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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,489,534 2%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,139,771 1%
3 PUP.InstallCore 720,243 2%
4 PUP.Optimizer Pro 712,668 1%
5 Hijacker 700,619 -0%
6 PUP.SupTab 666,621 2%
7 Adware.LinkSwift 647,477 -0%
8 V9 Redirect Virus 574,462 0%
9 Babylon Search/Toolbar 511,979 1%
10 WeDownload Manager 445,229 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

Veba Search

If you are one among the countless computer users that are being affected by the browser hijacker-related program called Veba Search, you need to know what Veba Search is. Veba Search loads itself as a browser add-on named VebaSearchi 1.4.2 into the Web browser of your choice, no matter if it is Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. Veba Search's browser hijacker may change your browser settings and home page and display numerous advertisements on any Web page you are logged in. These advertisements may be highly intrusive and unwelcome since it may interrupt the normal flow of your activities. Veba Search's browser hijacker may slow down your computer's performance and monitor your browsing preferences. Veba Search's adware has an innovative feature that allows it to present your most visited websites' search results on the Web page you are visiting, but its own search...

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


HQCinema, a program created by Engelmann Media GmbH, promises to improve and enlarge the movies and videos you want to watch. HQCinema promised features may be inviting, but, regretfully, HQCinema is an adware-laced program. Although displaying advertisements that may be useful, HQCinema may also perform some unsafe actions on the affected computer. HQCinema may change your Web browser settings. When you install a freeware and don't read carefully what additional program have be checkmarked for installation, HQCinema may be installed on your computer automatically. HQCinema may collect your browsing preferences and share your information with third parties. HQCinema may decrease your machine's speed. HQCinema is a Possibly Unwanted Program that may not turn your computer into a safer environment.

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Adware

Radio Canyon Ads

It is just amazing how the creators of adware use to name their programs. Radio Canyon is another meaningless named Possibly Unwanted Program developed by Toronto Creative that may enter your computer through deceptive ways. Radio Canyon adware may be installed by the computer users, since Radio Canyon promises to help them with their online browsing. After being installed on the affected computer, Radio Canyon may alter your search provider settings and home page in order to display numerous advertisements. These advertisements may help the computer users with their online shopping, but also may become an annoyance since it will overflow the Web page's content, disrupting their activities. Radio Canyon adware may record the computer users web search terms and visited websites. It is not recommended to keep Radio Canyon adware running on your computer even though Radio Canyon, by...

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Adware is a website related to a browser hijacker that may redirect your Web browsers, change their settings and replace your Web page. may appear to be a useful search instrument, but, in truth, may lead to trouble and redirect the search results to compromised websites or other unsafe places. is usually distributed via free or shared movie and music downloads or through compromised related websites. Once the targeted PC gets infected with's adware, your Google, Yahoo, MSN and Bing search results may be rerouted to, and other search related websites.'s adware may reduce the PC performance and forward information to remote servers monitored by its creators.'adware may download and install additional Possibly...

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Adware


CouponBuilder is an adware program that is usually installed on your system with other applications, especially through add-ons, Web toolbars, plug-ins, etc. This Potentially Unwanted Program may display various advertisements on a user's computer desktop. CouponBuilder is able to display advertisements in the form of pop-ups, banners, etc. CouponBuilder's adware may also collect a user's browsing information, monitor Internet browsing habits and degrade the system's performance. If you have installed CouponBuilder on your machine or if CouponBuilder was installed on your computer automatically and you want to uninstall CouponBuilder'adware, it is recommended to remove it with a proper malware remover.

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs is site of many sites that browser hijackers tend to redirect PC users to. By modifying your Web browser settings, browser hijackers may change your default homepage and search settings and redirect you to unwanted websites such as Any website you try to access may be replaced by automatically.'s browser hijacker may infiltrate browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. The common way to install browser hijackers, adware or Possibly Unwanted Programs on a computer automatically is bundling it with the installation process of freeware or including it in the installation of toolbars, opening e-mail attachments from unknown sources, visiting unsafe websites, clicking on compromised advertisements, etc. The recommended way to eliminate a browser hijacker is an...

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


If while browsing the Internet you decide to download a program called UniDeals, you should be ready for dealing with some issues. UniDeals is adware that may display loads of advertisements on any Web page that you are logged in, collect your browsing preferences and search terms and send it to its sponsors to be used as a marketing tactic for targeting advertisements. UniDeals's adware may affix itself to your default Web browser, no matter if it is Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The advertisements displayed by UniDeals's adware may expend your system resources and decrease the system's performance. UniDeals's adware also may have entered your computer without your interference, bundled with the installation of a free software. If UniDeals's adware is installed on your machine and you don't want to deal with its unwanted advertisements anymore, you should use...

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Adware

If a program called starts displaying pop-up warnings that will prompt you to download bogus updates for Java or install a popular security program, watch out and don't download anything!'s fake warnings are created and displayed by an adware program. Clicking on any of the pop-up warnings displayed by's adware may set off the installation of more adware programs, browser extensions, Possibly Unwanted Programs, browser plug-ins, etc. pop-up warnings, if clicked, may also redirect the computer user to third party websites that promote PUPs and other kinds of unsafe programs.'s adware may have been installed on your machine when you downloaded a freeware from the Internet. Computer users should always select 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation method when downloading freeware to their computer to avoid...

