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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,415,136 1%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,134,335 3%
3 Hijacker 690,053 -1%
4 PUP.Optimizer Pro 686,743 1%
5 PUP.InstallCore 663,097 0%
6 Adware.LinkSwift 647,179 0%
7 PUP.SupTab 627,176 -0%
8 V9 Redirect Virus 573,050 -0%
9 Babylon Search/Toolbar 503,001 0%
10 WeDownload Manager 444,174 1%
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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

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 Malware in the...

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,...

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


Backdoor.Baccamun is a backdoor Trojan horse infection that is apt to exploit ActiveX controls within Windows Common Controls. Through its actions, Backdoor.Baccamun may make a system vulnerable to attacks where a remote attacker could gain access. It is in a computer user’s best interest to utilize the proper tools for detecting and removing the Backdoor.Baccamun threat before it causes serious system damage. Backdoor.Baccamun may also be used to attack documents mostly on Korean based systems.

Posted on July 28, 2014 in Backdoors

Comet Arcade

Comet Arcade is an adware application. The use of Comet Arcade ads are known to cause web browser to redirect to various pages where some could contain unwanted and questionable content. The Comet Arcade ads may be displayed at random on a system when the computer user is surfing the web. The Comet Arcade ads may come in various formats where pop-ups, pop-unders or banners are displayed on your screen mostly within your web browser application. There are several components related to Comet Arcade that could automatically load on your system during the installation of random bundled software programs or freeware applications downloaded from the internet. Removal of the Comet Arcade ads may require finding all plugins or add-on components within your web browser applications and removing each of them.

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Adware is a browser hijacker site that may be responsible for loading advertisements and sponsored links to lure computer users into clicking on them for monetary gain on the part of site’s creators. Use of may not be immediately harmful to your computer. Though, use of any of the links supplied in, including ads and sponsored links, may redirect your web browser to questionable sites where it has unwanted content that may initiate downloads of malicious files. The page may also load as your default page. In that case, it is best to utilize a trusted antispyware tool to safely detect and remove all agents or components causing to load automatically.

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Browser Hijackers is a questionable website and browser hijacker. The page may offer computer support and links with support numbers to dial for assistance. Use of the services is questionable and could be a means for taking your money for a service that is not fulfilled. The page may automatically load on your browser set as your default home page in some cases. If this occurs, it is best to take action to remove any components related to loaded on your system or found within your web browser applications. Automatically removing those components may take use of an antispyware program.

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


SoftCoup is a program that is suspected to be the culprit of displaying random advertisements on a computer through its web browser. The SoftCoup program may be installed through random freeware programs downloaded and installed onto a computer. After loading, SoftCoup is apt to loading various ads that attempt to offer random services or products through the internet or shopping sites. Use of the SoftCoup ads may lead to redirects loading up unwanted and questionable sites. The SoftCoup ads may also reduce the performance of web browser applications potentially being an annoyance when loading certain web pages. The SoftCoup ads and its related components can all be removed if each plugin or add-on component is found and removed from the system.

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Adware


DownPriceApp is an adware program that may be designed to offer various coupon deals or online savings through its various ads that it renders. The DownPriceApp ads may be made up of random offers through popular shopping websites. The use of the DownPriceApp ads may redirect your web browser to unwanted sites or ones that have questionable content. The DownPriceApp ads may also cause your web browser to perform poorly in some situations making it difficult to view certain web pages at full speed. Usually DownPriceApp will load automatically by the installation of random freeware programs or bundled software downloaded from the internet. Eliminating the DownPriceApp ads and stopping its unwanted activities on your computer may require finding and removing all related components including any add-on plugins within installed web browser applications.

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Adware


BrowserArmor is a program that may claim it is able to add additional functions for your web browser application. Through the use of BrowserArmor it may then display random pop-up messages or advertisements on your screen when you are surfing the internet. Use of any of the BrowserArmor ads or pop-ups could then redirect your web browser to unwanted sites that may offer other items or services through the internet. Allowing BrowserArmor to perform its various activities on your computer could also reduce the performance of your web browser making it difficult to view certain pages on the internet. Removal of BrowserArmor and its related components is warranted to stop any unwanted activities that it performs when installed. Usually the installation of BrowserArmor will take place when loading random bundled software apps or freeware programs downloaded from the internet.

