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Top 10 Malware Threats
Rank Malware Infected PCs %Change Trend
1 Adware Helpers 1,984,338 -1%
2 Conduit Search/Toolbar 1,365,781 -1%
3 PUP.SupTab 865,713 -1%
4 PUP.InstallCore 829,178 -1%
5 Adware.SuperWeb 804,104 -2%
6 PUP.Optimizer Pro 793,488 -1%
7 Adware.Multiplug 678,151 -1%
8 Hijacker 634,982 -0%
9 Adware.LinkSwift 634,681 -0%
10 Iminent Toolbar 617,082 -1%
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LaSuperba may be associated with numerous problems that may be caused by PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). LaSuperba may interrupt the computer users' activities when browsing the Web and cause performance problems on affected Web browsers. LaSuperba is linked to an adware that may affect most commonly used Web browsers on the Windows operating system, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. LaSuperba advertisements may take the form of irritating pop-up messages that make it very difficult to use the affected Web browser. In most cases, removing adware associated with LaSuperba will stop LaSuperba advertisements from appearing on affected Web browsers. However, most adware infections do not come alone; the presence of one adware component may indicate the presence of others, all of which may be connected with LaSuperba and similar unwanted content....

Posted on August 31, 2015 in Adware

VirLock Ransomware


The VirLock Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that takes computers hostage and then demands payment from the computer users using BitCoin, a crypto-currency that is known for permitting anonymous online payments. The VirLock Ransomware will threaten computer users, claiming that the VirLock Ransomware has found pirated software on the infected computer and threatening to report the victim to the authorities unless the fine is paid. These claims have no basis. The VirLock Ransomware cannot check your computer for pirated software or alert the authorities. Rather, the VirLock Ransomware is engineered to lock down your computer and prevent access to your files. If the VirLock Ransomware...

Posted on December 10, 2014 in Ransomware

CryptoWall Ransomware


The CryptoWall Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that carries the same strategy as a number of other encryption ransomware infections such as Cryptorbit Ransomware or CryptoLocker Ransomware . The CryptoWall Ransomware is designed to infect all versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. As soon as the CryptoWall Ransomware infects a computer, the CryptoWall Ransomware uses the RSA2048 encryption to encrypt crucial files. Effectively, the CryptoWall Ransomware prevents computer users from accessing their data, which will be encrypted and out of reach. The CryptoWall Ransomware claims that it is necessary to pay $500 USD to recover the encrypted...

Posted on May 12, 2014 in Ransomware

CryptoLocker Ransomware


The CryptoLocker Trojan is a ransomware infection that encrypts the victim's files. CryptoLocker may typically be installed by another threat such as a Trojan downloader or a worm. Once CryptoLocker is installed, CryptoLocker will search for sensitive files on the victim's computer and encrypt them. Essentially, CryptoLocker takes the infected computer hostage by preventing access to any of the computer user's files. CryptoLocker then demands payment of a ransom to decrypt the infected files. CryptoLocker is quite harmful, and ESG security analysts strongly advise computer users to use an efficient, proven and updated anti-malware program to protect their computer from these types of...

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Ransomware

MyStart by Incredibar


MyStart is a browser hijacker that uses the MyStart by Incredibar toolbar and a browser hijacking component that forces its victims to visit the website. This website is a low-quality search engine that displays more advertisements than legitimate results. Even worse, several of MyStart's search results may lead computer users to websites containing malicious content. Although MyStart actually provides a supposed tool to remove this component from the victim's web browser, ESG security researchers recommend disregarding this component and instead removing MyStart with the help of a reputable anti-malware utility. MyStart can refer to both the low-quality...

