Do not trust Please Yourself email scam

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

"Please yourself Email Scam" removal guide

What is "Please yourself Email Scam"?

Like most email scams, this one is being sent by scammers who seek to extract money from unsuspecting recipients. They claim that recipient's computer is infected with malware that allowed them to record a compromising video. Scammers behind this email threaten to spread that video if recipients will not send them a certain amount of money. We strongly recommend to ignore this or any other email of this kind.

Please yourself Email Scam spam campaign

Scammers claim that whoever received this email has infected a computer with a trojan-type software. According to scammers, they used that malware to collect information such as contacts from email and social accounts. Also, they recorded a split-screen video where a recipient can be seen "pleasing himself" while watching some video on an adult website. Scammers threaten to send this video to all recipient's contacts if they will not receive $2500 (in Bitcoins) in 5 days. As we mentioned in the introduction, this email should not be trusted. As a rule, scammers send such emails to many people and hope that at least someone will fall for their scam. The best option is to simply ignore and delete such emails.

Threat Summary:
Name Please Yourself Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Scammers claim that they recorded a compromising video of a recipient and will spread it if they will not be paid in 5 days.
Ransom Amount $2500 (in Bitcoins).
Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address 1GKqCo7eW71jVAdYgGSMJQ3G8btojw3CDw;
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the 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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More examples of similar email scams are "On This Day I Hacked Your OS Email Scam", "I'm A Programmer Who Cracked Your Email Scam" and "Hacker Who Has Access To Your Operating System Email Scam". In most cases scammers send them with a purpose to trick recipients into believing that there is some humiliating video of them recorded or photo taken and it will be sent to other people if scammers will not be paid a certain amount of money (typically, in cryptocurrency). However, quite often scammers/cyber criminals use emails to spread various malware as well. For example, malicious software like TrickBot, Adwind, FormBook, LokiBot, and so on. They send emails that contain attachment that, if opened, causes installation of high-risk malware. Typically, they spread malware that can be used to steal personal, sensitive information such as passwords, logins, banking details, infect computers with other malware, etc. It is worth mentioning that cyber criminals often use emails to spread malicious software that is categorized as ransomware too.

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?

As we mentioned above, computers get infected through emails that contain malicious attachments. Cyber criminals attach files like Microsoft Office, PDF documents, archive files like ZIP, RAR, executable files (like .exe), JavaScript files, etc. As a rule, they disguise those emails and/or files attached to them as important, official and hope that recipients will open them. If opened, malicious attachments install malware on a computer. For example, when recipients open a malicious MS Office document, they are asked to enable editing (macros commands). If such permission is given, then a malicious document starts installation of some malware. Simply said, none of the attached files can harm operating systems if they are left unopened.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We advise to avoid using various third party software downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule) and other similar tools to download and/or install software. It should be done using only official websites and direct links. Installed software must be updated using only implemented functions or tools that are designed by official software developers, third party (unofficial) tools are often used to distribute malware. Furthermore, attachments (or web links) included in irrelevant emails that are received from unknown/suspicious emails should not be opened. Software 'cracking' (activation) tools are illegal and often cause installation of malware, therefore, tools of this type should not be used. One more important thing is to regularly scan operating system with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software and keep it always up-to-date. 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 "Please yourself Email Scam" email letter:

Subject: We got video with you

Hi, how you doing ?

We donít think that itís wrong to please yourself from ever and again.
Some things should remain private, and if your relatives and friends get to know about it, this will be something to worry about.
Something anybody would be desperately embarrassed by.

This will strongly influence your personal life and wellbeing.
For a long moment, we have been tracking your PC activity via a trojan virus that had been installed by yourself and that had infected your PC.
You had been infected after clicking on an poster on one of our virus-infected pornographic websites.

A trojan virus grants us access to your PC and any device that is connected to it, whether via wifi or bluetooth.
We have been monitoring your screen and everything you have been doing - through a live feed - and you had no idea of us doing this.
We also have access to your camera and microphone which we can switch on and off whenever we want.
We have been privately storing all data and info that we have been considering worthwhile.
This information included the following: contacts, social media, emails, etc.
We have recorded a video where you can be seen pleasing yourself. Moreover, weíve made a split-screen footage and shown the video you had been watching.
By clicking a button, I can send this blackmail material to all your contacts.
Want to prevent me from doing this? Send 2500$ to the following bitcoin address.

Bitcoin address: "1GKqCo7eW71jVAdYgGSMJQ3G8btojw3CDw"

Though verification is required, you can easily buy bitcoin. Google how to buy bitcoin.


As soon as payment is complete, your details and video footage will be deleted.
We are very generous, so you have 5 days to process the payment.
Otherwise, I will have to do what I have told you about hereinabove
We donít 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.
Should you report this or contact anybody about this, your evidence will be immediately sent out. Besides, we will do anything we can to distribute any other harmful information.
Once this email is opened, we will be notified, and since then the clock will start ticking
You have 5 days exactly, not a minute longer.

Best 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 1Download 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 "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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