Lock2017 Ransomware

The Lock2017 Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that may be distributed by using corrupted documents that abuse exploits in macros. The Lock2017 Ransomware is distributed through a spam email campaign that targets computer users that speak English. The Lock2017 Ransomware is designed to infect versions of the Windows operating system, and the corrupted documents used to distribute the Lock2017 Ransomware will exploit macro vulnerabilities in software such as the Microsoft Office or Open Office. Because of this, computer users should refrain from opening unsolicited email attachments, even if the email that includes the attachment seems to come from a legitimate source (which may have been compromised). It also is recommended to disable the automatic execution of macros and not to enable it if a document requires it unless sure of its...

Posted on March 6, 2017 in Ransomware

PubHotspot Ads

The PubHotspot program is promoted as a tool that enables users to set up a WiFi hotspot and share their Internet connection with various devices. Leading2Apps publishes the PubHotspot program as freeware. Free software platforms may offer PubHotspot under the Productivity Tools category and welcome users to install the program for free. PC users may encounter PubHotspot by Leading2Apps in freeware bundles as well. As of the time of writing this, the most recent release of PubHotspot is provided as PubHotspot Version 1.0 and may be installed to the Program Files (x86) directory with settings configuration placed in the Temp and AppData folders. The PubHotspot desktop app may add an entry in the Registry and run with the Windows OS on boot up. PubHotspot may ask to access public, work and home Internet connections to facilitate its...

Posted on March 6, 2017 in Adware

AlphaShoppers

Computer users that like to shop online are always looking for new ways to get the best price for the merchandise or services they are in need. An application called AlphaShoppers may gain their attention because it suggests that is created to attend high-level shoppers. However, AlphaShoppers is an adware application that may be installed on their machines as a Browser Helper Object (BHO). AlphaShoppers may be compatible with Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.. AlphaShoppers may be installed on PCs automatically by been included in other free programs that computer users download and install from the Internet. What may annoy the computer users that are dealing with AlphaShoppers, is that it may display unwanted pop-up advertisements that, although offering coupons, deals, and discounts, may not match what...

Posted on March 3, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

Show Fanatic

Security researchers have analyzed an application called Show Fanatic and have classified Show Fanatic as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that may cause some unwanted and annoying problems on the computers it manages to enter besides limiting the PC’s performance drastically. If Show Fanatic starts running on your Windows OS automatically, you might have acquired the Show fanatic application while downloading a free program from the net. This method, called bundling, is largely used to introduce applications that, otherwise, could end up been ignored by computer users. Security analysts add that the Show Fanatic may replace your search settings with a website called fimman.com, control your extensions, themes and applications, scrutinize and alter your bookmarks and monitor and change data on visited websites....

Posted on March 3, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

No-block.net

Some countries, due to the culture, politics, and interests, block some sites that many users would like to access, especially if they are news sites, sports sites, movie sites and social networks. Exploiting this situation, some applications promising to allow computer users to have free access to these websites are created. An example of these websites is the No-block.net that claims: ‘Get access to any website and bypass blocked services with no geo-restrictions. It would be helpful for countless computer users. However, the No-block.net site is associated with a browser hijacker that may have landed on your PC as an add-on that may affect Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. The No-block.net browser hijacker may change the user’s Internet settings to generate traffic to No-block.net. Additionally,...

Posted on March 3, 2017 in Browser Hijackers

CYR-Locker Ransomware

The CYR-Locker Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that is used to force computer users to pay large amounts of money to recover their files, which become compromised during the attack. The CYR-Locker Ransomware encrypts its victims’ files, as well as carries out various other operations on the victim’s computer. The CYR-Locker Ransomware demands the payment of a large ransom in exchange for the decryption key required to decrypt the affected file. During the attack, the CYR-Locker Ransomware demands payment within 24 hours under the threat of deleting the victim’s files permanently. The most common way in which the CYR-Locker Ransomware is distributed is through corrupted email attachments, which will use a variety of tactics to trick computer users into opening the attached file or clicking on an embedded link that...

Posted on March 3, 2017 in Ransomware

Wallet Ransomware

The Wallet Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that is used to force computer users to pay money to recover their files, which are taken hostage during the attack. The Wallet Ransomware follows an attack strategy typical of these threats, which have become common in the last few years increasingly. It is more necessary than ever to have reliable file backups and adequate protections to ensure that your computer and files are safeguarded from the Wallet Ransomware attacks and infections involving similar ransomware Trojans. Ransomware like the Wallet Ransomware is designed to encrypt victims’ files, making them inaccessible until a ransom is paid by the victim. Once the Wallet Ransomware carries out its attack, the victim’s files cannot be opened by applications on the infected computer. They are asked to pay a ransom in...

Posted on March 3, 2017 in Ransomware

Recent Investigation Reveals that Yahoo Execs Flubbed Response to Massive 2014 Data Breach

During the unfortunate and widely popularized data breach that Yahoo suffered during 2014, the world was stunned by the news that 500 million Yahoo user accounts were exposed in one of the largest data breaches in history. At the time of the data breach, Yahoo failed to inform users or authorities of what exactly took place suppressing the devastating news until September of 2016. Because of the failed efforts at Yahoo to reveal details and alert the masses of a massive data breach, an investigation was launched after the discovery and has reached a head where Yahoo senior executives were withholding information. In fact, the recent investigation into the data breach at Yahoo exposing a half a billion user account details reveals that Yahoo execs flubbed their response to the incident and knew all along since the late months of...

