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WebDiscover Browser

WebDiscover Browser screenshot

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 Computer Security

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

SkilledObject

SkilledObject is an adware that delivers advertisements through Web browsers automatically, along with also hijacking Web searches. The program may install itself through fake media player updates for Flash and include symptoms such as connection problems and computer damage warnings. All macOS users should consider removing SkilledObject with a preferable anti-adware or cyber-security application as soon as convenient for their Web-browsing safety. Software Skilled at Doing Exactly the Wrong Things Often the point of boasts for its curated and theoretically more secure environment, Apple's operating systems aren't flawless to the common adware that likewise infests their bigger brother of Windows. Showing just how much one little advertising attempt can go wrong, SkilledObject is part of a rush of new additions to the macOS software...

Posted on January 26, 2021 in Mac Malware

DominantPartition

DominantPartition is adware for macOS that delivers unwanted advertisements. It also may redirect the user's browser, especially their Web searches, or provoke computer damage-themed alerts. Users should avoid unofficial software updates and disreputable downloads that could install this program and remove DominantPartition with an appropriate anti-adware application for their safety. Equally Domineering over Mac Browsers and Their Users Adware, or advertising software, remains a significant proportion of questionably-consensual installations, whether it's on Windows, Linux, or the macOS. For the latter, DominantPartition represents a surge in adware that comes with added problems that no user would want. Besides advertisements, DominantPartition offers inconveniences that range from hijacking browsers to disrupting Internet...

Posted on January 27, 2021 in Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs

TrustedAnalog

TrustedAnalog is an adware that displays pop-ups and may hijack the user's browser for showing affiliated search results. Besides pop-ups and other advertising-based symptoms, TrustedAnalog also may cause connectivity issues or alerts about damaging the computer. Most anti-adware tools for macOS should delete TrustedAnalog, although users also should scan for related threats. Pop-Up Problems in More than Just One Flavor For Mac users, assuming that they're all but invulnerable to adware and other nuisances is an all-too-easy mistake to make, given the platform's reputation for security. Statistics from the cyber-security industry also suggest that advertising software, while problematic, makes up just one-fifth of all detection results for macOS systems. TrustedAnalog, like many similar adware programs, shows that being a minority...

Posted on February 23, 2021 in Mac Malware

StandardBoost

StandardBoost is adware and a browser hijacker that redirects Web searches and displays advertisements in the user's browsers. It's specific to macOS systems and may instigate computer damage-related alerts while present. Users should apply safe browsing habits for avoiding unwanted installations and let a trusted anti-adware service delete StandardBoost for improving overall performance and security. A Standard No Browser Should Live By Not as numerous as overall Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs), but far more so than threats like Trojans, adware on the macOS is a tough knot to unravel. While their features rarely go to the point of attacking or harming users, they often use prestige-style tricks for optimizing their Web traffic, whether or not their user base approves. Another push in this direction is StandardBoost, a macOS piece...

Posted on February 24, 2021 in Mac Malware

Top 5 Popular Cybercrimes: How You Can Easily Prevent Them

Over the course of the past few years, hackers and cybercrooks armed with sophisticated malware have stolen literally hundreds of millions of dollars from online banking accounts and individuals all over the world. We have said it many times before in recent articles, the days of robbing banks in person are gone and now it all takes place behind a screen of a computer connected to the Internet. The Internet can be the most useful tool in business, school or every-day life. At the same time, the Internet can make someone's life a living hell in the event that one becomes the next victim of a cybercrime. A large percentage of the world's population that uses computers over the Internet are aware of cybercrime and the consequences that they may face if they succumb to a cybercriminals' trap. Others who have no clue as to the dangers they...

Posted on October 12, 2010 in Computer Security

Search Marquis

Search Marquis screenshot

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

Silver Sparrow Malware

Silver Sparrow Malware screenshot

The Silver Sparrow Malware is a Trojan downloader that downloads and installs additional threats without the user's consent. It's compatible with macOS systems, including both M1 processor-based hardware and older Intel x86 ones. Users should respond to infections by disabling their Internet connections and removing the Silver Sparrow Malware as soon as possible with any appropriate anti-malware solution. How Fast Hardware Updates Fall to Hackers After the recent campaign of the Pirrit adware variant, GoSearch22, customers upgrading their Mac hardware are encountering security troubles coming out of the gate. The supposed security benefits of M1 processors, while an apparent improvement...

Posted on February 19, 2021 in Mac Malware

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Hard Drive Not Showing Files

It is never a pleasant sensation when you cannot find that particular file that you need at this very moment. However, it is ten times worse if you plug-in your external hard-drive, and the important work-related or personal information stored on it appears to have simply vanished. Do not panic just yet! The files might still be there or at least you could try to salvage some of them. First, check if the external drive is not experiencing any interference in its connection to your computer. Look for any breaks in the cables and then check if the device name and information are being displayed properly in Windows Explorer. You can also right-click the device and go to 'Properties' to see if the displayed capacity information is correct. One simple solution could be to simply reconnect the device; however, do not simply unplug it....

