Placed A Malware On The Xxx Streaming Site Email Scam

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

"Placed a malware on the xxx streaming site" removal guide

What is "Placed a malware on the xxx streaming site"?

"Placed a malware on the xxx streaming site" is a typical scam which is distributed through a spam campaign (by sending emails to a lot of people). This particular campaign is categorized as a sextortion scam. Scammers who distribute it try to make recipients believe that some humiliating material will be spread (sent to other people) if they will not pay them a specified amount of cryptocurrency.

Placed a malware on the xxx streaming site spam campaign

This email says that a person who sent it placed malicious software on some pornography website which was recently visited by a recipient. This malware gave him the access to a victim's screen and webcam and he used it to record a double-screen video of a recipient watching pornography. It is also stated that the aforementioned malicious program allowed this cyber criminal to steal contacts from Facebook (Messenger) and email accounts. If a recipient will not transfer $966 (in Bitcoins) to a provided cryptocurrency wallet, the person behind this scam will send that compromising video to all recipient's contacts. He even claims that he can prove that by sending video to 6 recipient's contacts. Scams of this type are not new, crooks already use them for a quite some time. However, it is very likely that there are people who still are not aware of them and take them for granted. Such emails should never be trusted and the best option is to simply ignore them.

Threat Summary:
Name  
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim These persons falsely claim to have embarrassing material which will be publicized if recipients will not pay a ransom.
Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address 18zNp5JhvTMDx8oCN36Ghp4NuUqvU5MXmf (the address may vary depending on spam campaign's variant).
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.
Removal

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This spam campaign is similar to other scams of this kind such as "This Account Was Recently Infected", "Hey. It's me! Your Future Friend Or Enemy", "I Have A Forum In The Darkweb" and many more. Typically, scammers use them with a purpose to trick people into sending them cryptocurrency. Nevertheless, there is another type of spam campaigns. There are many cases where cyber criminals attempt to infect people's computers with high-risk malicious programs such as LokiBotHancitor, Emotet , AZORult and other similar malware. They send emails that contain attachments and try to trick people into opening them. Some examples of most commonly used files to spread viruses are Microsoft Office, PDF documents, JavaScript files, archives (like ZIP, RAR), executables and so on. If opened, they trigger downloads and installations of various malicious programs. These programs usually are designed to proliferate other viruses, to steal personal information, browsing-related data and so on. One way or another, if a computer is infected with a malware of this kind, it could cause victims financial or/and data loss, problems with privacy, browsing safety and other serious issues.

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?

Spam campaigns that are designed to cause damage though attached files can do it only when those files are opened. In other words, they cannot infect computers without manual interference of the email recipient. For instance, if the attachment is a Microsoft Office document, when opened, it will ask for a permission to enable macros commands (to disable Protected View mode). If allowed, malicious document will download and install a malicious program. If the attachment is some executable file, to cause an infection it needs to be executed/opened, archive files need to be extracted and their contents executed and so on.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Irrelevant emails that are received from unknown/untrustworthy addresses and contain attachments or web links leading to them should not be trusted (included files opened). Software should not be downloaded from unreliable, unofficial websites, using various third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule and so on. Safest method to download software is using official websites and direct download links for that. Another important thing is not to use third party, unofficial (fake) software updaters to updated operating systems or installed programs. These tools can be used to install malware instead of updates or to exploit bugs, flaws of already installed, outdated software. We recommend to use implicated functions or tools that are provided by official software developers only. Later versions of Microsoft Office (2000 and never) have a "Protected View" feature that prevents malicious attachments from downloading various viruses, for this reason we do not recommend to use old versions of MS Office. Furthermore, it is not a good idea to activate installed software using various 'cracking' tools that supposed to bypass paid activations. These tools are not legal and often cause downloads/installations of malware too. And finally, we strongly recommend to keep the installed anti-virus or anti-spyware suite enabled at all times. If you've already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "Placed a malware on the xxx streaming site" email letter:

I am well aware * is your pass words. Lets get right to point. Neither anyone has paid me to check you. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this email?

Well, i actually placed a malware on the xxx streaming (porno) site and do you know what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were watching videos, your web browser started out functioning as a Remote Desktop that has a keylogger which provided me accessibility to your screen as well as web cam. after that, my software gathered your entire contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as emailaccount. Next i made a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a fine taste omg), and 2nd part shows the view of your web cam, yea its u.

You get 2 options. We should review each one of these choices in aspects:

First choice is to ignore this e-mail. in such a case, i most certainly will send your very own video clip to each one of your personal contacts and thus think about about the humiliation you will get. or in case you are in an affair, exactly how it will certainly affect?

Number 2 option will be to compensate me USD 996. We will think of it as a donation. in this instance, i most certainly will right away eliminate your video. You can go on daily life like this never took place and you would never hear back again from me.

You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search 'how to buy bitcoin in Google search engine).

BTC address to send to: 18zNp5JhvTMDx8oCN36Ghp4NuUqvU5MXmf

[CaSe-sensitive so copy and paste it]

Should you are wondering about going to the law enforcement officials, okay, this email message cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my actions. i am not looking to charge you very much, i simply want to be rewarded. specific%} pixel in thiXmf if i do not receive the bitcoin, i will certainly send out your video to all of your contacts including relatives, colleagues, and so forth. Having said that, if i do get paid, i will destroy the video immediately. If you want proof, reply with Yes! & i definitely will send out your video to your 6 friends. This is a nonnegotiable offer, and so please do not waste my personal time and yours by responding to this message.

Screenshot of this scam with revealed hidden characters that help to avoid emails being detected by spam filters:

additional characters that are hidden to overcome email spam filters

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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task, usually it's better to let antivirus or anti-malware programs do it 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's an example of a suspicious program running on 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 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 "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 Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

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

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware won't 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.

searching for malware file on your computer

Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should help remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills, it's recommended to leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it's better to avoid getting infected that try to remove malware afterwards. To keep your computer safe be sure to install 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.