Posted on July 31, 2012 in Adware

FBI Moneypak Ransomware


ESG security researchers have received reports of a ransomware infection, known as the FBI Moneypak ransomware, that targets computer users in the United States. The FBI Moneypak ransomware infection will claim that the victim's computer was involved in viewing child pornography and then demands payment of a 100 dollar 'fine' to be sent via MoneyPack. Of course, that a criminal charge as serious as child pornography would be punished with a mere 100 dollar fine is laughable. There is a reason for this, the FBI Moneypak ransomware is not really from the FBI. Rather, this message is actually part of a common malware scam. The FBI Moneypak ransomware scam will use a Winlocker, that is,...

Posted on June 25, 2012 in Ransomware

Live Security Platinum


Live Security Platinum is one of the many fake security programs in the WinWebSec family of malware. Although ESG security researchers have been following the family of malware for several years, Live Security Platinum is a relatively new variant first detected in 2012. Because of this, it is pivotal to ensure that your security software is fully updated. Like most fake security programs, Live Security Platinum is designed to induce PC users to purchase a worthless 'full version' of Live Security Platinum. To do this, Live Security Platinum will try to scare the computer user with a variety of fake error messages, pop-up alerts from the Taskbar and a convincing fake scan of the...

Posted on June 1, 2012 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

DNS Changer


DNS Changer is a Trojan that is designed to force a computer system to use rogue DNS servers. Also, DNS Changer is being referred to as the Internet Doomsday Virus, Ghost Click Malware, DNS Changer Rootkit, DNS Changer Malware, DNS Changer Trojan, DNS Changer Virus, FBI DNS Changer or DNSChanger. A DNS Changer infection will typically have two steps, in order to reroute the infected computer’s traffic to these malicious DNS servers: A DNS Changer malware infection will change the infected computer system’s settings, in order to replace the DNS servers to rogue DNS servers belonging to hackers or online criminals. The DNS Changer malware infection will then try to...

Posted on November 25, 2011 in Trojans

Email Privacy Act Bill to Protect Email and Cloud Privacy Unanimously Passed by House

In today's fast-moving Internet age, security and the privacy of your data is uncertain territory. There are many opposing entities that attempt to infringe on your private data every day if you access the Internet. Fortunately, in the USA, the government is making strides in an effort to make your privacy a priority by the House unanimously passing the Email Privacy Act bill to protect email and cloud privacy. The Email Privacy Act, a bill put in play by the House Judiciary committee, is there to prohibit a provider of a remote computing service or electronic communication service to knowingly divulge to a governmental entity contents of any communication that is in electronic storage. While the definition of what the Email Privacy Act provides is clear to most, there are many holes that permit loss policies for the protection of data in the many different facets of how the...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Computer Security


Coupoon may be a useless Web browser extension that promises to help you save money and time while shopping online. However, despite its huge promises, Coupoon may end up been a useless tool because it may not help you at all. In fact, installing Coupoon may worsen your online experience, because of this extension's tendency to inject aggressive and persistent advertisements in all active Web browser windows. The advertising techniques that Coupoon uses may be many so that users may be exposed to all kinds of ads – banners, pop-ups, in-text ads, manipulated search results and even audio advertising. As you can probably guess, these advertising techniques may get in the way of your browsing habits, and you may be flooded with annoying suggestions to visit particular Web pages or try out a variety of products and services constantly. The Coupoon extension may use shady marketing...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware is a search engine that most of you probably have not heard of. This is not surprising considering that most people prefer to use the services of popular search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Unfortunately, low-quality search engines like may use shady techniques to attract more visitors. The shady methods that uses may trick users into accepting to replace their favorite search engine and homepage with unknowingly. One of the ways that the website's authors can achieve this is with the help of a browser hijacker – a small application whose sole purpose is to manipulate a Web browser's configuration, so that it takes users to a particular website. The browser hijacker may reconfigure any popular Web browser so that it redirects users to instantly. These redirects aren't threatening because

