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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,439,502 -0%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,099,952 -0%
3 Hijacker 696,350 -0%
4 PUP.Optimizer Pro 687,197 -1%
5 PUP.InstallCore 677,867 1%
6 PUP.SupTab 646,868 0%
7 Adware.LinkSwift 644,935 -0%
8 V9 Redirect Virus 569,525 -0%
9 Babylon Search/Toolbar 503,172 -0%
10 WeDownload Manager 439,963 -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


ExtraShopper is an adware application that is related to offering coupon deals or shopping savings through various sites. The ExtraShopper program may be loaded automatically through installing random freeware or bundled software applications downloaded on the internet. The ExtraShopper ads may come as pop-ups or banner ads that if clicked on, may cause redirects to other pages where some prove to be unwanted and have questionable content. The ExtraShopper ads may become intrusive and interrupt your surfing of the internet. Additionally, ExtraShopper ads could reduce performance of your web browser where you may not be able to load some pages at full speed. Removal of ExtraShopper ads may require finding all of its related components and then deleting each of them.

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Adware


BrowsePro is an adware program from the SuperWeb LLC company, known for producing and marketing other advertising platform applications. The BrowsePro is another adware app that may display random ads offering random coupon deals or savings for shopping on the internet. The BrowsePro ads may be made up of random offers displayed as pop-ups or banners that are displayed mostly when you are surfing the internet or visiting shopping sites. The BrowsePro ads may be installed by loading random freeware programs or bundled software apps from the internet. Reversing the effects of BrowsePro may take finding all of the components related to BrowsePro on your system and removing each of them. Performing removal may also be done through an antispyware application designed to detect and remove adware threats on Windows PCs.

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Adware


Crypt3.AHNF or Trojan.Crypt3.AHNF, is a dangerous Trojan horse threat that evade security measures on a PC and then load up where it can run in the background for a long time. When loaded, Crypt3.AHNF could then compromise a computer where remote attackers could gain access to the infected computer. Through Crypt3.AHNF, remote attackers may be able to steal data from the hard drive and then take that personal information and use it against the computer user. Basically, Crypt3.AHNF could lead to serious issues like identity theft. Moreover, there are several other files that load up from Crypt3.AHNF that could cause other system issues and reduced performance. It is extremely important to safely detect Crypt3.AHNF and remove it using an antispyware application with the ability to detect and remove Trojan horse threats from Windows PCs.

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Trojans

Malt Mark

Malt Mark is an adware application that was created by a popular advertising program distributer where it may be easily loaded through installing random freeware programs or bundled software from the internet. The Malt Mark application, when loaded, may cause several ads to appear as pop-ups or banner ads where they could offer various deals or online savings. The Malt Mark ads may consist of coupon offers that may lead to redirecting your web browser to other pages if the ad is clicked on. Through the redirects caused by Malt Mark your browser may land on pages that have several other offers that seem rather enticing and could end up loading other software on your system if you are not careful. Additionally, Malt Mark ads may reduce performance of some web browser applications. Removal of Malt Mark ads may involve use of an antispyware application.

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Adware

News Ticker Remover

News Ticker Remover is a mysterious program that may be considered by many as a potentially unwanted program. Through use of News Ticker Remover computer users may be confused as to it not providing the services that it initially claimed to offer. These services may be the loading alternative news updates or other alerts from an internet feed. The News Ticker Remover program may act much like adware in that it will display random ads as pop-ups or banners when you are surfing the internet. Use of the News Ticker Remover ads or pop-up messages could cause unwanted redirects to sites that prove to be questionable in their content and offers. The News Ticker Remover program may be detected and removed to stop its several unwanted actions on your computer as it proves to be a useless application for many computer users.

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Potentially Unwanted Programs


MovieMaster (Movie Master) is not your classic movie service or one that gets you access to movies to watch at the theater or streaming. Movie Master is actually an adware application that may be known for its ability to load up random advertisements on your screen mostly when you are surfing the internet. The Movie Master ads may consist of pop-ups and banners that attempt to offer downloads for supposedly getting your favorite movies or videos loaded on a video website. The software from the Movie Master application may prove to be unwanted due to it being questionable by many computer users mostly due to some of its actions. The Movie Master program may be removed through uninstalling it or finding all components and removing them from your computer, which will stop the Movie Master ads from appearing on your screen.

