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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,406,552 -2%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,100,111 -0%
3 Hijacker 693,565 -1%
4 PUP.Optimizer Pro 680,714 -1%
5 PUP.InstallCore 661,401 -2%
6 Adware.LinkSwift 646,402 -0%
7 PUP.SupTab 629,832 -1%
8 V9 Redirect Virus 573,405 -1%
9 Babylon Search/Toolbar 500,847 -1%
10 WeDownload Manager 440,635 -0%
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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

Windows Active Guard


Windows Active Guard is a malware program that belongs to the FakeVimes family of fake security software. Windows Active Guard carries out a common online scam that involves pretending to be a real security program in order to convince inexperienced computer users that they must pay for an expensive 'upgrade'. Since there are no real anti-malware capabilities on Windows Active Guard and it is, in reality, a malware infection itself, ESG malware researchers strongly recommend ignoring all of Windows Active Guard's warnings and removing this bogus security program with a reliable anti-malware application. Windows Active Guard's Family of Rogue Security Programs Malware in the...

Posted on July 23, 2012 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

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 is a browser hijacker site that may act as a site that attempts to offer installations of software that it thinks your system needs. In some instances the page may display pop-up notifications that claim that you need to install a new video update or video player. If downloaded, the files ported through could lead to the installation of malware on your system causing further issues. The site may also automatically load in acting as your default home page in some circumstances. This can be a dangerous situation in allowing to automatically load where it will continually ask that you download potentially dangerous files. Stopping these actions and stopping the page from automatically loading may require use of an antispyware tool to safely...

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Browser Hijackers is a browser hijacker and a site that is apt to displaying random ads. The various ads displayed on may be ones collecting information about computer users or the process of sending them through a survey to continue on to the next page. The page may also generate pop-ups or pop-up ads that if clicked on could redirect your web browser to unwanted sites that may have questionable content. The sponsored links throughout may be a means of the site’s creators to get paid through some type of click-through campaign. may also load automatically as your default home page in some cases requiring you to take action to remove any associated plugins or add-on components related to found within your web browser applications.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


SmartWeb is an adware program that may unknowingly install on your computer through the loading of random freeware programs or bundled software apps. When this takes place, the SmartWeb program and all of its related components are apt to displaying random advertisements or pop-ups that try to get you to click on them. Use of the SmartWeb ads may redirect your web browser to unwanted sites that could contain questionable content. The SmartWeb ads may also slightly reduce the performance of your web browser application thus resulting in a cumbersome experience when you try to surf the internet. Removal of the SmartWeb adware and its related components or add-on extensions is a must to prevent the likelihood of you landing on questionable sites or ones that eventually lead to malware being installed on your computer.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Adware


E-shop is an adware program that may conduct actions to display shopping-related type ads on your screen. The E-shop ads may load up several ads that come in different forms, such as banners, pop-unders and pop-ups. Use of the E-shop ads could redirect you web browser to a questionable site or other pages that has unwanted content potentially leading you to download unknown files. Through the various E-shop ads your web browser may suffer from reduced performance. In such a case it is best to eliminate E-shop and any of its related add-on components or extensions that have loaded within your web browser applications. E-shop could eventually start tracking your internet activity and then return other ads that attempt to take advantage of you through displaying ads related to whatever content you have been viewing.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Adware

Obrona Blockads

Obrona Blockads is a program that may be promoted to be an ad blocker for preventing advertisements from being displayed on your computer. The Obrona Blockads application may have questionable actions starting with how it may be installed on your computer automatically when you load random freeware programs or bundled software apps onto your system. The Obrona Blockads program may attempt to offer other functions for blocking ads or trying to make your web browsing experience better. Use of Obrona Blockads could reduce performance of your web browser in its attempt to block ads. In some instances Obrona Blockads may display ads itself or pop-up messages that defeats its claimed initial functions. Removal of Obrona Blockads is necessary to stop it from performing questionable actions on your computer, which can be done by finding all components related to Obrona Blockads and removing...

