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
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
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 is a browser hijacker that uses the MyStart by Incredibar toolbar and a browser hijacking component that forces its victims to visit the MyStart.Incredibar.com 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
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
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
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 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
CloudGuard is a program that acts much like an add-on component in an attempt to offer up services to help you with securing your computer or devices. The CloudGuard app is able to display random advertisements on a computer after it is used or initiated. Usually the loading of CloudGuard will take place after installing random freeware programs or bundled software applications. When that takes place, CloudGuard is apt to displaying random ads as pop-ups or banners sometimes when surfing the internet where they prove to be intrusive and annoying for some computer users. The CloudGuard program must be completely removed to stop the ads that it generates on any affected computer. In most cases CloudGuard can be eliminated through use of an updated and trusted antispyware tool.
Posted on September 18, 2014 in Adware
Trojan:Win32/Joinkjot.A is a Trojan horse that may be similar to other threats designed to obtain logins to online accounts. Trojan:Win32/Joinkjot.A may uses aggressive money extortion techniques and other methods to ultimately gain money from unsuspecting computer users or allow a remote attacker access to the infected computer. Those who may encounter the Trojan:Win32/Joinkjot.A Trojan on their computer are highly advised to remove it immediately using antispyware software. Removal of Trojan:Win32/Joinkjot.A will ensure your system and stored data is not compromised by an unknown hacker that seeks to gather data from infected computers. Use of that information can lead to serious issues like identity theft.
Posted on September 18, 2014 in Trojans
StormWatch was created by the Weather Protector LLC company where it is known to be a questionable program that supposedly offers ways to view the weather and weather alerts on a Windows PC desktop. The StormWatch program may be loaded automatically by means of installing random freeware or bundled software applications from the internet. When loaded, StormWatch may then run in the background where it may render several advertisements or messages on the screen. Use of the ads generated from StormWatch may cause unwanted site redirects or loading of pages that have questionable content and offers. Stopping the activities of StormWatch may require complete removal of the StormWatch program and all of its components.
Posted on September 18, 2014 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program
AllSaver is an adware program that may load up as a browser extension where it will cause various advertisements to be displayed. The AllSaver ads are usually ones that attempt to offer better online shopping experiences or attempt to give users random coupon deals or ways to save money by shopping on the internet. Use of the AllSaver ads may lead to web site redirects on your web browser to pages that have questionable content. The AllSaver ads may also cause slowdowns of web browsers where they can no longer load some pages at full speed due to the AllSaver ads and its installed components. Loading of AllSaver may take place due to installing random freeware apps or bundled software. Stopping the AllSaver ads may be an experience that is successfully mastered through use of an antispyware program.
Posted on September 18, 2014 in Adware
Backdoor.Miniduke!gen4 is a computer Trojan horse that may attempt to open up a backdoor access where remote hackers could access an infected computer. The Backdoor.Miniduke!gen4 infection may be loaded on a system without any indication to the computer user. Additionally, after loaded Backdoor.Miniduke!gen4 will run in the background going mostly undetected while it performs malicious activities that eventually could lead to data on the hard drive of an infected system being stolen. Basically, Backdoor.Miniduke!gen4 could be used to lead to issues like identity theft or obtaining online account login credentials for things like online banking accounts. It is extremely important to detect and safely remove Backdoor.Miniduke!gen4 using the proper antispyware tool so it does not lead to these serious issues.
Posted on September 18, 2014 in Backdoors
Lasaoren.com is a site that is classified as a browser hijacker due to its actions of causing redirects or displaying unwanted and annoying sponsored links. The Lasaoren.com site may be one that is automatically loaded on some systems as a default home page due to installing random freeware or bundled software. Through Lasaoren.com computer users may notice various links or internet search results sent through a customized yahoo search. It is important to eliminate the Lasaoren.com components to prevent the automatic loading of the Lasaoren.com home page or causing redirects to other questionable sites that may have unwanted content that lead to other unknown sites.
Posted on September 18, 2014 in Browser Hijackers
FB Photo Zoom is a program that attempts to offer random services for helping computer users preview images at full size over Facebook. The FB Photo Zoom program is known to be loaded without a computer user’s permission sometimes due to installing random freeware programs or bundled software. When loaded, FB Photo Zoom may then load up pop-ups or attempt to offer its services in aggressive manors where the computer user is aggravated with the notifications mostly when surfing the internet. Web browser habits may be tracked by FB Photo Zoom and redirects could take place loading up unwanted sites and pages. Removal of FB Photo Zoom may require use of an antispyware tool to safely detect all components related to FB Photo Zoom and remove them automatically.
