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...
Yaimo.com is a browser hijacker and a generic search engine site that may load up automatically in your web browser acting as your default home page. The Yaimo.com page may offer the same functions as any other search engine for the internet. The main difference in Yaimo.com is that it is apt to displaying several advertisements on its home page and many sponsored links within the results page. The use of Yaimo.com links or ads may redirect your web browser to other sites that may offer additional products or services. The purpose of Yaimo.com may be to gain money for its creators through the various sponsored links or ads that appear on the site. In the case that Yaimo.com is set as your default home page, you may use an antispyware tool to find and remove all components related to Yaimo.com to stop this action. After that, you will be able to set your own desired default home page....
Web Bar is an adware program that may be committed to displaying random ads related to shopping and various discounts offered through third part ad networks. The Web Bar ads may come in the form of pop-unders, pop-ups or banners. In any format, the Web Bar ads may redirect users to other unwanted sites or pages that attempt to offer random coupon deals or other discounts if clicked on. The Web Bar ads may also cause reduced performance on various web browser applications causing surfing the internet to be a difficult process in some instances. Eliminating the Web Bar ads and stopping any of them from displaying may take the action of finding and removing all components related to Web Bar found on your computer.
FunDeal is an adware program that may load up several add-ons and extension in your web browser due to installing random bundled software apps or freeware programs downloaded from the internet. Once this happens, FunDeal is apt to loading banner ads or pop-ups that if used will redirect your web browser to other sites that have questionable content or may offer various deals that seem too good to be true. IN the case of using the FunDeal ads you will want to utilize caution as they could lead to download prompts where you may be offered to installed unknown files or programs. Stopping the FunDeal ads from rendering may take use of an antispyware tool to safely scan your system for all related plugins or add-on extensions so they can all be removed along with the FunDeal application.
Neurowise is an adware application that could be loaded on your system without your knowledge through the installation of random bundled software apps or freeware programs. Once loaded, Neurowise is apt to start displaying random ads in different forms, some of them being banners or pop-up ads. Through the use of Neurowise ads your web browser could be sent to other questionable sites or load up other ads that attempt to entice computer users to click on them or download questionable software. The Neurowise ads may be stopped only through the removal of its related components or add-on extensions found within web browser applications. Allowing the Neurowise ads to load may end up reducing performance of your web browser or causing aggravation from the ads or redirects interrupting surfing of the internet.
PassWizzard is an adware program that may prove to be extremely annoying as it will display random advertisements in different forms, such as banners and pop-ups. The PassWizzard ads may attempt to offer various services through the internet that it thinks are beneficial to your use of the internet through your computer. PassWizzard may be installed through loading of random freeware programs or bundled software applications. The PassWizzard may also redirect your web browser to other sites that may aggressively offer different types or services or downloads. Your web browser could suffer from reduced performance due to the PassWizzard ads being displayed constantly. Removal of the PassWizzard ads may require finding all components and related plugins and deleting each of them from your computer and installed web browser programs.
Astromenda.com is a browser hijacker and a type of generic search engine that will filter results through a customized Yahoo search. The results from Astromenda.com may return several links where some are sponsored links that attempt to offer various associated sites or pages that offer up random services or products. Use of the Astromenda.com page may not cause issues with your system immediately. Though, use of the various links or advertisements found on Astromenda.com could lead you to questionable sites that have content that may eventually prompt a download of unwanted software or files. In some cases Astromenda.com may be set as your default home page. Reversing that effect may require use of an antispyware program to detect and remove call components related to the Astromenda.com page.
PodoWeb is an adware program that may generate several pop-up ads that attempt to offer various products and services on the internet. Uses of the PodoWeb ads are known to redirect you to various commercial sites that may be unwanted or have questionable content. PodoWeb ads may be loaded on your screen while you are surfing the internet in different forms, such as pop-unders, pop-ups and banners. The PodoWeb ads could reduce the performance of your web browser in some instances. Loading of the PodoWeb ads may take place from installing random freeware programs or bundled software apps. Eliminating the PodoWeb ads could require that you use an antispyware tool to safely detect and remove all components related to PodoWeb.
