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White House Issues Official Guidance for Cyberattack Protection The White House's official website put up concise and clear guidance for protection against "potential cyberattacks" on March 21, 2022. The informational release contains some general information,...
Data-Wiping 'HermeticWiper' Malware Hits Windows Computers Amid Russian Ukraine Invasion The Russian invasion of Ukraine has stirred relations across the globe among many countries for many reasons. Amid the Russian invasions into Ukraine with many looming uncertainties, the hackers...
New Report Shows 1,100% Surge in MacOS Malware A shocking report that was just published by Atlas VPN shows that new malware infections developed specifically for macOS saw a whopping increase of almost 1,100% verses 2019. The report, which was...

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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

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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

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

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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

How to Check Storage on Mac

Mac devices are often regarded to be finely tuned and possess harmonious systems that combine both hardware and software components. Unfortunately, one drawback that has been often associated with these devices is that it is notoriously difficult, and sometimes impossible, to upgrade individual hardware components, such as getting a bigger SSD to store more videos, photos, movies, etc.  This means that Mac users may need to pay more attention to their Mac storage space, how much is still available, and if they will need to delete some existing files to make room for new content. As a result, knowing how to check your Mac's storage quickly could be a handy skill.  Checking Disk Space on Mac Locate and click on the Apple menu in the...

Posted on February 15, 2022 in Issue

Search Marquis

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Search Marquis is a browser component that may disguise itself as a helpful tool that will enhance the browsing quality of popular browsers like Chrome and Safari. In fact, it is a shady browser extension that aims to alter the browser's setting without the user’s knowledge and consent. The main purpose of this Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) is to sneak stealthily into Mac computers and generate revenue for its operators. This happens through a number of intermediate redirects through various dubious domains before displaying Bing.com results. This Week In Malware Episode 36 Part 2: Why Your Web Browser is Redirecting to Search Marquis & and How to Stop It! Once installed on a Mac...

Posted on June 9, 2020 in Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware

XHAMSTER Ransomware

The XHAMSTER Ransomware threat is being used by cyrbercriminals to lock the data of their victims. The XHAMSTER Ransomware is a new variant of the Phobos Ransomware. The strong encryption algorithm utilized by XHAMSTER ensures that the affected files will be nearly impossible to restore without the assistance of the hackers. More specifically, without having the specific decryption keys in their possession. Once activated on the compromised device, XHAMSTER will affect a wide range of file types, including the victim's documents, photos, PDFs, archives, databases and many more. As part of its actions, the ransomware also will modify the original names of the locked files significantly. First, it will add an ID string generated for the...

Posted on May 4, 2022 in Ransomware

Discord Shows Black Screen when Sharing Screen

When it launched, Discord was a VoIP platform geared towards the gaming community. However, in the following years, it expanded its scope, added numerous new features, and became one the biggest social platforms with over 140 million active monthly users. Currently, users can send private instant messages, start VoIP and video calls, stream their computer screens, and organize in communities called servers centered around specific interests.  The ability to start sharing their computer screen quickly and effortlessly is without a doubt one major reason drawing people towards the Discord platform. However, some users may encounter an issue when trying to use the feature with Discord displaying a black screen instead of the intended...

Posted on June 21, 2021 in Issue

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Quantum Builder

Cybersecurity researchers have shed light on a potent, threatening tool named the Quantum Builder (Quantum Software), that allows threat actors to create weaponized .lnk files. LNKs are shortcut files on Windows systems that can carry corrupted code. Threat actors can abuse this to exploit legitimate tools found on the breached system, such as PowerShell or MSHTA (used to execute Microsoft HTML Application files). Details about the Quantum Builder were released in a report released by researchers. They discovered the threat being offered for sale to potential threat actors. The price was set at €189 per month, €335 for two months, and €899 for six months. For lifetime access, the would-be criminals would need to make a single payment of...

Posted on June 24, 2022 in Malware

FARGO Ransomware

The FARGO Ransomware is an injurious threat that cybercriminals can use to lock the data of their victims. The consequences of having your computer infected with the threat will be devastating. The FARGO Ransowmare will target most of the file types on the device and encrypt them with an uncrackable cryptographic algorithm. Afterward, the attackers will demand to be paid a ransom to assist with the restoration of the data. It should be noted that the threat has been classified as a variant of the previously identified malware named TargetCompany Ransomware. Affected users will notice that all of the locked files have a new file extension - '.FARGO' appended to their original names. In addition, the threat will create a text file named...

