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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,481,031 -1%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,135,271 -0%
3 PUP.InstallCore 720,412 0%
4 PUP.Optimizer Pro 720,194 1%
5 Hijacker 698,557 -0%
6 PUP.SupTab 667,254 0%
7 Adware.LinkSwift 647,030 -0%
8 V9 Redirect Virus 571,713 -0%
9 Babylon Search/Toolbar 509,130 -1%
10 WeDownload Manager 445,178 -0%
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CryptoWall Ransomware


The CryptoWall Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that carries the same strategy as a number of other encryption ransomware infections such as Cryptorbit Ransomware or CryptoLocker Ransomware . The CryptoWall Ransomware is designed to infect all versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. As soon as the CryptoWall Ransomware infects a computer, the CryptoWall Ransomware uses the RSA2048 encryption to encrypt crucial files. Effectively, the CryptoWall Ransomware prevents computer users from accessing their data, which will be encrypted and out of reach. The CryptoWall Ransomware claims that it is necessary to pay $500 USD to recover the encrypted...

Posted on May 12, 2014 in Ransomware

Kovter Ransomware


The Kovter Ransomware is a malware threat that carries out a common Police Ransomware scam in order to steal money from unsuspecting computer users. The Kovter Ransomware is a relatively new Police Ransomware Trojan, first detected in 2013 in the wild. Like most Police Trojans, the Kovter Ransomware displays a fake message from the police intending to trick the victim into paying a 'penalty' in order to stay away from jail time. Like other Police Rasomware, the Kovter Ransomware has a Winlocker component that allows the Kovter Ransomware to block access to the infected computer. However, the main reason why the Kovter Ransomware has attracted the scrutiny of malware researchers is...

Posted on April 10, 2013 in Ransomware

CIBS Pol Virus (Ransomware)


The CIBS Pol Virus is a police ransomware Trojan that belongs to the Urusay family of malware. This police ransomware Trojan is classified as a Winlocker because it blocks access to the victim's computer by displaying a full-screen message that claims to be an alert from the police. CIBS Pol Virus is a well known scam that is in no way connected to the police force. Instead, the CIBS Pol Virus is used by criminals to scam inexperienced computer users so that they will hand over their money out of fear of prosecution, jail time and severe fines. If your access to your computer is blocked by the CIBS Pol Virus, ESG security researchers strongly advise against following the steps...

Posted on February 21, 2013 in Ransomware

MyStart by Incredibar


MyStart is a browser hijacker that uses the MyStart by Incredibar toolbar and a browser hijacking component that forces its victims to visit the website. This website is a low-quality search engine that displays more advertisements than legitimate results. Even worse, several of MyStart's search results may lead computer users to websites containing malicious content. Although MyStart actually provides a supposed tool to remove this component from the victim's web browser, ESG security researchers recommend disregarding this component and instead removing MyStart with the help of a reputable anti-malware utility. MyStart can refer to both the low-quality...

Posted on July 31, 2012 in Adware

FBI Moneypak Ransomware


ESG security researchers have received reports of a ransomware infection, known as the FBI Moneypak ransomware, that targets computer users in the United States. The FBI Moneypak ransomware infection will claim that the victim's computer was involved in viewing child pornography and then demands payment of a 100 dollar 'fine' to be sent via MoneyPack. Of course, that a criminal charge as serious as child pornography would be punished with a mere 100 dollar fine is laughable. There is a reason for this, the FBI Moneypak ransomware is not really from the FBI. Rather, this message is actually part of a common malware scam. The FBI Moneypak ransomware scam will use a Winlocker, that is,...

Posted on June 25, 2012 in Ransomware

Ukash Virus


The so-called Ukash Virus is a ransomware Trojan that receives its name because Ukash Virus requires that its victims use Ukash (a legitimate money transfer service) to transfer the ransom funds. This dangerous Trojan infection is composed of a Winlocker component that basically blocks access to the infected computer system, disabling access to the infected computer system's desktop, Task Manager, command line, Registry Editor and other services and applications. There are countless variants of the Ukash Virus, designed to target various different countries in Europe and North America. ESG malware analysts strongly advise against paying the ransom that this malware infection tries to...

