part of a spam campaign - cyber criminals send it to many people. Note that this is a scam, a 'phishing' attempt, and has nothing to do with Netflix. It steal users' usernames and passwords. Similar emails are used to distribute malware (malicious programs) such as Trojans and other programs of this kind. This and other similar emails can never be trusted and the best option is to ignore them.
In this case, the "Netflix Email Virus" spam campaign targets people who use the Netflix media-services provider. According to the email, some information on the recipient's Netflix account is missing or incorrect. Scammers encourage people to update account information within 72 hours, otherwise the account will be limited. There is a "VERIFY NOW" button that, if clicked, opens a fake Netflix website asking the user to sign-in. It asks users to enter their email addresses or telephone numbers and passwords used to log into the (existing) Netflix account. This email cannot be trusted. Cyber criminals often claim to be representatives of well-known companies - they send emails using names of various popular companies and attempt to make these emails appear legitimate and official. In this case they attempt to steal people's personal details/information. There are many other similar spam campaigns on the internet. Most are used to cause computer infections (distribute malware) that steal data. Typically, cyber criminals employ these programs to generate revenue and cause victims financial loss.
|Name||possible malware infections|
|Threat Type||Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware|
|Symptoms||Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.|
|Damage||Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.|
To eliminate possible malware infections our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are many spam campaigns including, for example, "Unicredit Bank Email Virus", "Love Letter Email Virus", and "Y.E DESIGN Email Virus". These are spam email campaigns designed to proliferate high-risk malicious programs. Typically, cyber criminals proliferate programs such as Adwind, LokiBot, TrickBot, Emotet, and so on. These viruses are usually employed to steal data and to use it to generate revenue. The programs are also capable of opening backdoors and installing other infections such as ransomware.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
"Netflix Email Virus" can cause problems only if the presented "VERIFY NOW" button is clicked and the required details are provided. Otherwise, it is harmless. In other cases, cyber criminals send emails that contain malicious attachments such as Microsoft Office documents, PDF files, executable files (.exe), archive files (ZIP, RAR, and others), or website links that lead to malicious files. None can infect computers unless they are opened.
How to avoid installation of malware?
Be careful with emails received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Do not open included attachments or web links without making sure it is safe to do so. Dubious emails are often irrelevant, and yet presented as legitimate, official, or important. Ignore emails of this type. Do not use various third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, or other such tools to download (or install) software. They might be used by cyber criminals to proliferate various rogue apps or other unwanted software (potentially, malicious one). Update software using tools or functions that are provided by official developers only. Fake (unofficial) tools should not be used (they often cause computer infections). Software cracking tools should be avoided too, since cyber criminals employ them to proliferate malicious programs. These tools often install malware rather than activating any paid software free of charge. Note that, in any case, it is illegal to use cracking tools. Finally, reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware software can prevent computers from being infected - it detects and removes threats 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 "Netflix Email Virus" email message:
Subject: Some information on your account appears to be missing or incorrect.
Reset your information
Some information on your account appears to be missing or incorrect, please update your account information promptly so that you can continue to enjoy all the benefits of your account.
If you don't update your information within 72 hours we'll limit what you can do with your account.
We're here to help if you need it. Visit the Help Center for more info or contact us.
ñYour friends at Netflix
Questions? Visit the Help Center
This account email has been sent to you as part of your Netflix membership. To change your email preferences at any tim 5;, please visit the Communication Settings page for your account.
Please do not reply to this email, as we are unable to respond from this email address. If you need help or would like 4;o contact us, please visit our Help Center at help.netflix.com.
This message was mailed to [you] by Netflix.
Netflix International B.V.
Screenshot of a deceptive website asking to enter account details:
Another variant of "Netflix" email spam campaign. This one claims that Netflix was unable to collect the monthly payment and encourages users to re-enter (update) credit card details and other personal data:
Text presented within this email:
Netflix was unable to collect a payment because of one of the following:
- The method of payment on file is no longer valid or has expired. - The financial institution did not approve the monthly charge.
To resolve the issue, update your payment method. Download form attached to this email and follow the instructions.
Once your payment information has been updated, you can continue enjoying Netflix. If you're having trouble updating your payment information, you may want to reach out to your card issuer to ensure the card information is up to date or try an alternate method of payment.
Netflix will also automatically retry the failed payment periodically over the course of your billing cycle to help you get back to enjoying the service.
Screenshot of the fake Netflix website attached to the email:
Instant automatic removal of possible malware infections:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of possible malware infections. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "Netflix Email Virus"?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of possible malware infections.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
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:
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:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart 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.
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.
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In 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.
Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware filename 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".
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 file of the malware be sure to remove it.
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.