Netsparker Scam

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Netsparker Scam

Netsparker Scam is a devastating computer infection that can infect your computer and gain extensive privileges on it without your knowledge. Threats like Netsparker Scam are known as Trojan horses and they are typically able to corrupt data, delete system files, spy on their victims, and more.

Netsparker Scam

A new shady scheme has been gaining popularity withing cyber criminal circles lately and the number of its victims has been rapidly growing. The NETSPARKER PayPal scam is designed to deceive Internet users into believing they have made a payment and should call 1-888-725-5109 to cancel. The purpose of the scam is to scare and trick potential victims into calling the fake PayPal customer support phone number.

Many of our users reported to us about an ongoing email spam with the following message:

Invoice updated
Billing Department updated your invoice
Amount due: $467.00 USD
Due on receipt
Seller note to customer
You Paid $467.00 USD to NETSPARKER. Thanks For Using PAYPAL. This Email Confirmation for Your Purchase, If It’s Unauthorized Please Cancel the Order now @+1-888-725-5109

Apart from being scary, this PayPal scam could also be related to the distribution of a real infection from the Trojan horse type called Netsparker. The criminals behind this threat typically focus on spamming users’ mailboxes with different phishing messages and scams which secretly deliver the malware inside the computer the moment the people interact with the carrier message. 


NameNetsparker Scam
Distribution MethodSpam messages, infected email attachments, torrents, misleading links, fake ads, cracked software.
Detection Tool

Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Netsparker Scam!

How to remove Netsparker Scam

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Netsparker Scam in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Netsparker Scam from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Netsparker Scam.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Netsparker Scam.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Netsparker Scam from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Netsparker Scam extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Netsparker Scam and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Netsparker Scam on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Netsparker Scam extension
  4. Get rid of Netsparker Scam by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Netsparker Scam” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Netsparker Scam

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Netsparker Scam process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Netsparker Scam
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Netsparker Scam” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Netsparker Scam

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Netsparker Scam in there
    4. Uninstall Netsparker Scam from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Hostingcloud. racing-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Netsparker Scam in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
    What is Netsparker scam?

    Unfortunately, there are already many cases of infection with Netsparker Scam. If they are able to contact the victim, scammers will pose as PayPal customer support representatives and attempt to trick potential victims into providing them with their account credentials as well as personal and financial information. Security professionals, however, warn that giving money to some self-proclaimed hackers without actually dealing with the potential infection is the worst course of action. The first thing one should do is to check their machine with a reliable antivirus program and see if they have malware inside the system.

    Is Netsparker scam dangerous?

    If a Trojan such as Netsparker Scam is detected in the system, however, then you should take the matter seriously. It is perfectly possible that you might have been compromised by a cyber criminal who is now using their access to the machine to scam you. In this case, you need to take immediate actions to remove the infection and block the unauthorized access of the hacker with the help of a professional removal tool or via manual instructions. Otherwise a Trojan horse like the one we’re covering here could cause a lot of trouble.
    Not only can it provide its criminal creators with secret control over the infected computer but it can also create serious security holes that can open the door for nastier pieces of malware like ransomware or spyware. Receiving such emails can be just the beginning of what you could expect if you don’t remove the infection in time. That’s why, if Netsparker Scam has nested itself inside your PC we recommend you to immediately take actions to delete it with the help of the instructions below or by using the professional removal tool attached in the guide.


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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