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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 Issue

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 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

Random Music Playing Virus

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The Random Music Playing Virus is a common name given to a variety of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) and threats that cause annoying sounds and music to play on the affected computer. The Random Music Playing Virus will often activate because an advertisement is handling the background. It should be noted that, technically, the Random Music Playing Virus is not unsafe code. The Random Music Playing Virus may not actually be inserted into a file but is, rather, a symptom of a variety of other types of problems on affected computer systems. PC security researchers typically do not consider that the Random Music Playing Virus is a real virus, in the technical definition of the term....

Posted on October 8, 2013 in Viruses

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

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LegionLocker Ransomware

LegionLocker Ransomware is classified as a variant spawned from the Cobra Locker Ransomware family. The LegionLocker Ransomware aims to infect users' computers, run an encryption routine, and lock the files stored there. As a result, victims of the LegionLocker Ransomware will lose access to their private or work-related files including photos, audio and video files, PDFs, MS Office files, archives, databases, etc. It should be noted that most ransomware threats are programmed to avoid encrypting critical system files, as that could result in system errors rendering the whole device unstable. The LogionLocker Ransomware, on the other hand, does encrypt such system files, a sign of obvious flaws in the underlying code.  Upon encrypting a file, the LegionLocker Ransomware will mark it by modifying the original name with the addition...

Posted on April 16, 2021 in Ransomware

Vpnservice.me

Vpnservice.me is an ambiguous website that uses deceptive scare tactics to trick Apple users into installing a dubious application, most likely a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). It should be noted that users land on websites such as Vpnservice.me out of their own volution rarely. In the vast majority of cases, they are taken there either via forced redirects or due to the activity of an adware application or a browser hijacker that has managed to sneak onto the user's device.  Upon landing on Vpnservice.me, visitors will be presented with a fake warning stating that their Apple device (presumably an iPhone) has been infected with an unspecified virus. The supposed threat is so threatening that if left alone it could erase all of the data stored on the compromised device, including photos, notes, videos and all other data types. To...

Posted on April 16, 2021 in Mac Malware, Rogue Websites

PublicConsoleSearch

The core functionality of PublicConsoleSearch is to act as an adware application, but it also has been equipped with browser hijacker capabilities. PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) such as PublicConsoleSearch are rarely installed by users willingly. Instead, they rely on deceptive distribution techniques that hide their installation process. Indeed, PublicConsoleSearch has been observed to be delivered through fake installers for the Adobe Flash Player.  When the PUP begins to execute its programming, the affected users may be bombarded with intrusive and unwanted advertising materials. The advertisements could appear as pop-up windows, banners, coupons, surveys and even in-text hyperlinks. At the same time, the browser hijacker part of the application will take control over specific browser settings such as the homepage, new...

Posted on April 16, 2021 in Adware, Browser Hijackers

YouTube Videos Not Playing

YouTube is a juggernaut in the entertainment industry and has managed to become an inseparable part of the daily routine of hundreds of millions of people around the world. However, sometimes issues may crop up preventing the videos on the website from running properly. To troubleshoot potential fixes for the problem, explore the suggestions outlined below.  First, start by checking if YouTube itself is not experiencing some interference. Try to open other websites containing video clips and see if everything works fine there or type 'youtube down' in Google and look through the generated results.  Another option is to clear the cache files and delete cookies from your browser. Cache files are small files that facilitate the faster opening and operation of visited websites. YouTube pushes changed to its cache files but sometimes...

Posted on April 16, 2021 in Issue

How to Check MacBook Battery Life and Health

When using a MacBook, it is important to keep an eye on the battery life and its health state, especially if the device is under a heavy workload or is used to run resource-intensive applications frequently. You also should check the battery health if you notice any deviations in the normal charge cycle such as delays before the battery starts charging or if it starts to exhibit reduced capacity.  To check the power on your MacBook, click on the battery icon in the Menu bar while holding the Option key on your keyboard. This should open the advanced options of the battery menu. All of the essential details about your MacBook's battery will be displayed there. There are four possible states for the battery 'Normal,' 'Replace Soon,' 'Replace Now' and 'Service Battery.'  Let's start with the best scenario - 'Normal' means that the battery...

Posted on April 16, 2021 in Issue

ZoLiSoNaL Ransomware

New threatening variant belonging to the Xorist Ransomware family has been detected in the wild by infosec researchers. Called ZoLiSoNaL Ransomware, the threat is looking for victims. The ZoLiSoNaL Ransomware operates in the typical ransomware manner of other Xorist Ransomware variants - infected users will be blocked from accessing nearly all of their files stored on the compromised system through an encryption routine employing a strong cryptographic algorithm. The hackers will then extort their victims for money in exchange for potentially providing them with the decryption key needed to restore the locked data. When the ZoLiSoNaL Ransomware encrypts a file, it will modify that file's original name by appending '.ZoLiSoNaL' to it as a new extension. After completing its encryption process, the threat will move on to deliver its...

Posted on April 16, 2021 in Ransomware

TSCookieRAT

TSCookieRAT is a remote access threat that was leveraged against Japanese targets by the hacker group carrying the designation BlackTech. The threatening operation used bait emails to trick the targeted users into clicking a URL leading to the threat. It should be noted that TSCookieRAT also was tracked under the PLEAD name initially but later analysis has revealed certain distinctions between the two. The lure emails employed in the campaign purported to be coming from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. The URL provided in the emails downloads an encrypted DLL file that contains the loader component of the TSCookieRAT. The DLL file is then loaded and executed on memory. The harmful functionalities of the threat are then expanded in the later stages of the attack by fetching and executing...

