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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,619,545 2%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,209,580 1%
3 PUP.InstallCore 791,969 1%
4 PUP.Optimizer Pro 782,806 1%
5 PUP.SupTab 737,697 1%
6 Hijacker 657,423 0%
7 Adware.LinkSwift 641,138 -0%
8 V9 Redirect Virus 582,349 1%
9 Babylon Search/Toolbar 532,123 1%
10 Iminent Toolbar 449,881 1%
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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 is a domain that may be associated with a threat named HTML/ScrInject.B.Gen . HTML/ScrInject.B.Gen may help adware to display its sponsored advertisements by injecting these advertisements into's Web page. may appear as your default homepage no matter if it is Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. advertisements may cover a Web page's content and prevent PC users from seeing its original content. adware should be removed from an infected computer with a trustworthy malware removal tool.

Posted on November 20, 2014 in Browser Hijackers

Steam Messages

The misleading messages displayed by Steam Messages are caused by a password-collecting Trojan. Cybercrooks are abusing Steam, a legitimate and well-used tool developed by Valve Corporation to install the Trojan and harm the computer user's security. Steam is an 'Internet-based digital distribution', normally used to distribute games. The messages displayed by Steam Messages may show up as a link to a screenshot and, if clicked, may allow the installation of its related Trojan. Therefore, if you are receiving messages such as 'Is this you in the photo' or 'You will exchange this thing?', you should stay away of it and get the aid of a skilled anti-malware device to remove it from your machine.

Posted on November 20, 2014 in Fake Warning Messages

Cheapster Ads

Cheapster is adware that tries to induce computer users into installing its application on their computers in order to get Cheapster's help while online shopping. Also, Cheapster adware may enter your computer automatically as a component of the installation process of a free utility. Computer users should be careful when clicking on ads displayed by Cheapster. Although Cheapster adware does display numerous advertisements, Cheapster adware may perform some harmful actions that will make Cheapster be classified as a Possibly Unwanted Program. Cheapster adware may collect your browsing infroamtion; cause performance and speed problems on the affected computer; and cause havoc with your online shopping. Computer users that have Cheapster installed on their machines should uninstall Cheapster with a malware remover.

Posted on November 20, 2014 in Adware is a questionable website that may have a close association with adware and browser hijackers that may alter search results in any major search engines. may unwillingly lead computer users to and related websites that may be intended to display advertisements and increase website traffic and advertisement clicks. may be installed on a vulnerable computer bundled with other freeware and shareware programs. Once appears on the targeted computer, may be installed on any Web browser, involving Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. also may make changes to the affected computer that encompass replacing the default start page and search engine. also may redirect...

Posted on November 20, 2014 in Browser Hijackers is a misleading domain linked to a browser hijacker that supports advertisements from third parties. If your Web browser has been blocked and the only Web page you can access is, your computer is most probably affected by already. Browser hijackers linked to may be installed on a computer bundled with free applications that computer users download from third-party providers. Despite the fact that has a look of a common website, its search results may be inaccurate and unrelated to your Web searches. may distort your browser settings and replace your Web page. If you are having problems with because advertisements are preventing you from having a normal online activity, you need to block and remove its related browser...

Posted on November 20, 2014 in Browser Hijackers

BonusBerry Ads

BonusBerry is one more Possibly Unwanted Program with adware capabilities that may be added to your default Web browser automatically. BonusBerry adware may affect Web browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. BonusBerry adware may be introduced via free software downloads that have BonusBerry Ads adware bundled with its installation process. The main objective of BonusBerry adware is to display numerous, unwanted advertisements on affected computers. BonusBerry adware may monitor the computer users Web searches and collect hints for additional advertisements. BonusBerry advertisements may decrease your computer's performance and Internet speed. To stop the disturbing advertisements displayed by BonusBerry, you should block BonusBerry and delete its adware and components.

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Adware

OfferCrowd Ads

OfferCrowd is an adware program that promises to help online shoppers by providing the best deals available. OfferCrowd adware does display numerous coupons, banners, discounts and price comparison that may offer some help for the computer users that are online searching for services and/or merchandise. Some of these advertisements may be based on information collected by OfferCrowd ads from the computer user's online activities. OfferCrowd adware may interfere with the computer user's activities and cause performance issues. All of these unwanted actions make OfferCrowd to be rated as a Possibly Unwanted Program that should be removed from the affected machine.

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Adware


HDQ is an adware application that may infiltrate your computer bundled with third parties' free programs. Usually, this kind of adware is installed on computers in order to display sponsored advertisements, promote advertisement clicks and increase websites' traffic. HDQ is classified as a Possibly Unwanted Program by security experts because the presence of HDQ adware may cause more harm than benefits to the computer user and its machine. HDQ advertisements are highly intrusive and unwanted. HDQ adware may retract the computer user's browsing data. The computer may present performance problems, behave erratically and even crash. There's no point in keeping HDQ running on your machine.

