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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,498,276 -3%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,128,251 -3%
3 Hijacker 723,754 -4%
4 PUP.InstallCore 720,009 -3%
5 PUP.Optimizer Pro 711,151 -2%
6 PUP.SupTab 688,260 -6%
7 Adware.LinkSwift 649,977 -1%
8 V9 Redirect Virus 576,687 -1%
9 Babylon Search/Toolbar 513,349 -3%
10 WeDownload Manager 445,397 -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 website associated with a browser hijacker that may appear after installing adware or a PUP. A browser hijacker alters your browser settings. Then, a browser hijacker starts redirecting your browser to unwanted websites and tries to convince you to download other freeware that can lead to the installation of more adware and PUPs. Therefore, if appears unexpectedly in your Web browser, the safest way to deal with it is to close and get an anti-malware product to erase adware, PUPs and browser hijackers immediately.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


HoistSearch is a browser hijacker that may enter a computer when the PC user downloads a third-party freeware. Various novice PC users do not read the freeware's EULA and unknowingly allow the installation of this kind of app. Once installed, HoistSearch modifies the browser settings to redirect it to its website,, or to associated websites. The main objective of HoistSearch is to increase its traffic and display advertisements. If you are experiencing unsolicited redirects to, it is a clear sign that your machine has been affected by HoistSearch. To stop these annoying symptoms, you should use an anti-malware program to remove HoistSearch from your computer.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


TrojanDownloader:Win32/Kuluoz.D is a Trojan from the Win32/Kuluoz family that is installed automatically. TrojanDownloader:Win32/Kuluoz.D may open a backdoor on the affected computer to bring more threats, alter system settings, create several non-specific files and may cause a poor performance, and even make the computer crash due to its high usage of system resources. TrojanDownloader:Win32/Kuluoz.D also may open a backdoor on the infected PC to give access to a third party. TrojanDownloader:Win32/Kuluoz.D should be removed from the infected computer entirely. An anti-malware program should be able to scan your computer and erase TrojanDownloader:Win32/Kuluoz.D and its related files.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Trojans


DownSavie, or Ads by Down Savie, is adware that can appear on your computer as an extension or add-on for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome that is bundled with a freeware. After installed on your computer, DownSavie will display an enormous quantity of advertisements in the form of banners, coupons, etc., every time you try to navigate the Web. If DownSavie is on your computer, it is advisable to remove it, to avoid further problems. You should use a good anti-malware product to remove DownSavie from your computer.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Adware


W32.Queshare is a worm that targets the Windows operating systems and may spread itself fast through removable drivers or corrupted links added to instant messages. The main objective of the W32.Queshare worm is to gather sensitive information such as email account and games' credentials and send it to a third party. After its installation, W32.Queshare will create corrupted system files in order to drop its payload as soon as the system is started. W32.Queshare also may take control of your Web browser and install other threats on the affected PC. You should take urgent measures to erase W32.Queshare from your computer. An up-to-date anti-malware program should be able to erase all traces of W32.Queshare from your computer.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Worms


Win64:Rootkit-gen is a very destructive Trojan infection. Its first action is that Win64:Rootkit-gen may modify the host files and PC settings, which can cause serious performance issues. If Win64:Rootkit-gen can accomplish these changes, Win64:Rootkit-gen will create .dll and .exe files, icons, shortcuts and change the desktop background. Win64:Rootkit-gen may block access to security-related applications and sites, hijack Web browser, and decrease the computer's performance. Even though it will not be an easy task to remove Win64:Rootkit-gen from an infected computer, the PC user should get the collaboration of a resolute and up-to-date anti-malware program to annihilate the harmful presence of Win64:Rootkit-gen from their computers.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Rootkits


PriceCongress is adware that was designed by Simply Tech LTDi and promoted by as a tool that can provide affordable deals for your online shopping. Regretfully, PriceCongress is not just about the good deals. Instead, PriceCongress will flood your desktop with its called 'Powered by PriceCongress' advertisements that are arbitrary, unwanted, and may not related to your searches. PriceCongress may monitor your browsing habits. To avoid problems that may be caused by PriceCongress and its related advertisement, you should use a reputable anti-adware application to erase PriceCongress from your machine.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Adware