Posted on June 15, 2012 in Malware, Ransomware

Live Security Platinum


Live Security Platinum is one of the many fake security programs in the WinWebSec family of malware. Although ESG security researchers have been following the family of malware for several years, Live Security Platinum is a relatively new variant first detected in 2012. Because of this, it is pivotal to ensure that your security software is fully updated. Like most fake security programs, Live Security Platinum is designed to induce PC users to purchase a worthless 'full version' of Live Security Platinum. To do this, Live Security Platinum will try to scare the computer user with a variety of fake error messages, pop-up alerts from the Taskbar and a convincing fake scan of the...

Posted on June 1, 2012 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

DNS Changer


DNS Changer is a Trojan that is designed to force a computer system to use rogue DNS servers. Also, DNS Changer is being referred to as the Internet Doomsday Virus, Ghost Click Malware, DNS Changer Rootkit, DNS Changer Malware, DNS Changer Trojan, DNS Changer Virus, FBI DNS Changer or DNSChanger. A DNS Changer infection will typically have two steps, in order to reroute the infected computer’s traffic to these malicious DNS servers: A DNS Changer malware infection will change the infected computer system’s settings, in order to replace the DNS servers to rogue DNS servers belonging to hackers or online criminals. The DNS Changer malware infection will then try to...

Posted on November 25, 2011 in Trojans


Sednit, also detected as Sofacy, is a threat that has been used by hookers as part of Pawn Storm attacks (a well-used cyber-infiltration method that targets government, media and military-related organization). Sednit was developed to trespass its targets security and protection in order to register any useful information. Sednit may invade a computer when the computer user clicks on a spam e-mail attachment that will trigger the installation of Sednit. Another invasion method used by Sednit is a phishing attack that involves Outlook Web Access users. Usually, ordinary computer users will not be attacked by Sednit since they do not belong to the targeted group selected by Pawn Storm attacks and, consequently, Sednit. However, we never know what the future has in storage for computer users.

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Malware


The developers of the Trojan Cridex, also detected as Geodo, Feodo and Bugat, have released another version of this dreadful data collector Trojan called Dridex. Dridex main duty is to collect bank security data by adding automated scripts containing recurrent assignments into the Microsoft Office Package. Dridex started its infection campaign using Microsoft Word to dispatch messages allegedly including financial documentation. Then, when the computer user opens the corrupted document, the added scripts may start executing their assignments. By collecting your online banking-related data and sending it to remote servers, Dridex makes it possible for its creators to access your banking account and transfer the available money to their personal accounts. As any Trojan infection, Dridex is a highly harmful infection that must be removed upon detection. Manual removal is possible,...

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Trojans


WebSpeed is a Possibly Unwanted Program advertised as a useful application that will measure the speed of your connection to the Internet and provide information about your file download speed time. WebSpeed's attributes may look useful to the computer user. However, due to the enormous amount of invasive advertisements that WebSpeed-related adware may display on the affected computer's Desktop, it may end up disrupting the computer users Web browsing. WebSpeed may enter your machine bundled with other free programs without your knowledge, or you may have downloaded WebSpeed hoping that WebSpeed could help you to improve your computer's speed. The decision to keep or uninstall WebSpeed from your machine is yours. If you decide to uninstall WebSpeed, it may require the use of an anti-malware tool.

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Adware

Savings Downloader

Is your computer acting crazy and showing countless pop-up, banners, pop-under, in-text and other kinds of advertisements by Savings Downloader? Are you puzzled because you don't know where it comes from? There's no need to be frustrated. Savings Downloader is a Possibly Unwanted Program that may have entered your computer through a popular technique called 'bundling' that consists in including adware to the installation process of freeware. Savings Downloader is promoted as a program that will optimize your browsing experience by displaying the best deals available when you are online shopping. However, Savings Downloader also displays unwanted advertisements. Although some of these advertisements may be useful, it may become an annoyance due to its intrusiveness. Savings Downloader may also record your online history, browsing habits and e-mail address and share it with third...