GlkSoft.com is a browser hijacker and a site that may generate random advertisements or pop-up messages that seem questionable. The GlkSoft.com page itself may serve as a generic page for distributing software or offering random downloads to programs. The use of the downloads offered through GlkSoft.com could be unwanted programs that install or eventually lead to installing other apps that are questionable. The GlkSoft.com page may also have links that cause your web browser to redirects to other unwanted sites that may offer various items or services through advertisements. It is best that you remove all GlkSoft.com associated files or add-ons from your system to prevent it from loading automatically on your web browser.
MediaUpdate72.com is a browser hijacker site that could act as your default home page in some cases where it automatically loads. The MediaUpdate72.com page may attempt to offer various services and software updates to claimed media software. The downloads from MediaUpdate72.com could be questionable software files that may lead to the installation of malware. It is best that the downloads offered on MediaUpdate72.com be avoided. Stopping the automatic loads of MediaUpdate72.com may require finding all associated plugins or add-on extensions from your system and web browser applications.
Websearch.wonderfulsearches.info is a browser hijacker and a site causes various web browsers to automatically load the site as the default home page. Websearch.wonderfulsearches.info may be set as your default home page usually in the case of installing previously downloaded freeware programs or bundled software apps. The Websearch.wonderfulsearches.info page may serve as a generic search engine that returns results mixed in with several sponsored links or advertisements. Use of the ads or links found on Websearch.wonderfulsearches.info could redirect your web browser to several unwanted sites. In an effort of stopping the activities of Websearch.wonderfulsearches.info it may require finding all plugins or associated add-ons and removing them from your system and web browser applications.
Jqn.opttools.net is a browser hijacker and a site that could render several misleading and potentially dangerous messages asking to download and install unknown software. The Jqn.opttools.net page may be automatically loaded on your computer where it may act as your default home page. Usually this action is due to previously installing a random freeware program or bundled software application on your computer. The Jqn.opttools.net page may offer a media player and claim that your current version is outdated. Use of the downloads found on Jqn.opttools.net may install unwanted or questionable software that may eventually lead to loading malware on your computer. It is important to avoid use of the offered messages or downloads found on Jqn.opttools.net at all costs and remove any add-ons or plugins causing Jqn.opttools.net to load automatically.
MacVX is an adware program that may attempt to offer ways to make surfing the internet or viewing media better on your computer. The MacVX may display ads or pop-up messages presenting various functions or add-on features for your system. Through the use of the MacVX messages or ads, your system could load other websites that seem questionable in their content. The MacVX program could have other components that load up causing other unwanted actions on your computer. It is best that the MacVX program and any of its add-on components be eliminated to prevent it from performing these various unwanted actions on your system. Automatically removing MacVX may be done through using an antimalware tool.
KeyPlayr is an adware application that may be prone to displaying random advertisements in many different forms on your computer. The KeyPlayr program and its associated components may be loaded on your computer from the installation of various freeware or bundled software applications. Once loaded, KeyPlayr may then render different types of ads in the form of banners or pop-ups. Use of the KeyPlayr ads may then redirect your web browser to other sites where some could be ones that have questionable content. The KeyPlayr ads may bombard you while surfing the internet and could reduce performance of your web browser application. Eliminating the KeyPlayr ads may take the use of an antispyware tool where it is able to detect and remove all related components, including any add-ons or plugins found within your web browser applications.
Deal Keeper is an adware program acting as a browser extension that may generate random advertisements and allow redirects to questionable sites. Through Deal Keeper ads, your system may automatically load up various ads in different formats, such as banners and pop-ups. The Deal Keeper ads may offer various savings or coupon deals for products through shopping over the internet. Stopping the Deal Keeper ads may require finding all components related to Deal Keeper and removing each of them.
Broken.OpenCommand is a computer Trojan horse that may load up without any knowledge to the computer or their consent. Usually this process takes place from a malicious source on the internet. The Broken.OpenCommand Trojan could perform various activities while running in the background of a computer. Some of those activities may involve opening up a backdoor where a remote hacker could gain access to the system. Removal of Broken.OpenCommand is necessary to prevent these actions from taking place.