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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,439,502 -0%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,099,952 -0%
3 Hijacker 696,350 -0%
4 PUP.Optimizer Pro 687,197 -1%
5 PUP.InstallCore 677,867 1%
6 PUP.SupTab 646,868 0%
7 Adware.LinkSwift 644,935 -0%
8 V9 Redirect Virus 569,525 -0%
9 Babylon Search/Toolbar 503,172 -0%
10 WeDownload Manager 439,963 -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


MovieMaster (Movie Master) is not your classic movie service or one that gets you access to movies to watch at the theater or streaming. Movie Master is actually an adware application that may be known for its ability to load up random advertisements on your screen mostly when you are surfing the internet. The Movie Master ads may consist of pop-ups and banners that attempt to offer downloads for supposedly getting your favorite movies or videos loaded on a video website. The software from the Movie Master application may prove to be unwanted due to it being questionable by many computer users mostly due to some of its actions. The Movie Master program may be removed through uninstalling it or finding all components and removing them from your computer, which will stop the Movie Master ads from appearing on your screen.

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Adware


Macglobaldeals is adware that displays numerous ads linked to the computer user's shopping habits or browsing history. Usually, Macglobaldeals appears on a computer when a computer user downloads from a website that alleges to have a file for Adobe Flash Player, Java update or PDF converter. Macglobaldeals may be distributed via freeware including MP3s or torrents. During the installation procedure of a freeware, a computer user may overlook that Macglobaldeals has been added to the installation. Computer users may have the option to not install Macglobaldeals, but most computer users choose default installation and often install Macglobaldeals accidentally. You should configure your browser settings and remove all add-ons associated with Macglobaldeals to prevent adware-related issues.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Adware


TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AWW is a Trojan that computer users may accidentally download and execute thinking it's a legit file. TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AWW may use a popular genuine file name or simulate a particular type of file, such as a .jpg or .doc file to continue the ruse. TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AWW spreads to vulnerable computers via spam email attachments, browser vulnerabilities, drive-by downloads and harmful websites. It is essential to find and remove TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AWW along with any related malware with an updated anti-malware program.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Trojans


Trojan:Win32/Ropest is a Trojan that can enter the computer through freeware, spam emails or malicious sites. Trojan:Win32/Ropest can control and modify a computer user's web browser. Also, Trojan:Win32/Ropest Trojan:Win32/Ropest is distributed with the help of other malware threats. Trojan:Win32/Ropest may cause the computer to perform poorly and eventually lead to other malware attacks. Trojan:Win32/Ropest makes modifications to the registry so it can launch automatically every time the computer user starts Windows. Trojan:Win32/Ropest should be detected by a trusted anti-malware program and safely removed before it is able to conduct malicious actions on the infected computer.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Trojans is adware that may display random pop-up ads through popular web browsers. pop-ups are known for disrupting normal computer use while surfing the Web. may show irritating pop-up advertisements and sponsored links. Computer users should uninstall related components of that might be leading to constant redirects or pop ups. Although is not a virus, it is extremely annoying and should be removed with the use of an anti-spyware application. Also, it is recommended to reconfigure browser settings to prevent pop-ups.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Adware is a misleading website that shows fake messages offering to update Java, video codecs or players. may be used as a marketing strategy designed to lead computer users to download adware and potentially unwanted programs or redirect to advertising websites similar to's message states: "Java Recommended. It is recommended to have Java in order to proceed." may be found in spam email messages, poisoned search results or linked to infected websites. Also, may be innocently clicked on because the confused computer user thinks he's installing a beneficial program. If the computer user clicks on the 'OK' button found on the message, instead of installing a Java update, he will agree to install adware or another problematic program....

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Fake Warning Messages

SideTerms Ads

SideTerms is considered adware. Once SideTerms enters the PC, it makes modifications to the targeted computer's settings and starts interrupting the computer user's browsing sessions with a variety of pop-up advertisements shown as coupons, offers and other deals. Web-links that are added into these notifications advertise websites that are linked to SideTerms. Computer users may think SideTerms ads will enhance their Internet experience by providing deals and coupons, but, basically, the ads are meant to promote certain websites. SideTerms is advertised on its official website ( and may be bundled with freeware. SideTerms may trace the computer user's browsing habits and lead to unwanted redirections to commercial websites.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Adware


Genesis, or known as Ads by Genesis, is an adware application that is prone to displaying random ads that attempt to relay offers for saving money by shopping on the internet. The Genesis ads may be ones that have coupon deals or other offers that, if used, will redirect your web browser to other sites that prove to be unwanted. Through the Genesis ads you may notice reduced performance of your web browser in some cases. The Genesis ads may also be intrusive as pop-up or large banners on your screen when you are attempting to surf the internet. Removal of Genesis will stop the Genesis ads from displaying, which may require use of an antispyware application.

