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Warning! Critical Update! Popup

The 'Warning Critical Update!' Pop-up is associated with adware infection, often appearing when one of these components is installed or used on compromised websites to convince computer users to install them on their computer. Typically, the 'Warning Critical Update!' Pop-up indicates that it is necessary to install a critical system update. However, when you click on the 'Install Update' button, adware is installed on your computer. The 'Warning Critical Update!' Pop-up may also be used to install other forms of threats. These techniques, known as social engineering, are commonly used to trick inexperienced computer users into downloading and installing risky or potentially unwanted programs. The 'Warning Critical Update!' Pop-up reads as follows: Warning! Critical Update! The following important update is available for your computer. Install update Although the 'Warning...

Posted on September 13, 2013 in Fake Error Messages

Saltarsmart Ads

Saltarsmart Ads is an adware program that displays several random ads for supposed coupons and online shopping. Through Saltarsmart Ads PC users may be redirected to unwanted sites or ones attempting to offer additional online shopping savings. The Saltarsmart Ads may become an annoyance for many as it comes about at random and may interrupt normal web browsing especially when you view popular online shopping sites. The Saltarsmart Ads claims to be associated or sponsored by several large companies and sites like Amazon, Google and Youtube. The removal of Saltarsmart Ads is essential to stop the Saltarsmart Ads from constantly displaying.

Posted on September 12, 2013 in Adware


Pup.215.apps is a potentially unwanted program that may find its way on a PC through a vulnerability. Pup.215.apps may be utilized to boost advertisement revenue through certain channels and sneaky blackhat SEO techniques. The use of Pup.215.apps could also prove to cause other system issues, such as degraded performance and system errors. The removal of Pup.215.apps is essential to prevent system issues from arising in the future of a system that remains infected with Pup.215.apps.

Posted on September 12, 2013 in Potentially Unwanted Programs is an annoying adware infection that may display random pop-ups and advertisements. Clicking on any ads may redirect computer users to random and unwanted websites. Through those sites the system may be further infection with other unknown malware. The use of mischievous methods may cause a system to become infected with and then allow it to load each time Windows starts up. The removal of is important as it will alleviate any system issues that may result from down the line.

Posted on September 12, 2013 in Adware


Adware.LinkSwift is an adware application that is known for displaying several coupon and online shopping deals. The Adware.LinkSwift ads will display at random sometimes offering outrageous deals. When clicked on, many of the Adware.LinkSwift ads will redirect users to unwanted sites or ones attempting to make other offers on shopping sites. Some of the Adware.LinkSwift ad links are viewed as being sponsored by other well-known sites like Google, Facebook and amazon. Removal of Adware.LinkSwift is an essential step to putting a stop to annoying ads and popups that may be displayed on a system infected with adware.

Posted on September 12, 2013 in Adware Popup Popup is part of a misleading website. The Popup is known to potentially spread adware applications and infiltrate popular web browsers. Through the Popup PC users may mistakenly download additional adware that displays random popups, which could seriously bombard a system with unwanted ads. System performance may be greatly degraded due to the Popup adware infection.

Posted on September 12, 2013 in Adware is a browser hijacker site that is sometimes installed and set as a default home page and default search engine through the installation of bundled software. The site is not a virus or harmful threat by itself, but it has been known to be extremely annoying as it automatically loads each time you open your web browser. Putting a stop to the constant redirects to may require finding all related add-ons and removing them. The site may be designed to push advertisements and collect money from the clicks they get. It is best that you utilize an antispyware tool to eliminate the hijacker so you may set your internet settings to load your preferred site as a default search page and default home page.

Posted on September 12, 2013 in Browser Hijackers

Fake PRISM Ransomware and Fake Antivirus Apps Spread via Hacked Websites

The exploitation of law enforcement and government entities has recently been the latest craze for cybercriminals in the quest to increase changes for successful extortion of money from unsuspecting computer users. In one of the most recent discoveries of what cybercrooks are using to steal money from computer users is a ransomware threat that exploits the NSA's PRISM surveillance program. The use of popular government or law enforcement entities has long been the way for hackers to peddle their ransomware threat messages, which are bogus notifications that pop-up on an infected system claiming to have detected illegal activities and then asks that a fine be paid for doing do. These threat messages, which are technically referred as ransomware , have been a major force of malicious attacks that we have seen on our radar screen for a couple years now. Over the past two weeks,...