Posted on September 17, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs
Atajitos.com is a site that is apt to providing a means of searching the internet in addition to providing quick link buttons for popular social sites and other pages. The Atajitos.com site has been deemed as a browser hijacker due to it having components that will automatically load Atajitos.com as a default home page on several web browser applications. Through the use of Atajitos.com computer users may notice several advertisements or sponsored links. Use of those ads or links on Atajitos.com may cause redirects to other unwanted sites or pages that contain questionable content. In the efforts to stop Atajitos.com from loading automatically it may require the use of an antispyware program designed to detect and remove browser hijackers from a Windows PC.
Posted on September 17, 2014 in Browser Hijackers
TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AXI is a deceptive computer threat and Trojan horse that may be prone to downloading other unknown and potentially malicious software and files onto an infected computer. The TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AXI threat may be a gateway for remote hackers to infiltrate the infected system and then steal data from its hard drive. Through the use of TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AXI a remote attacker could control certain activities over the internet and eventually lead to issues like identity theft that the computer owner may be liable for. It is essential to remove TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AXI by use of a trusted antimalware application.
Posted on September 17, 2014 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program
Astro Arcade Ads is part of an adware network or advertisements that may display at random on a system while surfing the internet. The Astro Arcade Ads prove to be intrusive to many computer users as they will interrupt surfing the internet and sometimes reduce performance of some web browser applications making it hard to load some sites at full speed. The Astro Arcade Ads may claim to offer various services for your computer but in some instances it may fail to provide them unless you click on the offer and follow through with the instructions on sites you are redirected to. Elimination of the Astro Arcade Ads may take finding its related plugins or components and then removing them from the affected system.
Posted on September 17, 2014 in Adware
PicColor is an adware program created by a media group that may be into spreading such a program to gain money through clicks on advertisements that it generates. Through the PicColor ads computer users may be enticed by offers of special deals or products. The PicColor ads are prone to displaying as pop-ups and banners when surfing the web on many sites. PicColor may also collect information to display ads related to products or sites you have visited in the past. In stopping the PicColor ads from displaying it may warrant use of an antispyware tool to safely detect and remove all components related to PicColor loaded on a computer.
Posted on September 17, 2014 in Adware
Gameharbor.org is a web page that may prove to be harmful to your system. Gameharbor.org is identified as a browser hijacker where it may have the tendency to lead computer users to other sites through redirects by enticing clicks on sponsored links or ads displayed on the Gameharbor.org page. In the event that Gameharbor.org loads as a default home page it may be prudent to obtain a tool to safely detect and remove all components related to Gameharbor.org. Doing so will stop the Gameharbor.org page from automatically loading and prevent unwanted redirects to potentially malicious sites.
Posted on September 17, 2014 in Browser Hijackers
Speedcheck is an adware program that may have several advertisements generated from an associated ad network. Through the use of Speedcheck ads you may be redirected through other pages and sites that have questionable content to some computer users. The Speedcheck ads may also be intrusive where they display at random while surfing the internet on various pages. The Speedcheck ads may attempt to offer various products and services. Stopping the Speedcheck ads may be a task of using antispyware tools to safely detect and eliminate associated plugins or add-ons.
Posted on September 16, 2014 in Adware
Superiends.net is a generic website that may be used as a search engine but has the tendency to be loaded as your default home page. Use of the Superiends.net page may not be harmful to a computer but it may lead to redirects that are unwanted. The Superiends.net page may also have several associated sponsored links and ads that show up on the page that may be clicked on to redirect you to other unwanted sites. The Superiends.net page could also load automatically set as your default home page. Reversing those effects could require use of an antispyware program to safely detect and remove all components related to Superiends.net.
Posted on September 16, 2014 in Browser Hijackers
Iwebar1 is an adware program that has proven to be mostly unwanted due to its intrusive behavior of loading up advertisements as pop-ups or banners. The Iwebar1 ads are aggravating and annoying for most computer users because it loads up ads when surfing the internet at random attempting to offer deals or products through the internet. The Iwebar1 ads may interrupt your usage of the internet and eventually lead to redirecting your web browser to other questionable sites when the ads are clicked on. Stopping the Iwebar1 ads may take use of an antispyware tool to safely detect and remove all components of Iwebar1.
Posted on September 16, 2014 in Adware