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Anti-Malware Lab

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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

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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

Black Screen After Launching League of Legends

League of Legends (LoL) has remained among the most popular online video games ever since its launch way back in 2009. The longevity and continued success of the game are due to the engaging gameplay of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre, the regular release of new exciting champions, and the expanded universe created by the Riot Games studio that includes several spin-off games, music acts and more.  Unfortunately, as with any software product, League of Legends also has its fair share of issues. One of the more common problems experienced by users is seeing a black screen after launching the game. This black screen may appear after pressing Alt+Tab during the logging process or immediately after picking a champion. It...

Posted on July 14, 2021 in Issue

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'Update Your Chrome Browser Extension' Pop-Ups

The 'Update Your Chrome Browser Extension' pop-ups and the related website are designed to spread promoted applications via deceptive and fraudulent methods. The pop-ups are designed to appear as legitimate warnings about an unspecified Chrome extension that is out of date. Users are advised to update the still unspecified extensions by clicking on any of the multiple 'Add to Chrome' buttons, conveniently displayed by the scheme. Users who click any of the shown buttons may be taken to the download pages of dubious or even threatening software products. These could include intrusive adware, browser hijackers, other intrusive PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), or even weaponized installers carrying serious malware threats.  Users...

Posted on January 14, 2022 in Rogue Websites

Freeiphone.info

What would you think when you encounter a Web page named Freeiphone.info? That it is running some kind of a promotion that gives Iphones as a reward? Well, this couldn't be further from the truth. The name of the website is as deceptive as the rest of the content it delivers. After all, the sole reason that Freeiphone.info exists is to run a popular browser-based tactic. These hoax pages try to trick visitors into subscribing to their push notification services under various false pretenses. The clickbait and misleading messages could create the impressions that the page is doing a CAPTCHA check or that additional content will become available. Curiously, no matter what the exact text of the message is, it will always urge users to click...

Posted on January 14, 2022 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites

OptionPreview

Another intrusive application is trying to take advantage of unsuspecting Mac users. This new PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) is named OptionPreview. It is most likely being spread via questionable methods such as bundling or fake installers. The bundling scheme is particularly popular, as it allows for an intruder application to be packaged alongside the installation of a more legitimate and desirable software product. Once inside the Mac, OptionPreview will engage its adware and browser hijacker functionalities. Being an adware application, OptionPreview will cause unwanted and annoying advertisements to appear on the system and while browsing. The advertisements could take the form of banners, pop-ups, in-text links, and could even...

Posted on January 14, 2022 in Adware, Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs

Topraw.net

Topraw.net is a page put on the Internet with the explicit purpose of delivering untrustworthy content to its visitors while trying to trick them into subscribing to its push notifications unknowingly. The operators of the page can then begin to generate revenue through an intrusive ad campaign. This particular tactic relies on two factors. The page will display various deceptive and clickbait messages while hoping the users will be distracted enough or not paying sufficient attention to the page. Some examples of messages used by these dubious websites include: 'Click 'Allow' to close this window' 'Click Allow to confirm' 'Click Allow to verify that you are not a robot' Users who fail to notice the warning signs will soon notice a...

Posted on January 14, 2022 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites

Scan-pc.com

The name of the Scan-pc.com website creates the impression that it will provide users with some useful content related to the security of their computers or devices. This, however, is completely false, as the main purpose of the site is to deliver dubious content and proliferate a popular browser-based tactic. By employing various misleading and social-engineering tactics, it tries to lure users into unknowingly subscribing to its push notification services. Most deceptive websites running this tactic urge their visitors to click the displayed 'Allow' button as part of a fake CAPTCHA check. Scan-pc.com, however, has been observed to use a different misleading scenario. Visitors will be presented with messages claiming that they have won...

Posted on January 14, 2022 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites

GlobalProcesser

Applications such as GlobalProcesser are not designed to benefit their users in any meaningful way. In fact, the opposite can be said to be true as these applications create more annoyances and can be problematic to remove. To be more specific, the main purpose of GlobalProcesser is to monetize its presence on the user's Mac device. It does so by combining the capabilities of adware and a browser hijacker. Furthermore, the application also is considered a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) due to the deceptive methods involved in its distribution. Indeed, GlobalProcesser has been found in fake installers pretending to be for Adobe Flash Player. Adware applications are tasked with running annoying ad campaigns. They will generate numerous...

Posted on January 14, 2022 in Adware, Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs

Crackvirus Ransomware

A new malware threat is targeting users' computers. Named the Crackvirus Ransomware, it can cause significant damage to the devices it manages to infect. By utilizing an uncrackable encryption algorithm, the threat is capable of rendering nearly all of the victim's files unusable. Documents, PDFs, archives, databases, pictures, photos, audio, and video files will become inaccessible. As part of its nefarious activities, the Crackvirus Ransomware also will mark the names of the files it targets. More specifically, the threat will append '.crackvirus' to the original name of each file. To make sure that victims know what is happening, Crackvirus will change the current desktop wallpaper with an image of its own. The threat will also create...

