Do not trust the "Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus" scam email

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

"Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus" email scam removal guide

What is the "Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus" email?

"Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus" is a scam email. The letter claims that the scammers behind it - know various personal and compromising information, concerning the recipient. Furthermore, it makes such false threats, like infecting the recipient's family with the Corona virus - should they fail to meet the ransom demands. It must be emphasized that all the claims made in this email are untrue, hence this letter must be ignored.

Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus Email Scam email spam campaign

The "Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus" email claims that the senders know all of the recipient's embarrassing secrets. The scammers allege that they know all of the user's account passwords, their location, with whom they interact and their daily routine in general. However, the letter provides no details concerning this. For example, it is only claimed that the recipient's location is known, yet neither country nor region are specified. The scammers threaten to infect the user's family with the Corona virus, reveal their secrets and so on. To prevent any of these fake scenarios, the recipient is instructed to pay 4 000 US dollars worth in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Allegedly, the ransom must be paid in 24 hours. If the demands are not met, the threats will be carried out, thereby ruining the recipient's life. The email ends by claiming that the nonexistent compromising information will be deleted and the user will not be bothered again. This is supposedly non-negotiable, so the recipient must not reply to the letter. As mentioned in the introduction, "Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus" is a scam. While the threats made in this email sound serious, they are all false. Therefore, users should simply ignore the letter. This email (and others similar to it) must not be trusted.

Threat Summary:
Name Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Scam claims that unless recipients pay a ransom - their secrets will be publicized and their family infected with the Corona virus.
Cyber Criminals' Cryptowallet Address 17P3S6DuNUpW2WLozsrrW6rRd6xh24Rc7N (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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Deceptive/Scam emails are distributed (sent) by the thousand, during operations called "spam campaigns". "I Know A Lot More Things About You", "Arabitol GLOBAL TRADING", "I infected your computer with my private trojan" are a few examples of other schemes, similar to "Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus". These letters are usually disguised as "official", "important", "urgent" and similar; they may also be disguised as mail from legitimate organizations, institutions, companies, service providers, etc. The sole purpose of these emails is to generate revenue for the individuals behind them. This can be done via ransom demands, phishing (i.e. attempt to trick users into providing personal information, such as names, addresses, various account log-ins and passwords, etc.), malware proliferation and so on.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Systems are infected through virulent files attached to deceptive/scam emails or alternatively, these letters can contain download links of malicious content. Infectious files can be in various formats, e.g. archive (ZIP, RAR) and executable (.exe, .run) files, Microsoft Office and PDF documents, JavaScript, etc. When malicious files are executed, run or otherwise opened - it initiates the infection process. In other words, when they are opened - download/installation of malware is triggered. For example, upon being opened, Microsoft Office docs request users to enable macro commands (i.e. to enable editing) and once that is done - the infection process begins. However, this process is started automatically (when the document is opened) in Microsoft Office programs released prior to 2010.

How to avoid installation of malware?

To avoid malware infections spread via spam campaigns, it is recommended not to open suspicious and/or irrelevant emails. Especially any attachments or links present in dubious mail, since these files are a potential source of infection. It is advised to use Microsoft Office versions released after the year 2010. The newer versions have "Protected View" mode, which prevents malicious documents from beginning to download/install malware immediately upon being opened. Aside from spam campaigns, malware is also proliferated through illegal activation ("cracking") tools, fake updaters and untrustworthy download channels (e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders). Therefore, it is important to activate and update products with tools/functions, provided by legitimate developers. Additionally, only official and verified download sources should be used. To ensure device and user safety, it is paramount to have a dependable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and kept updated. Furthermore, this software should be used for regular system scans and to remove detected threats/issues. 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 "Infect Your Family With CoronaVirus" email letter:

I know every dirty little secret abοut your life. To prove my point, tell me, does ****** ring any bell tο yοu? It was οne οf yοur passwοrds.

What dο I know abοut you?

Tο start with, I knοw all of yοur passwords. I am aware of your whereabοuts, what yοu eat, with whοm you talk, every little thing yοu do in a day.

What am I capable οf dοing?

If I want, I cοuld even infect yοur whοle family with the CοronaVirus, reveal all of yοur secrets. There are cοuntless things I can dο.

What should yοu do?

Yοu need tο pay me $4000. You'll make the payment via Βitcoin to the belοw-mentiοned address. If you dοn't knοw how tο do this, search 'how tο buy bitcoin' in Goοgle.
Βitcoin Address:
(It is cAsE sensitive, sο cοpy and paste it)

You have 24 hours to make the payment. I have a unique pixel within this email message, and right now, I knοw that yοu have read this email.

If I dο not get the payment:

I will infect every member οf your family with the CοronaVirus. No matter how smart yοu are, believe me, if I want to affect, I can. I will also gο ahead and reveal yοur secrets. I will completely ruin yοur life.

Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase every little informatiοn I have abοut yοu immediately. You will never hear from me again. It is a nοn-negotiable οffer, sο dοn't waste my time and yours by replying to this email.


Another similar scam email relating to Coronavirus:

Coronavirus-related scam email

Text presented within this email:

Hi,  neighbor.
Tests confirmed that I was sick with a coronavirus.
Doctors said that in the week I will leave the world.
My parents will be left without my support.
And at this time you will live enjoying.
I think this is unfair, and I suggests you pay me.
What I am sitting at home and don't try to infect your home.
Life or money.
Hurry up! Every hour, I hate you more and more.

My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) 17P3S6DuNUpW2WLozsrrW6rRd6xh24Rc7N

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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 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 since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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