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Adware


Macglobaldeals is adware that displays numerous ads linked to the computer user's shopping habits or browsing history. Usually, Macglobaldeals appears on a computer when a computer user downloads from a website that alleges to have a file for Adobe Flash Player, Java update or PDF converter. Macglobaldeals may be distributed via freeware including MP3s or torrents. During the installation procedure of a freeware, a computer user may overlook that Macglobaldeals has been added to the installation. Computer users may have the option to not install Macglobaldeals, but most computer users choose default installation and often install Macglobaldeals accidentally. You should configure your browser settings and remove all add-ons associated with Macglobaldeals to prevent adware-related issues.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Adware


TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AWW is a Trojan that computer users may accidentally download and execute thinking it's a legit file. TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AWW may use a popular genuine file name or simulate a particular type of file, such as a .jpg or .doc file to continue the ruse. TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AWW spreads to vulnerable computers via spam email attachments, browser vulnerabilities, drive-by downloads and harmful websites. It is essential to find and remove TrojanDownloader:Win32/Banload.AWW along with any related malware with an updated anti-malware program.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Trojans


Trojan:Win32/Ropest is a Trojan that can enter the computer through freeware, spam emails or malicious sites. Trojan:Win32/Ropest can control and modify a computer user's web browser. Also, Trojan:Win32/Ropest Trojan:Win32/Ropest is distributed with the help of other malware threats. Trojan:Win32/Ropest may cause the computer to perform poorly and eventually lead to other malware attacks. Trojan:Win32/Ropest makes modifications to the registry so it can launch automatically every time the computer user starts Windows. Trojan:Win32/Ropest should be detected by a trusted anti-malware program and safely removed before it is able to conduct malicious actions on the infected computer.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Trojans is adware that may display random pop-up ads through popular web browsers. pop-ups are known for disrupting normal computer use while surfing the Web. may show irritating pop-up advertisements and sponsored links. Computer users should uninstall related components of that might be leading to constant redirects or pop ups. Although is not a virus, it is extremely annoying and should be removed with the use of an anti-spyware application. Also, it is recommended to reconfigure browser settings to prevent pop-ups.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Adware is a misleading website that shows fake messages offering to update Java, video codecs or players. may be used as a marketing strategy designed to lead computer users to download adware and potentially unwanted programs or redirect to advertising websites similar to's message states: "Java Recommended. It is recommended to have Java in order to proceed." may be found in spam email messages, poisoned search results or linked to infected websites. Also, may be innocently clicked on because the confused computer user thinks he's installing a beneficial program. If the computer user clicks on the 'OK' button found on the message, instead of installing a Java update, he will agree to install adware or another problematic program....

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Fake Warning Messages

SideTerms Ads

SideTerms is considered adware. Once SideTerms enters the PC, it makes modifications to the targeted computer's settings and starts interrupting the computer user's browsing sessions with a variety of pop-up advertisements shown as coupons, offers and other deals. Web-links that are added into these notifications advertise websites that are linked to SideTerms. Computer users may think SideTerms ads will enhance their Internet experience by providing deals and coupons, but, basically, the ads are meant to promote certain websites. SideTerms is advertised on its official website ( and may be bundled with freeware. SideTerms may trace the computer user's browsing habits and lead to unwanted redirections to commercial websites.

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Adware


Genesis, or known as Ads by Genesis, is an adware application that is prone to displaying random ads that attempt to relay offers for saving money by shopping on the internet. The Genesis ads may be ones that have coupon deals or other offers that, if used, will redirect your web browser to other sites that prove to be unwanted. Through the Genesis ads you may notice reduced performance of your web browser in some cases. The Genesis ads may also be intrusive as pop-up or large banners on your screen when you are attempting to surf the internet. Removal of Genesis will stop the Genesis ads from displaying, which may require use of an antispyware application.

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Adware


SharkManCoupon is an adware application that may be prone to displaying advertisements related to coupon offers and random deals available through the internet. The SharkManCoupon ads may display random ads in pop-up or banner formats. If used by clicking on them, SharkManCoupon ads may redirect your web browser to other pages or sites that prove to be questionable in their content or plain unwanted by many computer users. The SharkManCoupon ads may be stopped to prevent interrupting your surfing of the internet by means of finding related components and then deleting them. Additionally, SharkManCoupon may be removed automatically by use of an antimalware program.

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Adware

BlueSprig Toolbar

BlueSprig Toolbar is a questionable toolbar and browser hijacker that could load up on your computer due to installing random freeware programs or bundled software apps. When loaded, BlueSprig Toolbar may then display an add-on toolbar on your web browser and offer various actions through quick link buttons. The BlueSprig Toolbar may also cause unwanted redirects when the search function is used or it has been fully loaded by means of its related plugins or other components installed on your computer. Stopping the unwanted actions and site redirects from BlueSprig Toolbar may involve finding its related files and removing each of them from your system. Additionally, the removal process can be completed through use of an antispyware tool.

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Bad Toolbars
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