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Issue

Image Scanner Black Scan Problem

Users may encounter a problem with their Canon LiDE 110 scanner that manifests itself in the scanner producing only low-quality black and white images. To remedy the situation, it may be necessary to reinstall the scanner drivers completely and then install the latest version available on the official Canon website. Modern scanners come with a dedicated program suite that supports their features. As a result, users will have to first remove the CanoScan product from their systems. Start by typing control panel in the search box on the Taskbar. Open the top result. Click on 'Uninstall a Program' or go to 'Programs' and then 'Programs and Features.' Locate the entry for the CanoScan LiDE 110 Scanner Driver application among the list of installed programs. Right-click it and then select 'Uninstall.' Follow the on-screen instructions until...

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Issue

Blackflightfind.tw

Blackflightfind.tw is a browser hijacker designed to infiltrate iOS devices. It takes over the most popular Web browsers - Chrome, Safari, Opera, and modifies their settings to open a promoted address. Also, the application can cause an influx of intrusive and unsolicited advertising materials to appear leading to a severely diminished browsing experience on the affected device. Blackflightfind.tw might also attempt to obtain privileges to access the Calendar application and if successful it will inject advertisements there too. The application itself cannot cause any damage to the device but the advertisements it generates could act as a gateway, exposing the user to various security risks. Destinations such as tech support tactic lading pages or phishing websites designed to scrape all entered information and then send it to...

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Mac Malware

Hotrend.biz

Infosec researchers classify Hotrend.biz as a browser hijacker application that targets Apple users, more specifically those on iPhones and iPads. The application doesn't rely on the users to download and install it intentionally and instead employs deceptive distribution methods associated with PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). The two major strategies involve bundling and fake software updates. The moment Hotrend.biz is installed on the user's device, it will begin to monetize its presence by taking over certain browser settings. Users will find that their usual homepage, new tab page, and the default search engine have been modified to now open a new address promoted by the browser hijackers. In most cases, the address will be that of a fake search engine. Hotrend.biz also could infiltrate the Calendar application and begin to...

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Mac Malware

HistoryCollector

HistoryCollector is classified as a browser hijacker application that targets Mac users. It acts as a typical representative of its type by relying on deceptive marketing strategies to sneak its way onto the user's device and then take control over certain browser settings. In most cases, browser hijackers affect the homepage, new tab page, and the default search engine. The goal is to set all three settings to open a promoted Web address, most likely a fake search engine. Whenever the user then tries to open the browser, starts a new tab, or initiates a search, it would result in artificial traffic being generated towards the promoted address. It is not recommended to perform searchers through fake engines. They lack the ability to produce results on their own and always redirect to a legitimate search engine, either directly or by...

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs

Winnerwinner.net

Many users have been experiencing redirects to the Winnerwinner.net gambling website. While the site itself may be legit, the unwanted forced redirects and intrusive pop-ups that are promoting it are part of a threatening ad campaign. It is propagated through various PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) that rely on dubious marketing techniques to sneak onto users' devices. Having such PUPs present on your device far more than a simple annoyance. This program is not built with the highest security standards and any bugs or glitches found inside them could potentially be exploited by threat actors to gain access to the device. The two methods that are most commonly associated with the distribution of PUPs are bundling and fake software updates. In the bundling scheme, the installation of the specific PUP is hidden as a preselected...

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

Protection-phone.site

Protection-phone.site is an advertising website designed to prey on unsuspecting Apple users. The sole goal of the site is to inject dubious promotional materials into the user's Calendar application. However, the website cannot do this on its own. For this purpose, it employs various Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) that, when installed, will provide access to the Calendar application. Users should keep in mind that such PUPs are rarely downloaded and installed willingly. Instead, they rely on deceptive distribution tactics such as bundling or use fake software updates predominantly. Keep PUPs on your device, even if you find some of their features as useful, can be considered to be a security risk. Most PUPs have been observed to have poor security, and any bugs or glitches in them could potentially be exploited by threat actors...

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

Protections-fix.best

Protections-fix.best is a browser hijacker application designed to target users in the Apple ecosystem. When installed, Protections-fix.best will take over the user's Safari browser and force it to open pop-ups and cause Web redirects. This is achieved by establishing control over certain settings such as the homepage, new page tab, and the default search engine. Having Protections-fix.best will lead to a significantly diminished browsing experience on the affected device. Not to mention that clicking on any of the displayed advertisements could expose the user's device to a multitude of security risks. Among the destinations could be technical support tactics, dedicated phishing pages that use manipulative tactics to lure users into divulging sensitive information such as account credentials, domains pushing various Potentially...