Trojan:Win32/Peaac.gen!A!plock is a Trojan that belongs to the Win32/Peaac family of threatening Trojans that is installed automatically on the targeted computer. Trojan:Win32/Peaac.gen!A!plock has the potential to transform your machine into a useless piece of junk. Your home page, system codes and registry setting will be modified by Trojan:Win32/Peaac.gen!A!plock. Trojan:Win32/Peaac.gen!A!plock also may block certain programs by removing crucial files and applications, hijack your Web browser, so you will not be able to access security-related websites, monitor the sites you visit, collect information and much more. Trojan:Win32/Peaac.gen!A!plock may spread via corrupted advertisements, freeware or compromised plug-ins. The removal of Trojan:Win32/Peaac.gen!A!plock should be done upon detection using a proven and updated anti-malware product.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Trojans


TinyWallet, also known as Tiny Wallet, is a browser add-on or adware that is promoted as a helping tool for your purchases online. TinyWallet may attack the most popular Web browser such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. TinyWallet may enter a computer bundled with free software and may monitor your online activities. Eliminating TinyWallet from your computer with an anti-malware program is the secure way to terminate all the annoyance caused by TinyWallet.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Adware


ArcardeGiant is adware that modifies your Web browser, so ArcardeGiant can display numerous and inconvenient advertisements and promote various games that will, for sure, interfere with your activities. Computer users affected by ArcardeGiant should be careful with its advertisements. Adware may cause the PC to crash, due to the large amount of system resources adware utilizes in order to accomplish its tasks. A trustworthy anti-adware program will be a necessary help to accomplish the removal of adware.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Adware


Win32/ExpressDownloader.J is a Trojan that can harm the affected computer. As soon as Win32/ExpressDownloader.J is installed, Win32/ExpressDownloader.J will start its harmful activities. Win32/ExpressDownloader.J has the capacity of opening a backdoor on your computer so third parties may access your machine. Win32/ExpressDownloader.J also changes your browser's settings and the image of your desktop's background and causes the computer to slow down considerably. Win32/ExpressDownloader.J is the kind of threat that shouldn't be allowed to stay on an affected computer. Win32/ExpressDownloader.J's removal requires the cooperation of a strong anti-malware tool.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Trojans

Dorrible Ribble

Dorrible Ribble is adware and a browser add-on that redirects you to predetermined webpages. Although Dorrible Ribble by itself is not a threat to your computer, the advertisements Dorrible Ribble displays may cause harm to your computer, since these advertisements was created by third parties. Also, due to some changes Dorrible Ribble makes to your browser, it will be more difficult to navigate on the net normally. The sponsored links or the advertisements displayed restlessly by Dorrible Ribble may interfere with your work; therefore, Dorrible Ribble should be quickly removed from your computer preferably using a good anti-adware product.

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Adware


You certainly will not want the kind of safety offered by SafetySearch. SafetySearch is adware or Potentially Unwanted Program that was created by Intriguing Apps. SafetySearch allegedly protects your navigation by issuing alerts when you try to access compromised websites. If it were true, SafetySearch could help you avoid bad infections. Regretfully, all SafetySearch does is to display its sponsored advertisement in the form of coupons, banners, interstitial ads, etc. SafetySearch may collect information and send it to third parties to be used on the improvement of the advertising to be displayed on your machine. Once detected on your computer, SafetySearch should be deleted as soon as the computer user can get the help of an anti-adware tool.

Posted on September 26, 2014 in Adware

DLSecure Toolbar

DLSecure Toolbar is a Web browser extension that includes a toolbar to Internet Explorer, but may affect other popular browsers. DLSecure Toolbar may alter your home page and browser searches and adds a firewall exclusion to invade the targeted computer. DLSecure Toolbar is not a direct threat to your computer, but due to the problems DLSecure Toolbar may bring, DLSecure Toolbar is better off of your machine. The removal of DLSecure Toolbar demands the use of an anti-spyware product that will find and erase all the components installed by DLSecure Toolbar.

Posted on September 26, 2014 in Adware


DownQuick is classified by malware researchers as adware or a Potentially Unwanted Program. Although DownQuick presents itself as a helpful tool, the unwanted advertisements DownQuick displays are very annoying, may affect your work and even cause problems on your system. DownloadQuick may be installed automatically when you download freeware applications from third party providers. The only measure that should be taken to stop the problems caused by DownQuick is to remove DownQuick from your PC using an anti-adware program.

Posted on September 26, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs
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