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Computer Security

MyScrapNook Toolbar


The MyScrapNook Toolbar is a Potentially Unwanted Program (generally abbreviated as 'PUP') that is known to cause unwanted symptoms on affected Web browsers. The MyScrapNook Toolbar is often installed when downloading free software from unreliable sources. These types of application may often be bundled with PUPs as a way of generating additional advertising revenue. In most cases, a computer user can opt out of installing the MyScrapNook Toolbar on their Web browser. However, this option is often concealed, contained in fine print or hidden in the default installation. It is important to note that the MyScrapNook Toolbar may not be entirely useless and that the MyScrapNook Toolbar may...

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Malicious Toolbars


Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A is a dangerous Trojan horse that is known to be associated with the ransomware threat CryptoLocker. The Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A is more of a back-end infection that causes ransomware threat messages to be displayed while it locks up the system and prevents a PC user from performing normal functions. The Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A threat may take advantage of security flaws within web browsers and other apps. Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A will load at startup of Windows where it may then cause ransomware messages to be displayed after boot process. The encryption of files may also take place as a result of being infected with Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A.

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Trojans


Adware.bProtect.D is an adware component used by numerous browser hijacker infections. Although wrongfully categorized as a virus, Adware.bProtect.D is not as poisonous as other types of infections. However, Adware.bProtect.D does cause unwanted symptoms, mainly redirects to the Conduit search engine and the appearance of pop-up windows. Adware.bProtect.D has several names, including Search Protector, Browser Protector and Browser Defender. Typically, Adware.bProtect.D may be installed without the computer user's approval and is usually part of the setup file of a recently installed browser toolbar. In most cases, Adware.bProtect.D will be installed when installing one of the many suspicious browser toolbars associated with the Conduit search engine. These types of browser extensions often give computer users the option to opt out of installing these types of components. However,...

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Adware



Lemurleap is web adware and a browser add-on that may be installed through freeware software downloaded from large file sharing sites online. The Lemurleap add-on is a component that may load several pop-up messages and then redirect you to unwanted sites. The Lemurleap may also change internet settings to load an unwanted site set as the default home page or default search engine site. Some of the ads displayed by Lemurleap may be redirected to potentially malicious sites that can further infect your PC.

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Adware



SaveNShare is an adware application that is known to display random and annoying advertisements attempting to offer deals on products through various online shopping sites. The SaveNShare adware may be an add-on installed on your computer causing the ads to display a random. Some of the ads from SaveNShare may redirect you to unwanted sites or ones that try to display other shopping deals and offers. Removal of SaveNShare adware and all of its components may be difficult to perform manually. SaveNShare may be eliminated through the use of an updated antispyware application.

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Adware

CryptoLocker Ransomware


The CryptoLocker Trojan is a ransomware infection that encrypts the victim's files. CryptoLocker may typically be installed by another threat such as a Trojan downloader or a worm. Once CryptoLocker is installed, CryptoLocker will search for sensitive files on the victim's computer and encrypt them. Essentially, CryptoLocker takes the infected computer hostage by preventing access to any of the computer user's files. CryptoLocker then demands payment of a ransom to decrypt the infected files. CryptoLocker is quite harmful, and ESG security analysts strongly advise computer users to use an efficient, proven and updated anti-malware program to protect their computer from these types of...

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Ransomware

Screenshot is a suspicious search engine website that is commonly used in association with a PUP, or Potentially Unwanted Program. Computer users have complained that browser toolbars or extensions force them to visit repeatedly. These types of browser toolbars are usually browser add-ons for the three most common Windows-based Web browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. These types of components are used to generate advertising revenue. Although's search results may include some legitimate websites, many of the search results are actually sponsored and little more than advertisements. The Troublesome Redirects and Pop-Up...

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
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