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Anti-Malware Lab

Are you getting alerts from Anti-Malware Lab? Don't be tricked, Anti-Malware Lab is a not a real security application. It is a kind of program known as a rogue anti-malware application. These kinds of programs pretend to be genuine anti-malware utilities to trick you into buying them. Specifically, Anti-Malware Lab's interface is designed to mimic the interface for a typical Windows Security scanner. Anti-Malware Lab takes over your computer, to make you think it has a malware infection. Then, it will prompt you to buy Anti-Malware Lab to get rid of the supposed infection. Don't fall for it; Anti-Malware Lab is nothing but a scam. How Anti-Malware Lab Enters Your Computer Surprisingly, it is often the victims themselves that download...

Posted on July 6, 2011 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Keylogger Zeus

Zeus Keylogger is a malware program that is designed to steal a computer user's private information. A keylogger is a program that is used to record every key that is pressed on the infected computer's keyboard. Zeus Keylogger also has the capacity to take the recorded data and relay it to a third party. A hacker can take all of this information and isolate online passwords, credit card information, and online banking data. To protect your privacy, out team of PC security researchers recommends using an anti-malware program to identify and remove Zeus Keylogger. How Zeus Keylogger Steals Your Personal Information Zeus Keylogger is specifically engineered to target financial information. This nasty spy program contains an extensive list...

Posted on August 16, 2011 in Keyloggers

WebDiscover Browser

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WebDiscover Browser is an adware threat developed by a Canada-based company named WebDiscover Media. Once installed on a PC, the app makes a series of unwanted changes to all browsers installed on the computer, leading to a deteriorating online surfing experience. WebDiscover replaces the default home pages and search engines of affected Internet browsers with its own WebDiscover Homepage and WebDiscover Search, respectively. Furthermore, the app modifies the “new tab” settings so that the corrupted browsers launch the program's own search portal page when the user opens a new tab. Chrome users may not even recognize WebDiscover as an unwanted program and think they are using the regular...

Posted on July 3, 2015 in Browser Hijackers

How to Fix Mac Error Code 43 When Copying Files

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Getting an OS system error message while working on a project can be quite an unpleasant surprise. Whether relating to MS Windows, or Mac OS, such a bug is always bound to disrupt your normal computer work. While some errors tend to be system-specific, others can affect both Windows and Mac-based systems, albeit designating totally different problems. The so-called Code 43 error message, for example, is primarily associated with device driver problems in Windows PCs, on the one hand, and file transfer issues on Mac machines, on the other. If you are using Windows and looking for a way to fix this specific error, click here for a guide with possible solutions. If you are a Mac user,...

Posted on January 30, 2019 in Issue

KMSpico

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KMSpico is a software made to illegally activate Windows 10 and other Windows operating systems for free. This software is unsafe and has no connection to the Microsoft Corporation. Instances of KMSpico may open the way to further malware infections, installation of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) and more. There are many websites online that offer versions of KMSpico. Nearly all of them bundled with adware, malware and more. This may quickly put a computer at risk without the consent of the user. What does KMS stand for? KMS stands for Key Management Service, a technology used by Microsoft to activate services on a local network. This is done to remove the need for connecting each...

Posted on February 7, 2019 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

Newsbreak.com

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At first glance, the Newsbreak.com website appears to be a useful tool that would provide its visitors with the latest news. However, this is one of the countless bogus websites online that do not provide any content of value, and instead, seek to benefit from their visitors using various shady tricks. Spams Users with a Constant Flow of Advertisements Upon visiting the Newsbreak.com page, users will be asked to permit the site to display Web browser notifications. Keeping in mind that this fake page poses as a legitimate news website, many users may be tricked to allow browser notifications thinking that they will be alerted for the latest breaking news. However, this is not the case,...

