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Anti-Malware Lab

Anti-Malware Lab screenshot

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...

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

How to Fix Mac Error Code 43 When Copying Files screenshot

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 screenshot

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 screenshot

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 screenshot

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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A sophisticated malware threat that employs innovative techniques to mask its nefarious actions has been identified by the researchers at a Dutch cyber-security company. Named CronRAT, the threat is classified as a RAT - Remote Access Trojan. It targets Web stores and provides the attackers with the means to inject online payment skimmers onto the compromised Linux servers. Ultimately, the goal of the hackers is to obtain credit card data that can later be exploited. The numerous evasion techniques employed by the threat make it nearly undetectable. Technical Details The standout characteristic of CronRAT is the way it abuses the Linux task scheduling system (cron) to hide a sophisticated Bash program. The malware injects several tasks...

Posted on November 26, 2021 in Remote Administration Tools

Nope Ransomware

The Nope Ransomware aims to infect users' computers and then lock the data stored there. The threat targets numerous files types - documents, PDFs, images, archives, databases, etc., and renders them inaccessible via a strong encryption process. Victims are then extorted for money in exchange for potentially getting their data back. Each file affected by the Nope Ransomware will have '.toto' appended to its original name as a new extension. When all targeted files have been encrypted, the threat will proceed to deliver its ransom-demanding message. The Nope Ransomware creates two ransom notes - one will be placed as the new desktop wallpaper of the system, while the other will be dropped as a text file named '@READ_ME@.txt.' Demands...

Posted on November 26, 2021 in Ransomware

Robm Ransomware

The Robm Ransomware is yet another variant classified as part of the prolific STOP/Djvu family of ransomware threats. Although it doesn't show any major deviations from the other variants of the family, Robm Ransomware's capacity to cause destruction should not be underestimated. The threat targets a wide array of files stored on compromised computers and locks them via an uncrackable encryption process. Victims will lose access to their personal or work-related files. Each encrypted file will be marked by having '.robm' added to its original name as a new extension. The ransom note with instructions for the victims will then be dropped on the infected device as a text file named '_readme.txt.' Ransom Note's Details The ransom note of...

Posted on November 26, 2021 in Ransomware

Merlen Ransomware

A new ransomware threat is targeting users' computers. Named the Merlen Ransomware, it can devastate the breached devices completely via a strong encryption process. Victims will find themselves unable to use or even access most of their personal or work-related files - documents, PDFs, archives, databases, audio, video, photos, etc. As part of the encryption, the Merlen Ransomware generates a ransom string of characters for each locked file and adds it to that file's original name. Afterward, it will append '.[Merlen@Keemail.Me]' as a new file extension. Once all suitable files have been locked, the threat will deliver its ransom note with instructions for the victim. The message will be placed inside a newly-created text file named...

Posted on November 26, 2021 in Ransomware


Ganizations.xyz is a hoax Web page that relies on social-engineering tactics and clickbait messages to trick unsuspecting visitors into subscribing to its push notification services. Afterward, the site will abuse its newly-gained browser permissions to deliver annoying, intrusive, and unwanted advertisements to the users, generating gains for its operators in the process. There are countless deceptive sites that are virtually identical to Ganizations.xyz. Indeed, this particular browser-based tactic has been exceedingly popular among certain circles of people. Other examples of such pages include Pushcleantools.com, Fastbestcaptcha.top, Poisism.com and many more. Users should be aware that the most common scenario employed by such con...

Posted on November 26, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites


News-updates-service.com is a dubious website designed specifically to generate monetary gains for its operators through questionable methods. The page can show untrustworthy content to its visitors, try to trick them into subscribing to its push notification services or cause unwanted redirects to equally as shady sites. There are countless other sites virtually indistinguishable from News-updates-service.com that have already been flooding the Internet. Some examples include Ganizations.xyz, Sweepstakessurvey.org, Akaisots.com and many more. Users should use caution when dealing with sites such as News-updates-service.com. Under the guise of various fake scenarios, these pages may try to convince users into clicking the displayed...

Posted on November 26, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites


SocialCouponSearch is an intrusive application classified as a browser hijacker. Its sole reason for existing is to drive artificial traffic towards a promoted address. In this case, it takes users to socialcouponsearch.com. To achieve its goal, the browser hijacker takes control over the installed Web browsers and modifies their settings. More specifically, SocialCouponSearch will affect the browser's homepage, new tab page and the default search engine. The application may even establish persistence mechanisms, ensuring its continual presence on the system. Users should keep in mind that applications such as SocialCouponSearch also are considered to be PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) due to the deceitful methods involved in their...

