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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 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 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 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 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 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

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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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The macOS system is being targeted lately for every computer parasite such as adware, browser hijackers, Possibly Unwanted Programs (PUPs), backdoors, Trojans, Ransomware, etc. Every single day, malware researchers uncover new threats plaguing this operating system that used to be very safe. A fresh parasite infecting macOS systems reported by malware researchers is named StandBoost and is considered a Possibly Unwanted Program (PUP) because StandBoost will not add anything useful to the machines and the computer users that have it installed. One of the motives for StandBoost to be considered a PUP is that it invades the targeted computer using deceptive methods such as being bundled with popular freeware. Once inside a computer, StandBoost will start displaying countless advertisements that appear as 'Ads by StandBoost'. StandBoost...

Posted on March 3, 2021 in Adware, Mac Malware

How to Uninstall Webex

The Webex Meetings Application is an all-in-one easy to use and secure application to place a call, send a message, meet people and work. You also can Host video conferences with HD video, audio and screen sharing Having an integrated system that allows you to get all of your communications done in one place has become a necessity for many users. However, there are plenty of communication system providers out there, and users can choose the one that suits their needs the best. If that is not Webex for Mac, you can follow the steps below to remove the application from your Mac system. If you want to Delete the Cisco Webex Meetings application using Finder, first click on Finder, then click the Applications folder. You can either click and drag the Cisco Webex Meetings icon to Trash or right-click and choose Move to Trash. Then...

Posted on March 3, 2021 in Issue

Ades Stealer

The Ades Stealer threat is a Trojan horse that looks to record computer activity and send the data to remote attackers who may leverage the information in ways to access online accounts, exploit the computer user, or lead to identity theft. Threats like Ades Stealer are a form of spyware that may compromise personal information without the computer user knowing. Furthermore, Ades Stealer could end up being a gateway to identity theft where remote hackers use collected information from keystrokes, screenshots, and other gathered computer activity information. Threats like Ades Stealer should be promptly detected and removed to eliminate the dire and potential risks. Using an antimalware resource is highly suggested to automatically detect and remove threats like Ades Stealer from a computer.

Posted on March 3, 2021 in Trojans

Urs Ransomware

Urs Ransomware is a dangerous computer malware threat that may lock down a system to the point that it may not be able to be used for normal functions or surfing the web. In fact, Urs Ransomware is known to encrypt files where they can no longer be accessed, and the computer user is forced to either reformat their hard drive or utilize a backup of their hard drive to restore certain files. Unfortunately, simply restoring files that Urs Ransomware has encrypted is not an answer to the Urs Ransomware threat. Removal of Urs Ransomware is necessary to stop its malicious actions of encrypting files and making demands to pay a ransom fee for restoring of the files. Use of an antimalware tool will suffice to first detect and safely eliminate Urs Ransomware from an infected PC. Once Urs Ransomware has been removed, the computer user may then...

Posted on March 3, 2021 in Ransomware

BleachGap Ransomware

BleachGap Ransomware has a task that warrants the threat a pathway to making demands to the computer user. In the case of BleachGap Ransomware, it will encrypt files, append them with the .lck file extension, and then display a notification for the computer user to pay a ransom fee to supposedly get a decryption code or key. The unfortunate aspect of modern-day ransomware like BleachGap Ransomware, is that the hackers behind the threat may or may not relinquish the key to restore the encrypted files after paying the fee. In most cases, one can get their files back, but they must pay the astronomical fee that BleachGap Ransomware demands. For those looking for a solution to BleachGap Ransomware, they will want to first eliminate the threat of BleachGap Ransomware by allowing an antimalware to safely detect the threat and remove it....

Posted on March 3, 2021 in Ransomware

Laptop Speakers Not Working

A lot of people using Microsoft Windows have encountered problems with their laptop speakers not working, and probably, the issue happened in the worst time possible. The root cause for this problem may be diverse, but there are many tips that may be able to assist you. Before going forward, we need to run a Windows sound test. To complete this action click on the Search Bar and type in Control Panel. Then, in the Control Panel window, go to Hardware and Sound. Then, you will need to go to Sound, Speakers, and Headphones, and then click Configure. Once you have clicked on Configure, click on Test to check if the sound is audible from the built-in speakers. If you hear the sound coming from both built-in speakers then there might be another issue. Worse come to worse, it may not be a software problem but a hardware problem. Hardware...

Posted on March 3, 2021 in Issue


Ploutus-I is a malware threat that appears to be targeting banking institutions in Latin America. The specialized targeting of Ploutus-I looks to be a task to leverage the abilities of ATM malware that could seek out banking systems that eventually allow hackers and cybercrooks to steal money. The details of Ploutus-I from computer security experts have revealed that Ploutus-I has been around since 2013 but has continued to evolve and home-in on specific targets. Such targets have become Latin American banks where Ploutus-I may initiate cyberattacks. The associations of Ploutus-I have been traced by Ocelot and Metabase Q, which are leading security firms in Latin America. Their discoveries have enabled others to take heed to the warnings of Ploutus-I, in addition to advising computer users to utilize an antimalware resource to safely...