Posted on February 3, 2020 in Browser Hijackers

Segurazo

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The Segurazo application, a/k/a SAntivirus, presents itself as a helpful, genuine antivirus tool capable of bringing considerable benefits to those who give it a chance. However, in reality, Segurazo is far from helpful and is certainly not as trustworthy a tool as one would expect from an antivirus application. Instead of effective threat detection and real-time protection, SAntivirus will bombard you with dozens of falsely exaggerated security reports in a relentless effort to urge you to buy the premium version of this dodgy tool. Segurazo As a Drive-By Download In general, malware actors tend to distribute Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) by smuggling them into software bundles...

Posted on March 6, 2020 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

DarkSide Ransomware

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DarkSide Ransomware is a type of malware that is created for the purpose of extorting money from computer users through holding their PC for hostage. The task of DarkSide Ransomware accomplishing its money extortion scheme starts with it encrypting files, which takes place after loading on a system often due to the user opening a malicious spam email attachment. The DarkSide Ransomware is known to encrypt many files and append them with similar file extensions. While each file encrypted by DarkSide Ransomware can be easily identified and found, they cannot be accessed or opened due to undefeatable encryption. Due to such, a computer user wanting to get their system back to normal...

Posted on August 13, 2020 in Ransomware

Top 20 Countries Found to Have the Most Cybercrime

Have you ever wondered which countries face the most cybercrime? If you have ever wondered which countries have the most cybercrime, then you may be surprised to know that there are few contributing factors that attract cybercriminals to specific regions of the world. Security research firm, Symantec, has discovered specific factors that determine why a certain country is plagued with cybercrime more so or less than another which allowed them to come up with a ranking for each. Symantec has ranked 20 countries that face, or cause, the most cybercrime. In compiling such a list, Symantec was able to quantify software code that interferes with a computer's normal functions, rank zombie systems, and observe the number of websites that host...

Posted on July 9, 2009 in Computer Security

Random Music Playing Virus

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The Random Music Playing Virus is a common name given to a variety of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) and threats that cause annoying sounds and music to play on the affected computer. The Random Music Playing Virus will often activate because an advertisement is handling the background. It should be noted that, technically, the Random Music Playing Virus is not unsafe code. The Random Music Playing Virus may not actually be inserted into a file but is, rather, a symptom of a variety of other types of problems on affected computer systems. PC security researchers typically do not consider that the Random Music Playing Virus is a real virus, in the technical definition of the term....

Posted on October 8, 2013 in Viruses

'The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program' Error

Few Windows users have been lucky enough to never encounter the 'The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program' error. It appears when you are trying to manipulate (move, rename, delete, etc.) a certain file or folder. While not particularly serious, the error can be a source of great frustration and annoyance because in most cases it doesn't state the specific program that is interfering with the action. As a result, users can spend quite a while trying to find the culprit. To save time, take a look at the suggestions outlined below and see if one of them won't be able to resolve the problem. Restart File Explorer File Explorer is one of the underlying processes of the entire Windows system. A good starting...

Posted on August 3, 2021 in Issue

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Harvester APT

Details about a previously unknown APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) group have been revealed in a new report by threat researchers. The hacker group is tracked as Harvester, and its detected threatening operations consist of espionage attacks against targets in South Asia, mainly in Afghanistan. The targeted corporations stem from several different industry sectors, including government, telecommunications and IT. The focus on Afghanistan, in particular, is interesting, having in mind the recent major events that took place there, such as the decision of the U.S. to withdraw its army after maintaining a presence in the country for two decades. Although at the moment there isn't enough data to pinpoint the exact nation-state that is...

Posted on October 19, 2021 in Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

Hauhitec Ransomware

Infosec researchers classify the Hauhitec malware threat as ransomware. This means that it poses a significant danger to the victim's computers. Indeed, ransomware threats are designed to employ a strong encryption algorithm to lock most of the files stored on the breached devices. Documents, PDFs, archives, databases, and more can be locked and thus rendered inaccessible and unusable. Restoration of the data affected by ransomware threats is rarely possible without paying a ransom to the hackers and then receiving the required decryption key. The Hauhitec Ransomware is not an exception. It appends the '.hauhitec' extension to the original names of the targeted files. Afterward, a ransom note will be delivered to the infected system. The...

