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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,381,267 1%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,112,337 0%
3 Adware.LinkSwift 804,155 2%
4 PUP.Optimizer Pro 725,904 5%
5 Hijacker 703,400 2%
6 PUP.InstallCore 673,436 0%
7 PUP.SupTab 599,367 4%
8 V9 Redirect Virus 575,949 0%
9 Babylon Search/Toolbar 531,602 -1%
10 WeDownload Manager 521,622 0%
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System Care Antivirus


Fake anti-virus programs are still among the most common types of online scams. Criminals continue to create fake anti-virus programs like System Care Antivirus in order to fool unsuspecting computer users into buying useless security software. These fake anti-virus programs are renamed and repackaged every few weeks, a pattern that has repeated itself consistently since their first appearance nearly a decade ago. Despite its name, System Care Antivirus is not actually an anti-virus program. In fact, it is the complete opposite; System Care Antivirus is a kind of malware infection commonly known as a rogue security program. System Care Antivirus is designed to cause problems on a...

Posted on April 9, 2013 in Rogue Anti-Virus Program

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

Windows Active Guard


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 FakeVimes malware...

Posted on July 23, 2012 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

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, a...

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 WinWebSec 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...

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


PngToPPTConvert is an ads-supported browser plug-in that may install itself on a Web browser with the purpose to display a variety of intrusive advertisements and pop-up notifications. After installation, PngToPPTConvert may be hard to uninstall from a PC since there may not be a 'Delete' button as other usual browser plug-ins have. PngToPPTConvert may automatically be enabled when it is installed, and it may not permit computer users to deselect the 'Enable' button since it might have been 'Installed by enterprise policy'. PngToPPTConvert may create and display in-text advertisements by hyperlinking random text displayed on the website the computer user visits, but it may also show banner advertisements, pop-up advertisements and discount coupons advertisements. If clicked on advertisements, PngToPPTConvrt may forcibly reroute PC users to unreliable websites. PngToPPTConvrt may be...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs


SaveriBox is a JustPlug.It Web browser extension that may circulate via the WebPick InstalleRex download and install manager. In addition to be incorporated in various offer bundles of adware, the JustPlug.It cross-browser extension may run with a variety of components incorporating a Windows service, an auto-starting component and the browser toolbar/plug-in which is developed to insert advertisements in the Web browser in the form of banner ads, hyper-text links and pop-up advertisements. SaveriBox might take over current advertising on websites and embed affiliate codes in links as discount coupon offers. Throughout installation, SaveriBox may integrate itself in a folder with a random name in Program Files or ProgramData and each of the added files may also have a shared random created name. The ads that are shown by SaveriBox in the Web browser may encompass misleading...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs


WowCoupon is adware that, after installation on a PC, may embed a browser extension, plug-in or add-on on a Web browser. WowCoupon may integrate itself into Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. WowCoupon may generate and show non-stop ads and notifications in major search providers such as Bing and Google. WowCoupon may integrate itself as a browser extension (BHO/plug-in) and run as a background process. WowCoupon may create an entry in Add or Remove Programs; however, deleting this entry might restrict WowCoupon from running, but may not restrict advertisements from showing. Upon installation, WowCoupon may show advertisements in search and various other websites that may use third-party advertising and replace these advertisements with its own. WowCoupon may use the InstalleRex download manager from WebPicks Holdings to install itself on the...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Adware


DropIntoDeals is a (PUP) potentially unwanted program produced by Engaging Apps. The unwanted browser add-on of DropIntoDeals may embed itself in Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The DropIntoDeals browser plug-in may propagate and integrate itself into a Web browser as an extra application packaged with free programs that PC users download and install from unreliable download websites. After installation, DropIntoDeals may create and display various repeated online ads containing interstitial, banner, discount coupon, in-text, video, and sponsored link advertisements. DropIntoDeals may trace the PC user's Internet surfing by recording information such as current location, IP address, Internet surfing (cookies, visited web addresses, websites viewed, entered search terms, and similar details), and other similar hardware and software...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

Cant Miss Coupons

Cant Miss Coupons is considered to be adware that may create and display non-stop commercial pop-up advertisements and notifications encompassing offers, deals, sales and discount coupons on a PC. After installation on a PC, Cant Miss Coupons may take over a Web browser and show a variety of intrusive pop-up advertisements and messages. Cant Miss Coupons may constantly divert PC users to unreliable websites that may be commercial. Cant Miss Coupons may be developed with the aim to generate advertising revenue from clicks on ads and messages and increased traffic of the sponsored website. Cant Miss Coupons may trace the computer user's Web browsing habits and gather his private details that may then be transferred and used for the aim of delivering and showing targeted advertisements.

