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Remove Nightmare Email Scam (Sept. 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove the Nightmare Email Scam. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

One of the most widespread categories of computer malware is the Trojan Horse malware family. It’s most recent representative, a malicious program named Nightmare email, will be the focus of the next lines. The goal of the current article is to give you information about the abilities, the characteristics, the distribution methods, and the ways to remove Nightmare email. If you are a victim of this nasty Trojan Horse, know that the present article contains information that may aid you in the removal of the insidious malware program.

The Nightmare Email Scam.

Nightmare Email Scam

A message recieved by some of the affected users from the Nightmare Email Scam

The abilities of Trojans like Nightmare email tend to be quite versatile, making this particular category of computer threats one of the most widespread, and most commonly used by hackers. The exact end-goal of Nightmare email remains unknown for the time being, but what we can tell you is that this infection may potentially be used in a number of ways.

It may be employed as an espionage tool, and used to gather sensitive info about you such as credit and debit card numbers, online passwords, personal conversations, and more. This info could then be used to blackmail you, to harass you, or to secretly drain your banking accounts without your knowledge.

Another possible use of Nightmare email is to take over your whole system and force the infected computer to carry out tasks beneficial to the hackers. Such tasks could be cryptocurrency mining, DDOS attacks, spam e-mail distribution, etc. In such cases, it is likely that most, if not all of the CPU, and RAM of your machine would get used up to fulfil the Trojan’s task.

Trojans such as Nightmare email may also be employed as backdoor tools, in which case the malware would be able to insert other dangerous threats inside your already infected computer. A common example of a malware category that gets distributed with the help of Trojans are the Ransomware cryptoviruses – these infections oftentimes travel alongside Trojan Horse.

Those were only three examples out of the many possible ways in which a Trojan may cause its harm.

Distribution of Trojans

Techniques commonly used to spread Trojans include the use of spam messages, misleading ads from sketchy sites, fake request for software updates, and more. A very commonly encountered technique of Trojan Horse distribution is the use of pirated content. Since many users go to illegal sites that distribute pirated software, and due to the lack of serious control on such sites, many hackers upload their Trojans there, disguising them as the installers of popular games and programs, or as the files of different movies. Once the malicious file gets downloaded and executed on the user’s computer, the Trojan gets released and is now free to carry out its nefarious task. In many cases, there wouldn’t be any visible symptoms of the ongoing infection, and if the Trojan is a new one (like Nightmare email), even the antivirus program may fail to spot the offending malware. Hopefully, if you have noticed the Trojan on time, the guide below will allow you to eliminate it before any serious damage has been caused.

SUMMARY:

Name Nightmare email
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Though Trojans may oftentimes show no symptoms, in some cases they may trigger system crashes, software errors, sudden freezes, slow-downs, and other similar disturbances.
Distribution Method Pirated games, and other illegally distributed software, are oftentimes used to spread threats like the one from this article.
Detection Tool

Nightmare Email Scam Removal

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


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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

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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. 

Step3

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

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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:

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Step4

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

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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.

Step5

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!


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