Remove Darknet Bank98 Email Virus (April 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Darknet Bank98 Email Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

The criminal appears to be targeting primarily dutch users, as the entire message seems to be geared towards their language. The message reads as follows:

Mijn bijnaam in darknet is bank98. Ik heb deze mailbox meer dan zes maanden geleden gehackt, heb ik je besturingssysteem geinfecteerd met een virus (trojan) dat door mij is gemaakt en heb ik je lange tijd gevolgd. Overtuig uzelf (ik stuurde u dit bericht vanuit uw account). Zelfs als je het wachtwoord daarna hebt gewijzigd – het maakt niet uit, mijn virus heeft alle cachegegevens op je computer onderschept en automatisch opgeslagen toegang voor mij. Ik heb toegang tot al uw accounts, sociale netwerken, e-mail, browsegeschiedenis. Dienovereenkomstig heb ik de gegevens van al uw contacten, bestanden van uw computer, foto’s en video’s. Ik was het meest getroffen door de intieme inhoudssites die je af en toe bezoekt. Je hebt een heel wilde fantasie, ik zeg het je! Tijdens je tijdverdrijf en entertainment daar, nam ik een screenshot via de camera van je apparaat, synchroniserend met wat je aan het kijken was. O mijn God! Je bent zo grappig en opgewonden! Ik denk dat je niet wilt dat al je contacten deze bestanden krijgen, toch? Als je van dezelfde mening bent, dan denk ik dat 400 EURO een vrij redelijke prijs is om het vuil dat ik heb gemaakt te vernietigen. Stuur het bovenstaande bedrag op mijn BTC-portemonnee (bitcoin): 1LhXVkgCRBTv4uV5uskAneM3dzxSJ9jCXg Zodra het bovenstaande bedrag is ontvangen, garandeer ik dat de gegevens worden verwijderd, ik heb het niet nodig. Anders krijgen deze bestanden en geschiedenis van het bezoeken van sites al uw contacten van uw apparaat. Ook zal ik iedereen uw contact toegang tot uw e-mail en toegangslogs sturen, ik heb het zorgvuldig bewaard! Sinds het lezen van deze brief heb je 48 uur! Nadat je dit bericht hebt gelezen, ontvang ik automatisch bericht dat je de brief hebt gezien. Ik hoop dat ik je een goede les heb geleerd. Wees niet zo nonchalant, bezoek alleen aan bewezen bronnen en voer je wachtwoorden nergens in!

Many concerned users have recently reported that they have received threatening phishing/scam e-mails in which they have been told that their computers have gotten infected by some nasty Trojan Horse virus or a similar piece of malware and that now the sender of the e-mails (who supposedly controls the said malware) has direct access to their computer and could do whatever he or she pleases with the machine and the data stored on it. In most cases, the users targeted by this type of e-mails are asked to make a ransom payment to a provided BitCoin wallet that has been linked in the e-mail.It is claimed that if the users refuse to issue the payment, the supposed hacker would then use the virus to wreak havoc on the infected PC or would send some sensitive personal info about the victim that has been gained through the hidden malware to other users from the victim’s contact list. Other similar threats might also be included but this is the most common scenario. Now, what we’d advise you if you have also been targeted by such disturbing messages is to take your time and try to determine if there really is an actual infection in your computer instead of directly paying money to the online criminals without even knowing whether or not they have really gained access to your PC and personal info. In most case, such blackmailing messages are actually a scam and the people who send them out aren’t even actual hackers and do not have any access to the computers of the users they target. However, to be sure there really is nothing malicious on your PC, we advise you to follow the next removal guide for a Trojan malware called Darknet Bank98. Darknet Bank98 is a recent and highly malicious cyber threat and it is one that many users currently have on their machines so its important to make sure that you don’t have it as well!

Some words about threats like Darknet Bank98

As you might already know, Trojans are some of the sneakiest and most problematic malware threats out there – they may trigger no specific symptoms and their methods of distribution are often difficult to figure out and avoid. If you have landed Darknet Bank98, it might have been by installing some pirated software, by clicking on the wrong online request or ad, by downloading some spam message’s attachment, by visiting some illegal website and so on and so forth. If you have recently done any of these and have received a blackmailing e-mail like the ones described above, make sure to use our guide and/or the tool in it to ensure that your PC is clean and safe.


Name Darknet Bank98
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Trojans usually show no symptoms but you should still be looking out for any unusual activities in your machine.
Distribution Method Spam letters, malicious advertising campaigns, pirated programs, illegally distributed software, etc.
Detection Tool

Remove Darknet Bank98 Email Virus

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:



Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If you have followed the guide but you couldn’t find anything suspicious that might need to be removed but you still fear there may be a Trojan on your machine, you can also try using the recommended removal software tool that’s been added to the guide. With its help, you should be able to find anything that’s potentially malicious which you couldn’t detect on your own.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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