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Bartalex

The Bartalex malware is a malicious code based on the macro functionality that is present in advanced text file formats like DOC, DOCX, and ODT. The macro functionality allows users to speed up repetitive tasks by automating them, and that can be taken advantage of by malware developers to deploy they products. The Bartalex malware is spread via spam emails that contain corrupted text files with embedded malicious macro. The spam emails loaded with the Bartalex malware usually refer to invoices, PayPal, purchases on Amazon and important social events to invite users to download and open the attached file. The Microsoft Office suite has the macro option disabled by default and users that open macro-enabled documents may be notified with a yellow bar at the top of the document. The Bartalex code functions as a malware dropper that can introduce other cyber threats on your PC. When...

Posted on July 23, 2015 in Trojans

Homepage-web.com

The Homepage-web.com web page is associated with a browser hijacker created by Bontio, Inc. and distributed via freeware bundles. Computer users that are infected with a browser hijacker may see that Homepage-web.com is set as their net tab, homepage and default search provider. The Homepage-web.com browser hijacker by Bontio, Inc. may appear as a browser enhancer in the 'Programs and Features' module of your 'Control Panel', but may not have an uninstaller. The Homepage-web.com browser hijacker may be located in the ApplicationData folder and may have edited your Windows Registry to protect its files and modify your browser settings. The Homepage-web.com browser hijacker is created with the sole purpose to direct web traffic through Homepage-web.com and generate affiliate revenue for its operators. Moreover, the Homepage-web.com browser hijacker may block the native ads on pages you...

Posted on July 23, 2015 in Browser Hijackers

5 Arrested in JPMorgan 2014 Hacking Case; Nearly 83 Million People Affected

It's always a good day for us when we awaken to the news that law enforcement has brought perpetrators to justice for hacking activities . Today, with fulfillment in the hearts of nearly 83 million people affected by a recent JPMorgan hacking case, U.S. law enforcement officials arrest five individuals allegedly responsible for the attack. Back in 2014 JPMorgan was the target of hackers stealing the login credentials of a JPMorgan employee leading to access of 90 of the company's servers. The hackers were able to steal subsequently the details of about 76 million households and nearly 7 million businesses – 83 million people in all. According to JPMorgan, at the time, no financial information was compromised even with the multi-system access granted by the hacker's efforts. The FBI has been on the case of tracking down the hackers responsible for the JPMorgan attack,...

Posted on July 22, 2015 in Computer Security

MovieDea

The MovieDea software is promoted as your number one place to search for movies, watch trailers and comment with friends. The MovieDea software functions as a gateway to content from third parties and features advertisements that can be placed within the windows of MovieDea and on pages you visit. The MovieDea software may appear as a browser add-on, extension, a plugin and a Browser Helper Object. Security investigators recognize the MovieDea software as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that may decrease your Web browser performance and redirect you to potentially compromised online resources. The MovieDea software may arrive on your computer as an additional offer to a freeware package. The MovieDea program may edit your Windows Registry to start at boot-up and work with your Web browser. The MovieDea program may use banners, pop-up windows, and ad-boxes to present you with...

Posted on July 22, 2015 in Adware

Shopping Deals Ads

The Shopping Deals software is another product of adware developers who promote it as a tool that can save you money on online shops like Amazon and eBay. The Shopping Deals adware is dispersed with the help of free software bundles and can be seen under the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' option. The Shopping Deals adware functions similarly to AdBand and YouShopping and will take advantage of its browser integration by using tracking cookies, DOM storage data and reading your bookmarks. The Shopping Deals adware may use banners, video ads, pop-up windows and floating ad-boxes to show marketing offers and generate pay-per-click revenue for its developers. Adware like Shopping Deals is often found to promote rogue applications like Antivirus Antimalware 2011 and RegistryCleanFix that can cause severe system errors and display fake security alerts. The Shopping Deals adware may redirect...

