Have you gotten a message from someone claiming to be a “Anonymous Hacker” who hacked your computer and used your webcam to record a secretly recorded video? Since you are reading this blog post, then probably Yes. And here comes the main question: Is the “Anonymous Hacker” real?
No worries, this message from the so-called “Anonymous Hacker” is nothing more than a phishing scam. Thousands of people around the world have received this email scam, so you are one of many. While terrifying at first, it is classic Bitcoin Blackmail Scam. The “Anonymous Hacker” email is old extortion scheme – which try to guilt people into paying off someone claiming to have secretly recorded video or compromising information.
What to do when you receive the “Anonymous Hacker” Email Bitcoin Scam
We offers the following advice:
- Do not panic!
- The so-called “Anonymous Hacker” will try to rush you, pressure you to make a decision to pay him. We recommend you do not pay a ransom, because your payment will only increase attacks against you.
- Do not respond to the “Anonymous Hacker” spam. The best way is to report the email spam to the FTC at https://www.ftc.gov/
- Keep your system updated with the latest operating system, anti-virus and anti-phishing software.
- Avoid clicking links in email.
- Cover over your computer’s cam and turn it off when not in use.
- Scan your computer for malware
- If you receive the “Anonymous Hacker” email scam, make sure you remove any personal info in this message, then post it as comment on this article. It will help our team monitor the latest email scams.
How to scan your computer for malware
We recommended that you use malware removal tools listed below to completely scan your computer for malware and other security threats. Several malware removal tools are currently available that may be used against malware. The optimum way would be to run Zemana, MalwareBytes and HitmanPro. Below, we will guide you on how to scan your computer for malware and remove the infected folder and files so that your computer can remain safe.
Use Zemana Anti-Malware to scan your computer for malware
Zemana is a utility which can remove malware, adware, potentially unwanted software, hijackers and other security threats from your computer easily and for free. Zemana AntiMalware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of system resources.
- Zemana can be downloaded from the following link. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- After the download is complete, please close all apps and open windows on your PC. Next, launch a file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of Zemana AntiMalware onto your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana Free will start and show the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button for checking your system for malware. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted software are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- Once the system scan is done, Zemana Free will display a scan report.
- In order to delete all items, simply press the “Next” button. The tool will start to remove malware. When the cleaning procedure is complete, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
- Close the Zemana and continue with the next step.
How to protect yourself from phishing web-sites
Use an adblocker program such as the AdGuard in order to protect yourself from phishing web-sites, block unwanted advertisements, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install malicious and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons that affect your machine performance and impact your system security. Browse the Web anonymously and stay safe online!
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard on your computer by clicking on the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is done, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick tutorial as displayed on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop unwanted pop up ads, block phishing web-sites, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.