Drive by Exploit Email

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The Drive by Exploit Email

The Drive by Exploit Email is an example of an email spam campaign aimed at threatening the email recipients about a supposed account breach. The Drive by Exploit email campaign is also known as a sextortion email scam. The perpetrators behind the Drive by Exploit email use intimidation to threaten with the potential release of sensitive personal information.


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Any computer user knows that Trojan Horses are among the worst things that can happen to their systems as they can lead to data loss, identity theft and many other problems, which can not only make us waste our time trying to solve them, but also lead us to lose a good amount of money in the process. That is why, in this post, our “How to remove” team will provide you with some important information on how those nasty threats operate and what to expect from them. You will also learn how to detect and remove one particular representative of the Trojan Horse family called Drive by Exploit in the simplest and fastest way possible. Besides, we will share with you some security guidelines to avoid contamination with those viruses, which will allow you to perform your daily tasks without fear and with greater security.

Drive by Exploit

The Drive by Exploit is an email scam campaign intended to scare the targets into believing their respective systems’ have been compromised. Drive by Exploit is also referred to as a sextortion scam, because of the nature of the threat behind it.

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Drive by exploit Email

The Drive by exploit email lets you know you are infected:

Hi, I’m a hacker and programmer, I know one of your password is: *******************
Your computer was infected with my private malware, because your browser wasn’t updated / patched, in such case it’s enough to just visit some website where my iframe is placed to get automatically infected, if you want to find out more – Google: “Drive-by exploit”
My malware gave me full access to all your accounts (see password above), full control over your computer and it was possible for me to spy on you over your webcam. 
I collected all your private data, recorded few videos of you (through your webcam) and I RECORDED YOU SATISFYING YOURSELF!!! 
I can publish all your private data everywhere, including the darknet, where the very sick people are and the videos of you, send them to your contacts, post them on social network and everywhere else!
Only you can prevent me from doing this and only I can help you out, there are no traces left, as I removed my malware after my job was done and this email(s) has been sent from some hacked server… 
The only way to stop me, is to pay exactly 800$ in bitcoin (BTC). 
It’s a very good offer, compared to all that HORRIBLE shit that will happen if you don’t pay! 
You can easily buy bitcoin here: , , or check for bitcoin ATM near you, or Google for other exchanger. 
You can send the bitcoin directly to my wallet, or create your own wallet first here: , then receive and send to mine. 
My bitcoin wallet is: **************************************
Copy and paste it, it’s (cAsE-sEnSEtiVE) 
You got 3 days time. 
As I got access to this email account, I will know if this email has been read. 
If you get this email multiple times, it’s to make sure that you read it, my mailer script is configured like this and after payment you can ignore it. 
After receiving the payment, I remove all your data and you can life your live in peace like before. 
Next time update your browser before browsing the web!

Drive by Exploit Scam

The Drive by Exploit Scam is an email intimidation spam campaign aimed at extorting money. The Drive by Exploit scam implies that your email has been compromised and you need to pay a ransom to prevent embarrassing personal data from being leaked. However, the Drive by Exploit email is just a scam.

Nowadays, computer viruses are a real nightmare for any Internet user. Among them, the so-called Trojan Horses are the most commonly encountered and some of the most malicious. Their name comes from the mythological Trojan Horse, which seemed to be a gift for Troy but had Greek soldiers hidden inside of it, that attacked the city and took over it. In computing, the name given to those threats is a reference to this myth. The Trojan Horse infections may seem to be useful software at first while, in fact, they put in danger the security of the system and can damage your entire machine. The Trojans are mostly spread when users click on some reliable-looking links, ads or emails, or when they open a program that they believe has a legitimate origin but, in reality, is a carrier of the infection.

Trojans like Drive by Exploit Bitcoin Email Malware, for example, can make your computer behave very strangely, especially if you do not realize they are there and if you do nothing to remove them. If you are reading this, however, the chances are you already have a suspicion that such an infection is hiding somewhere in your PC and that’s why we suggest you keep on reading and discover how to detect and delete it safely.

A Trojan horse is a malware type that has been created with many potential purposes in mind. The effects of these threats can be very harmful to the point that they can literally make the infected machine useless. Threats like Drive by ExploitPorn Blackmail Bitcoin Email Scam or “Hi, I’m a hacker and programmer, I know one of your password” can destroy the hard drive information and forward all your data to the hackers’ servers, create security holes in the system and insert other viruses (such as Ransomware or Spyware), spy on you, steal sensitive information and whatnot.

