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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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Wintenzz Ransomware

The Wintenzz Ransomware is a malware threat that can wreak havoc on any system it infects. By initiating an encryption routine with a strong cryptographic algorithm, the Wintenzz Ransomware is capable of locking users out from accessing their own files effectively. All of the popular file types will be affected - MS Office documents, PDFs, audio, video, photos, databases, archives, etc. The victims of the threat will then be extorted for money if they wish to restore their data by receiving the required decryption key from the hackers. When the Wintenzz Ransomware locks a file, it also will change that file's original name by appending '.wintenzz' to it as a new extension. Furthermore, after completing its encryption process, the malware will proceed to deliver a ransom-demanding message in the form of a file named...

Posted on April 9, 2021 in Ransomware

Urnb Ransomware

Urnb is one of the latest ransomware threats to be spawned from the prolific STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. Despite being just a variant without any meaningful improvements over the typical STOP/Djvu Ransomware threat, Urnb is still capable of causing severe damage to any system it manages to infect. The encryption routine employing an uncrackable cryptographic algorithm ensures that the files locked by the threat cannot be restored with the decryption key possessed by the hackers. Users affected by the Urnb Ransomware will notice that nearly all of their files have become unusable, and their original filenames have been changed to now include '.urnb' as a new extension. After the encryption process has been completed, Urnb will proceed to deliver its ransom note with instructions for the victims. The note will be...

Posted on April 9, 2021 in Ransomware

TypicalProcess

TypicalProcess is classified as an adware application that also possesses browser hijacker capabilities. The main targets of the application are Mac users. To hide its installation, TypicalProcess employs dubious and deceptive distribution techniques, such as bundling or hiding inside fake software installers/updaters. In fact, the application has been observed to being spread through fake Adobe Flash Player updates. Users should remember that the same method also can be employed to deliver serious malware threats such as ransomware or backdoors. When TypicalProcess installs itself on the user's Mac system, it will begin to monetize its presence immediately by running an intrusive advertising campaign. Numerous unwanted advertisements could be delivered to the device and may begin to impact the browsing experience by overlaying...

Posted on April 9, 2021 in Adware, Mac Malware

How To Free Up Disk Space on Windows

Having insufficient space on your disk drive can impact the performance of your Windows operating system severely. Going below a certain threshold can lead to slowdowns, freezes, frequent crashes and annoying warning messages urging the user to resolve the situation. Indeed, Windows needs at least 200MB to continue operating optimally. Going below 200, 80, and 50, will result in warning messages that will increase in intensity. Falling under the lowest limit will force Windows to show the warning messages every four minutes. To resolve the situation, the best method is to simply delete all unnecessary files and programs that have not been used or opened in a long time. Start with the ones that take up the biggest portion of disk space. You also can check for any backups that might have been left forgotten on the disk and are simply...

Posted on April 9, 2021 in Issue

'dwm.exe' Using 100% CPU

The 'dwm.exe' is associated with a core Windows 10 process called Desktop Window Manager. Under specific circumstances, users can experience various issues related to this important process, with one of the more common being the 'dwm.exe' using up 100% of the system's CPU capacity. The underlying reasons for this problem are varied so fixing it can require trying multiple solutions until the right one is found. Start by restarting the 'explorer.exe.' Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard to open Task Manager. In the Task Manager window, select the 'Details' tab. Among the list of active processes, find 'explorer.exe,' right-click it, and choose 'End Task.' Now, to start it back up again, go to File, select 'Run a new task,' type explorer in the new window, and finally press OK. Users also may try to disable processes that have been...

Posted on April 9, 2021 in Issue

Mac Won't Shut Down

Finding the exact reasons causing issues whenever you try to shut down your Mac system may not be an easy process, as there are numerous different causes for this problem. One of the more simple ones is to check for any applications that have failed to quit. Usually, if such an application is preventing the Mac from shutting down, it will result in a dialog box stating exactly that. Another symptom is if any of the application icons on the Dock is bouncing. Also, check if any of the icons have a dot underneath them as that would mean that the application is still open. Right-click on any such applications and choose either Quit or Force Quit. To forcibly shut down the whole system, press the power button and keep holding it until the screen goes black. To fix persistent issues with the way your Mac shuts down, you may want to check if...

Posted on April 9, 2021 in Issue

GenerelOpen

GenerelOpen advertises itself as an application that can help Mac users search the Internet more efficiently, but its true functionality resembles more closely that of an adware program. Furthermore, most users may not have even realized that GenerelOpen was installed on their Mac systems due to the dubious distribution methods it may employ. The application also has been classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) and should be considered for removal as soon as possible. Having an adware application present on your system may lead to a severely diminished user experience on it, especially when browsing the Web. Indeed, GenerelOpen could begin generating intrusive and unwanted advertising materials, such as pop-ups, banners, surveys, in-text hyperlinks and more. The advertisements could even begin to cover the content of...

Posted on April 9, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware

Vyveva Backdoor Trojan

A previously unknown backdoor Trojan threat named Vyveva has been discovered by cybersecurity researchers. The threat is comprised of multiple different components with only three being analyzed so far - the installer, loader, and main payload. Certain circumstantial evidence points towards Vyveva being a part of the malware arsenal of the Lazarus APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) group. Although it is believed that the Vyveva Backdoor Trojan has been used since at least 2018, so far only two systems infected with it have been detected. Both of the compromised devices belong to a freight logistics company from South Africa. Vyveva's Attack Chain The initial compromise vector used in the attack hasn't been confirmed but the threat was most likely delivered through a highly targeted operation. The earliest component in the...

