Remove “I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked”

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This page aims to help you remove “I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked”. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

Phishing e-mails and e-mail scams in general have been around for quite a while and although they are nowhere near as dangerous an issue as actual cyber attacks from malware such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc., there are still many people who tend to fall for this kind of scams and basically have their money taken away by the scammers after willingly sending it to them. Recently, there has been a new wave of such scam phishing e-mails in which the crooks tell their targets that they have managed to infect the users’ computers with some scary Trojan Horse virus and are now going to corrupt the PC system or send some sensitive personal info that they have collected from the “infected” computer to all the people from their victim’s contacts list unless money is paid in the form of BitCoins to a linked virtual wallet. Now, if you have also been a target to that, we strongly advise you to take a moment and instead directly sending the crooks your money, think about the situation rationally and also read the rest of this post.

The first thing we need to mention about such schemes is that in the vast majority of cases it’s all a ruse and the scammers are basically bluffing and hoping that some of the more gullible users would fall for the bait. That being said, even if you DO have a Trojan on your computer, agreeing to the blackmailer’s terms is almost never a good idea. If you fear that your machine has been compromised, what we’d advise you to do is follow the instructions in the guide below where you will learn how to eliminate a Trojan virus such as “I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked” – one of the newest Trojan Horses out there.

Remove “I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked”

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

More about the “I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked” Trojan

It is understandable if you worry about your PC safety and about your virtual privacy if you have been threatened by some anonymous online scammer who has told you they have infected your computer with a Trojan such as “I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked”. This type of malware threats are indeed some of the worst – they are really sneaky and rarely show any symptoms so users oftentimes have no idea that their machines have been attacked and they are also highly malicious and versatile. Some Trojans could be used to damage the system and the data kept on the PC but also to spy on their victims, steal sensitive info, insert other threats in the computer and even allow the hackers to remotely control the machine without the user knowing about it. Therefore, we understand if you got worried after receiving such a threatening message. However, as we said above, the rational and sensible thing to do in such a situation is to check your computer for any malware and remove any potentially malicious programs you may find. Aside from using our guide, another good way of spotting a threat like “I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked” and removing it is through the use of a specialized anti-malware software tool like the one we’ve posted on this page.


Name “I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked”
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  There aren’t any specific symptoms but try to notice if there are any irregularities like errors or random crashes on your PC.
Distribution Method The most commonly used methods are through spam e-mail campaigns, via malicious social media messages, through pirated downloads, backdoor viruses and also via unreliable and illegal sites.
Detection Tool

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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