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...
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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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
Updatedesktopnow.com is a browser hijacker that could load unwanted prompts or pop-up messages. The Updatedesktopnow.com 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. Updatedesktopnow.com may also display random ads or return sponsored links that redirect your web browser to unwanted and questionable sites. The unwanted actions from Updatedesktopnow.com may be stopped through removing all associated components or plugin extensions from your web browser and any other applications related to Updatedesktopnow.com. This removal process may be done automatically through the use of antimalware program.
Get-search.com is a browser hijacker and a site that acts as a generic search engine. Utilizing the Get-search.com site for searching may display results mixes in with several sponsored links. Use of the Get-search.com links may redirect your browser to questionable sites or pages that have unwanted content. The creators of Get-search.com may have designed the site to gain money from your clicks on its ads and sponsored links. In some cases Get-search.com may load up as your default home page, which can be stopped by removal of all Get-search.com components from your system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spunch.tv 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 Spunch.tv site itself is harmless but after utilizing the Spunch.tv services it could then cause unwanted redirects to questionable sites. The Spunch.tv 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 Spunch.tv program and its associated software must be removed to stop any unwanted actions performed by Spunch.tv and its home page service.
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.
Search.offersbar.com is a browser hijacker and a site that may act as s generic search engine that filters results through a customized search engine. Usually the results on Search.offersbar.com will have several sponsored links or ads displayed alongside of each query. The Search.offersbar.com site may also be set as a default home page due to loading a previously installed freeware program or bundled app from the internet. Reversing these settings and actions from Search.offersbar.com may take finding all related files or add-ons from each of your web browser applications. Additionally, removing Search.offersbar.com and its files could warrant using an antispyware application.
W2.inetdownloadmanager.com is a browser hijacker and a site that attempts to offer various software as a supposed helper for your web browser in downloading other applications from the internet. Landing on the W2.inetdownloadmanager.com page may give you pop-up prompts or download buttons that could then initiate the download and installation of questionable files that may eventually lead to malware. In the case of W2.inetdownloadmanager.com loading automatically on your web browser or acting as your default home page, you may need to eliminate all files or components related to W2.inetdownloadmanager.com. Those various components and files may be loaded through the installation of random freeware programs or bundled software. Automatically removing them may take use of an antispyware tool.
Wsys Control is a browser hijacker that could load up on your computer from other installed software, such as freeware programs or bundled software apps. Once loaded on your system, Wsys Control could then change your default home page where it could send you to the delta-homes.com site repeatedly and render various ads or sponsored links throughout the home page. The Wsys Control program may have other components that load on your system and web browser application causing other unwanted redirects or activities that affect your ability to surf the internet or view certain web pages. Eliminating Wsys Control and its associated software may require finding all components loaded on the affected computer and deleting each of them.
Deal4Real is an adware program that may load up on web browser applications where it may allow and render various advertisements while you are surfing the internet. The Deal4Real ads may consist of advertisements that attempt to offer various online deals or coupons for shopping on the internet. Use of the Deal4Real ads could redirect your web browser to other sites that could have questionable content or attempt to offer additional deals related to shopping on large shopping sites. The Deal4Real ads could come in various forms where some of them, such as the pop-ups or banner ads, could reduce performance of your web browser. Removal of the Deal4Real ads and preventing them from displaying when you are using your web browser may require use of an antispyware application.
HQual-V1.8 is an adware application that could automatically load on your system due to installing various freeware programs or bundled software apps. Once loaded, HQual-V1.8 could then render several advertisements where some attempt to offer various services of products over the internet. The use of the HQual-V1.8 ads could redirect your web browser to several unwanted sites that prove to annoy you with unwanted content. The HQual-V1.8 ads could also come in various forms, such as pop-ups and banners that all aid in reducing the performance of your web browser application. Eliminating the HQual-V1.8 pop-ups and ads that it renders may require you removing all related plugins or add-on components from all of your web browser applications.
Jls.divmapping.net is a browser hijacker that may be known for displaying random pop-up messages asking computer users to download and install additional software. In the case of Jls.divmapping.net, it may be set as your default home page due to loading associated plugins or add-on components within your web browser programs. The Jls.divmapping.net site may attempt to offer the download and install of a Java HD player or other media software that proves to be questionable files that may lead to installing malware on your system. The Jls.divmapping.net site itself may look harmless to some but it has the intention of loading questionable software or files onto your computer if you are not careful. Stopping the activities of Jls.divmapping.net and preventing it from automatically loading may require the use of an antimalware tool to detect and remove any related files to the...
Win32/Branstall.B is a computer Trojan horse that could load on a system from a malicious source without any interaction from the computer user. Once loaded, Win32/Branstall.B could then allow remote users access to the infected computer where personal data or other stored items may be stolen. Ultimately, Win32/Branstall.B could lead to identity theft or stealing of login information for online accounts. It is extremely important that Win32/Branstall.B be detected and safely removed utilizing an updated and trusted antispyware application. It is not until removal that the actions of Win32/Branstall.B will stop, which will prevent remote attackers from accessing the infected computer.