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David Ghost E-Mail Blackmail Scam – How to Remove It

What is David Ghost E-mail Blackmail? Is the David Ghost E-Mail Blackmail related to a virus? How to remove David Ghost E-Mail Blackmail messages in the future?

Users have begin complaining about receiving e-mails from David Ghost, who is posing as a hacker of some sort who caught them watching adult videos or doing illegal activities on their computers. In return the David Ghost subject wants the victims to pay him in BitCoins so that the evidence of their illegal activities “goes away”. Such BitCoin e-mail scam schemes have been around for quite some time and they are getting more and more dangerous. If you see the David Ghost E-mail scam, we suggest that you read this article.

Threat Summary

Name David Ghost E-mail Scam
Type E-Mail scam / Virus
Short Description E-mails are sent directly to you from sender David Ghost aiming to extort you into paying BitCoins.
Symptoms E-mails from a sender, calling himself David Ghost.
Distribution Method Via e-mail, but could be malware-related.
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David Ghost E-mail Scam – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The main e-mails coming by David Ghost read the following texts:

I infected you with my private malware, (RAT) / (Remote Administration Tool), a few months back when you visited some website where my iframe was placed and since then, I have been observing your actions. The malware gave me full access and control over your system, meaning, I can see everything on your screen, turn on your camera or microphone and you won’t even notice about it. I have also access to all your contacts, private pictures, videos, everything! I MADE A VIDEO showing you (through your webcam) STATISFYING YOURSELF! You got a very good taste! Hahaha… I can send this video to all your contacts (email, social network) and publish all your private data everywhere! (…) My bitcoin adress is: 1JtTm5eCxqj94Pb4d58pWGZjLUMYHuC6yX (…).

The e-mails have recently been the reason of many users complaining on abuse websites that the name David Ghost and e-mails related to it has been involved with multiple different types of scams:

Receiving those emails does not necessarily mean that you have a virus. But if the criminals have gotten to your personal e-mail address, there is a likelyhood that you machine might have been compromised by a virus of some sort, that gathers information. Such viruses could be Trojans or simple infostealers, whose primary goal is to steal information from your computer.

Such information could be:

  • Your online accounts.
  • Your passwords.
  • The keystrokes you type.
  • Screenshots from your desktop.

This is why, it is recommended not to answer these e-mails at all and to check your computer for viruses.

How to Secure Your PC From The David Ghost E-mail Scam?

If you want to remove the David Ghost e-mail scam from your computer, we strongly recommend that you follow the instruction underneath this article. If you cannot manually detect David Ghost e-mail scam – related viruses on your computer, then we suggest that you scan your computer with an advanced anti-malware software. Such program can professionally detect and remove any viruses if there are such on your computer and protect it against future infections as well.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by David Ghost E-mail Scam or other threats.
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To remove David Ghost E-mail Scam follow these steps:

1. Uninstall malicious programs from Windows
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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

How to Uninstall malicious programs 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:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.

    2. Clean your Browser and Registry from David Ghost E-mail Scam

    Remove David Ghost E-mail Scam by cleaning your Browser and Registry.

    Remove an extension from Mozilla FirefoxRemove an extension from Google Chrome Remove an extension from Internet Explorer Remove an extension from Microsoft Edge Fix registry entries created by David Ghost E-mail Scam on your PC.
    Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu.

    Select the unwanted extension and click “Remove

    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.

    Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its “Remove” button.
  • 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.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click on the gear icon labeled ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window.
  • 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’.

    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.

    Start Edge

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

    From the drop menu select “Extensions”.

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

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

    Some malicious scripts may modify the registry entries on your computer to change different settings. This is why cleaning your Windows Registry Database is recommended. Since the tutorial on how to do this is a bit long and tampering with registries could damage your computer if not done properly you should refer and follow our instructive article about fixing registry entries, especially if you are unexperienced in that area.

    IMPORTANT!
    Before starting the Automatic Removal below, 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.

    Use SpyHunter to scan for malware and unwanted programs

    3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    Scan your PC and Remove David Ghost E-mail Scam with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for David Ghost E-mail Scam and remove them.2. Scan with SpyHunter, Detect and Remove David Ghost E-mail Scam. Back up your data to secure it from malware in the future.
    Step 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.

    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.

    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

    SpyHunter5-update-2018

    Step 1: 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

    Step 2: 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

    Step 3: If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

    Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data with a cloud backup solution and insure your files against any type of loss, even from the most severe threats. We recommend you to read more about it and to download SOS Online Backup .

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    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    How to Remove David Ghost E-mail Scam from Windows.


    Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove David Ghost E-mail Scam

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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 David Ghost E-mail Scam 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 David Ghost E-mail Scam 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 David Ghost E-mail Scam 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 David Ghost E-mail Scam 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.


    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    Get rid of David Ghost E-mail Scam from Mac OS X.


    Step 1: Uninstall David Ghost E-mail Scam and remove related files and objects

    OFFER
    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 David Ghost E-mail Scam:

    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 David Ghost E-mail Scam. 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 David Ghost E-mail Scam. 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 David Ghost E-mail Scam 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 David Ghost E-mail Scam. 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.



    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Remove David Ghost E-mail Scam 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.


    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Erase David Ghost E-mail Scam 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.



    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Uninstall David Ghost E-mail Scam 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.



    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Remove David Ghost E-mail Scam 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 David Ghost E-mail Scam 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.


    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Eliminate David Ghost E-mail Scam 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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