Steps to eliminate Trojans

With all said, there is no doubt that you should remove an infection like Drive by Exploit as soon as possible. The first thing you have to do is detect it. The Trojans can be very stealthy, though and they oftentimes hardly have visible symptoms that can give them away. That’s why, in most cases, you may need to install professional antivirus software on your machine and run a full system scan to catch the infection. In case you do not already have such a program, in the removal guide below, there is a professional removal tool that is specialized in dealing with many different forms of malware including Trojans such as Drive by Exploit, which, in combination with the manual steps, can be invaluable for users who have no experience in handling those pieces of malware.


Name Drive by Exploit
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Trojans rarely show visible symptoms and due to this they usually require professional software to be detected.
Distribution Method Spam, cracked software, infected installers, ads, malicious email attachments, torrents.
Detection Tool

Remove Drive by Exploit Email

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

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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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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:



To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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:

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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 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!


  • This is not a virus! IT’S JUST A SCAM! You do not have to go through all of this. Just change your passwords.

      • I have also had the same e-mail emailed to me in my junk mail, I always get junk mail on hotmail i copied the “Drive-by exploit” in the e-mail & googled it this is the second website i have looked on about it.

        • It came in my spam email to so just to be safe I called Microsoft and they told me to file a report with the spam site. The password they sent I had used on a couple of old sites but I’ve been using a different one on my important sites for a few months

      • Any time any site gets compromised that information finds it way to someone unscrupulous who makes such an e-mail.

        The one they got for me was : skyrim. I’d used that as a throwaway password on Nexusmods for Skyrim mods back when i wasn’t using a password manager to make up random ones for me.

        That site was hacked in 2015. Go to HaveIBeenPwned site to see what passwords related to your e-mail addresses have been hacked in the past.

        That said i don’t even have a webcam so this e-mail was moot for me (though i thought why not get informed and google this).

        If they had your passwords they would sell them instead or attempt to use it themselves (not a good idea for any but the best hackers).

        If they truly had your passwords they would show more than the one or two that may have been compromised by happenstance in the past.

        That said if the password shown is one which you use (in any form) for a serious website , reconsider your web security. Get a password manager. Good luck !

      • they know your password from one of the many breaches that facebook or other large entities face. Experian for example, its the same way people steal identities and such, identity lock or whatever can tell you what password from where is found on the darkweb. just change your passwords, the email is a scam they don’t have videos of you gratifying yourself, I have been getting this scam mail since the facebook exploit, however I don’t have any such videos or a webcam so how could such a video exist… just saying.

  • Thank goodness. I was feeling like…all I need to do is change my passwords…they gave me three days and I didn’t actually see the email until the sixth day (this exploit email was in my junk mail)…and nothing happen.

  • I received this message for the second time. Now I have 2 days to pay $1,400 to Bitcoin. How would I know it is a scam? please advise.

    • It’s almost certainly a scam. Still, if you want to be sure, you can use the recommended anti-malware tool from the guide on this page and scan your computer with it. If it finds anything, remove it to secure your machine.

  • Can the virus infect my phone? If so, how do I get rid of it or do I just delete the emails? They came In my spam email inbox.

    • It doesn’t exist as a virus. It hasn’t infected anyone’s phones or computers. It’s using email address and password combos from data breaches, and social engineering. See other comments.

  • This is a social engineering scam. There are many leaked e-mail and password combinations that have been dumped and accessible to unscrupulous individuals.

    Somebody took that data dump, created that e-mail form, and sent it to all the e-mail addresses and password combinations they have access to. User’s seeing an actual password they used, especially if it is re-used will short circuit their reasoning capabilities and be more likely to blindly follow the instructions.

    Nothing is stopping the author(s) of these e-mails from re-sending multiple times.

    In my case, the password they “knew” was the weak one I use on websites I suspect have weak security. I have checked that e-mail address for hits in known data leaks, and it has many hits. This tells me that they only have e-mail addresses and a passwords, and wrote an e-mail to make an optimal use of this combination.

    • Would you have suspected MySpace and Dailymotion of having weak security? What about Facebook? Sony?

      You can get a list of sites from which a password for your email address has been leaked at https :// haveibeenpwned. com/. You can also test a specific password for having appeared in a leak.

      Your computer/device has not been infected by this RAT. “After that I removed my malware to not leave any traces.” Good covering story; however, there are no traces because it was never there in the first place. There is no urgent need to follow the steps in this article, but they are useful checks to make from time to time (like checking the oil in your car).

  • I got the same email today so when I went on ‘haveibeenpwned’ and used their “search pwned password”, my password was not compromised.

    Why is that?

  • I received email today and I REQUESTED him that upload my satisfy video on all p/o/r.n site and send to some p’o’r/n producer so they can see me and hire me for the next project. If I get a project I will pay $10000. Hahahha

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