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Adware


ContextFree is an adware program that may load up several advertisements in many forms where they attempt to offer various products and services on the internet. The ContextFree ads may be displayed with a note saying they are ContextFree Ads or they ads are powered by ContextFree. If used, the ContextFree ads may redirect your web browser to other sites where some may turn out to be questionable of have unwanted content on them. The ContextFree ads may come in the form of pop-unders, pop-ups or banners. The display of ContextFree ads may also reduce the performance of your web browser application making surfing the internet a cumbersome situation. In such a case, it is in your best interest to remove ContextFree to stop the ContextFree ads from being displayed and potentially loading up unwanted websites. Automatically removing ContextFree and the ads it generates may be done through...

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program


iReview is an adware program that may act as a browser extension where it will generate random ads or cause unwanted redirects within your web browser to questionable and unwanted sites. The iReview program may have several components that could load onto your system when you install a random freeware program or bundled software app. Stopping the activities of iReview may require use of an antispyware tool.

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Adware is a browser hijacker site that may act as a site that attempts to offer installations of software that it thinks your system needs. In some instances the page may display pop-up notifications that claim that you need to install a new video update or video player. If downloaded, the files ported through could lead to the installation of malware on your system causing further issues. The site may also automatically load in acting as your default home page in some circumstances. This can be a dangerous situation in allowing to automatically load where it will continually ask that you download potentially dangerous files. Stopping these actions and stopping the page from automatically loading may require use of an antispyware tool to safely...

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Browser Hijackers is a browser hijacker and a site that is apt to displaying random ads. The various ads displayed on may be ones collecting information about computer users or the process of sending them through a survey to continue on to the next page. The page may also generate pop-ups or pop-up ads that if clicked on could redirect your web browser to unwanted sites that may have questionable content. The sponsored links throughout may be a means of the site’s creators to get paid through some type of click-through campaign. may also load automatically as your default home page in some cases requiring you to take action to remove any associated plugins or add-on components related to found within your web browser applications.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Browser Hijackers


SmartWeb is an adware program that may unknowingly install on your computer through the loading of random freeware programs or bundled software apps. When this takes place, the SmartWeb program and all of its related components are apt to displaying random advertisements or pop-ups that try to get you to click on them. Use of the SmartWeb ads may redirect your web browser to unwanted sites that could contain questionable content. The SmartWeb ads may also slightly reduce the performance of your web browser application thus resulting in a cumbersome experience when you try to surf the internet. Removal of the SmartWeb adware and its related components or add-on extensions is a must to prevent the likelihood of you landing on questionable sites or ones that eventually lead to malware being installed on your computer.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Adware


E-shop is an adware program that may conduct actions to display shopping-related type ads on your screen. The E-shop ads may load up several ads that come in different forms, such as banners, pop-unders and pop-ups. Use of the E-shop ads could redirect you web browser to a questionable site or other pages that has unwanted content potentially leading you to download unknown files. Through the various E-shop ads your web browser may suffer from reduced performance. In such a case it is best to eliminate E-shop and any of its related add-on components or extensions that have loaded within your web browser applications. E-shop could eventually start tracking your internet activity and then return other ads that attempt to take advantage of you through displaying ads related to whatever content you have been viewing.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Adware

Obrona Blockads

Obrona Blockads is a program that may be promoted to be an ad blocker for preventing advertisements from being displayed on your computer. The Obrona Blockads application may have questionable actions starting with how it may be installed on your computer automatically when you load random freeware programs or bundled software apps onto your system. The Obrona Blockads program may attempt to offer other functions for blocking ads or trying to make your web browsing experience better. Use of Obrona Blockads could reduce performance of your web browser in its attempt to block ads. In some instances Obrona Blockads may display ads itself or pop-up messages that defeats its claimed initial functions. Removal of Obrona Blockads is necessary to stop it from performing questionable actions on your computer, which can be done by finding all components related to Obrona Blockads and removing...

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Adware is a browser hijacker that may load several ads or sponsored links throughout its pages or by use of any search functions the home page may have. In some instances the site could load up automatically on your web browser acting much like the default home page. Reversing this effect could require that you find any associated components or add-on extensions and remove them from your web browser application. Loading of and its components may be done through the download and installation of random freeware programs from the internet. Even though use of may not cause immediate harm to your system, it is in your best interest to eliminate any files or components causing to load automatically potentially annoying you and interrupting surfing of the internet.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Browser Hijackers
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