Pleasure Yourself Email Scam

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

"Pleasure Yourself" removal guide

What is "Pleasure Yourself"?

"Pleasure Yourself" is a spam campaign that scammers proliferate by sending an email to many people. The main purpose of this scam is to blackmail email recipients. Cyber criminals claim that they have infected the computer with a Trojan and the infection allowed them to record a compromising video of the victim. They also threaten to proliferate this video if their ransom demands are not met within a specific time. In fact, there is nothing to worry about - this is a common scam that criminals hope some victims will believe. None of the claims are accurate and it should be ignored and not taken seriously.

Pleasure Yourself spam campaign

Cyber criminals state in the "Pleasure Yourself" scam that the computer was infected with a Trojan when its recipient clicked an advertisement while visiting an adult website. According to the scammers, this Trojan (a malicious program) allowed them to monitor computing activity and gave access to the microphone, camera, and devices connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and so on. They claim that they have monitored their victim for some time and during that time have recorded a compromising video of him/her - in their words - "pleasing yourself". In summary, these cyber criminals claim that they have compiled a video in which the recipient can be seen watching an adult video (the video itself can be seen as well). The aforementioned Trojan also apparently allowed them to steal data such as email accounts, social media accounts, contacts, and so on. In the "Pleasure Yourself" scam, they provide a number of Bitcoin wallet addresses to transfer $650 within five days. If their demands are not met, they state that they will send the video to all of the contacts they have managed to steal. Once the ransom is paid, they promise to delete the video. Furthermore, scammers urge people who receive this email not to contact anyone about it, otherwise they will proliferate the compromising video. As mentioned above, this is merely a scam. Do not trust these emails.

Threat Summary:
Name Pleasure Yourself 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 many email scams used to extort money from innocent people. Some examples include "I Contaminated Your Machine With A Virus", "You May Not Know Me", and "I'll Begin With The Most Important". Some spam campaigns are used to proliferate computer infections. Generally, these emails contain attachments (or web links) that, once opened, download and install malicious programs. Some examples of programs that cyber criminals distribute using this method are Adwind, FormBook, Hancitor, and AZORult. Spam campaigns are also used to proliferate ransomware. Therefore, having computers infected with malware of this type can cause serious problems such as financial loss, privacy issues, data loss, and so on.

We receive a great deal of feedback from concerned users about this scam email. Here is the most popular question 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 the haveibeenpwned website.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

To infect computers through emails (spam campaigns), cyber criminals employ malicious attachments or web links that lead to malicious files. Note, however, that to cause damage, they must first be opened. Attached files can be Microsoft Office documents (Excel, Word, and so on), archives such as ZIP, RAR, executables (.exe) files, PDF documents, JavaScript files, and so on. Frequently, cyber criminals attach MS Office documents. When opened, they demand permission to enable macros commands. Enabling them results in download and installation of computer infections.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Carefully check each email that contains web links or attachments. Do not open these attachments without making sure that it is safe to do so, especially if the email is received from an unknown/suspicious address. Note that these emails are usually presented as official, legitimate and important. In many cases, scammers claim that recipients have won a prize, received a package, must confirm a funds transfer, and so on. They make these emails look tempting. Have reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed (and enabled). Software of this type usually detects and removes viruses, malicious programs, etc. before they can cause any damage. 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 "Pleasure Yourself" email message:

Subject: I have a video with you

Good evening,

we don’t think that it’s wrong to pleasure yourself from time to time.
Certain things are just best kept private, if your relatives and friends are confronted by this it will be something to worry about.
Something any person would be totally embarrassed with.
And will be having serious affects to your personal life and wellbeing.
For a period of time we have been monitoring your computer trough a trojan virus that has been installed by yourself and has infected your computer.
You have been infected by clicking on an advert on one of our infected pornographic websites.
A trojan virus gives us access to your computer and any device that is connected to it, whether it is trough wifi or bluetooth.
We have been monitoring your screen and everything you have been doing, trough a live feed, without you being aware of this.
We also have control over your camera and microphone which we can switch on and off whenever we want.
Any information that has been interesting or relevant to us has been stored privately.
For example: contacts, social media,emails,etc.
We have recorded a video where you can be seen pleasing yourself, and we have added the video you was watching as an split screen footage.
With one press of a button I can forward this video to all your contacts, social media, etc.
If you want to prevent this from happening transfer the amount of 650$ to the following bitcoin address !

Bitcoin address: 1Ncy5FKRUfgkbAK7PFcgUc9XtUDXwyYH6m, 18TBJB1gzJxwHvvGhrxFSsoTzGHRUyw5fK, 18eqFNTARsdhvmQd1VcLPAbxS7xV48n5ux, 15aYe8LXfRUup8ncsNYpNmj9rXUnecPMzW, 1Dezkn1miU6h6cYdWuoJVJoBxXuEMhgW38, 1E4WMuN9jZfcuu6yL3LmoMek4HNEenh7hB

Buying bitcoin is very easy and straightforward , just GOOGLE it !


As soon as payment has been submitted your details and video footage will be deleted.
We will give you a timeframe of 5 days to make this payment.
Failing to do so will leave you with the consequences that you have been made aware of.
We don’t make mistakes.
Reporting this is useless, it is impossible to track this email address and these emails have been sent via an external server abroad.
These accounts have been hacked.
If you make the stupid choice to do report this or contact anybody about this message we will directly release your footage and forward it,
any other things we obtained that can possibly harm you will be used against you too.
We will get notified as soon as this email has been opened, from that moment the clock starts running.
You have 5 days exactly not a minute longer.

With kind regards

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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 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".

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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