"Hey. It's me! Your future friend or enemy" removal guide
What is "Hey. It's me! Your future friend or enemy"?
Cyber criminals proliferate the "Hey. It's me! Your future friend or enemy" scam through email messages. They send emails to many random people hoping that some will take the message seriously. The main purpose of this scam is to trick the recipient of the email into sending money to the scammers, otherwise the scammers threaten to proliferate a 'personal' video that they have supposedly recorded using a program that they stealthily installed on the user's computer. We recommend that you ignore this email, since all claims are false.
The scammer responsible for this email presents himself as a 'hacker' who specializes in hacking devices (supposedly mobile telephones) and stealing data stored on them. In this particular case, he claims that he has installed a program that is capable of recording videos and typed text. Furthermore, he states that he recorded a video whilst the recipient was visiting a pornography website. This was apparently achieved using a 'simultaneous connection' to the telephone's camera whilst recording a video using split screen mode. This supposed video displays the pornography website on one side and the recipient watching it on the other. Furthermore, it is stated that a backup copy of the data stored on a telephone was made and details such as browsing history, contacts, etc. were stolen. The scammer states that ignoring him or contacting the police (or other authorities) will result in the video being leaked. To avoid it being shared with all contacts and proliferated over the internet, a ransom demand of $1000 in Bitcoins is made. A Bitcoin wallet address is provided for transfer of the cryptocurrency. Furthermore, payment must be made within 48 hours. According to this scammer, he will delete the video and all other stolen data once payment is made. As mentioned, this is a scam and should not be trusted. Unfortunately, some people are not aware of these scams and pay the scammers for videos or other material that does not exist.
|Name||Hey. It's Me! Your Future Friend Or Enemy 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
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 haveibeenpwned website.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
Emails sent with the purpose to infect computers with malicious programs can be used successfully only if the presented attachments are opened. Therefore, the included attachments cannot do any damage (download and install malicious programs) if they are left unopened. For instance, if the file presented in an email of this type is a Microsoft Office document, once opened, it will first ask to enable macros commands. Once they are enabled, the malicious document gains permission to download and install a computer infection. If the attached file is an archive file such as ZIP, RAR or other, it must be extracted and its contents executed (launched), and so on.
How to avoid installation of malware?
Do not open attachments that are included in emails received from unknown, untrustworthy or suspicious email addresses. It is straightforward to identify these emails - usually they are irrelevant and presented as important, or they are presented as offers to participate in lotteries, surveys, and so on. Avoid downloading software using Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule) and other third party downloaders, unofficial websites, and so on. The most secure way to download software is using official websites and direct links. Software should be updated using tools or implemented functions that are provided by official software developers only. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any other tools (such as third party, fake software updaters) to achieve this. Have a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed. The internet these days is a risky place, and these tools are a good prevention when dealing with computer infections. They often detect and remove threats before they can cause any damage to the operating system. 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 "Hey. It's me! Your future friend or enemy" email message:
Subject: This account has been hacked! Change your password right now!
Hey. It's me! Your future friend or enemy.
You do not know me and think why I received this letter.
I hack phones and save information from them.
I installed you a program with the functions of saving video and saving typing.
When you visited the sites that interest me. (Sites containing porn.)
My program recorded video from your screen with simultaneous connection to your camera.
Saying thanks to the phone manufacturers. This mode - Split Screen.
Also, I saved a full backup of your phone, which contains all your files.
History of correspondence, browser history and all telephone contacts during the hacking.
Saying thanks to the phone manufacturers. This mode - backup.
You think what I should do. And, of course, you are furious.
You have to make a choice.
And remember. You make choice, what will happen next in your life.
1. You can delete and ignore this email. When I return, I will see that the letter is being viewed.
In this case, I will be able to share this personal record with your contacts.
To track the reading of a message and the actions in it, I use the facebook pixel.
Thanks to them. (Everything that is used for the authorities can help us.)
More you can find out by the link.
2. You can write or call to the police, and shout nervous. Catch the hacker. Save my life.
They will investigate the hacked ip and hacked mail.
In order to find me and protect you. I think time is too small for this, 48 hours before sending the files.
In this case, I will be able to share this personal record with your contacts.
The police will not save you from the ridicule of friends, colleagues and family. You want live with this?
In my practice, there were cases when people had to change the whole way of life and place of residence.
They wanted to pay, but it was too late. It's time, and the files have been sent.
Everything that is downloaded on the Internet there and will remain forever.
More information you can find on request in Google
"Beyonce wants this photo removed"
3. I want to get paid for the work done. We all want our work to be paid.
(Even if it was not a wanted job.)
I want 1000 USD. In Bitcoin
My wallet BTC Address:
(CASE sensitive, copy and paste it carefully)
If you have any questions, you can write me. Email will be available for short-term support.
For payment after opening the letter 48 hours.
Pay me and you make new choice.
4. Receiving video only personally.
5. Delete all the data.
Time has begun.
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is "Hey. It's me! Your future friend or enemy"?
- 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 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:
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 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".
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.
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.