Posted on October 19, 2021 in Ransomware

Vtua Ransomware

Another threatening variant spawned from the extremely prolific STOP/Djvu Ransomware family has been spotted in the wild by infosec researchers. This new threat is named Vtua Ransomware and the main difference between it and the other threats from this family is the extension it uses to mark the encrypted files - '.vtua.' In all other aspects, the threat is virtually identical to the rest of the STOP/Djvu variants. However, that in no way diminishes its capacity to cause destruction. Systems infected by the Vtua Ransomware will experience data encryption with a significant number of file types being rendered inaccessible and unusable. Victims will no longer be able to open their photos, images, PDFs, archives, databases and more. When...

Posted on October 19, 2021 in Ransomware

Wholedailyfeed.com

Wholedailyfeed.com is a site designed to deliver questionable content to its visitors. In addition, it also may display various misleading messages in an attempt to trick users into subscribing to its push notification services. It must be noted that Wholedailyfeed.com is hardly a singular occurrence. In fact, the exact opposite is true. There are countless deceitful pages all dedicated to carrying out this popular browser-based tactic. Landing on such a page could lead to the user being redirected to more shady websites, being shown dubious content by the page itself, or being subjected to a misleading scheme. Sites such as Wholedailyfeed.com may pretend to conduct a CAPTCHA check, imply that a file is ready for download, or that a...

Posted on October 19, 2021 in Adware

Latestextended

LatestExtended is another dubious program that is targeting Mac users. Exactly like most other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), LatestExtended also is massively reliant on questionable techniques, such as bundling or fake installers to spread itself. Indeed, the application attempts to hide its installation from the user until it is already fully deployed on the Mac. At that point, LatestExtended will activate its intrusive programming and impact the user experience on the device severely. First, the application will try to generate monetary gains for its operators by delivering unwanted advertisements. The advertisements may be injected into unrelated websites viewed by the users. Furthermore, these advertisements could display...

Posted on October 19, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

Is Zippyshare.com Safe?

Zippyshare.com is a website that has been around for quite a while, over a decade, to be more precise. It functions as a place where users can upload and share files. It tries to attract users by offering some truly appealing features, such as being free completely, having no download limits, no need to sign-up, and unlimited space. While all this sounds amazing, is the site safe? The short answer is mostly yes. That site itself can be considered safe, but some caution is still needed when using it. There is a chance that the user who has uploaded the file you seek may have injected it with a threat or added other intrusive functionalities to it. However, a far more common concern is the dubious advertisements that users encounter while...

Posted on October 19, 2021 in Issue

How to Password Protect Screensaver in Windows

Screensavers performed a crucial role in the past - they protected the old CRT monitors from screen burn-in. Due to the prolonged display of non-moving images, these old monitors could start suffering from permanent ghost-like images of objects or overall degradation of image quality. Nowadays, monitors use totally different technologies and no longer need to fear this particular issue. As such, screensavers have become more of an aesthetic choice and a way to demonstrate your personal style. However, one screensaver feature has remained as relevant as ever. If you wish to protect your computer from unauthorized access while you are away from it, you can password protect your screensaver. In practice, this means that after the...

Posted on October 19, 2021 in Issue

Graphon Backdoor

The Graphon Backdoor is a custom-built backdoor threat that is being deployed as part of the threatening activities of a newly discovered APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) group named Harvester. The hackers appear to be focused on conducting espionage attack campaigns against targets located in South Asia, in Afghanistan specifically. The detected victims operate in several different sectors, including IT, government and telecommunication. For now, it is not immediately clear which nation-state is backing Harvester's threatening activities. Graphon Details The Graphon Backdoor is delivered to the compromised systems by another custom-built threat that acts as a downloader. The backdoor is compiled as .NET PE DLL file. The corrupted file...

Posted on October 19, 2021 in Backdoors

J3ster Ransomware

Infosec researchers have identified a new malware threat tracked as J3ster Ransomware. Being classified as ransomware means that the threat is designed to scan victims' computers and then lock the files stored there with an uncrackable encryption algorithm specifically. Affected users will find themselves no longer able to access their photos, images, documents, as well as all archives, databases, PDFs and more. The goal of the hackers is to then extort the victims for money by promising to help them restore the locked data after making the demanded payment. As part of its threatening activities, the J3ster Ransomware also will mark the locked files by changing their original names. The threat will append '.j3ster' as a new file...