Posted on June 24, 2022 in Ransomware

'McAfee - Act Now to Keep Your Computer Protected' Pop-Up Scam

Infosec researchers have uncovered a new deceiving variant that exploits the name of the legitimate McAfee company. Unlike many of the other tactics that rely on fake scare tactics consisting of completely fabricated security alerts or warnings presented as if coming from a reputable source, the information displayed in the 'McAfee - Act Now To Keep Your Computer Protected' scheme is mostly technically correct. The page implies that systems without dedicated anti-malware protection are intrinsically more vulnerable to malware infections. However, this is still a scheme that has absolutely no connection to the actual McAfee Corp. Furthermore, the promised 60% discount on the price of a one-year subscription may not be real. It could...

Posted on June 24, 2022 in Rogue Websites, Adware

IceXLoader Malware

The IceXLoader Malware is a threat designed to be deployed in the early or mid stages of threatening infection. Cybercriminals use loader-type malware as a bridge between the initial infection and the final payloads delivered to the breached device. As such, IceXLoader's main purpose is to deliver a specified malware that matched the end goals of its cybercriminal operators. IceXLoader is created using the Nim programming language and according to its developers, the threat can evade being detected by multiple anti-malware and security solutions, including the Windows Defender. Once fully established on the targeted device, the threat will proceed to collect various system details. The gathered data consists of device name, CPU, GPU,...

Posted on June 24, 2022 in Malware

Trending-celebs.com

Trending-celebs.com is not a website that users are likely to open intentionally. The page relies mostly on visitors stumbling on it while searching for the latest celebrity news or being taken directly to it via forced redirects. Such redirects are often caused by rogue advertising networks or intrusive PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) lurking on the user's computer or device. As for Trending-celebs.com in particular, the site lacks any meaningful content whatsoever. After all, that is not part of its primary goals. Instead, the page is designed to run a popular browser-based tactic that relies on clickbait and deceptive messages. The site will try to lure visitors into subscribing to its push notification without realizing it. The...

Posted on June 24, 2022 in Rogue Websites, Browser Hijackers

DigitalInitiator

Another dubious application from the AdLoad adware family, DigitalInitiator targets Mac users and tries to monetize its presence via intrusive methods. More specifically, the application could be distributed through underhanded tactics including software bundles or fake installers/updates. Once fully deployed on the Mac, DigitalInititator may activate its adware functionalities and begin generating various unwanted and questionable advertisements. Adware applications can have a significant impact on the user experience on the affected devices. In addition, users should be extra careful when interacting with the displayed advertisements. The advertisements could be promoting unsafe destinations, fake giveaways, platforms spreading more...

Posted on June 24, 2022 in Mac Malware, Adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs

Get-shields.com

Get-shields.com is an untrustworthy website that exists for the sole reason of running various online tactics. It must be noted that what users encounter on the site could differ based on their specific IP address, geolocation, and possibly other factors. That is why cybersecurity researchers have observed the Get-shields.com site carry out several different schemes. In one instance, the page displayed a fake article promoting a mobile Android application. Other users could receive an equally as fake message disguised as a 'Critical Alert' warning them about malware threats or PUPs that may have infected their devices. Get-shields.com has also been confirmed to run a version of the 'Your Chrome is severely damaged by 13 malware!' scam in...

Posted on June 24, 2022 in Rogue Websites, Adware

Non Ransomware

Cybercriminals are using a new malware variant created from the infamous Phobos Ransomware threat. This new variant is being tracked by infosec researchers as the Non Ransomware. It has retained all of the destructive capabilities found in the other variants of the Phobos Ransomware family. As such, any infected system will be subjected to data encryption that will leave most of the files stored there in an unusable state. Affected users will notice that all of the locked files now have drastically modified names. The threat will add an ID string, an email address (noname@mailc.net), and finally '.Non' as a new extension. Another change made to the system will be the creation of two files named 'info.hta' and 'info.txt.' These files are...