Posted on July 22, 2015 in Adware

ConverterPro Ads

The ConverterPro browser add-on claims to deliver media conversion capabilities in your Web browser, and many users may want to install it. The ConverterPro add-on is distributed to users via freeware packages under the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' option. The ConverterPro browser add-on is developed by Goobzo LTD that are responsible for developing browser hijackers, adware and riskware like SysPlayer , Search Module Plus and BrowserAir . You might not benefit from ConverterPro because most of its program code is dedicated to generating ads in your web browser. That is why security experts perceive the ConverterPro add-on as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). That is why security experts perceive the ConverterPro add-on as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that may slow down your browser and show many ads. The ConverterPro add-on may read information like your browsing history...

Posted on July 22, 2015 in Adware

Your-home-page.net

Computer users often prefer the 'Express' or 'Typical' option of freeware installers and allow additional apps to be installed in the background. The Your-home-page.net web page may be set as your default home page and search provider by a browser hijacker that travels with free programs. The Your-home-page.net page features a search field and functions as a redirect-gateway to the legitimate Google search results. Security researchers note that users infected with the Your-home-page.net browser hijackers may experience slower browser performance and will not be able to change their home page and search provider. The Your-home-page.net browser hijacker uses the page mentioned before to record your search queries and send them to advertisers. Additionally, users that are infected with the Your-home-page.net browser hijacker will see only ads by sponsors of Your-home-page.net. You may...

Posted on July 22, 2015 in Browser Hijackers

First Verify

The First Verify browser plugin may be offered to you as a security tool to make sure the certificate the of websites you visit is valid, but you may wish to know that it is adware. The First Verify adware can be seen in freeware packages under the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' option and may decrease your browser performance. The First Verify adware may display ad boxes, banners, video ads, and contextual and transitional commercials to deliver marketing materials in your Web browser. The First Verify adware may use DOM storage data, read your browsing history and detect your approximate geographical location to generate custom-made advertisements and attract your attention. The First Verify adware may promote Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) like DProtect and ExtendedSetup to earn affiliate revenue for its developers. The First Verify adware may add a Task in the Windows Task Manager...

Posted on July 21, 2015 in Adware

Nserver42.xyz

Computer users that are infected with adware may be presented with pop-ups by Nserver42.xyz claiming to provide an update to Google Chrome. The Nserver42.xyz pop-ups can appear in Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer as well, and you should not download software from Nserver42.xyz. Security authorities alert that the Nserver42.xyz domain is associated with adware and cyber threats like Morto and Shylock that can compromise computer networks and obtain information illegally. Computer users are strongly advised against downloading and installing software related to Nserver42.xyz. The adware linked to Nserver42.xyz that shows pop-ups in your Web browser may have been installed along with a free program via the 'Express' or 'Typical' option. Several web filters recognize the Nserver42.xyz domain as malicious and you should abstain from interaction with any content on Nserver42.xyz....

Posted on July 21, 2015 in Browser Hijackers

SysPlayer

The SysPlayer software is deployed to users as a free media player with built-in codecs and webcams support. You might want to know that the infamous Goobzo LTD, which created the BrowserAir adware and the Search Module Plus browser hijacker, developed SysPlayer. The SysPlayer program is supported by advertisements, and it may block the native ads on websites you visit to display only ads by partners. The SysPlayer app is a custom built of the Media Player Classic project and is perceived as a Potentially Unwanted Program with adware capabilities. The SysPlayer app may load video commercials whenever you load video content in your browser. The SysPlayer program can show banners and pop-up windows from affiliates when you shop on Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Best Buy. Additionally, the SysPlayer app may add sponsored search results when search on Google, Bing, and Yahoo. The SysPlayer...