Posted on November 26, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Potentially Unwanted Programs


The vmos.xyz address belongs to a fake search engine. Users are highly unlikely to willingly resort to the services of such untrustworthy engines. That is why the operators of these sites rely on applications known as browser hijackers and PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs) to take the users to them. Vmos.xyz is not an exception and two different PUPs have been associated with it - SApp+ and Ext Apps. Typically, users do not realize that an intruder application is being deployed on their computers or devices. Indeed, these applications are not spread through the normal distribution channels. Instead, they rely on questionable techniques designed to hide their installation such as a scheme known as bundling or fake software...

Posted on November 26, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Potentially Unwanted Programs

'Noblox.js' NPM Malware

A new threatening package named 'noblox.js-rpc' was detected on the npm Registry by cybersecurity researchers. The threat is designed to deploy several infostealers capable of obtaining various sensitive data from the compromised machines. The collected data can include account credentials, private files, as well as the windows registration key. The final stage of the noblox.js-rpc attack includes activating a ransomware-type module. Technical Details The attack begins with a post-install script from the package.json file of the noblox.js-rpc threat. Before fetching the rest of the threatening payload, a check of the environment is performed, as the threat is aimed at Windows systems solely. If the check returns a positive result, the...

Posted on November 25, 2021 in Malware

Babadeda Crypter

The cryptocurrency market has exploded to a valuation of more than $2.5 trillion. However, the success comes with the consequences of becoming a prime target for cybercriminals who are creating malware threats tailored to exploit the Crypto, NFT (non-fungible tokens), and DeFi (decentralized finance) communities specifically. One such threat named Babadeda Crypter was analyzed in a report released by security analysts. The threat is being distributed via Discord servers and is used as an initial-stage malware responsible for deploying threatening payloads - RATs (Remote Access Trojans), infostealers, or ransomware threats such as LockBit. Certain elements found in the analysis point towards the creators of the Babadeda Crypter being...

Posted on November 25, 2021 in Malware

Steriok Ransomware

Infosec researchers have identified a new ransomware threat that has been released in the wild. Named the Steriok Ransomware, this threat can cause significant damage to the computer it infiltrates successfully. Steriok targets the most widely used file types and renders them inaccessible via an uncrackable encryption process. Each locked file will be marked by having '.steriok' appended to its name as a new extension. Afterward, a note with instructions for the victims will be delivered to the computer system as a text file named 'RESTORE_FILES_INFO.txt.' Ransom Note's Overview The text of Steriok Ransomware's note is rather brief and it lacks many important details. The ransom note doesn't mention the amount of money demanded by the...

Posted on November 25, 2021 in Ransomware


Despite its name, the Pushcleantools.com page doesn't have anything to do with any cleaning tools whatsoever. Instead, it belongs to the dubious sites types that are created with the sole purpose of running a popular browser-based tactic. Users unfortunate enough to land on the page will be created by deceptive and clickbait messages, trying to convince them to click the shown 'Allow' button. Without their knowledge, users who follow the instructions will be subscribed to the page's push notification services. There are numerous manipulative scenarios employed by these con sites. Many pretend to be doing a CAPTCHA check for bots. Others claim that a file will become available for download. However, Pushcleantools.com has been observed...

Posted on November 25, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites

Grn21 Ransomware

THE Grn21 Ransomware is a severe malware threat that can cause its victims to lose access to their private or work-related information. The threat operates as typical ransomware - it targets numerous file types and then locks them using a strong encryption algorithm. As part of its threatening operations, Grn21 also will modify the original names of all affected files. The threat will assign a lengthy randomly-generated string of characters to the victim and then append it to the name of every locked file. Then, '.grn21' will be added as a new file extension. When all suitable files have been encrypted, Grn21 will proceed to deliver a note with instructions for its victims. The random-demanding message will be placed inside a text file...

Posted on November 25, 2021 in Ransomware


TheMapsFinderSearch is a dubious application classified as a browser hijacker. These intrusive applications are designed specifically to take control over the user's Web browsers and modify their settings to promote a sponsored address. In the vast majority of cases, browser hijackers generate artificial traffic towards fake search engines, and TheMapsFinderSearch is not an exception. The address it promotes is themapsfinder.com. The chances of users installing such dubious applications willingly are almost non-existent. That is why the operators of adware and browser hijackers rely on questionable distribution methods to spread their intrusive applications. Some of these deceptive methods include bundling and fake software...

Posted on November 25, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Potentially Unwanted Programs


LinkSet is another dubious application that aims to generate monetary gains for its operators through several intrusive methods. Indeed, the application aims to install itself onto users' Mac systems unnoticed and then activate its adware and browser hijacker capabilities. The reliance on questionable distribution tactics, such as bundling or fake software installers also classifies LinkSet as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). Adware applications are tasked with the delivery of countless unwanted and potentially risky advertisements on the systems they are present on. The advertisements may take various forms - pop-ups, banners, surveys, in-text links, etc., and could even be injected into unrelated third-party websites. The...

Posted on November 25, 2021 in Adware, Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs
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