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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,987,167 0%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,419,337 -0%
3 PUP.SupTab 957,597 0%
4 PUP.InstallCore 878,302 0%
5 PUP.SuperWeb 851,196 1%
6 PUP.Optimizer Pro 841,944 -0%
7 Adware.Multiplug/Variant 760,525 -1%
8 Iminent Toolbar 666,869 -1%
9 Hijacker 639,484 0%
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VirLock Ransomware


The VirLock Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that takes computers hostage and then demands payment from the computer users using BitCoin, a crypto-currency that is known for permitting anonymous online payments. The VirLock Ransomware will threaten computer users, claiming that the VirLock Ransomware has found pirated software on the infected computer and threatening to report the victim to the authorities unless the fine is paid. These claims have no basis. The VirLock Ransomware cannot check your computer for pirated software or alert the authorities. Rather, the VirLock Ransomware is engineered to lock down your computer and prevent access to your files. If the VirLock Ransomware...

Posted on December 10, 2014 in Ransomware

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

CryptoLocker Ransomware


The CryptoLocker Trojan is a ransomware infection that encrypts the victim's files. CryptoLocker may typically be installed by another threat such as a Trojan downloader or a worm. Once CryptoLocker is installed, CryptoLocker will search for sensitive files on the victim's computer and encrypt them. Essentially, CryptoLocker takes the infected computer hostage by preventing access to any of the computer user's files. CryptoLocker then demands payment of a ransom to decrypt the infected files. CryptoLocker is quite harmful, and ESG security analysts strongly advise computer users to use an efficient, proven and updated anti-malware program to protect their computer from these types of...

Posted on September 11, 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 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

Free Ride Games Player

The Free Ride Games Player plug-in from Exent Technologies Ltd. is associated with the gaming platform located on that offers users to play free Adobe Flash games ranging from puzzles to first person shooters. The Free Ride Games Player plug-in functions as your shortcut to the gaming content hosted on and may modify your browser settings regarding your homepage and new tab. The Free Ride Games Player plug-in may be installed to your Internet browser when you introduced a free program bundle to your system with the 'Express' or 'Typical' option. The Free Ride Games Player plug-in may be installed to the AppData folder and affect Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. The Free Ride Games Player plug-in is ad-supported software to ensure that its service remains cost -free for users. That is why Free Ride Games Player is perceived as a...

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Possibly Unwanted Program

Olive Browser

The Olive Browser by Lunacom Interactive Ltd is promoted on as a simple and intuitive Internet client with a built-in zoom feature, minimalistic design and a reinvented bookmarking system. Computer users may be interested in installing the Olive Browser considering its selling points or may install it via freeware packages. The re-invented bookmarking system that may have incited you to install Olive Browser is not so different and advanced compared to Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, and you may be dissatisfied. However, the Olive Browser is perceived as adware that may arrive on your PC accompanied by other adware such as VAFCompressor and Ifishplayer . Security researchers classify the Olive Browser as adware because it might record information like your IP address, bookmarks, visited sites, software and hardware configuration and send it to...

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Adware

ScreenFreak New Tab

The ScreenFreak New Tab software from APN, LLC is the re-branded version of Movie Junkies that might cover your browser surface with coupons, discounts, deals and promotions. Security analysts note that ScreenFreak New Tab is adware that may land on your system bundled with apps by inMind like LifeStyle and Celebrities . The ScreenFreak New Tab adware might change the Internet browser settings that govern your homepage, new tab page and default search engine. The ScreenFreak New Tab adware might set as your start page, new tab and default search engine. The new tab page set by the ScreenFreak New Tab adware may provide users with links to popular services like Instagram, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube and Twitter, but it may show corrupted advertisements. The ScreenFreak New Tab adware may redirect you to harmful domains where the Blackhole and the Stamp EK Exploit...

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Adware


The MegaPlayer software is advertised on as an Internet media center that can help you preview videos and images and listen to music from many Web services and online storage platforms. Also, MegaPlayer offers users videos on demand and the option to download videos from YuTube and Vimeo in exchange for a small monthly subscription fee. Many computer users might want to install the MegaPlayer software and benefit from the features listed abo0ve, but security experts deem MegaPlayer as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). You might want to know that MegaPlayer is a stand-alone program that may install a separate plug-in to your Internet browser to show advertisements. The MegaPlayer software may irritate its users with pop-up and pop-under windows in their Internet browsers that might contain promotional offers from untrusted e-commerce portals. The MegaPlayer software...