Posted on July 21, 2015 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

LowPricing

The LowPricing browser tool is advertised as a valuable companion to active online buyers that can help them discover cheap products and limited time deals. The LowPricing browser tool accompanies freeware bundles under the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' option. However, the LowPricing tool falls in the same category as Hawker and SalesMagnet and is adware. Security analysts note the LowPricing adware may slow down your Web browser and show banners, pop-up windows, inline ads and transitional full-page promotions to generate pay-per-click revenue for its creators. The LowPricing adware may not appear on the 'Programs and Features' panel of Windows. The LowPricing adware may place its files in the hidden system folder AppData and edit your Windows Registry to protect its files. Security analysts add that the LowPricing adware is compatible with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla...

Posted on July 21, 2015 in Adware

Trojan.Agent.UX

The Trojan.Agent.UX malware is distributed among users as an attached file to spam emails and can be encountered as a game mod on suspicious forums and low-quality software platforms. The Trojan.Agent.UX malware is packed with the Yoda's Crypter that is a tool to hide malware from antivirus solutions and may appear in the Windows Task Manager as 'winout.exe'. The Trojan.Agent.UX malware is a backdoor trojan that can allow attackers to connect to your system remotely. The Trojan.Agent.UX malware may decrease your overall computer performance and limit your Internet bandwidth. Attackers can use the Trojan.Agent.UX malware to introduce a Bitcoin miner like Skodna on your PC and earn revenue. Additionally, the operators of the Trojan.Agent.UX malware may hijack your social accounts and banking details by installing a keylogger and exfiltrating your log-in details. The Trojan.Agent.UX...

Posted on July 21, 2015 in Trojans

Traffiqim.link

Computer users that experience pop-ups by Traffiqim.link should know that the domain is associated with fake technical support services. The Traffiqim.link pop-up windows in your Web browser are generated by adware on your system that may have arrived as a browser add-on incorporated with a free program installer. Traffiqim.link may change your browser settings to show pop-ups at regular intervals and direct you to call 888-973-8415 or 855-617-3923 to receive help. The Traffiqim.link pop-ups may suggest that your PC security is compromised and that your personal photos, credit card information and passwords are at risk. However, you should not believe anything posted on Traffiqim.link and shouldn't call 855-617-3923 and 888-973-8415 to receive help. The fake technicians associated with Traffiqim.link may want to connect remotely to your computer and cause system errors to back up...

Posted on July 21, 2015 in Browser Hijackers

20 Law Enforcement Agencies Including FBI & Europol Help Shut Down Threatening Darkode Hacker Forum

The internet is full of meeting places for just about any type of viable interest or hobby in life. Ever since the conception of an online forum, folks have flocked to locations, some hidden from the normal internet public, to join in on posts comprised of like-minded ideas and life events. Hackers have long utilized their specific forums to conjure up plans to attack certain entities and even spread malware. One particular forum, known as Darkode, has been a harbor for numerous top level hackers, finally met its demise in an orchestrated takedown by law enforcement agencies from upwards of 20 countries across the globe. The take-down efforts for putting an end to Darkode was orchestrated primarily by the FBI and Europol's EC3 (European Cybercrime Centre) who with the assistance from law enforcement from 20 other countries. Authorities confirmed that those countries range from...

Posted on July 20, 2015 in Computer Security

PlayyNews Ads

The PlayyNews ads in your browser are generated by adware on your computer. The adware associated with PlayyNews.com uses the domain as a redirect portal to the content on MobileLikez.com. The PlayyNews adware may load banners, ad boxes and pop-ups that redirect users to MobileLikez.com to generate pay-per-click revenue for its owners. The MobileLikez.com web page is laced with numerous ads and may bring up additional pop-ups by utilizing JavaScript. The PlayyNews adware may have arrived on your system as a browser extension and a plugin enclosed in a freeware setup file that most users handle with the 'Typical' or 'Express' option. The PlayyNews adware may change your home page to PlayyNews.com and your default search provider to use the service of a partner. Security researchers note that the PlayyNews adware may add a Task in the Windows Task Scheduler to enable its automatic...

Posted on July 20, 2015 in Adware