Posted on October 18, 2021 in Ransomware

Irjg Ransomware

Infosec researchers are continuing to discover new ransomware threats that use the infamous STOP/Djvu Ransomware as a basis. The latest variant of this family to be unearthed is named Irjg Ransomware. As is to be expected, the Irjg malware follows the same operational pattern as all the other STOP/Djvu variants. However, it is still capable of causing significant damage to compromised computers and devices. By initiating an encryption process with an uncrackable cryptographic algorithm, the threat can lock a vast number of different file types. As a result, the victims will lose access to their personal or business-related documents, archives, PDFs, databases, images, photos, etc. During the encryption, all affected files will be marked...

Posted on October 18, 2021 in Ransomware

New Tab Explorer

Infosec researchers have found a new PUP named New Tab Explorer that aims to sneak its way inside users' computers or devices. PUPs, also known as Potentially Unwanted Programs, are dubiously designed to monetize their presence on the system by performing various intrusive actions specifically. Most often these include the delivery of suspicious advertisements (adware), forcing the Web browser to open an unfamiliar address( browser hijacker) and collect various browsing-related information. PUPs are classified as such due to the deceptive methods they employ as part of their distribution. After all, the creators of these applications are fully aware that users are extremely unlikely to willingly download and install them. That is why...

Posted on October 18, 2021 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

Icewaterhous.xyz

Icewaterhous.xyz is another hoax page that relies on clickbait tactics to trick users into subscribing to its push notification services. This particular browser-based tactic has been popular among the more unscrupulous people particularly and, as a result, the number of pages proliferating it is increasing almost daily. All of these con websites operate in a virtually identical manner. They scan the incoming IP addresses and through them determine the specific geolocation of each user. Afterward, the site can adjust its behavior accordingly - it may cause redirects to other shady pages, display dubious content on its own, or show misleading alerts and warning messages to lure visitors into clicking the 'Allow' button. There are multiple...

Posted on October 18, 2021 in Adware

DesktopService

DesktopService is another PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) that is targeted at Mac users specifically. Dubious websites such as this one are designed to perform numerous intrusive actions on the Mac systems they are present on. Users are typically wary of installing unknown programs and that is why PUPs are spread via underhanded distribution tactics such as bundling or fake installers predominantly. Once installed, DesktopService will start monetizing its presence on the system as soon as possible. The PUP will begin generating third-party advertisements and possibly injecting them into the site viewed by the user. The delivered advertisements cannot be trusted, as they may employ various clickbait messages to lure users into clicking...

Posted on October 18, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

BlendedSearch

Some users may notice that their Web browsers have suddenly begun opening the unfamiliar address blendedsearch.com. The site operates as a search engine named BlendedSearch and it tries to attract users by offering them the ability to get results from different search engines and sources, such as Yahoo, Bing, YouTube, Wikipedia and more. Blended Search is a brand owned by the Visymo Universal Search Group that also operates other search engines including ZapMeta, iZito, Vinden.nl, and Zoeken.nl. Visymo is partnered with both Google and Microsoft so users can expect its various brands to be legitimate. However, the problem with BlendedSearch, is that it might be promoted via dubious known as browser hijackers. These applications are...

Posted on October 18, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

Wind Blocker Ads

The Wind Blocker advertises itself as a useful browser extension that will save users from all those pesky pop-ups, banners, and other advertisements that appear while browsing. In essence, the application should work as an ad-blocker. Unfortunately, there is one slight problem - it does the exact opposite of what users expect. Indeed, Wind Blocker is classified as adware and a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). Adware applications are designed specifically to monetize their presence on the user's computers or devices by generating intrusive advertisements. At the same time, they are classified as PUPs due to the underhanded tactic involved in their distribution. Naturally, users would be extremely reluctant to install such applications...

Posted on October 18, 2021 in Adware
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