Do not trust the "You have 46 Hours in order to make the payment" email

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

"You have 46 Hours in order to make the payment" removal guide

What is "You have 46 Hours in order to make the payment"?

"You have 46 Hours to make the payment" is a scam email. It uses the sextortion scam model, by which scammers claim that they have obtained compromising material of the user (i.e., evidence of sexual activity) and threaten to publicize it unless a specified sum is paid. All claims made by this message are false, and therefore you should ignore these emails.

You have 46 Hours in order to make the payment spam campaign

The "You have 46 Hours to make the payment" message claims that it was sent by a hacker who supposedly gained access to the recipient's system and infected it with malware. The nonexistent infection has apparently originated from an adult-themed website, which the email states users have recently visited. While the recipient was viewing the content of the adult site, the scammers allege that they had recorded the device's screen and used its web-camera to record the recipient. Additionally, the malicious software has exfiltrated various files (e.g. private documents, videos, photos, etc.) and the user's contact lists. The created and stolen data has apparently been uploaded to a remote sever, and therefore using security services, reformatting the disk or destroying the device itself are of no use. The message threatens that the recordings (split into two screens with one part displaying the content that was viewed at the time, and the other, footage of the user) will be sent to the contacts (e.g. relatives, coworkers, etc.) unless the recipient pays 500 USD in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The email informs users that they have 46 hours from opening the message to pay the ransom. If payment is made, the fake compromising material will be deleted. Note that you should not respond to these requests. If users reply with the word "yes", the scammers claim that will send videos to six of the contacts. The "You have 46 Hours to make the payment" email is simply a scam and all statements are bogus. Therefore, ignore this email and any others that make similar threats.

Threat Summary:
Name You have 46 Hours in order to make the payment Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim The scammers claim that they have made a compromising video of the recipient and this will be sent to all contacts, unless a specific sum is paid within a given time frame.
Ransom Amount 500 USD in Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address 1KxcLRkaN9hfx3dZWurCNKbKhYsHzxa7xR (Bitcoin)
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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"Sextortion Email (Dash)", "Я Прôгрaммиcт, Кoтôрый Взлôмaл 0с Вaшeгô Уcтрôйcтвa", and "On this day I hacked your OS" are some examples of other email scams similar to "You have 46 Hours to make the payment". These deceptive messages are distributed using large scale spam campaigns. This mail is usually disguised as "official", "urgent", "important", "urgent" and so on. There are various scam models used for nefarious purposes, not just sextortion. The only purpose of such schemes is to generate revenue for the individuals behind them, however, blackmail and ransoms is just one method used. Scam emails can also be used to infect recipients' devices with trojans, ransomware and other malicious software.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Spam campaigns cause infections via dangerous files present in deceptive/scam emails. These files can be attached to this mail or linked inside (i.e., the messages contain download links). Infectious files can appear in various formats such as Microsoft Office and PDF documents, archive (ZIP, RAR) and executable (.exe, .run) files, JavaScript and many others. When these malicious files are executed, run or otherwise opened, the infection process begins (they start downloading/installing malware). For example, MS Office documents infect systems through macro commands. Upon opening, these documents request users to enable macro commands (i.e., to enable editing) - the infection is then triggered. In Microsoft Office versions released before 2010, this process begins automatically.

How to avoid installation of malware

Do not open suspicious or irrelevant emails, especially those received from suspect/unknown (senders) addresses. Any attachments or links found in dubious messages must never be opened, as this can result in an infection. You are advised to use Microsoft Office versions released after 2010, as these have "Protected View" mode, which prevents malicious documents from starting the infection process upon opening. Spam campaigns are not the only way that malware proliferates. It also proliferates via untrusted download sources, illegal activation tools ("cracks") and fake updaters. Therefore, use official and verified download channels. Software should be activated and updated with tools/functions provided be legitimate developers. To ensure device integrity and user safety, have reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware installed and kept up to date. Use this software for regular system scans and removal of detected threats/issues. 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 "You have 46 Hours in order to make the payment" email message:

Subject: You have 46 Hours in order to make the payment

 

FINAL WARNING!

You have 46 Hours in order to make the payment. (I have a Facebook pixel in this email, and at this moment I know that you have read through this email message). If I do not get the Bitcoin, I will certainly send out your files and video recording to all your contacts including relatives, coworkers and all contacts. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I'll destroy all files and videos immediately. If you need evidence, reply with "Yes" and I will certainly send out your video recording to your 6 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, Don't waste my personal time and your by responding to this message.

I'm a Hacker who cracked your devices. I set up a malware on the adult video (p0rn) website and guess what, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your internet browser started out functioning as an "HRDP" Hidden Remote Desktop Protocol which gave me accessibility to your screen and web camera. After that, my software program obtained all your contacts and files.

What did I do?
I generated a backup of your every system (private document files, video, photos, all files). I created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you've got a good taste hahaha), and 2nd part shows the recording of your webcam. All your data is already uploaded to a remote server. Do not try to contact me. Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help either since your data is already on a remote server.

Exactly what should you do?
Well, in my opinion, 500 (USD) Dollars is a fair price for our little secret. You'll make the payment by Bitcoin (search "Bitcoin Wallet" in Application Store then Download and Install it) Make a deposit to your wallet. After that, transfer it to my wallet.
My Bitcoin (BTC) wallet address:  1KxcLRkaN9hfx3dZWurCNKbKhYsHzxa7xR

(It is case sensitive, Bitcoin wallet address Beginning with 1 and ending with R).

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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 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:

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 Malwarebytes 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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