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Adware


YourTemplateFinder is an adware-laced program elaborated by Mindspark Interactive Network. YourTemplateFinder may change your Web browser settings in order to display numerous, irritating advertisements. Some computer users may have installed the YourTemplateFinder adware on their machines hopping that YourTemplateFinder could help them with their online shopping. YourTemplateFinder 'help' consists of an enormous amount of pop-up advertisements that may run over the visited Web page. Also, YourTemplateFinder also may be acquired by the computer users while downloading free software such as games, fake Java updates, etc. YourTemplateFinder may be a hindrance to an ordinary online experience by reducing the machine's performance and collecting browsing-related information. If not removed completely, YourTemplateFinder advertisements may continue to appear since residues of its adware...

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

Cats and Catapults Toolbar

Cats and Catapults Toolbar is an unwanted toolbar that offers a game where computer users can 'Build a castle and recruit an army of cats. Includes helpful extras like weather & more games.' Cats and Catapults Toolbar may be associated with browser hijackers. At first sight, Cats and Catapults Toolbar may appear like a fun and useful website. However, Cats and Catapults Toolbar also may display sponsored and unwanted advertisements. If your Web browser has been attacked by Cats and Catapults Toolbar, your search result links in any search engine including Google, Yahoo, Bing and others may be changed and rerouted to Cats and Catapults Toolbar and other dubious websites full of unwanted advertisements. Browser hijackers linked to Cats and Catapults Toolbar may alter your favorite search engine and homepage. Cats and Catapults Toolbar may also keep track of your browsing activities and...

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs


The real purpose of an adware program named TotalDatingGuide is to attract computer users and convince them to be members of some dating and matrimonial websites. Of course, this membership will not be free. TotalDatingGuide also may display other kinds of unwanted advertisements. TotalDatingGuide may be downloaded from its website, TotalDatingGuide may change your browser settings, take the place of your homepage and redirect the computer user's searches to compromised Web pages. TotalDatingGuide may slow down your machine's performance and Internet speed. These problems justify TotalDatingGuide's classification as a Possibly Unwanted Program. Malware experts always recommend to uninstall PUPs such as TotalDatingGuide from an affected computer. If TotalDatingGuide is installed on your machine and you think that it is better to disable it, you should use a...

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs


Gsafe is advertised as a program that will help computer users when they are online shopping by displaying offers, promo-codes, coupons and deals. Unfortunately, these advertisements may not be useful despite the fact that they may be based on data collected by Gsafe from your browsing preferences. What makes Gsafe to be classified as a Possibly Unwanted Program is the huge amount of advertisements that Gsafe may display, whether you want it or not. Gsafe may improve Web pages' text and turn it into hyperlinks that, if accessed, may lead to compromised Web pages. Gsafe's advertisements are very intrusive and may end up disrupting your Web browsing. Computer users that have Gsafe installed on their machines may want to remove Gsafe. An anti-malware tool should be used when removing Gsafe from the affected computer. template:aliases]

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Adware


Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A is a Trojan infection that may be installed by TrojanDropper:Win32/Micuda. Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A may present a serious threat to the computers Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A infects. Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A may affect the system's performance greatly, turning the infected machine into an almost useless device. Your computer may freeze and crash unexpectedly. Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A may install other threats on your computer and use your machine for Bitcoin mining. These threats may allow third parties to invade and control the infected system. Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A may find its way to your computer through other threats or bundled with corrupted plugins. Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A may make changes to your system settings. Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A has a feature that allows Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A to record the computer user's activities, which gives Trojan:BAT/Micuda.A access to crucial information. To...

