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WannaCry-Hack-Team Scam E-Mails – How to Stop and Block Them

This article aims to explain what is the !!!Attantion WannaCry-Team!!! e-mail scam and how to stop such e-mails from being spammed on your e-mail.

A new scam, pretending to be an alert regarding a new WannaCry ransomware outbreak which aims to trick victims that their computers have been compromised by the ransomware virus in order to blackmail them to pay 0.1 BitCoin in order to “fix” the situation. According to recent reports, such e-mails are a complete sham and they are not to be trusted. Read this article to understand more about the scam and how to protect yourself from it.

Threat Summary

Name WannaCry-Team
Type E-Mail Scam
Short Description Aims to trick victims into believing that their computers have been compromsied and convince them into paying insane ammounts of money to the cyber-criminals who are behind this scam.
Symptoms You receive e-mails from WannaCry-Hack-Team.
Distribution Method Spam bots or massive e-mail campaigns.
User Experience Join Our Forum to Discuss WannaCry-Team.

!!!Attantion WannaCry-Team!!! Scam – More information

The subject of the e-mails sent ot users aims to come from the so-called “WannaCry-Hack-Team” who aim to send different messages suggesting that new ones are generated on a faily basis. So far, the e-mails look similar to the following according to recent reports:

Hello! WannaCry is back! All your devices were hacked with our program installed on them. We have developed operation of our program, so you will not be able to recover your data after the attack.

All the information will be encrypted and then erased. Antivirus software will not be able to detect our program, while firewalls will be bedrid against our unique code.

Should your files be encrypted, you will lose them forever.

Our program also permeates into the local network, erasing data on all computers connected to the network and remote servers, all cloud-stored data, and blocking website operation. We have already deployed our program on your devices.

Deletion of your data is scheduled for June 22, 2018, at 5:00 – 10:00 PM. All data stored on your computers, servers, and mobile devices will be destroyed. Devices working on any version of Windows, iOS, macOS, Android, and Linux are subject to data erasion.

In place to ensure against data demolition, you can pay 0.1 BTC (~$650) to the bitcoin wallet:1EXwemM1ijWGkEJ1v4kSUvo3f3VUP4SCd4

You must pay at the proper time and notify us about the payment via email until 5:00 PM on June 22, 2018. After payment confirmation, we will send you instructions on how to avoid data erasion and such situations further. Should you try to delete our program yourself, data erasion will commence shortly.

To pay with bitcoins, please use localbitcoins.com or other similar platforms, or just google for other means. After payment write to us: support_wc@bitmessage.ch

The scammers aim to trick victims without much experience that they will lose the files on their computers. If you see this scam, do not trust it and do not pay to these scammers. They send the e-mails massively with their primary goal being to target few people that will get fooled, because they simply do not know or have seen such scams, but the scam by itself seems to not make sense, because if someone does know how to send BitCoin, chances are they will know that this is a scam.




How to Block E-mail Scams In The Future

Ofcourse, if you see this scam, the easiest action is to delete it from your mail and forget about it. But in most cases the crooks try to send other scamming e-mails to the same addresses they did before. This is why, you will need to learn how to set up an e-mail blacklist and add the scammers to it each time. Below, you can a list of several services which you can use to block out these e-mails in the future.

How to Block Scam E-mails To Your Inbox

In order to stop spam e-mail messages, the first thing you should do is download a reputable e-mail managing software, instead of using your original mail vendor online. The main reason for this is that most e-mail managers have an active blacklist which is automatically updated on a daily basis and that list in combination with the features they offer, such as image blocking until you allow it, makes it for the perfect software to have when you open a dangerous e-mail, because you will be able to see it without any risk whatsoever, since some mails can even infect a computer simply by being opened. Here are some reputable e-mail software services which we recommend using:




ProtonMail

ProtonMain represents a free and an open-source software which uses it’s custom e-mail, that is encrypted. So besides anonymous mail, based in Switzerland, you also receive the ability to work with it from any computer and even via online applications. The most important feature, realted to these e-mails is that even if attackers know your password, they have to battle with encryption to which only specific devices that you are using have access to. Really legitimate and reuptable service, however you have to create a new e-mail account as a downsite.

eM Client

Often voted the best email client which has support for range of e-mail providers, this service can surely make it so that you wont receive spam messages in the future as well.

Microsoft Outlook

Probably one of the easiest to use services for e-mail, often among companies, the Microsoft Outlook service is the most user friendly of the bunch even though it has had it’s issues over time, Microsoft has made sure that they warn you in case your account has been compromised.




Mozilla Thunderbird

Even though it has less security features than the other software here, Thunderbird is a great tool that aims to help you in a variety of situations, Thunderbird makes sure to remain as secure and as user friendly as possible while offering you fast and simple service.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove WannaCry-Team from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WannaCry-Team

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall WannaCry-Team and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by WannaCry-Team on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by WannaCry-Team there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for WannaCry-Team with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of WannaCry-Team from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall WannaCry-Team and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to WannaCry-Team:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to WannaCry-Team. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to WannaCry-Team. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove WannaCry-Team via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as WannaCry-Team. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove WannaCry-Team from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase WannaCry-Team from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall WannaCry-Team from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove WannaCry-Team from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the WannaCry-Team will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate WannaCry-Team from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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