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Remove I hacked your device (Removal Guide) - updated Jul 2019

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Mac viruses

I hacked your device is the email scam that tricks people into thinking their device has been hacked to demand payment

I hacked your device email scam
I hacked your device is the message informing about possible malware infections and potential danger for your privacy. However, all those scary messages are false.

I hacked your device is the fake email message stating about the infected or hacked device and email. This is a social engineering attack that focuses on scaring people and demanding payments.[1] Senders claim that they have some compromising information collected with the help of the keylogger or the trojan horse that will be revealed if the victims don't pay the ransom. High-pressure Porn blackmail scam informs the user that personal images, porn-related browsing history, and similar personal data were captured by a camera on the device, and can be leaked to friends from the contact list. 

 

Name I hacked your device
Type  Email Scam
Category  Malware 
Symptoms  Email stating about possibly hacked account or device, questionable activities on the system, online banking or shopping accounts
Main danger  Identity theft, changed or stolen passwords, illegal access to your accounts/devices
Tactics  Tricks people into paying the demanded ransom to avoid revealing compromising/personal information
Distribution  Email messages
Elimination  Get an antivirus tool and scan the machine fully to remove I hacked your device
Payment amount $671 in most of the cases. The price can go up or down depending on the variant and scammer
Main purpose To get profit from scared victims, gain access to devices and steal valuable information

To fake the credibility, scammers who spread I hacked your device email scam messages may even include your real password of the email account. This is possible because people keep using the same passwords for different accounts that can be hacked if not protected properly. Additionally, they claim that they installed a keylogger or the Trojan horse on the system. In this case, you cannot be sure that they haven't, so a proper system scan is highly recommended to prevent serious problems.[2]

However, in most cases, I hacked your device scam is the malware that emerges inside an email only. If you received such spam, reset your passwords immediately. While in most of the cases, the statement about your hacked device or email account is false, renewing your passwords won't do harm.

The message stating “I hacked your device” seems credible because it reveals some confidential information like victim's email address, some passwords or states about videos or photos captured via the camera on the affected device. Scammers have also been using a technique helping them to make the email look like it came from the victim's email address. However, this technique doesn't mean that your email account got hacked and is rather social engineering than truth.

The scam is similar to other spam campaigns:

I Hacked Your Device email messages can differ from victim to victim, but the more recent variant looks like this:

Hi, stranger!

I hacked your device, because I sent you this message from your account.
If you have already changed your password, my malware will be intercepts it every time.

You may not know me, and you are most likely wondering why you are receiving this email, right?
In fact, I posted a malicious program on adults (pornography) of some websites, and you know that you visited these websites to enjoy
(you know what I mean).

While you were watching video clips,
my trojan started working as a RDP (remote desktop) with a keylogger that gave me access to your screen as well as a webcam.

Immediately after this, my program gathered all your contacts from messenger, social networks, and also by e-mail.

What I’ve done?
I made a double screen video.
The first part shows the video you watched (you have good taste, yes … but strange for me and other normal people),
and the second part shows the recording of your webcam.

What should you do?

Well, I think $671 (USD dollars) is a fair price for our little secret.
You will make a bitcoin payment (if you don’t know, look for “how to buy bitcoins” on Google).

BTC Address: 1GjZSJnpU4AfTS8vmre6rx7eQgeMUq8VYr
(This is CASE sensitive, please copy and paste it)

Remarks:
You have 2 days (48 hours) to pay. (I have a special code, and at the moment I know that you have read this email).

If I don’t get bitcoins, I will send your video to all your contacts, including family members, colleagues, etc.
However, if I am paid, I will immediately destroy the video, and my trojan will be destruct someself.

If you want to get proof, answer “Yes!” and resend this letter to youself.
And I will definitely send your video to your any 19 contacts.

This is a non-negotiable offer, so please do not waste my personal and other people’s time by replying to this email.

Bye!

The I hacked your device virus should be safely ignored and deleted from the inbox. However, if you clicked some link or downloaded the attachment to your computer, you can become a victim of a targeted virus attack that aims to infect the system with serious malware and cause more havoc on it.

I hacked your device is not a real message you should trust. It is trying to extort money from huge and profitable companies or rich people in particular. The email is typically sent over the internet to numerous victims to increase the chances of extorting money from unaware people. This method works because people are typically trying to avoid any data loss. However, scammers have nothing on you and the alleged compromised information is non-existent. 

