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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 Computer Security

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

SkilledObject

SkilledObject is an application that combines characteristics of adware with those of a browser hijacker. It is designed to target Mac users. Due to the deceptive distribution methods it employs, SkilledObject also is classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). For example, SkilledObject has been observed to be distributed inside a fake installer designed to mimic Adobe Flash Player's legitimate installer. Once installed, SkilledObject will begin to deliver unwanted advertisements to the user. They could take the form of pop-up windows, banners, surveys, etc. The advertisements could start to cover the content on visited pages. Furthermore, they could be promoting other dubious PUPs or even fake software updates with malware threats lurking inside them. Technical support tactics also could be among the redirects caused by...

Posted on January 26, 2021 in Mac Malware

DominantPartition

DominantPartition is an application that exhibits a combination of the capabilities of a browser hijacker and adware. Once installed on the user's computer, it will begin to run intrusive ad campaigns that can interfere with the everyday browsing experience on the affected device severely. The advertisements could be displayed in the form of pop-up windows, banners, surveys, hypertext links injected into the average content of visited websites, etc. The advertisements could even start to cover some part of the actual websites opened by the user. The advertisements themselves could cause redirects to suspicious or outright compromised third-party websites delivering various PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) or even malware threats. The browser hijacker functionality of DominantPartition allows it to take over select browser settings...

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

TrustedAnalog

TrustedAnalog is a browser hijacker application that targets Apple users predominantly. It is capable of affecting and taking control over the most widely used Web browsers, such as Safari, Opera, Chrome, etc. Applications such as TrustedAnalog rely on deceptive distribution tactics to spread themselves as users rarely download them intentionally. One of the more popular methods is called bundling - the installation process of the app is hidden as a preselected optional choice that is part of the installation of other legitimate freeware apps. Once inside the user's device, TrustedAnalog will begin to monetize itself. Usually, this manifests in generating intrusive ads and causing forced redirects, promoting a fake search engine by taking control over specific browser settings, or a combination of the two. Users are advised to not be...

Posted on February 23, 2021 in Mac Malware

StandardBoost

No matter what StandardBoost may claim to offer users, the truth is that the application is nothing more than a vehicle for the delivery of unwanted and intrusive advertisements. It is therefore classified as adware. The dubious marketing strategies it employs for distribution, as users seldom download and install such applications willingly, also classify it as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). In fact, StandardBoost has been observed to be distributed through fake Adobe Flash Player updates. Once established onto the user's computer, StandardBoost will waste little time before beginning to generate its sponsored advertisments. The advertising materials can take different forms - pop-ups, banners, surveys, etc., and they could start covering some of the legitimate content viewed by the user. Clicking on any of the generated ads...

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

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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

Silver Sparrow Malware

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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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ManagerAnalogd Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Users encountering the 'ManagerAnalogd will damage your computer' prompt or a similar one with the message '[application name] will damage your computer. You should move it to the Trash' could be prevented from using their browser normally. The prompt itself is part of Apple's efforts to stem the proliferation of adware, browser hijackers, and other PUPs within its ecosystem. Users are seeing these alert prompts because they have such types of applications installed on their computers exactly To get rid of the prompt and to stop it from reappearing, users will have to deal with the underlying reason - the PUP itself. ManagerAnalogd may have managed to sneak and install itself without the user even realizing it due to the deceptive marketing schemes it employs. Hiding their installation process inside fake software updates or as a...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'Hmopt Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Users are reporting seeing a warning prompt with the 'Hmopt will damage your computer' message and that they have no idea what caused it. This alert is part of Apple's efforts to crack down on the proliferation of adware, browser hijackers, and other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) within their ecosystems. The specific alert for Hmopt has been linked to the presence of exactly such PUP named MacOptimizer. The goal of all PUPs, and most likely Hmopt itself, is to monetize their presence. They achieve this through different methods but the most popular ones are running an intrusive advertising campaign or causing frequent redirects to dubious and untrustworthy third-party websites. Users are advised to abstain from clicking on any of the displayed advertisements as they could lead to phishing pages, domains distributing additional...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'HerculesLookupDaemon Will Damage Your Computer' Message

After updating their macOS, users are reporting to suddenly be facing recurring warning prompts. The alert displays a message similar to '[application name] will damage your computer. You should move it to Trash.' Users might be taken aback by the new security feature both by the frequency with which the prompt reappears and the fact that they didn't even know that the specific application was present on their system. HerculesLookupDaemon is not an exception. If it is installed on the macOS system, the application will trigger a prompt stating that 'HerculesLookupDaemon will damage your computer.' applications of this type are designed to slip past the user and install themselves stealthily. Furthermore, the main vehicle of their distribution is a deceptive marketing scheme - either bundling or hiding inside a fake software update....