Posted on March 3, 2021 in Malware


Gootloader is a mischievous malware threat that may leverage Google searches to eventually infect the computer used with malware. As an older threat dating back to over five years, Gootloader looks to spread a malicious code that may load ransomware or other vicious threats onto a vulnerable computer. There has been a myriad of hacked websites or sites loaded with malicious scripts that Gootloader may use via Google searches in an effort to infect computers. The Gootloader should be taken seriously and any computer user that suspects their system being affected by Gootloader is recommended to take the necessary precautions. The precautions to ward off the threat of Gootloader involves using an antimalware resource to safely detect and remove Gootloader along with any associated threats that may have loaded onto the affected computer.

Posted on March 3, 2021 in Malware


Browser hijackers are very common nowadays because they provide their handler with the opportunity of taking hold of the targeted Web browser and redirecting it to whatever website they want. Using this strategy they can expose the computer user to websites promoting products and services of multiple kinds and generate a monetary gain for themselves. However, what makes browser hijackers unwanted and potentially threatening is that the websites they promote may not always display good sources of products and services. They can advertise fake updates, useless security tools, overpriced services and so on. Also, some of them can be laced to adware, Possibly Unwanted Programs (PUPs) and even threats. Another issue caused by browser hijackers such as the one we are talking about right now, Search.lilo.org, is that they will tamper with...

Posted on March 3, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

Why is Adobe CC Working Slow?

Adobe Premiere Rush CC may not offer the same breadth of features as the more Advanced Adobe Premiere Pro but it is still a comprehensive video-editing tool. Video editing is a notoriously resource-heavy process that also requires a considerable amount of time for the final product to be completed. Users who are experiencing abnormally long rendering times, however, can try to speed up the process by trying some of the following tips. First, make sure that you meet the minimum hardware specifications of the program. The capabilities of your CPU, hard drive, and to a lesser extent GPU will be the most important factors that will determine how long will the rendering process be. For the best results, a multicore CPU with a high refresh rate is recommended but users with less-powerful CPUs can try to free up some resources by reducing the...

Posted on March 2, 2021 in Issue

How to Uninstall Tunnelblick

Tunnelblick for Mac is a free application that provides VPN services for users. Having a VPN has become a necessity for many users, as it allows access to websites that may be restricted in certain countries or content that is region-locked. However, there are plenty of VPN providers, and users can choose the one that suits their needs the best. If that is not Tunnelblick, you can follow the steps below to remove the application from your Mac system. Start by closing Tunnelblick from the Menu bar. Then, open Finder and go to your Applications folder. Locate the file for Tunnelblick and drag it to the Trash. Users also can right-click the file and select 'Move to Trash' from the available options. Empty the Trash afterward to complete the uninstallation process. Although the application has been removed, some support and service files...

Posted on March 2, 2021 in Issue


MacOS.Cimpli is yet another piece of adware that finds its way to Mac-based machines magically without the users’ knowledge. Cimpli is by far NOT the sole piece of adware to land on Macs unnoticed as security researchers have observed this trend unfold over the last two years or so. As it seems, the driving force behind Cimpli (and dozens of other adware programs) goes by the name of Schlayer – an affiliate network currently comprising more than a thousand websites used for dropping adware on MacOS-based systems worldwide. The sites in question pursue one single purpose - to drop adware masked as fake Flash updates on as many redirected Mac devices as possible. Therefore, it’s no wonder that Schlayer is responsible for nearly half of all MacOS—targeted adware campaigns. The tool is quite efficient because the sites using it redirect...

Posted on March 2, 2021 in Adware, Mac Malware


HistoryCollector is a piece of adware typically found on macOS devices. Like any other adware package, HistoryCollector churns out countless ads by the hour, no matter how useful or relevant they may be. While adware programs are not inherently malicious, they often tend to not only land unnoticed on your device but also exude a rather intrusive behavior, and HistoryCollector hardly makes an exception. The most recent HistoryCollector detections associate the program with machines running various macOS versions. While some AV solutions have given it the MAC.SpyAgent.1 moniker, it is still the same PUP. HistoryCollector was first detected in 2018 as an Apple Mac executable and has since remained in heavy circulation. How exactly HistoryCollector lands on MacOS devices is not quite clear. It is unlikely to have come from Apple’s official...

Posted on March 2, 2021 in Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs


SniperSpy was a legitimate software product developed by Retina-X Studios a while ago. It offered a good set of tools for Mac users to remotely monitor their devices. SniperSpy had seemingly proven useful to employers and parents alike until an unknown group of hackers found some vulnerabilities in the software which allowed them to use the latter to siphon off customer data to a third-party server. The hack turned out to be far greater than initially expected, hitting Retina-X’s entire product portfolio which also included programs PhoneSheriff, TeenShield, and MobileSpy. As of today, the company has halted its products and is currently on its way to beef up its security measures. Customers have received pro-rated refunds and have no knowledge as to when Retina-X Studios will return to normal business. Prior to the attack, the...

Posted on March 2, 2021 in Backdoors, Mac Malware


MacOS.Presenoker is a heuristic detection for an adware threat that attacks macOS computers. It means that it is by definition a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) designed to inject ads and banners into websites, insert unsolicited hyperlinks in regular texts, and generate misleading pop-up messages which promote fake updates and suspicious apps or other software. Users can also expect that a PUP like MacOS.Presenoker has added browser hijacking features, meaning that it can take control over some crucial browser settings with the intention of redirecting users to third-party websites. Typically, PUPs change the browser’s homepage and default search provider, replacing them with a fake search engine. Subsequently, the browser opens the given URL upon every launch, while user searches go through some potentially harmful partner pages...

Posted on March 2, 2021 in Adware, Mac Malware
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