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Adware is a browser hijacker that may load several ads or sponsored links throughout its pages or by use of any search functions the home page may have. In some instances the site could load up automatically on your web browser acting much like the default home page. Reversing this effect could require that you find any associated components or add-on extensions and remove them from your web browser application. Loading of and its components may be done through the download and installation of random freeware programs from the internet. Even though use of may not cause immediate harm to your system, it is in your best interest to eliminate any files or components causing to load automatically potentially annoying you and interrupting surfing of the internet.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


SaveNext is a program that may conduct several unwanted actions on your computer after it has loaded. Usually the installation of SaveNext takes place when loading random freeware programs or bundled software apps on your system downloaded from the internet. Once it is loaded, the SaveNext program and any of its related components may then generate random advertisements attempting to offer various deals and discounts by way of shopping on the internet. The SaveNext ads may cause your web browser to load random sites or redirect you to ones that have questionable content. In such a case, it is best that you safely detect and remove all instances of the SaveNext application from your system. Doing so may warrant the use of an antispyware tool capable of removing adware from a Windows PC.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Adware is a browser hijacker that could load unwanted prompts or pop-up messages. The site may load as your default home page in some cases where you could have allowed a freeware program to load related components in your web browser. may also display random ads or return sponsored links that redirect your web browser to unwanted and questionable sites. The unwanted actions from may be stopped through removing all associated components or plugin extensions from your web browser and any other applications related to This removal process may be done automatically through the use of antimalware program.

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Browser Hijackers is a browser hijacker and a site that acts as a generic search engine. Utilizing the site for searching may display results mixes in with several sponsored links. Use of the links may redirect your browser to questionable sites or pages that have unwanted content. The creators of may have designed the site to gain money from your clicks on its ads and sponsored links. In some cases may load up as your default home page, which can be stopped by removal of all components from your system.

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


CosstMinn is an adware program that could load several associated extensions or add-ons within your web browser causing annoying ads to be displayed. The CosstMinn ads may generate while you are surfing the internet. The various CosstMinn ads could interrupt surfing the web and also reduce performance of web browser applications. The CosstMinn ads may attempt to offer various discounts or coupon deals through the internet on shopping sites. Use of the CosstMinn ads may redirect your browser to various unwanted sites or pages that attempt to offer other deals and discounts on the internet. Stopping the CosstMinn ads may take use of an antispyware program.

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Adware


LiveiStream is a potentially unwanted program that may load on your computer due to installing random freeware programs or bundled software. Once loaded, LiveiStream could then offer various services for supposedly streaming content or media to your computer. The LiveiStream may also load automatically on your system where it may then display unwanted content from the internet that tends to reduce the performance of your web browser or system. The LiveiStream program may be eliminated after uninstallation of all of its components or through the use of an updated antispyware application.

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs


PassWizard is an adware program that may attempt to offer various deals or services for your web browser and shopping on the internet. The PassWizard ads may be displayed at random where they could interrupt you surfing the internet. The forms that PassWizard ads come in may be made up of banners, pop-unders or banners. Some of the resource-intensive PassWizard ads may reduce performance of your web browser in some situations making it difficult to view certain pages at full speed. The PassWizard ads, if used, could then redirect your web browser to other unwanted pages that could contain questionable content throughout many of its pages. Removal of PassWizard ads may require uninstalling the PassWizard program and deleting all associated files or add-on extensions that have found their way into your web browser applications.

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Adware


SaverPro is an adware program that usually displays random ads claiming to be "Ads by SaverPro." Through the various and random SaverPro ads, computer users may be offered ways to save money when shopping on the internet or offered various discounted products. The many forms of SaverPro come in banners, pop-ups and pop-unders. Use of the SaverPro ads may redirect your web browser to unwanted sites or pages that attempt to offer other discounts and coupon savings through shopping sites on the internet. The SaverPro ads may also reduce the performance of web browsers making it difficult to view some pages at full speed. Eliminating the SaverPro ads and associated software loaded on your system may be done automatically through an antispyware application.

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Adware is a browser hijacker and a site that makes several claims of being able to provide a service for improving the web browsing or internet surfing experience for PC users. The site itself is harmless but after utilizing the services it could then cause unwanted redirects to questionable sites. The page and its offered services may also lead to download prompts where you could be forced into obtaining questionable files on your computer, which could later send your web browser to other unwanted pages. The program and its associated software must be removed to stop any unwanted actions performed by and its home page service.

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


Trojan:Win32/WebToos.B is a computer Trojan horse that may cause serious issues on your computer after it is installed. Usually the installation of Trojan:Win32/WebToos.B will take place without your knowledge where it runs in the background. The actions of Trojan:Win32/WebToos.B may allow remote attackers to gain access to the infected computer where personal information and other data stored on the hard drive may be stolen. Through Trojan:Win32/WebToos.B you may suffer from identity theft if the attackers use your personal information against you. Eliminating the Trojan:Win32/WebToos.B threat is best to be performed by an updated antispyware tool capable of detecting and removing Trojan horse threats from a Windows PC.

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Trojans
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