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'DigitalDataSourceDaemon Will Damage Your Computer' Message

'DigitalDataSourceDaemon will damage your computer. You should move it to the Trash' is a message that some macOS users might be seeing after the latest update released by Apple. The tech giant is trying to crack down on the proliferation of adware, browser hijackers, and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). Many users may be surprised to see the new warning prompts as they may not have even realized that such applications were lurking on their computers. The reliance on deceptive distribution techniques is one of the main characteristics of these applications. They try to sneak themselves without attracting the attention of the users through bundling or by hiding inside fake software updates. Once installed, they begin to monetize their presence by causing forced redirects and generating intrusive and unwanted advertisements. Browser...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'ValidMemoryd Will Damage Your Computer' Message

The 'ValidMemoryd will damage your computer' message may be something that macOS users have be presented with suddenly when they start their computers. The warning prompt is part of the latest update released by Apple and is designed to target adware, browser hijackers, and other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). ValidMemoryd is exactly that application kind. Users may not even know when ValidMemoryd was installed on their systems exactly. Indeed, the application relies on misleading marketing strategies designed to hide the fact that its installation process will be initialized. The most popular methods are bundling - the installation of the application is a pre-selected choice added as part of the installation process of another freeware program or as fake software updates. While adware and browser hijackers are considered more...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'PortalAgent Will Damage Your Computer' Message

After the latest macOS from Apple, many users have begun encountering strange warning prompts that display messages similar to '[application name] will damage your computer. You should move it to the Trash.' It is not uncommon for the users not even to recognize the application mentioned in the prompt or that it was even installed on their computers. This is not surprising, though, as most of the triggers for the warning prompts are considered adware, browser hijackers, or other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). These applications rely on infiltrating the user's computer through misleading distribution schemes that hide their installation process. PortalAgent is exactly that application kind. After deploying itself on the targeted system, PortalAgent will begin to generate monetary gains for its creators. It might do so by taking...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'WinRotatord Will Damage Your Computer' Message

WinRotatord is an adware application that many macOS users may not have even realized they have installed on their computers. That is what adware, browser hijackers and other applications classified as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) rely on - they employ deceptive distribution methods that are designed to hide the fact that the PUP is going to be installed.   The latest macOS update, however, has started to detect any such applications lurking on the system and bringing them to the forefront of the user's attention by displaying a warning prompt similar to ''WinRotatord will damage your computer. You should move it to the Trash.' It is recommended to follow the suggestion of the prompt. Not only will removing WinRotatord stop the annoying warning from appearing, but it will also reduce the potential security risks that the user...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'RunningUpdaterd Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Many users have begun encountering macOS prompts that warn them about a certain application they have installed on their systems. The message will be similar to '[application name] will damage your computer. You should move it to Trash.' The intention behind the prompt is well-meaning as many of the applications that cause the prompt to appear are classified as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and either adware or browser hijackers. These applications are very rarely installed intentionally by the users and more often than not they sneak themselves by employing dubious marketing strategies such as bundling or fake program updates. RunningUpdaterd is not an exception. To make the prompt that warns about RunningUpdaterd go away, users will have to remove the underlying cause - the adware application itself. Although RunningUpdaterd...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

AdvancedSprintd Will Damage Your Computer' Message

The 'AdvancedSprintd Will Damage your computer' message is a prompt that macOS users might start seeing. Although its purpose is to serve as a warning that a possible PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) has managed to sneak itself onto the user's computer, the frequency at which the prompt emerges could turn into an annoyance in itself. To stop it from appearing, the underlying cause - the adware application, must be removed.   Ultimately, this is the best decision as adware applications can act as a gateway for additional security risks. After all, the goal of adware is to monetize its presence on the user's device by delivering unwanted and untrustworthy sponsored advertisements. Clicking on the presented advertising materials could redirect the user to threatening websites conducting phishing or technical support schemes. Another...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