You need to remove I hacked your device message from the email box and avoid clicking anything on the email itself or contacting people behind this scam. Make sure to avoid paying the ransom because any interaction with scammers can lead you to permanent money loss. Remember that there is no need to pay because your device is not hacked at all.

To make sure that I hacked your device scam hasn't infected your computer with malware (trojan, keylogger, etc.), scan the machine thoroughly with anti-malware program. These viruses can pose a serious danger on your computer, so their removal is a must. We can recommend using Reimage for the possible virus damage elimination. Make sure to choose a reputable program when selecting anti-malware tool, so there is no risk of getting affected by other cyber infections. 

Interacting with hackers can lead you to numerous dangers

I hacked your device removal is especially needed because this email scam focuses on getting money from its victims. The data that is allegedly captured by scammers is not going to be leaked even when you do not pay the demanded ransom. Experts[3] note that cybercriminals may also request more money when you pay the first sum.

Interacting with I hacked your device email scam message can lead to:

  • installation of malware like keystroke loggers[4] or trojans;
  • remote hacker access on the system;
  • directly installed ransomware;
  • real privacy issues due to revealed or stolen data.

I hacked your device is not a message you should trust and the best thing to do is to ignore it. If you ever run in similar scams in the future, be aware that any information that you reveal can be misused against you, so avoid any contact with these hackers as all of their claims are stated just to gain income from gullible people. 

Additionally, in some cases, scams such as I hacked your device might enter the computer system if any type of potentially unwanted program is installed on it. If you have been receiving specific scam apps regularly, you should perform a full computer scan and check the possibility that an adware app or similar program might be hiding on your machine.

I installed RAT into your device
I installed RAT into your device is a variant of I hacked your device scam

A popular version of the scam – I installed RAT into your device

I hacked your device is a scam that has some similar versions and I installed RAT into your device is one of them. Talking about this current variant, it tricks people by claiming that a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) has been installed on the system by using the EternalBlue exploit.[5]

The main goal of I installed RAT into your device scam is to trick people and swindle money from them. This misleading message states that adult-themed videos of the user will be posted on the web if a particular amount of money is not transferred to prevent such exposure. 

RATs, also known as Remote Administration Tools, are used to give cybercriminals remote access to the targeted machine or device. This way, such tool (either legitimate or illegal) allows completing suspicious activities, e.g. running malware in the background, collecting personal information, swindling money, and so on.

However, Remote Administration Tools are not always malicious. Some of them might be used by trustworthy security experts that tend to fix system-related errors remotely. Sadly, RATs are often used for malware-based purposes all over the Internet and it might be hard to identify a harmful one at first.

I hacked your device scam messages
I hacked your device is a scam message that needs to be avoided or it might cost your private data/money

Spam email campaigns distribute malware due to careless user behavior 

Paying close attention to emails you get and files you open from the attachments can help you avoid various cyber infections and scary attacks like email scams or different phishing campaigns. Scammers can achieve their goals when users open and download such files from attachments.

Often documents, PDFs and archive files contain malicious scripts or even virus payloads. Installation of such scripts lead to cyber infections and appearing of such scam messages. Unfortunately, you cannot see the initial virus infiltration because there is no permission of the user required. 

You can avoid the installation of malware if you keep away from opening suspicious and unknown emails or their attachments. This is the best way to keep your machine virus-free. Additionally, you should keep the anti-malware program on the machine and run the full system scan from time to time. This way any suspicious behavior and applications get blocked.

Eliminate I hacked your device email scam and clean the machine entirely

Having a computer infected by I hacked your device scam can cause more issues on your system in general because your privacy, financial data, and online browsing safety can be at risk. However, don't believe the message claiming that scammers have information about you or compromising videos. This is a lie used to swindle your money or installing real malware. 

If you got this message from scammers, make sure you remove I hacked your device scam from your email because keeping it there is no point or can even be dangerous. Additionally, make sure you are not infected because there is always recommended checking the system to make sure that there is no need to remove malware. For that, opt for the automatic system cleaning solution. 

While I hacked your device removal is an easy part, the system check requires attention and professional anti-malware tools like Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes Malwarebytes. These programs can remove all intruders and fix possible damage, clean the machine from infected files and other malware related to this scam.

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To remove I hacked your device, follow these steps:

Remove I hacked your device using Safe Mode with Networking

You may benefit from Safe Mode with Networking while removing viruses caused by I hacked your device email scam:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove I hacked your device

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete I hacked your device removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove I hacked your device using System Restore

Try recovering the system with System Restore feature:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of I hacked your device. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that I hacked your device removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from I hacked your device and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner or Malwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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