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers is a website that may seem legitimate and reliable when you first visit it. is used to host a broad range of news articles that cover a long list of topics, and there doesn't seem to be anything fishy about this Web page. However, anti-malware vendors report that the Web page is associated with an aggressive browser hijacker that may use deceptive distribution methods to get to the computers of thousands of users. The browser hijacker isn't a threatening program, so having it on your computer isn't necessarily a reason to be scared. This browser hijacker doesn't perform any unsafe operations nor does attempt to lead you to harmful websites that may expose you to threats. However, may tamper with your Web browser's settings to replace your default homepage and new tab page with forcefully. Apart from...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers


LightsOut is an adware extension that may seem like a useful program at first, but we assure you that this application's negative traits may be way more than the positive things it can bring. According to LightsOut's official website, this extension is meant to enhance your experience while watching online videos or other media by changing the background's color to black. The purpose of this is to make the website easier for your eyes and allow you to pay more attention to the media being displayed. However, LightsOut also may bring other unwanted changes to your Web browser – advertisements, pop-ups, and other marketing content may be injected in all active Web browser windows. The 'LightsOut ads' that accompany the installation of this adware may promote Potentially Unwanted Programs or other suspicious software that you should not install on your computer. If you have the...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

Surf Safer

Surf Safer is an annoying Web browser extension that may drop its files on your computer without telling you anything about its real intentions. The Surf Safer extension may promise to improve your Web browsing experience by helping you to avoid suspicious pages and potentially harmful Web destinations. However, Surf Safer's security features are questionable, and this extension may not replace the levels of security that traditional anti-malware and anti-virus products can offer. Surf Safer's installation may change the way your Web browser behaves by injecting marketing content on top of all pages you regularly visit. The advertising techniques that Surf Safer uses may prevent you from fully using a website's features, and expose you to potentially harmful content, suspicious links, and offers to download dubious applications. The installation of Surf Safer doesn't always...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware


TitanCoupon is an adware extension that may use misleading promises to trick users into believing that they can save money and time by using TitanCoupon's features. However, despite all things that TitanCoupom may promise, it may not do anything more than typical adware whose sole purpose is to expose you to numerous advertisements provided by 3rd-party companies and individuals. TitanCoupon's installation may occur without your knowledge, and the removal of this extension may not always be an easy task. TitanCoupon is advertised as a useful Web browser extension that provides its users with up-to-date information about the best deals, coupons and discounts available online. According to the extension's website, TitanCoupon is compatible with hundreds of online shops, and it is an all-in-one money saving solution for avid online shoppers. Unfortunately, you may not save any money...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware


BrowseForTheCause is a dubious Web browser extension that claims to work to raise money for various charities. At first, BrowseForTheCause may look like an application with a noble purpose but, unfortunately, BrowseForTheCause is far from being the good Samaritan of computer software. The charity work associated with BrowseForTheCause may not be legitimate since there's no proof of this application's reliability. Furthermore, BrowseForTheCause makes false promises by telling users that it will never inject advertisements in their Web browser or modify their Web browser's behavior. The installation of BrowseForTheCause may happen without your knowledge because this program has a tendency to use deceptive marketing tricks. Software bundling is one of the tricks that may allow BrowseForTheCause to attach itself to your Web browser without telling you what this program is capable of...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

The site may appear as a search provider with useful links to eBay, Amazon, and Yahoo but it is a redirect-gateway that is associated with a browser hijacker. Web surfers that are infected with the browser hijacker may notice that their search provider and homepage settings are changed. The browser hijacking application at hand may function as an extension, add-on and plug-in, and modify your Internet preferences across Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. You may be rerouted to whenever you attempt to load and services by Google Inc. However, the redirect-gateway may be used to access sites under the Google umbrella when you type a keyword in the text field and hit enter. The trick is that the browser hijacker is programmed to reroute the user's Internet traffic via