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Possibly Unwanted Program

ZipperNew Ads

The ZipperNew program is advertised on the websites as a great compression software for users to bring down the size of folders and files alike. The ZipperNew program can be downloaded from its official website or may land on your PC via freeware bundles. The ZipperNew program may be accompanied by optional software like WS-Supporter and YourTemplateFinder . Security investigators warn users that the ZipperNew program is adware and will not provide users with a graphical interface to manage and create archive files. The main objective of the ZipperNew adware is to subject users to a torrent of advertisements and claim affiliate marketing revenue for its creators. The ZipperNew adware may show banners, coupons, discounts and special deals on your new tab page and every site you visit. The ZipperNew adware may be attached to your Internet client as a browser extension,...

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Adware


The DownloaderPlus application from SambaMedia S.L is promoted on as the most user-friendly download manager for Windows systems that can take care of HTTP, HTTPS, and torrent download tasks. Security researchers alert that the DownloaderPlus is supported by advertisements and exhibits behavior that is similar to LightningDownloader and Fdownloader . The DownloaderPlus application is perceived as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that may annoy users with pop-up and pop-under windows as well as promotions and similar deals on Amazon and eBay. The developers of the DownloaderPlus application are behind the FusionPlayer adware, and you may have tracking cookies on your PC that are placed by DownloaderPlus. The DownloaderPlus application is deployed under the GNU General Public License and may arrive on your machine incorporated with a third-party program setup...

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Possibly Unwanted Program

FlightSearch Toolbar

FlightSearch Toolbar is a software product whose developer is the ill-famed Mindspark, a company that handles the development and distribution of a large number of programs identified as adware, browser hijackers and Potentially Unwanted Programs. The FlightSearch Toolbar is no different, and it is a potentially unwanted toolbar that may be installed on your computer without your knowledge. According to Mindspark's presentation, the purpose of the FlightSearch Toolbar is to provide PC users with a neat and convenient way to search for flights quickly. Avid travelers may think that the FlightSearch Toolbar is a useful utility, but they should keep in mind that the information provided by FlightSearch Toolbar may come from unverified sources, so there is a high chance that the flights and ticket prices it displays may not be truthful. The installation of FlightSearch Toolbar may...

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Possibly Unwanted Program

FullVideoConverter Pro

FullVideoConverter Pro is a Potentially Unwanted Program that may suddenly appear on your list of installed software although you may not recall agreeing to install it. The FullVideoConverter Pro software may be distributed with the help of software bundles, but the application has an official website and download section as well, so users can download it manually. However, because of FullVideoConverter Pro's suspicious nature, we doubt that many users would accept to download this software knowingly. In fact, research shows that most users who have FullVideoConverter Pro installed don't remember downloading this application. This confirms suspicions that FullVideoConverter Pro may use unfair propagation techniques whose goal is to trick users into accepting to install FullVideoConverter Pro and other 3rd-party software unknowingly. We should add that FullVideoConverter Pro is a...

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Possibly Unwanted Program

PushOK Ads

PushOK is a piece of adware whose installation may bring numerous ads to the affected user's web browser. The content of PushOK advertisements may vary, but in most cases they shouldn't be hard to identify since they may be labeled 'Ads by PushOK' or 'PushOK Ads.' If you think that the PushOK adware may have affected your web browser, and it is the reason you are exposed to numerous ads while browsing the web, then you'll be glad to know that this is an issue that can be taken care of by using a reliable anti-malware program. Although the PushOK adware isn't threatening, it may cause your web browser to behave strangely, and have an adverse impact on your online experience. PushOK is installed as a web browser extension, so users who are eager to remove it might be disappointed to hear that this utility can't be found in the Windows Control Panel. The manual removal of PushOK is...