Posted on March 2, 2017 in Computer Security

Total Deal Search Ads

Computer users that install free software packages and use download managers may install the Total Deal Search program unintentionally. You can read more on the Total Deal Search program at totaldealsearch.com where it is promoted as a shopping helper. The Total Deal Search works as a browser extension that you may add to Google Chrome. Apparently, the developers of the Total Deal Search have not released a version for Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer yet. ShoppersTab publishes the Total Deal Search program under the slogan ‘All the things you need, only better’ and the program is said to “…provide you with the top shopping and coupon deals online on one easy and simple page.” Computer users that would like to benefit from the Total Deal Search and save a few dollars are promised the...

Posted on March 2, 2017 in Adware

Momys Offers Ads

The Momys Offers software is promoted as a “shopping engine” that can help users shop smart and safe. Apart from the misspelled name, the Momys Offers program may deliver numerous advertisements to the computer user’s screen. The ads by Momys Offers may be pushed to users in bulk, and that caused users to report its activity to computer security researchers. An analysis of the Momys Offers revealed that the program works a lot like iDeals and MarkKit , which are classified as adware. The official page for the Momys Offers can be found at momysoffers.com but the download button does not work, and users may install the program via freeware bundles only. The page at momysoffers.com says that the Momys Offers is lightning fast, provides price analysis, is cloud based and its developers commit to protect your privacy....

Posted on March 2, 2017 in Ransomware

Search-selector.co

Search-selector.co is associated with the Search Selector browser extension, which has a page on the Chrome Web Store and is promoted as capable of enabling users to customize the look and functionality of their new tab page and start pages. The Selector browser extension is available to Google Chrome users only as of writing this article. Computer users may install the Search Selector as an extra component to a freeware bundle, download the app from Search-selector.co and the Chrome Webstore. Users who install the Search Selector should take into consideration that it requires the following privileges: Read and change all your data on the websites you visit. Change your search settings to: search.selector.co. Change your privacy-related settings. The Search Selector extension is made by the same company behind riskware...

Posted on March 2, 2017 in Browser Hijackers

SystemBoosterPro

SystemBoosterPro is a program that is promoted as a reliable system optimizer developed by oTweak Software, Ltd. Computer users that run the Windows OS 7 and later versions can install SystemBoosterPro by opening their Internet client and navigating to otweak.com/sbp. Some users have encountered SystemBoosterPro in free software bundles, and you may want to use the ‘Advanced’ and ‘Custom’ option of software packages to check if SystemBoosterPro is not listed as an additional offer. The SystemBoosterPro software supports a trial version, which offers limited functionality for 30 days. The trial version is dispersed among users thanks to a broad partnering network that oTweak Software, Ltd. participates in. The premium version of SystemBoosterPro is unlocked after the user loads otweak.com/sbp/purchase/ and buys a...

Posted on March 2, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

Clickforms.ru

The Clickforms.ru site is associated with a browser hijacker software that is designed to redirect users to marketing content forcibly. The domain, along with net-quick.com and advleniv.com is reported to receive Web traffic from users infected with a browser hijacker. Browser hijacking software may be dispersed among users via free software bundles actively. When you install a free media player and look to test a new Internet browser you might use the ‘Express’ and ‘Typical’ option in the installer. If you choose to install a free software package with the recommended option, you may install unwanted extensions and a browser hijacker on your computer. Cases that involve the Clickforms.ru browser hijacker reveal that its developers aim to alter the user’s shortcuts for Internet clients such as Opera,...

Posted on March 1, 2017 in Browser Hijackers

‘(855)-712-8551’ Pop-Ups

The ‘(855)-712-8551’ pop-up windows that say ‘YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED’ should not be trusted. The ‘(855)-712-8551’ pop-ups are classified as phishing messages that are hosted on untrusted pages. The ‘YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED’ alerts that correspond to the (855)-712-8551 phone line provide misleading information on the state of your machine and aim to convince you to call a toll-free phone line. The ‘(855)-712-8551’ alerts may be generated on untrusted pages that feature a bad JavaScript code that is likely to cause problems with your browser. Web designers that are employed by fake computer support companies create the ‘YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED’ warnings to urge users to call the (855)-712-8551 toll-free phone line. The...

Posted on March 1, 2017 in Adware

Popxyz.online

The Popxyz.online domain is used to promote fake computer support services under the brand of the Microsoft Corp. Web surfers may load the site when they click on corrupted ads, or their PCs are infected with a browser hijacker. The Popxyz.online site is designed to bring up three pop-up messages that may overlap and cause an erratic browser behavior. Internet browsers that load Popxyz.online may appear unresponsive, and you may be unable to switch tabs, open bookmarks and resize the browser surface. These problems are caused by a bad JavaScript on Popxyz.online. Web designers that work for fake computer support companies develop pages like Popxyz.online to convince users that their PCs are infected with spyware, viruses and Trojans. If you are not familiar with technical support tactics, you may believe the messages that are shown at...

Posted on March 1, 2017 in Browser Hijackers