You’ve Been Hacked Email

You’ve Been Hacked

“You’ve Been Hacked” is a dangerous and stealthy computer infection with many harmful abilities that can operate inside the infected machine without getting picked up by your antivirus. “You’ve Been Hacked” can be categorized as a Trojan Horse virus as it spreads under the guise of seemingly harmless software.

You’ve Been Hacked Email

A sample “You’ve been hacked” Email.

The use of disguise is one of the factors that make this type of threat particularly problematic as most users have no idea that they are dealing with a malware program until it gets too late and the virus has gained a strong foothold in the infected system. However, the fact that the creators of Trojans like “You’ve Been Hacked” rely on the users’ own mistakes to get their viruses distributed to more machines is also good news as it means that you have quite a lot of control over whether a Trojan gets into your system or not.

The most important thing to remember here is that you must be very cautious with regard to the software you download onto your computer and the sources from where you download it. Obviously, visiting pirate torrent sites or other illegal download platforms that allow you to download illegally distributed software is a bad idea. Not only is it against the law to download software from such sites but, since the control over what gets uploaded to them is typically very loose (if present at all), the chances of downloading a Trojan in disguise are very high. Other possible sources of Trojan Horses like “You’ve Been Hacked” are links added to spam messages, download buttons and clickbait ads included in different questionable sites (other than illegal torrent sites), and fake update requests that seek to trick you into downloading a Trojan virus rather than updating anything.

How can you tell if there’s a Trojan in the system?

A warning from your antivirus is the most obvious sign but you may not always get that once a Trojan attacks you even if you have a reliable and updated antivirus tool on your computer. Antiviruses oftentimes have a hard time spotting newer Trojans like “You’ve Been Hacked” because the details of the virus may not have been included in the security program’s malware database (yet). This gives the virus time to complete its harmful tasks and the opportunity to block the antivirus or even the user’s attempts to download a new security program.

There, however, could be different symptoms that you are dealing with “You’ve Been Hacked” as well as ways to manually counteract and even remove the threat. The most glaring signs of a potential Trojan Horse infection are different changes in the system and your files that you haven’t authorized as well as disturbances such as Blue Screen of Death errors, frequent system crashes, heavy slow-downs due to excessive CPU or RAM use, screen freezes, etc. To add to that, if your screen gets covered by a wall of obscene ads, this could also be a possible sign your computer has been visited by a Trojan (though this symptom is more common for adware and browser hijackers). All in all, if there’s anything happening on your computer that makes you think there is a problem, it is possible that a virus such as “You’ve Been Hacked” could be behind it, in which case you are advised to complete the next removal guide to rid your system of the threat.


Name “You’ve Been Hacked”
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Trojan Horses are known for damaging the system, causing errors, screen freezes, slow-downs, data corruption, and other similar disturbances.
Distribution Method Methods such as spam messaging, the use of clickbait adverts, and disguising the Trojan as a seemingly safe piece of software uploaded to pirate sites are the most common methods of distributing this form of malware.
Detection Tool

Remove You’ve Been Hacked Email

If you are looking for a way to remove “You’ve Been Hacked” you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for “You’ve Been Hacked” and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall “You’ve Been Hacked” as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of “You’ve Been Hacked” completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.

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

You’ve Been Hacked Email

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).

You’ve Been Hacked Email


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. 

    You’ve Been Hacked Email

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

    You’ve Been Hacked Email

    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:

    You’ve Been Hacked Email

    You’ve Been Hacked Email

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

    You’ve Been Hacked Email

    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:

    You’ve Been Hacked Email

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

    You’ve Been Hacked Email

    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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