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

1-877-695-4931 Pop-Up

If a message that prompts you to call the 1-877-695-4931 number because your computer is infected and needs urgent care appears on your screen suddenly, you should take no notice of it. The '1-877-695-4931' pop-up is a fake message; there's no infection endangering your machine. What is worse is that by calling this number you will be required to pay a determined amount for a needless fix, and even paying the asked amount will not stop '1-877-695-4931' pop-up from appearing on your screen. Therefore, affected computer users, instead of believing the fake message displayed by the '1-877-695-4931' pop-up, should remove the browser add-on and files that are causing its appearance. The '1-877-695-4931' pop-up ins just one more misleading tactic used by ill-minded persons.

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Adware


WindowsProtectManger is a Potentially Unwanted Program developed by MaLin. After being installed on the computer, WindowsProtectManger may add a background Windows controller service that runs automatically. WindowsProtectManger may enter your computer through several ways. The preferred way is being installed in a bundle with other applications such as browser hijackers or adware programs. WindowsProtectManger may be bundled with popular programs such as converters, video and audio players, drivers, security tools, codecs, etc. You should choose a custom installation when installing these kinds of programs on your machine. A custom installation will let you see what is being installed on your computer. You should uncheck the box that allows the installation of additional 'applications' into your computer. Following this elementary guideline, you will diminish the risk of being...

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

Zorton XP/Vista/Win 7/Win 8 Antivirus 2014

Zorton XP/Vista/Win 7/Win 8 Antivirus 2014 or Zorton Multi-Rogue 2014 is a fake security program and part of a famous rogueware family named FakeRean/Braviax. Zorton XP Antivirus 2014's main objective is to trick and drive Internet users to purchase the supposed registered version of Zorton Vista Protection 2014. Also, Trojans are used to propagate rogue security programs like Zorton Multi-Rogue 2014. If you try to remove the supposed computer infections, Zorton Win 8 Antivirus 2014 will state that you must first buy the full version of Zorton Win 7 Antivirus 2014. What makes Zorton Multi-Rogue 2014 be classified as a rogue security program is the fact that its system scanner is completely fake; it lists fabricated threat results. Zorton XP/Vista/Win 7/Win 8 Antivirus 2014 uses a Trojan to take control of a user's computer, and Zorton Multi-Rogue 2014 does not have threat removal...

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Rogue Anti-Virus Program

Malware Could Spike to 40% or More on Cyber Monday 2014

The Holiday season is upon us and cyber crooks are gearing up to pounce like roaring tigers on the nearest prey surfing the Internet for the latest online deals. Hackers consider a day like Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, to be a holiday of their own, more or less a virtual pay day as they target online shoppers in unprecedented numbers. As millions of Americans begin to shop online for the best holiday deals, cyber criminals are preparing to infect millions of computers with malware. If history is any guide, malware infections in the U.S. could spike 40% in the days surrounding Cyber Monday 2014. That's according to data released by, makers of the anti-spyware program SpyHunter. The malware experts at ESG analyzed infection scanning reports on more than a million infections covering thousands of computers in the U.S. On the three days surrounding...

Posted on November 19, 2014 in Computer Security

Breaking News Alert Ads

Breaking News Alert is a free application that claims to provide the 'latest world events' to computer users, but the real meaning of Breaking News Alert is to display advertisements. Therefore, Breaking News Alert ads is a Possibly Unwanted Program with adware functionalities that, instead of news, gives computer users unwanted advertisements. When computer users install Breaking News Alert on their computers and click on the 'news,' they will be directed to a totally strange website. On this website, they will find just advertisements. Breaking News Alert adware may use information collected from the computer user's browser routine to generate specific advertisements. When installed and running, Breaking News Alert adware may drop an auto-start Registry entry which enables Breaking News Alert to launch automatically whenever the computer user starts Windows. Breaking News Alert may...

Posted on November 18, 2014 in Adware is a dubious domain that may be associated browser hijackers. These browser hijackers may cause unwanted Web browser redirects on the affected computer. may try to induce computer users into download and install a fake update for their media player. may display numerous advertisements that may appear within Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer unexpectedly. adware may change the start page and home page to PC users may be redirected to doubtful advertising websites that are used by sponsors to increase their websites traffic and clicks. Computer users should uninstall all browser hijackers from the compromised computer with an anti-malware program to get rid of disturbing diversions to

Posted on November 18, 2014 in Browser Hijackers is an adware program supported by advertising websites. may be installed on your computer while you are installing a free application. After its entrance on the affected computer, adware will try to convince computer users to install a tool that supposedly will enhance the videos and movies the computer user wants to watch. is a Possibly Unwanted program that may seize the control of your Web browser by overriding your webpage with unwanted advertisements continuously. advertisements may appear every time you start a new tab or click on any link. may collect your browsing habits. may attack the most popular Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Computer users should ignore anything that comes from...

Posted on November 18, 2014 in Browser Hijackers
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