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program


The NJax software by NinjaSoft LLC. is promoted as a food supplement manager for users that exercise regularly. The NJax software is supported by marketers that aim to sell vitamins, proteins and fitness equipment. Unfortunately, the NJax application is classified as adware because it may use aggressive marketing strategies to generate revenue for its developers and earn a profit for advertisers. The NJax adware may be detected as PUA.Win32.Njax.81, Win32/Adware.BrAppWare.A and PUA.BrAppWare. Security analysts note that the NJax adware may travel in the company of badware like BR Media Player and run as a system service in the Windows Task Manager. The NJax adware may make modifications to the DNS settings of infected PC users and reroute their Web traffic to untrusted servers that are under the control of unlicensed marketers. Moreover, the NJax adware may load corrupted content in...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware


The DigitalChallenge security alert may be triggered when the Digital Challenge program tries to load advertising content in your browser, which is coming from untrusted servers. The DigitalChallenge program is published as a set of PowerPoint presentations that are provided to users that like to learn the basics of the digital world for free. Security analysts perceive the DigitalChallenge application as adware because it does not have a publicly known developer, DigitalChallenge is lacking a valid digital signature and may pushes marketing materials in the browser of users. The ads by DigitalChallenge may be injected in the browser via JavaScript and ActionScript and may include links to low-quality Web pages. The DigitalChallenge adware is similar to the Mahjong by Rapid Advance and InvestingCore and may provide users with shortcuts to resources at and...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

CouponThing Ads

The CouponThing application is promoted at as a friendly tool for finding daily coupons that allow you to enjoy your hobby and save money. The CouponThing shopping helper is a product of Ions Media Ltd. that specializes in developing advertising solutions and help freeware developers monetize their apps. As you may suspect, the CouponThing app is an adware that is a member of the InstallCore family of adware. The ads by CouponThing may be displayed as scrollable panels on the right and left side of your desktop. Also, the CouponThing adware may use tracking cookies, DOM storage data, and Web beacons to build an advertising profile about you and show related deals and offers. Security investigators note that the CouponThing adware may use XML, CRX, XPI, BHO, and DLL file structure to alter the behavior of a wide range of Web browsers that run on the Gecko, Trident,...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

The site is owned by the Dynamic Internet Technology, Inc. company and is suited to Chinese-speaking users. Since the Chinese government is censoring open access to the Internet of its citizens, the site offers users to download a VPN client called Freegate and open any page on the Web. The Freegate program acts as a network adapter that may modify your DNS configuration and change your proxy settings to bypass the censorship by the Chinese government. You may have installed the Freegate VPN client by Dynamic Internet Technology, Inc. and it may have altered your homepage and new tab page preferences in Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. The Freegate app may have browser hijacking capabilities and redirect you to articles at and blogs on the Weibo social network. You may want to inspect your 'Programs and Features'...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers

‘National Consumer Center’ Pop-Ups

Computer users that like to have a stylish mobile device may be interested in the offers that are loaded on the 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups. The 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups may be generated by a browser hijacking application on your PC that may welcome you to provide information like your first and last names as well as postal code, email address and mobile phone number. The content that may be delivered to you by the 'National Consumer Center' is managed by a company called RewardsZone USA LLC. The 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups may be linked to many sites among which are and There are numerous complaints related to the 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups, and security authorities advise users to avoid providing personally identifiable information to RewardsZone USA LLC. and its partners. PC users that install...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers

‘’ Pop-Ups

PC users that are infected with a browser hijacking application and are presented with pop-ups by should not call the 800-283-5196 toll-free phone line. The domain is registered on the and the IP addresses and is associated with uncertified technical support services. The browser hijacking application on your machine may have been listed under the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' option of a freeware installer as an optional offer. The 800-283-5196 phone line that is promoted as a help-line for users to seek technical assistance is operated by con artists that strive to convince users to pay $200 for a lifetime computer support. The '' pop-ups may be preceded by a dialog box that says: 'It appears that your computer and Internet browser have POP UP SOFTWARE enabled. Please call TOLL-FREE to DSIABLE POP-UP AD SOFTWARE NOW:...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers
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