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 bogus emails to many people). This particular campaign is categorized as a sextortion scam. Scammers who distribute it try to make recipients believe that humiliating material will be sent to other people unless they pay a specific cryptocurrency payment.

Placed a malware on the xxx streaming site spam campaign

The email states that the person responsible for sending the email placed malicious software on a pornography website, which was recently visited by the recipient. This malware apparently gave access to the victim's screen and webcam, which was used to record a double-screen video of the 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. Unless the recipient transfers $966 (in Bitcoins) to a cryptocurrency wallet provided, the criminal behind this scam threatens to send the compromising video to all of the recipient's contacts. It is also claimed that this can be proven by sending the video to six of the recipient's contacts. Scams of this type are not new and criminals have been using them for some time, however, many people are not aware and take them seriously. These 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 criminals falsely claim to have 'embarrassing material', which will be publicized unless the recipient pays a ransom.
Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address 18zNp5JhvTMDx8oCN36Ghp4NuUqvU5MXmf (the address may vary depending on spam campaign variant).
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of computers.
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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This spam campaign is similar to other scams 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 to trick people into sending cryptocurrency payments. There is also another type of spam campaign. In many cases, cyber criminals attempt to infect 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 commonly-used files to spread viruses are Microsoft Office, PDF documents, JavaScript files, archives (ZIP, RAR), executables, and so on. If opened, they trigger download and installation of various malicious programs designed to proliferate other viruses, steal personal information and browsing-related data, and so on. If a computer is infected with a malware of this type, it could cause financial/data loss, problems with privacy and 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 cause damage though attached files can do so only when those files are opened. Therefore, they cannot infect computers without the manual intervention of the email recipient. For instance, if the attachment is a Microsoft Office document, when opened, it will demand permission to enable macros commands (to disable Protected View mode). If allowed, the document will download and install a malicious program. If the attachment is an executable file, to cause an infection it needs to be executed/opened, whilst 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 ( and the included files should not be opened). Software should not be downloaded from dubious, unofficial websites, using third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and so on. The safest method to download software is using official websites and direct download links. Do not use third party, unofficial (fake) software updaters to update operating systems or installed programs. These tools might install malware rather than updates, or exploit bugs and flaws of already installed, outdated software. Use functions or tools that are provided by official software developers only. Later versions of Microsoft Office (2000 and newer) have "Protected View" mode, which prevents malicious attachments from downloading viruses. Therefore, do not use old versions of MS Office. Do not activate installed software using 'cracking' tools that supposedly bypass paid software activation. These tools are illegal and often cause download/installation of malware. Finally, have an anti-virus or anti-spyware suite installed and enabled at all times. 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 "Placed a malware on the xxx streaming site" email message:

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 the 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 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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