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Adware


eDealsPop is an adware application created by, Inc. eDealsPop may have found its way to your computer integrated into or bundled with free software that you installed, not knowing that this Possibly Unwanted Program was part of its installation. eDealsPop was developed to perform advertising functions. eDealsPop may display numerous advertisements on the affected computer. eDealsPop may record what Internet websites the user visits in order to present advertisements associated with the types of merchandise or services offered there. eDealsPop may use your computer system's resources and cause a gradual decrease of its speed and performance. eDealsPop may not be a threat to your computer but may pose a security risk since its advertisements may redirect you to unsafe websites. If you have eDealsPop running on your computer, you need to choose to keep eDealsPop or not. If you...

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Adware

Massive Malvertisement Campaign in Major Ad Vendor Use to Modify Router DNS Settings

Advertising is a necessary evil that webmasters and site owners must consider in order to survive considering it is how most websites earn money. Just about any and every reputable website has some form of advertising, which as of lately, utilize large ad vendors to distribute proper ads to any given site. In recent exploits of advertising networks and vendors, cybercrooks have managed to leverage ads from third-party services to display ads that are malicious eventually serving up a nasty cocktail of malware for users who click on them. Malvertising, a relatively new term that has become synonymous with describing malicious advertisements on the internet , is the in-thing for cybercrooks in their abilities to attack ad vendors and networks with malicious third-party ads . These advertising campaigns have varied from one extreme to the other, and the most recent malvertising...

Posted on October 22, 2014 in Computer Security


Exploit:JS/Dotcaf.A is a threat that may install itself on your computer using known vulnerabilities, freeware programs, e-mail attachments, torrents and may enter the computer bundled with other threats such as HEUR.Trojan.Win32.Generic Virus. Exploit:JS/Dotcaf.A is used by hackers to install Possibly Unwanted Programs or threats on your machine. Exploit:JS/Dotcaf.A opens a backdoor that will be a gateway for third parties to take control of the infected computer. Exploit:JS/Dotcaf.A changes your Web browser settings, adds corrupted codes to your Registry and disables security-related software. Exploit:JS/Dotcaf.A may collect selected data that will be used against the computer user. Exploit:JS/Dotcaf.A is a high-level threat and, as such, should be deleted from the infected computer immediately after been detected to avoid further harm. Computer users should run a deep scan of their...

Posted on October 22, 2014 in Trojans

Pall Mall Ads

Pall Mall Ads is a Possibly Unwanted Program. If installed on your machine, may display countless, unwanted and intrusive advertisements on every Web page that you try to visit. Pall Mall may attach itself on the most favored Web browsers; therefore, it doesn't matter which one you are using. There will be computer users that may consider Pall Mall a useful program and install it, but they need to be aware that Pall Mall performs parallel actions that may not be welcomed. Pall Mall may modify your homepage and browser settings; collects your browsing habits and share the information with third parties; uses your system resources; slows down the system's operation; and may be installed on your computer without your interference. Therefore, it is safer to remove Pall Mall from your computer. To perform its removal, you should use a malware remover.

Posted on October 22, 2014 in Adware


InfoHD is a Possibly Unwanted Program. PUPs may install unwanted toolbars and contain adware that may create some problems on the affected machine. InfoHD usually is installed on your computer bundled with freeware downloaded from third parties or you may have installed it by choice. InfoHD has some features that will make it possible for InfoHD to modify your search settings and homepage. Then, InfoHD will display numerous advertisements and sale offers that, if clicked, will increase traffic on its sponsored websites. These advertisements may attract the computer user's attention since some of them are based on 'leads' provided by InfoHD's adware. But, it may also lead the PC user to compromised websites. It is your choice to keep or not InfoHD running on your computer. Deciding to uninstall InfoHD, you should use an anti-malware device to help you to carry out its elimination...

Posted on October 22, 2014 in Adware


FirSeriaInstaller, or PUP.FirSeriaInstaller, is a Possibly Unwanted Program that if installed on your computer may disrupt your browsing activities. FirSeriaInstaller is often installed on your computer automatically as a part of the installment of free software. FirSeriaInstaller may alter your browser settings and desktop and record your browser searches. FirSeriaInstaller will show numerous pop-ups, fake security alerts and other kinds of advertisements that may slow down the machines' performance. If clicked, these advertisements may redirect your browser to unsafe websites. FirSeriaInstaller is compatible with the most favored Web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. If FirSeriaInstaller is not letting you have a normal browsing experience, you should uninstall FirSeriaInstaller with a malware removal program.

Posted on October 22, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs


Cooltech, or PUP.Cooltech, is the name of a Possibly Unwanted Program that may be installed on your PC by default. This may happen when an adware is bundled with a free software that the computer user downloads from third parties without paying attention to its installation process. Cooltech also may be installed by the computer user when online shopping. Cooltech displays numerous advertisements that may help computer users with their online shopping, but Cooltech also displays advertisements unrelated to their searches. The reality is that Cooltech will display its advertisements no matter if the computer user wants it or not. Besides, a program that imposes itself to the computer user may be looked at as suspicious. If you consider Cooltech as a necessary tool and is willing to take the risks Cooltech may pose, you may keep it. Otherwise, you should remove Cooltech with a proper...

Posted on October 22, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs
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