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Adware


SharkManCoupon is an adware application that may be prone to displaying advertisements related to coupon offers and random deals available through the internet. The SharkManCoupon ads may display random ads in pop-up or banner formats. If used by clicking on them, SharkManCoupon ads may redirect your web browser to other pages or sites that prove to be questionable in their content or plain unwanted by many computer users. The SharkManCoupon ads may be stopped to prevent interrupting your surfing of the internet by means of finding related components and then deleting them. Additionally, SharkManCoupon may be removed automatically by use of an antimalware program.

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Adware

BlueSprig Toolbar

BlueSprig Toolbar is a questionable toolbar and browser hijacker that could load up on your computer due to installing random freeware programs or bundled software apps. When loaded, BlueSprig Toolbar may then display an add-on toolbar on your web browser and offer various actions through quick link buttons. The BlueSprig Toolbar may also cause unwanted redirects when the search function is used or it has been fully loaded by means of its related plugins or other components installed on your computer. Stopping the unwanted actions and site redirects from BlueSprig Toolbar may involve finding its related files and removing each of them from your system. Additionally, the removal process can be completed through use of an antispyware tool.

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Bad Toolbars


Trojan.Startpage.AK is a computer Trojan horse that may lead to serious issues on an infected computer. The Trojan.Startpage.AK infection may be loaded through a malicious source on the internet basically installing without any indication to the computer user. When initiated, Trojan.Startpage.AK is apt to running in the background going undetected where it may perform sneaky activities. Among those actions, Trojan.Startpage.AK may open up other process and allow remote attackers to gain access to the infected computer. Through that access, data stored on the infected system may be stolen and used against the computer user. In such a case, it is prudent that Trojan.Startpage.AK be detected and safely removed using an antispyware tool.

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Trojans is a browser hijacker and site used as a search engine for Thailand computer users. Through the page computer users may be presented with several sponsored links or advertisements. Use of those links or some search results within could cause redirects to other sites or ones that prove to have unwanted content. The page in most cases will be an annoyance be means of it loading up automatically set as your default home page. In this situation, it is warranted that you find and remove all components or plugins related to found in your computer.

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


GreatSaving is a questionable program that some computer users may find is the culprit for displaying random advertisements on their screen mostly when surfing the web. Through GreatSaving ads, computer users may be offered various products or services where GreatSaving ads could render coupon discounts or other avenues of supposedly saving money through the internet. The GreatSaving ads may cause reduced performance of some web browsers making it difficult to browse the web on specific pages that may have a lot of media resources to load. The GreatSaving program may be loaded through installing random freeware apps or bundled software. In such a situation, where GreatSaving ads continually display as pop-ups or banners, it is prudent to eliminate GreatSaving by removal of all associated plugins or add-on files.

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Adware


SnipSmart is web browser extension or add-on component that may be classified by many as an adware program. SnipSmart may also be part of an ad network were it is prone to displaying random ads that attempt to offer coupon deals or savings opportunities through large shopping sites. Use of the SnipSmart ads may then redirect your web browser to random pages where you are given other offers. The SnipSmart ads may be presented as pop-ups, pop-unders or banners that prove to be intrusive while surfing the internet. Stopping SnipSmart ads from displaying may take finding and removing all associated files or web browser extensions that have loaded when SnipSmart was installed.

Posted on August 28, 2014 in Adware is a questionable site and browser hijacker. Through it may not seem harmful where it could then offer ways to search the internet. Use of the page may generate random ads or sponsored links that if used, could redirect your web browser to other sites that have questionable content. In some situations may load up automatically being set as your default home page or search engine. In such a situation, it is prudent to remove any related components of to stop the page from loading up upon opening up a new web browser window.

Posted on August 28, 2014 in Browser Hijackers
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