Posted on October 13, 2015 in Adware

Ask App for InMind

The Ask App for InMind browser extension that users might find on the Chrome Web Store and freeware packages is associated with The Ask App for InMind is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) with adware capabilities that might disable the pop-up blocking feature that is built-in in your Web browser to focus your attention on sponsored content. When users install the Ask App for InMind extension, several changes might be applied to their browsing settings that include your default search engine, the homepage, new tab page, bookmarks and download location. The Ask App for InMind extension may change your default search engine and start page to Also, the Ask App for InMind extension may read your Internet history and download logs to customize the advertising content it displays. The Ask App for InMind extension might use pop-up and pop-under...

Posted on October 12, 2015 in Adware

GasGlance Toolbar

The GasGlance Toolbar is a potentially unwanted toolbar add-on that loads on popular Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. The GasGlance Toolbar is distributed by the MindSpark Interactive Network. The GasGlance Toolbar may load on a system due to a previously downloaded and installed freeware application. The GasGlance Toolbar also may enter a computer through corrupted email attachment and advertisements, third-party toolbars and similar content. Once this happens, the GasGlance Toolbar may then cause your default homepage or default search engine to be redirected to a random site related to the GasGlance Toolbar. Using the GasGlance Toolbar you may be redirected to unwanted sites or provided with a customized search engine that returns results mixed with several advertisements and sponsored links. Search results displayed by GasGlance Toolbar...

Posted on October 12, 2015 in Browser Hijackers

Targetop Ads

The Targetop browser add-on may be offered to you as the ultimate shopping assistant that can present you with exclusive offers from Target, Best Buy, Amazon and eBay, but it is classified as adware. Security authorities warn users that the Targetop adware may arrive on their machines incorporated with a free program setup file and attach to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. The Targetop adware is created by adware developers as an automated monetization engine that could bombard you with commercials and degenerate affiliate marketing revenue for its creators. Moreover, the Targetop adware may change your default search engine and homepage to and record your typed search keywords to show related promotional materials by sponsors. The Targetop adware might use JavaScript to inject additional advertisements on the pages loaded in your Web...

Posted on October 12, 2015 in Adware

CoupItOn Ads

The CoupItOn browser extension promises its users never let them miss deals, limited-time offers and exclusive coupons. The CoupItOn extension can be found at and might accompany free program installers under the 'Advanced' or 'Typical' option. The CoupItOn extension works similarly to Couponarific and Wild Wild West Coupon and is classified by security analysts as adware. The CoupItOn adware may place its files in the hidden ProgramData and AppData system folders that host user-specific settings from programs you installed. That is why adware developers program their products to be installed in the folders mentioned before to evade security scans. The CoupItOn adware may use an executable DLL file and link it to your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox via a registry in Windows. The CoupItOn adware might affect all browsers based on the Gecko,...

Posted on October 12, 2015 in Adware

MusicOptimizerLab Ads

The MusicOptimizerLab browser extension is another product by Tuto4PC that is recognized by security investigators as adware. The MusicOptimizerLab adware has an official site located on and may be promoted in freeware bundles as a tool to make your PC sound like a professional audio studio. Needless to say, users that are infected with the MusicOptimizerLab adware will not experience improved music playback and might be subjected to a constant stream of commercials. Tuto4PC products like MusicOptimizerLab, PackEditorTools and PCandMobileGames may cover your screen with commercials and use tracking cookies to perform behavioral marketing. The MusicOptimizerLab adware may edit your Windows Registry values to run as a background process and use JavaScript and CSS styles to show promotional materials on every page you visit. The MusicOptimizerLab adware may show...

Posted on October 12, 2015 in Adware

Download-Loads Ads

The Download-Loads application is a re-branded version of Fdownloader and Downloadme that might be offered to you as a download client that can manage torrent, HTTP and HTTPS downloads. The Download-Loads download client is similar to Get-a-Clip and RayDownload and may appear as a small toolbox that is placed in the top right corner of your browser window. The Download-Loads download client may appear as a browser extension, Plug-in, add-on and Browser Helper Object depending on your default Internet browser. Security analysts perceive the Download-Loads application as adware because it provides users with basic download management that is present in all major Web browsers and is dedicated to showing advertisements. The ads powered by the Download-Loads adware may take the form of banners at the top of pages you visit and in-text commercials that expand when you hover over...

Posted on October 12, 2015 in Adware
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