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Trojans


CouponFactory is an adware program similar to AppStein and SaverAdd-on that may be distributed through compromised websites, free applications, links added to suspicious emails, etc. CouponFactory may also be downloaded from its website, After being installed, CouponFactory adware starts displaying its 'good deals' such as coupons, banners and similar advertisements promptly after the computer user opens a Web page. CouponFactory adware may change the settings of the computer's Web browser, that makes it possible for InvisibleBrowser to display its unwanted advertisements. Also, CouponFactory adware may track your online browsing and use the information to exhibit advertisements related to your searches. To stop the annoying advertisements, CouponFactory needs to be removed from your computer with an anti-malware device.

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Adware


VideosMediaPlayers is an adware-laced program created by a company named Pani Poni Network. VideosMediaPlayers is similar to other add-on applications used to display sponsored advertisements. VideosMediaPlayers-related adware installs a Browser Helper Object to the Internet Explorer and may be launched every time the computer user starts the affected computer automatically. VideosMediaPlayers adware may load countless advertisements on your desktop that come in many forms, such as pop-under, pop-ups, coupons, banners and in-text advertisements. By using VideosMediaPlayers advertisements, you may be redirected to other sites that may have unsafe content or attempt to offer various merchandise through the Internet. VideosMediaPlayers may be installed by default on the affected computer when the computer user executed the installation of free software. Also, VideosMediaPlayers may...

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Adware


InterStat, or Ads by InterStat, is a Possibly Unwanted Program that adjoins the numerous adware programs offered on the Web as helpful browser add-ons. Although displaying numerous deals, offers and coupons to the online shopper, InterStat's advertisements may be irritating, disruptive and unwelcomed. These advertisements also may not match your Web searches and, if clicked, may direct the computer users to unsafe Web places. InterStat may affect Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. In addition to being used to display sponsored advertisements, InterStat adware also may collect some browsing information that, after shared with InterStat sponsors, may be used to create more specific advertisements on the affected computer. It is recommended to get rid of InterStat as a safety measure. InterStat may be uninstalled manually, but the best method is uninstalling iInterStat...

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Adware


DailyHomeGuide is a Possibly Unwanted Program that promises to 'Save money and energy on your next home renovation.' DailyHomeGuide is a clone of Best DailyHomeGuide and other similar free programs that are offered on the Web. DailyHomeGuide may create a startup key and a folder named DailyHomeGuide Toolbar on your system. DailyHomeGuide may enter your computer as part of the installation process of another freeware or DailyHomeGuide may be downloaded by the computer user. DailyHomeGuide may display various unwanted and disrupting advertisements on your computer in the form of interstitial and in-text advertisements, banners, coupons and more. The computer user's browsing habits may be recorded, and the gathered information send to third parties. If DailyHomeGuide is already installed on your machine, you should exterminate DailyHomeGuide with a malware removal application.

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Adware


SnapMyScreen is a Possibly Unwanted Program that have the useful feature of taking screenshots of you desktop. However, SnapMyScreen is related to an advertisement-supported adware program that may cause some unwanted problems to your computer. Computer users that have installed programs that have useful features, but also may install a browser add-on that is intended to display sponsored advertisements, are aware that it can be a crushing encounter. These advertisements may be so numerous that it will prevent them from achieving their tasks. Another unwelcomed feature of SnapMyScreen is that SnapMyScreen may enter a computer by default, bundled with free programs installed by the computer user or via corrupted websites. SnapMyScreen may collect URLs, websites an search terms and send the information to its third-party sponsors. PC users should remove PUPs such as SnapMyScreen with a...

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Adware


Which expectant mom doesn't want to find good deals when online shopping for their babies? For this reason, various online moms to be may install browser add-ons into their computers to help them with their online shopping. Browser add-ons may be very helpful, but some of them, such as BetterBabyGuide, are adware-related programs that, although displaying advertisements related to your online hunt, may not be intended to help you. BetterBabyGuide was developed to display sponsored advertisements, no matter if you want it or not. BetterBabyGuide may collect search terms and visited URL to provide accurate leads to its sponsors. BetterBabyGuide may be downloaded by the computer user, but BetterBabyGuide also may be bundled with free software downloaded from third parties. Since it may not be secure to maintain an adware-laced program on your computer, you should remove BetterBabyGuide...

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Adware
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