Posted on April 16, 2021 in Backdoors, Malware, Trojans

Incognitosearchly.com

Incognitysearchly.com is the address of a fake search engine that is being promoted through a browser hijacker application. The PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) is called IncognitySearchly and operates as a typical browser hijacker - it targets the most popular Web browser to maximize its potential reach and takes control over certain settings. The goal is to generate as much artificial traffic towards the promoted address as possible. For this purpose, the affected settings usually are the homepage, new page tab and the default search engine. Afterward, whenever the user simply opens the browser, starts a new tab, or conducts a search in the URL tab, it would go to the fake search engine immediately.  Incognitysearchly.com is indeed fake - it cannot produce any search results on its own. Instead, it takes the search query of...

Posted on April 15, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

Wrui Ransomware

The STOP/Djvu Ransomware family has remained popular among cybercriminal circles incredibly, and new ransomware variants belonging to the STOP/Djvu Ransomware are still being unleashed in the wild. One of the latest to be observed by the infosec community is a threat called Wrui Ransomware. Although it operates as a simple variant without any major improvements or deviations from the established formula, the Wrui Ransomware is still capable of causing a massive amount of damage to any infected computer system.  Users affected by the threat will notice that nearly all of their files have become inaccessible and unusable suddenly. The only ones that may have been spared are the files for critical system processes that would have otherwise caused the whole system to become unstable. The goal of the hackers is to extort their victims for...

Posted on April 15, 2021 in Ransomware

'I made this for you' Instagram Scam

A phishing tactic propagating through Instagram is using 'I made this for you' messages to bait users into divulging their account credentials. The scheme begins with the user receiving a message from one of their contacts that always has the same text - 'I made this for you' followed by a link. The message may come from people that you haven't kept in touch with for some time so many users click on the link to see what is going on. Doing so will lead them to a phishing website designed to mimic the official Instagram login page. The fake page asks the users to input their login credentials, scrapes them, and then sends the acquired data to the fraudsters. The compromised account can then be taken over and used to further spread the scam by disseminating the same 'I made this for you' message through the user's contact list.  The...

Posted on April 15, 2021 in Computer Security

Tackis.xyz

Tackis.xyz is the address of a misleading website that targets Apple device users and tries to scare them into downloading and installing a promoted application. Before we proceed, let's emphasize the fact that there are countless websites that are virtually identical to Tackis.xyz and they all claim to have detected a serious malware threat on the user's iPhone or device, something that is impossible for a website to perform on its own.  When users land on Tackis.xyz, most likely as a result of an adware application present on their device that has created deceptive Calendar messages, they will be presented with the rather alarming statement that their iPhones have been infected with 39 different viruses. The website undermines itself by changing that number to 30 viruses just one sentence later immediately. Apparently, these...

Posted on April 15, 2021 in Mac Malware, Rogue Websites

How to Delete Leftover Files from Removed Apps on Mac

When Mac users delete applications by simply dragging them to the Trash bin, that oftentimes results in various service files associated with the uninstalled program being left on the system. These service files include cache files, error reports, preferences, logs, and other data that the specific application creates as support files. While these files are extremely small in size normally, over a prolonged period, they could start to take up enormous chunks of the hard drive, and cause slowdowns and other issues of the whole system. Users can check for and remove such leftover files manually by going to the ~/Library folder that is hidden by default. To start, open Finder, select the 'Go' menu, and click on 'Go to Folder.' A new window will appear. In it, type ~/Library and click on 'Go.' This should open the hidden folder. Now,...

Posted on April 15, 2021 in Issue

How to Enable Dark Mode on Mac

Many users have begun switching the applications they use the most to Dark Mode if such is available. There are some good reasons for that decision, after all. Having a darker or black background can relieve eye strain compared to a bright white interface when used during the night or in a dark room, especially. The aesthetic has also managed to attract a wider following. Mac users can take advantage of a native Dark Mode feature that was first implemented with the macOS Mojave version and later. Turning it on will have system-wide effects such as switching the default Mac apps to a black background while the displayed text will be shown in white and light grey colors.  Activating Dark Mode on a Mac computer is extremely easy and can be achieved in just a few steps. Start by going to 'System Preferences' and opening the 'General'...

Posted on April 15, 2021 in Issue

What is the 'launchd' Process on Mac

The 'launchd' process is one of the core services of the Mac system and it is one of the first daemons to be launched on system boot. It starts immediately after the kernel - the Unix core of the macOS, and is designated with a ProcessID (PID) of 1 or 0. It is responsible for determining which other daemons to load and run. Launchd is always running in the background of the system, as it ensures that services are still running, intervenes to stop them when necessary and launches additional services. In short, your Mac system will be unable to function without it.  The launchd process can begin to take up an abnormal amount of system resources rarely. To check if CPU cycles and memory consumed by the process, you can use the Activity Monitor utility. First, open your Applications folder followed by Utilities. Once there, find Activity...

Posted on April 15, 2021 in Issue

SolarMarker RAT

SolarMarker is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) written in the Microsoft .NET framework. The same has been tracked under various, different names including Jupyter, Yellow Cockatoo and Polazert. The main purpose and core functionality of SolarMarker is to act as a backdoor through which the specific threat actor can escalate the attack by delivering an end-stage malware payload to the infected system. SolarMarker has been used in several threatening operations, as its versatility allows for different hacker groups to deploy payloads in accordance with their specific needs. SolarMarker can fetch and execute a next-stage banking Trojan capable of hijacking online banking credentials from the compromised company or an info stealer capable of harvesting users' account and email credentials. Such private information can then be used by the...

Posted on April 15, 2021 in Backdoors, Trojans
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