Remove Porn Blackmail Email Scam (Oct. 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Porn Blackmail Email Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and MacOS.

Porn Blackmail Email Scam is NOT a virus or some sort of a harmful Ransomware or a Spyware infection, unlike what many users may think. This is an email scam designed to scare people into believing they will be targeted by government agencies or that their computers have been infected with porn malware and demanding payment in cryptocurrency. Again – this is a scam, however you might indeed have been infected with something called a browser hijacker! Porn Blackmail Email Scam has been reported to “infiltrate” browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and others and to change their default homepage or search engine with new ones. The application has also been reported to conduct a very aggressive ad-generation campaign – pop-ups, and various sponsored banners and links, as well as automatic page-redirects to certain promotional pages are likely to appear on the browser screen of each PC that has this app installed on it. Luckily, there is usually nothing malicious or illegal in such activity because Porn Blackmail Email is nothing more than an advertising software from the browser hijacker type. If you have just detected this annoying application on your PC, however, you may find the instructions in the removal guide below very useful because, there, we will explain to you how to safely uninstall the related browser components of the unwanted application and remove all of its ads.

How can Porn Blackmail Email Scam get installed on your computer?

Many browser hijackers may have an official site from where the users may download them for free. Such applications, as we mentioned above, are not illegal and can also be found in a bundle with other software or may be included as free components added to popular and attractive programs. Of course, torrents, spam messages, different free download links and shareware sites may also contain similar ad-generating and page-redirecting applications. That’s why, if you want to avoid them, you should be very careful when installing new software on your PC.  In many cases, if a piece of software like Porn Blackmail Email is bundled in a given installation pack, it may try to change your homepage and/or your default search engine during the installation or to install some free or bonus components as an addition to the main installs from the setup. To prevent that from happening, you should always use the Advanced or the Manual installation settings and refuse to install any obscure and sketchy-looking “optional downloads”.

Remove Porn Blackmail Email Scam

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 (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). 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.

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.

Step4

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.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Porn Blackmail Email from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Porn Blackmail Email from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Porn Blackmail Email from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’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

Can you trust Porn Blackmail Email?

Although Porn Blackmail Email is considered to be legitimate and safe, security experts recommend avoiding interaction with the content that such a browser hijacker may generate as well as the use of its imposed search engines, toolbars and sponsored domains. The reason is, there is always a risk that some of the displayed domains, ads, and pop-ups may contain malicious software and infect the users’ computers with dangerous viruses, (such as a Ransomware, Trojans, Rootkits, etc.) if they happen to click on them. Additionally, the more such intrusive software operates on the system, the greater the web disturbance – aggressive ads streaming, sudden browser crashes, unresponsiveness and freezing of the screen may become a day-to-day experience until the hijacker is completely removed. Also, it is worth to mention that an application like Porn Blackmail Email may collect some information related to your browsing habits (such as history, bookmarks, location, recently visited sites, etc.), and may try to either use it in more aggressive online advertising campaigns or sell it to third-party marketers and online advertisers for greater profit (or both). This is not illegal according to most laws but could be a good reason to consider the uninstallation of the nagging software in case you don’t want to have your browsing activities getting monitored for marketing purposes.

SUMMARY:

Name Porn Blackmail
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browser may start to redirect you to different ads, pop-ups and sponsored pages. 
Distribution Method Typically distributed via software bundles, free installation packs, download links, spam, ads, torrents, freeware sites. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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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