Posted on January 14, 2022 in Ransomware

Lok Ransomware

Cybercriminals are using a new ransomware threat to lock the data of their victims. Named Lok Ransomware, the threat utilizes a strong cryptographic algorithm in its encryption process. After it initiates its programming, the Lok Ransomware will affect a large number of filetypes including documents, PDFs, databases, archives and more. During the encryption, the Lok Ransomware also will modify the original names of the files. More specifically, the threat will append a character string acting as the victim's ID, followed by an email address controlled by the attackers, and finally '.lok' as a new extension. The email address put in the names of the encrypted files is 'pedarsaggg@onionmail.org.' The Lok Ransomware also will deliver a...

Posted on January 14, 2022 in Ransomware

NUNCATARDE Ransomware

A new ransomware threat is being used in attacks against corporate and individual targets. Tracked as the NUNCATARDE Ransomware, the threat appears to have little to no connections to the already established ransomware families. It still operates as typical ransomware, though. It aims to lock the data of its victims by using a high-grade encryption algorithm. As a result, the files on the compromised system will be left in an unusable state. Other ransomware threats include Zaqi, Admin Locker and Night Sky. NUNCATARDE also will mark each and every file that it has encrypted. It does so by appending '.NUNCATARDE' to the file's original name as a new extension. When all targeted file types have been locked, the threat will proceed to...

Posted on January 13, 2022 in Ransomware

Zaqi Ransomware

The popularity of the STOP/Djvu Ransomware family among certain cybercriminal circles is not waning and more and more variants are being released into the wild. The cybersecurity community continues to be vigilant and is keeping an eye out for such new threats. One of the latest to be identified is Zaqi Ransomware. Although the variant fails to exhibit any meaningful improvements over the rest of the threats from the STOP/Djvu Ransomware family, it still possesses significant destructive potential. Other threats that have been used in recent attacks include Night Sky, NUNCATARDE and Dehd. If deployed on the targeted computer successfully Zaqi will engage an encryption process utilizing an uncrackable cryptographic algorithm. As a result,...

Posted on January 13, 2022 in Ransomware

OffersPrimary

The number of dubious and intrusive applications that are targeting Mac users continues to grow, demonstrating the enduring attention that certain circles of unscrupulous people are paying to the Apple ecosystem. One such application that has caught the attention of infosec researchers is OffersPrimary. It combines the capabilities of adware and a browser hijacker to maximize the monetary gains it can generate through its presence on the Mac. Other similar PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) include EasyMacSoft, MainOperations and PureAdvantage. The intrusive ad campaign run by OffersPrimary will see the user's Mac device flooded by unwanted and potentially risky advertisements. The advertisements may appear as pop-ups, banners, in-text...

Posted on January 13, 2022 in Adware, Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs

Webprotectionprogram.com

Users who land on webprotectionprogram.com will not be provided with any helpful security tips. Instead, they will be faced with a popular browser-based tactic, as the sole purpose of webprotectionprobram.com is to lure its visitors into subscribing to its push notification service. This particular scheme has been spreading for quite a while now and as a result, deceptive websites, such as webprotectionprogram.com have been emerging on the Internet almost daily. Some examples include Profitedsurvey.site, Myhypeposts.com and Verysilenitm.work. Under false pretenses, such as a fake CAPTCHA check or claiming that additional content will become accessible, the hoax websites attempt to convince their visitors to click the displayed 'Allow'...

Posted on January 13, 2022 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites

Protectionrequired.com

The protectionrequired.com page and its associated pop-ups are all part of a tactic that relies on fake scare tactics to convince users into buying a subscription for a promoted application. The goal of the page's operators is to generate monetary gains through a commission fee charged for each successful transaction that occurred via the hoax page. The promoted software product can be a dubious PUP or a legitimate software solution. In this case, Protectionrequired.com leads to the legitimate Norton security solution. Other deceptive pages running similar tactics include security-scanner.xyz, PROTECT YOUR PC! Pop-Ups and mydesktopdefence.com. It should be noted that companies such as Norton or McAfee have no connection with these...

Posted on January 13, 2022 in Adware, Rogue Websites

ActiveCoordinator

Mac users can get little in terms of useful features from the ActiveCoordinator application. After all, that is not the main purpose of the product. Instead, the majority of its actions are those seen in adware and browser hijackers. It also is classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) due to the various underhanded techniques involved in its distribution. While ActiveCoordinator may try to hide its installation on the Mac, its actions since then will be quite obvious. Users will notice that they are encountering significantly more unwanted advertisements. Indeed, ActiveCoordinator is programmed to run an intrusive ad campaign. The advertisements may even try to appear as if they are coming from unrelated third-party websites....

Posted on January 13, 2022 in Adware, Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs

Windowsdetector.com

Windowsdetector.com uses deceptive tactics and fake messages to convince users that their devices are not protected sufficiently. The goal of the page is to lure visitors into buying a subscription for a promoted product, earning its operators a commission for each successful purchase. The specific product pushed by this tactic can be a dubious PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) or a legitimate security solution such as Norton or McAfee. However, users should note that the page operates illegally and is in no way connected to legitimate security vendors. Other pages that operate in a similar manner include protectionrequired.com, mydesktopdefence.com, and security-scanner.xyz. To start its deception, the windowsdetector.com page pretends...

Posted on January 13, 2022 in Adware, Rogue Websites
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