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Adware


ShopSave.Me is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) that may display intrusive in-text advertisements, pop-up advertisements, search advertisements, underlined keywords and other sponsored notifications. ShopSave.Me may be advertised as a valuable tool that was developed to make a computer user's surfing activity better; therefore, it may be downloaded to a PC intentionally from its official website, or it may access a computer as an extra application bundled with free tools that PC users download and install from unprotected websites. ShopSave.Me can also be categorized as adware. If ShopSave.Me compromises a Web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and other popular Web browsers, it may create and display a variety of non-stop ads with the text 'Ads by ShopSave.Me' and commercial notifications. ShopSave.Me may also continuously reroute computer users to...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs is a tricky police website that may be connected with FBI CyberCrime Division ransomware. may be linked to adware and browser hijackers that, upon installation on a computer system, may modify the default browser settings. Security infections pertaining to may replace the default homepage, search service or a new tab window with Computer threats associated with may be used to disperse FBI CyberCrime Division ransomware to random PCs. FBI CyberCrime Division ransomware-related adware and browser hijackers may continuously reroute computer users to The bogus pop-up notification of FBI CyberCrime Division ransomware may be displayed with the goal to fool victims into paying a supposed fine...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Browser Hijackers is known to be an untrustworthy website that may be connected with adware and browser hijackers. These security infections may display disturbing pop-up advertisements and notifications such as 'Your software may be out of date' on a computer system. Security threats such as adware and browser hijackers linked to may lead to various undesired computer problems. Security infections related to may commonly spread and access the computer system through bundled free programs that PC users can download from unsafe download websites. If any malware threats pertaining to are installed on the PC, the Web browser may get forcibly diverted to and similar unreliable websites. Adware and browser hijackers may also modify the default homepage or search service with, or open it in a new tab window of the...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Browser Hijackers is a questionable website that may display a bogus pop-up alert on a PC while a computer user is surfing the Internet. The bogus pop-up message of may be displayed by adware that may circulate and access the PC while computer users are downloading free software from untrustworthy download websites. The fake pop-up alert displayed on suggest a computer user to update his Java or other genuine application. The phony notification of may also display instructions to the computer user on why is it important to upgrade to the latest version of Java. In actuality, the fraudulent alert of is not related to the PC user's Java application. The misleading Java message was generated to probably disperse adware and other PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). When the PC user clicks on the button in the bogus update...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


PsdCheckEr, also known as PsdCheckeR 5.0, is a potentially unwanted program (PUP)/adware which may propagate and install itself on a computer as an extra tool bundled with other free programs that PC users can download from unreliable download websites. After installation, PsdCheckEr may create and display commercial notifications, pop-up ads and banner ads during the PC user's online browsing sessions. If PsdChecker enters a computer system, it may modify the default setting on all Web browsers that are installed on a PC. Once these changes are made, PsdCheckEr may start performing unwanted activities on the PC. PsdCheckEr may track the PC user's browsing activity for collecting information about their search requests, visited websites, submitted details and similar information. This data may later be used by PsdCheckEr to display targeted advertisements and messages.

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

Instant Search Widget

Instant Search Widget is a known to be adware that may stealthily access a computer system and install an ads-supported browser plug-in/toolbar on a Web browser to lead to unwanted Web browser diversions to questionable websites. Instant Search Widget may embed itself as a browser extension, plug-in or add-on in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer without a PC user's agreement, or it may be installed as an optional program packaged with freeware. Upon installation, Instant Search Widget may generate and show intrusive pop-up advertisements and notifications when a PC user browses online and unwillingly reroute a computer user to untrustworthy websites. Instant Search Widget may be developed to generate advertising income from clicks on advertisements and messages and increased traffic of the website.

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Adware


AddBlockNWatch is a JustPlug.It web browser extension that is spread via the WebPick InstalleRex download and install manager. AdBlocknWatch may be packaged with a variety of adware offers and is a cross-browser extension that may run with a variety of components incorporating a Windows service, an auto-starting component and the browser toolbar/plug-in which is produced to embed ads in the Web browser in the form of banner ads, pop-ups and hyper-text links. AdBlocknWatch might compromise current advertising on websites and embed affiliate codes in links as discount coupon offers. Throughout installation, AdBlocknWatch may install itself in a folder with a random name in Program Files or ProgramData and each of the incorporated files may also have a shared random created name. The ads that are shown by AdBlocknWatch in the Web browser may contain misleading malvertising advertisements...

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs is a browser hijacker that may redirect your web browsers to unwanted sites. Additionally, could load sites that harbor and spread malware files causing other potential issues with a vulnerable computer. may have several associated files that reside on a system in the form of plugins or web browser add-on files. These files should be detected and removed with an antispyware program to prevent unwanted redirects and the potential of installing unknown malware from various malicious sites that you are redirected to. Leaving the files associated with on your system will make it difficult to surf the internet or visit your favorite sites without interruption.

Posted on April 21, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


Win32/Boaxxe.BB is a computer Trojan horse that may carry an additional payload of malware causing serious issues and errors on an infected computer. Win32/Boaxxe.BB may lead to the display of unwanted commercial content on your computer while surfing the internet. Win32/Boaxxe.BB may also cause redirects to unwanted sites that contain malware ready for download onto the already-infected computer. Removal of Win32/Boaxxe.BB is important to prevent the utter destruction of your system from Win32/Boaxxe.BB. The removal process may be accomplished through using an updated and trusted antispyware application.

Posted on April 21, 2014 in Trojans


Virtooljsobfuscator.ek is a deceptive computer virus that may display random security alerts. Clicking on Virtooljsobfuscator.ek alerts may redirect users to unwanted sites or load an interface to download additional unknown malware onto the infected computer. Allowing Virtooljsobfuscator.ek to run on a system may lead to reduced performance and serious computer issues or even system crashes. Detection and removal of Virtooljsobfuscator.ek is essential to be performed with a trusted antispyware tool to ensure all files are removed to prevent Virtooljsobfuscator.ek from loading at startup of Windows. Removal of Virtooljsobfuscator.ek will ensure that the unwanted redirects do not take place or Virtooljsobfuscator.ek is able to load various pop-up alerts that relay bogus information.

Posted on April 21, 2014 in Viruses
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