Posted on June 24, 2022 in Ransomware

Samurai Backdoor

The Samurai Backdoor threat is part of the menacing arsenal of a previously unknown APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) group. The cybercriminals started their activities relatively soon with the first signs of their operations being detected in December 2020. More details about the group, its targets, and malware tools, were revealed in a report by researchers. The cybersecurity researchers state that they are tracking this cybercriminal organization as the ToddyCat APT. Initially, the ToddyCat APT was focused on compromising selected Exchange servers located in Taiwan and Vietnam. However, soon after that, they began targeting numerous organizations in both Europe and Asia by abusing the ProxyLogon vulnerability. One of the end-stage...

Posted on June 23, 2022 in Backdoors, Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

Worldwidedefence.com

Worldwidedefence.com is a dubious website that appears to exist solely to propagate various online tactics. What users encounter on the page could be determined by factors, such as their IP addresses and geolocation. For example, some may be presented with misleading messages trying to convince them to click the displayed 'Allow' button. This particular scheme takes advantage of the legitimate push notifications browser feature to deliver unwanted and intrusive advertisements to users. Keep in mind that the shown advertisements are unlikely to promote websites and products. Instead, users could see advertisements for fake giveaways, invasive PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) presented as seemingly useful applications, suspicious...

Posted on June 23, 2022 in Rogue Websites, Adware

'Win SAMSUNG GALAXY S22' Pop-Up Scam

The 'Win SAMSUNG GALAXY S22' pop-up scam falls into the category of phishing schemes. It tries to obtain various private information from its visitors, by promising them a chance to win an expensive reward - a SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 smartphone. Of course, the mentioned prize is non-existent and users will receive absolutely nothing in return. The information that the operators of this particular tactic wish to collect from their victims consists of names, surnames, birthdates, gender/sex, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers. By entering the requested data, users will supposedly have the chance to win the described reward. However, the fraudsters will simply harvest all provided information and exploit it for their personal...

Posted on June 23, 2022 in Phishing

Hexaput0n.click

Hexaput0n.click is a website whose primary mission is to run various online tactics. Users encountering the page should exercise caution, as they may be presented with various misleading or clickbait messages. This distinct tactic exploiting the legitimate push notifications browser feature has been particularly popular. The dubious page may try to hide the fact that it wants users to enable its notifications by pretending that the displayed 'Allow' button has some completely unrelated functionality. Most hoax websites of this type, for example, pretend to be doing a CAPTCHA check. On the other hand, Hexaput0n.click has been confirmed to imply that users will be able to see a supposed video only after clicking 'Allow'. Another popular...

Posted on June 23, 2022 in Rogue Websites, Browser Hijackers

Get-user-id Adware

Get-user-id is an application that tries to convince Mac users to install it on their computers. Unfortunately, analysis of the application has revealed that it is little more than another PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). As such, Get-user-id is likely to take over the user's browser to promote a sponsored address, while also generating various questionable advertisements. PUPs with browser hijacker capabilities can assume control over most browsers and modify certain settings, mainly, the homepage, new tab page and the default search engine. The goal is to set all three to now open the promoted address. Users should be warned that in nearly all cases, where browser hijackers are involved, the address they promote belongs to a fake...

Posted on June 23, 2022 in Mac Malware, Adware, Browser Hijackers, Potentially Unwanted Programs

Ultimate Video Adblocker

With a name such as 'Ultimate Video Adblocker,' it should be obvious what the primary function of this application is. And indeed, it is advertised to users as a powerful tool that will allow them to block the advertisements encountered on YouTube and other video platforms. It is quite ironic, then, that when cybersecurity researchers analyzed the application they discovered that another of its core functionalities is that of adware. Adware applications are designed specifically to monetize their presence on users' devices via annoying ad campaigns. The intrusive applications will be responsible for the generation of disruptive and highly questionable advertisements that could significantly impact the user experience on the device. Users...

Posted on June 23, 2022 in Potentially Unwanted Programs, Adware

Harditem Ransomware

Cybercriminals have created another ransomware threat aimed at locking the data of their victims. Tracked by the infosec community as the Harditem Ransomware, the threat is equipped with a sufficiently strong cryptographic algorithm, making the restoration of the locked files without the necessary decryption keys practically impossible. Impacted users will find themselves no longer able to open any of their documents, pictures, photos, databases, archives, etc. Each locked file also will have '.hard' appended to its original name. The ransom note of the threat will be dropped on the breached device as a text file named 'RESTORE_FILES_INFO.txt.' Opening the file reveals that the Harditem Ransomware's message is extremely brief. It lacks...

Posted on June 23, 2022 in Uncategorized, Ransomware
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