Posted on April 9, 2021 in Malware

Safesearchmac.com

Safesearchmac.com is a fake search engine that is being promoted through a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). Both the engine and the application promise to enhance the browsing experience of the user by generating improved search results. This all just a front thinly hiding the true functionality - promotion of the fake search engine and data-harvesting.  When the Safe Search Mac PUP sneaks itself on the user's Mac or macOS device, it establishes control over certain browser settings immediately. All of the most popular Web browsers can be affected - Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, etc. The browser hijacker will set the homepage, new page tab, and the default search engine to open the safesearchmac.com address. The PUP will also safeguard the modified settings by preventing the user from reverting them to their original...

Posted on April 8, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware

0yrvtrh.com

The 0yrvtrh.com address is classified as a fake search engine. It is extremely rare for users to decide to use such search engines. Instead, they are promoted through various PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) - adware or browser hijackers. 0yrvtrh.com is no different - it has been observed to be promoted to Mac users by the ConnectionIndexer adware application.  The PUP is designed to affect all of the popular Web browsers including Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, etc. It takes over specific browser settings to generate artificial traffic and promote a sponsored address. In the case of ConnectionIndexer, the PUP promotes two different fake search engines depending on the user's Web browser - search.dominantmethod.com on Chrome and 0yrvtrh.com on all other browsers. When users attempt to change the homepage, new page tab, or...

Posted on April 8, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware

Windows Defender Not Working

Windows Defender is the anti-malware component included with all Windows versions starting with Windows Vista. Like any software product, however, Windows Defender may run into unexpected problems, become unstable or refuse to even start. To try potential solutions, check out the guides outlined below. To turn on the real-time protection provided by Windows Defender, start by pressing the Windows and Q keys on your keyboard. In the search field, type Windows Defender and press Enter. Open 'Settings' and check the 'Turn on real-time protection' option. Keep in mind that Windows Defender may have turned itself off automatically due to another cybersecurity product being present on your computer. This behavior is intended to avoid any potential conflicts.  Users encountering issues with Windows Defender also may want to check if any...

Posted on April 8, 2021 in Issue

Essingto.online

Essingto.online is a dubious website that has been observed to display untrustworthy content or open shady websites without the user's consent. Essingto.online also can conduct a popular browser-based tactic that tricks users into subscribing to the fraudulent website's push notification services. Essingto.online is functionally identical to a myriad of websites that have been put on the Internet already and more are being created every day.  When users land on Essingto.online, their geolocation will determine the exact behavior of the website. They may be presented with questionable content or have multiple tabs opened in their browser leading to potentially unsafe pages. It is not uncommon for users to be taken to various online tactics such as the 'Firewall Spyware Alert' and 'Norton Antivirus 2021 Update' or domains dedicated...

Posted on April 8, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

Windows Update Not Working

While many users find updating their systems to be an annoying process, especially when they have not adjusted the update settings and as a result, Windows has decided that it will be updating the computer right this very moment no matter what important project the user is in the middle of currently. Keeping your system updated, however, is an important safety measure that could reduce the security risks faced by your computer drastically. After all, newer updates often bring bug fixes and address known or undisclosed vulnerabilities. While most of the time the whole process will complete as intended, users may still encounter serious errors that could prevent them from even initiating the update. To explore potential fixes, try the instructions outlined below.  Running the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter might be a good place...

Posted on April 8, 2021 in Issue

Seccrypt Ransomware

A new potent malware threat named Seccrypt Ransomware has been detected by infosec researchers. Although Seccrypt is classified as a variant from the WastedLocker Ransomware family, it remains a threat that can wreak havoc on any computer it manages to infect. The threat begins its damaging operations by initiating an encryption process that can affect a wide range of file types - PDFs, MS Office docs, archives, databases, photos, audio, and video files, etc. Each encrypted file will have '.seccrypt' appended to its name as a new extension. Victims of Seccrypt Ransomware will be provided with a ransom note containing instructions from the hackers. The note will be dropped as multiple text files depending on the total number of files encrypted on the system. For example, for a file named 'Picture1.jpg.seccrypt,' the threat will create a...

Posted on April 8, 2021 in Ransomware

SBIDIOT Malware

The proliferation of IoT (Internet-of-Things) devices continues to exhibit rapid growth in the industrial sector, especially. As such, cybercriminals have found a wide new pool of potential targets for malware infection. One of the latest threats designed to breach IoT devices specifically is called SBIDIOT Malware. As with most IoT threats, the main goal of the SBIDIOT Malware is to incorporate all infected devices into a botnet. Although the computational power of botnets can be used in several different ways, the most prominent one is to launch DDoS attacks against specific targets. DDOS stands for Distributed Denial of Service - the devices in the botnet begin generating excessive load on the server chosen by the hackers, which will prevent users from accessing its services. One method that SBIDIOT Malware has been observed to use...

Posted on April 8, 2021 in Malware
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