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

DarkWorld Ransomware

It appears that more and more ransomware creators are starting to expand the scope of their threatening creations beyond encrypting data on the compromised devices solely. To increase the leverage they have over their victims, the hackers are starting to collect sensitive data from the infected system before the encryption routine is initialized. The exfiltrated data can then be used as an additional bargaining chip when negotiation the ransom with the victim or auctioned to competitors of the breached organization. One of the latest ransomware threats to display such behavior is the DarkWorld Ransomware. Analysis of the DarkWolrd Ransomware reveals that for the most part, the threat acts as typical ransomware. It targets a wide range of popular filetypes and encrypted them with an uncrackable encryption algorithm. The files affected...

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Ransomware

'ElementaryUnit

ElementaryUnit is an intrusive macOS application that may be installed without the user's knowledge. Often, software of this sort might be spread through fake updaters/installers, deceptive advertisements, or via opt-in offers found in software bundles. The latter method is very popular when it comes to spreading Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) for macOS, so users must be extra careful when installing unknown software that might include opt-in offers. Pay close attention to the instructions, and always decline extra offers for software or subscriptions. The good news is that failing to prevent ElementaryUnit from being installed will not result in very negative consequences. This application is not threatening, but it may be difficult to remove. Its presence on your computer is likely to be accompanied by unexpected changes in...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

'Skillformatd Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Skillformat is an intrusive piece of software that only bothers macOS users. A Windows version is yet to be discovered. But macOS users should certainly be careful with this Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). While it does not appear to possess threatening properties, it may impact your system's behavior in a negative manner. Some users report that they encountered a 'Skillformat Will Damage Your Computer' message every few seconds, therefore being unable to use their computer comfortably. Apart from this, Skillformat may apply changes to Web browser settings by replacing their search aggregator, homepage, or new tab page. While the number of macOS threats is very short compared to Windows, there are still plenty of PUPs targeting Apple's operating system. This is why macOS users need to take appropriate measures to keep their systems...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

Steuern2016 Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Steuern2016 is a deceptive piece of software for macOS computers. It is not associated with any publisher, and it does not have an official website or download page – Instead, its unknown creators are spreading it through deceptive advertisements, fake downloads and misleading instructions in software bundles. Many macOS users may end up with Steuern2016 on their computer unexpectedly because they did not pay close attention to the content they interact with. The only surefire way to prevent this from happening is to use a high-quality security product. If Steuern2016 is present on your computer, there is a great chance that you will see the 'Steuern2016 Will Damage Your Computer' message regularly, often as soon as you start your computer. While this message sounds rather scary, you should know that it is simply your operating system...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

'SorimbrsecDaemon Will Damage Your Computer' Message

If your Mac device surprises you with the 'SorimbrsecDaemon Will Damage Your Computer' message, then you are likely to be very worried. Thankfully, SorimbrsecDaemon is not a threatening program, and it cannot really cause any damage to your system. However, it has been reported to tamper with Web browser settings, therefore redirecting users to random sites, showing pop-ups and advertisements or bringing other unexpected changes. In some cases, the 'SorimbrsecDaemon Will Damage Your Computer' message may prove to be impossible to close, and users report that they were unable to launch their favorite Web browser at all. The macOS alert allows you to view the file in Finder, and it is probably a good idea to try and delete it manually. However, you should know that Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) like this one often drop their files...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

'PlaybeatTrial Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Are you seeing the 'PlaybeatTrial Will Damage Your Computer' message whenever you start your computer? This issue is caused by an intrusive application residing on your hard drive. macOS is stopping it from starting, so PlaybeatTrial will not cause any trouble at the moment. However, seeing the 'PlaybeatTrial Will Damage Your Computer' message regularly may still be a nuisance, so you should take the appropriate steps to eradicate this Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP.) Software like PlaybeatTrial often drops its files in multiple directories to make manual removal difficult, and it also may tamper with macOS' Launch Agents and Launch Daemons to grant itself persistence. Needless to say, trying to manually get rid of PlaybeatTrial may be a challenging task, which may end poorly if you delete files not related to the intruder...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

NEARWOODCE Will Damage Your Computer' Message

NEARWOODCE is a suspicious file that the macOS will prevent from starting, and warn you about the potential danger it may pose. The good news is that macOS's reaction is a bit over the top, and NEARWOODCE is not associated with threatening activity at the moment. Instead, it would appear that the 'NEARWOODCE Will Damage Your Computer' message shows up when this software is trying to apply intrusive changes to the configuration of your Web browser. The changes in question are meant to expose you to additional advertisements while online, as well as to replace your homepage, new tab page or search aggregator with an alternative site. Since the 'NEARWOODCE Will Damage Your Computer' message reveals the name of the problematic file, some users report trying to delete it manually. However, they state that deleting one copy was not enough...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware
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