Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)


This page aims to help you remove RecordedYou. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

If you think (or know) that a Trojan Horse named RecordedYou is presently residing in your system, even if there’s no visible harm done to anything, you should take immediate measures to eliminate the threat before anything bad happens to your data, computer, or virtual privacy. The Trojans like RecordedYou are advanced tools used in many different kinds of cyber crimes. Here, we will give you some examples of what a Trojan Horse infection may be capable of doing, but you should remember that those are only examples – there could be many other malicious activities that such an infection may be able to carry out, which won’t be mentioned here.

The threat of the RecordedYou Email

Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

A screenshot of user complaints by the RecordedYou Email

A typical thing about this sort of malware infections is that they are able to get elevated privileges in the attacked computer – this is the basis for everything else they may try to do later on. Elevated (or administrative) privileges means that a user or a program with such rights would have all the access that the computer’s Admin would normally have. Needless to say, this opens a whole world of opportunities to a Trojan that manages to gain this sort of access, and most Trojans do. However, they do not typically do it on their own. Instead, a Trojan would normally rely on the carelessness of its victims to gain Admin rights in the machine. This is why so many Trojans like RecordedYou are presented to their potential victims in the form of some file – for example, a fake installer for some popular game or program. Of course, such files aren’t distributed through official sites of the game/program that the Trojan is disguised as. Instead, such data can typically be found in sketchy sites and sites that distribute pirated content – one more reason why visiting such sites and downloading stuff from them is a bad idea. Once the infected piece of data gets executed on the computer by a user with Admin privileges, the disguised Trojan would gain all the access and control it needs to complete its agenda.

As you have probably already guessed, there is an incredible variety of harmful things that a rojan with Admin rights may be able to do. For instance, it may run processes of espionage in your system, it may keylog your keystrokes, screen-capture everything you do in your computer, and even mess with your software and data. In addition, some Trojans are used as covert downloaders for Ransomware and other threats that could silently enter your system with the help of the Trojan. And those are only some of the more common examples. We can’t go into detail about the whole variety of things that a Trojan the likes of RecordedYou may be capable of conducting. Instead, it is way more important to tell you that the threat must be removed ASAP regardless of its end goal, and for that we have prepared a guide that can allow you to liberate your infected system from the threat that RecordedYou represents:


Name RecordedYou
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Sudden crashes of your computer, severe slow-downs of its productivity, errors in different programs, and more.
Distribution Method Shady spam messages from questionable senders, pirated software downloads, misleading ads, etc.
Detection Tool

RecordedYou Email Spam 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

Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

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).

Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)


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

Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

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. 

    Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

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

    Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

    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:

    Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

    Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

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

    Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

    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:

    Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

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

    Remove RecordedYou Email Spam (Sept. 2019 Update)

    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!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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