DHS Announces Bolstering of Cybersecurity Protections Against Ransomware Attacks

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This week, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced several new measures that it will take to improve America's cybersecurity. As part of this bold new strategy to fortify US Defenses against international threats, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will be increasing cybersecurity spending via Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants.  “Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we will build on the Department’s excellent work as we transform our whole-of-government approach to tackle the challenge we face as a nation,” Mayorkas said in a published statement.  The plan is for Mayorkas to promote the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency’s (CISA) new...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Computer Security

'ProtocolStatus Will Damage Your Computer' Message

The 'ProtocolStatus Will Damage Your Computer' message is a distinct software type that is in the browser hijacker category of parasites. The inventors of the 'ProtocolStatus Will Damage Your Computer' message can utilize this program to gather information such as your Internet usage and inundate the screen of your default Internet browser with pay-per-click advertisements. The 'ProtocolStatus Will Damage Your Computer' message for Mac is a newly found version of a browser hijacker that was invented to hijack prevalent Mac browsers and substitute their search engine or homepage URL. When the 'ProtocolStatus Will Damage Your Computer' message for Mac runs on the computer, it is very probable that it will display belligerent online advertisements and crude Internet content. Since the removal of a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) can be...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'Unithandlerd Will Damage Your Computer' Message

The 'Unithandlerd Will Damage Your Computer' message is a program that computer experts classify as a Possibly Unwanted Program (PUP). The 'Unithandlerd Will Damage Your Computer' message is famous for embedding itself to Mac Internet browsers and hijacking their homepage, pages that you can use to search. The feature to open a new ta also will be hijacked, and the 'Unithandlerd Will Damage Your Computer' message will change it to come up with its own. Generally, most people will want to remove it. The 'Unithandlerd Will Damage Your Computer' message for Mac is most likely a program that is not wanted because it will take hostage your Mac Internet browser and make it into a tool that generates advertisement. The 'Unithandlerd Will Damage Your Computer' message for Mac may install into the default Internet browser many undesirable...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'OriginalModuled Will Damage Your Computer' Message

The 'OriginalModuled Will Damage Your Computer' message is an application that will hijack your browser and has been invented to affect macOS users mostly. The 'OriginalModuled Will Damage Your Computer' message will embed itself to the default browser on the computer and start to overwhelm the user with many paid advertisements. The advertisements can come in many ways and forms such as pop-ups that will try to take over your screen and will show up banners that will take over half of your screen randomly. These advertisements are meant to generate revenue for the creators of software like the 'OriginalModuled Will Damage Your Computer' message to e by pay-per-click and comparable remuneration systems. This is a model that is well-known in Internet endeavor, and it will most likely elaborate why the advertisements on your monitor are...

Posted on February 25, 2021 in Mac Malware

'ActivityInputd Will Damage Your Computer' Message

The 'ActivityInputd Will Damage Your computer' message can arrive on your computer bundled with freeware downloaded from the Internet. There's no need to be worried if you see it on your machine because the 'ActivityInputd will damage your computer' message does not have the capacity to cause any harm by itself. However, since the 'ActivityInputd will damage your computer' message is used to deliver an enormous quantity of advertisements, it may become a nuisance. The advertisements will take hold of your screen and cover the content you are trying to reach. Although some of these advertisements can catch your interest, you need to know that they are based on information collected by the 'ActivityInputd will damage your computer' message from your browsing history. This is an invasion of privacy that will disturb most users. You also...

Posted on February 24, 2021 in Mac Malware

'UpgradeFilterd Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Users who encounter a macOS prompt that displays a warning similar to 'UpgradeFilterd will damage your computer. You should move it to Trash.' most likely have adware lurking inside their computers. This particular strain of adware has been extremely prolific in targeting users from the Apple ecosystem. It is important to note that adware oftentimes infiltrates computers without the users even realizing it. This is achieved through dubious marketing tactics such as bundling or fake software updates. UpgradeFilterd is not an exception, as it operates in the typical manner of an adware application. Once established onto the user's device successfully, the application wastes no time in monetizing its presence. As a result, affected users will be bombarded with unsolicited advertisement materials including pop-ups, suspicious surveys,...

Posted on February 24, 2021 in Mac Malware
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