The “Medicare” email wants to scare you that hackers got hold of your account and information and even recorded you masturbating The aim is to scare you into sending money over the internet. The whole thing is a lie.
The “Medicare” scam has been circling the Internet these past few days, trying to scare people that hackers made a fake video of them watching porn. People receiving the message are demanded to pay a ransom fee in Bitcoin (the sum varying around 500 US dollars). Do not pay the money in any case as that will not help you. Read on what you must do in case you are truly breached, but keep in mind that in most cases this is a total scam.
The “Medicare” scam is mainly distributed through e-mail messages that may even be filtered as spam by email providers by now. It could also be using targeted attacks to aim for a bigger payout by companies or rich people. Other ways for distribution may exist.
|Short Description||A scam that tries to scare you into paying a ransom fee for a supposed breach of your email account credentials.|
|Symptoms||You receive an email message that tries to trick you into thinking that your email account got compromised, plus that your password is leaked and exposed to hackers.|
|Distribution Method||Email Spam Messages, Suspicious Sites|
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“Medicare” Scam – Information
“Medicare” seems to be new and circulating the Web. A message sent over email, which is classified as scareware that relies on social engineering. The extortionists want to blackmail you into paying them 500 dollars. They claim they have recorded you while visiting an adult website and that they have made a fake video of you watching porn.
There are a number of possibilities, but in most cases this is an absolute scam. You should ignore it. Do not reply to it. Do not pay the cybercriminals behind it. Change your email password, but first make sure your computer is clean from viruses. Also, check if you are changing it from the real URL address of your email provider and not a phishing page.
You are demanded to pay to a scammer address. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. No guarantee exists that your Medical care is not going to be leaked even if you pay. This is known as Doxing – extortion involving the threat of releasing personal information, photos or videos which might be embarrassing or otherwise unwanted by the extorted person. If your password got leaked from an older password breach database and you have accounts still using it, change it. And make sure you use a different password for each account. Using two-factor authentication is a good idea, too.
Remove “Medicare” Scam
To remove the “Medicare” scam you should simply delete the email message. However, if you are truly breached and you recognize any of the listed passwords, you should see the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case you can not get rid of files related to the scam or find out other malicious ones, you should search for and remove any leftover malware pieces with an advanced anti-malware tool. Software like that will keep your system secure in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove "Medicare" from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of "Medicare" from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove "Medicare" from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase "Medicare" from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall "Medicare" from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove "Medicare" from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate "Medicare" from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove "Medicare" from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove "Medicare"
Step 2: Uninstall "Medicare" 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by "Medicare" on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by "Medicare" there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of "Medicare" from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall "Medicare" and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 "Medicare" 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove "Medicare" files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as "Medicare", the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove "Medicare" 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.
Erase "Medicare" 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.
Uninstall "Medicare" 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.
Remove "Medicare" 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the "Medicare" will be removed.
Eliminate "Medicare" 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.