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Anti-Malware Lab

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Are you getting alerts from Anti-Malware Lab? Don't be tricked, Anti-Malware Lab is a not a real security application. It is a kind of program known as a rogue anti-malware application. These kinds of programs pretend to be genuine anti-malware utilities to trick you into buying them. Specifically, Anti-Malware Lab's interface is designed to mimic the interface for a typical Windows Security scanner. Anti-Malware Lab takes over your computer, to make you think it has a malware infection. Then, it will prompt you to buy Anti-Malware Lab to get rid of the supposed infection. Don't fall for it; Anti-Malware Lab is nothing but a scam. How Anti-Malware Lab Enters Your Computer Surprisingly, it...

Posted on July 6, 2011 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Keylogger Zeus

Zeus Keylogger is a malware program that is designed to steal a computer user's private information. A keylogger is a program that is used to record every key that is pressed on the infected computer's keyboard. Zeus Keylogger also has the capacity to take the recorded data and relay it to a third party. A hacker can take all of this information and isolate online passwords, credit card information, and online banking data. To protect your privacy, out team of PC security researchers recommends using an anti-malware program to identify and remove Zeus Keylogger. How Zeus Keylogger Steals Your Personal Information Zeus Keylogger is specifically engineered to target financial information. This nasty spy program contains an extensive list...

Posted on August 16, 2011 in Keyloggers

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

How to Fix Mac Error Code 43 When Copying Files screenshot

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


KMSpico screenshot

KMSpico is a software made to illegally activate Windows 10 and other Windows operating systems for free. This software is unsafe and has no connection to the Microsoft Corporation. Instances of KMSpico may open the way to further malware infections, installation of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) and more. There are many websites online that offer versions of KMSpico. Nearly all of them bundled with adware, malware and more. This may quickly put a computer at risk without the consent of the user. What does KMS stand for? KMS stands for Key Management Service, a technology used by Microsoft to activate services on a local network. This is done to remove the need for connecting each...

Posted on February 7, 2019 in Potentially Unwanted Programs


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


Segurazo screenshot

The Segurazo application, a/k/a SAntivirus, presents itself as a helpful, genuine antivirus tool capable of bringing considerable benefits to those who give it a chance. However, in reality, Segurazo is far from helpful and is certainly not as trustworthy a tool as one would expect from an antivirus application. Instead of effective threat detection and real-time protection, SAntivirus will bombard you with dozens of falsely exaggerated security reports in a relentless effort to urge you to buy the premium version of this dodgy tool. Segurazo As a Drive-By Download In general, malware actors tend to distribute Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) by smuggling them into software bundles...

Posted on March 6, 2020 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

DarkSide Ransomware

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DarkSide Ransomware is a type of malware that is created for the purpose of extorting money from computer users through holding their PC for hostage. The task of DarkSide Ransomware accomplishing its money extortion scheme starts with it encrypting files, which takes place after loading on a system often due to the user opening a malicious spam email attachment. The DarkSide Ransomware is known to encrypt many files and append them with similar file extensions. While each file encrypted by DarkSide Ransomware can be easily identified and found, they cannot be accessed or opened due to undefeatable encryption. Due to such, a computer user wanting to get their system back to normal...

Posted on August 13, 2020 in Ransomware

Top 20 Countries Found to Have the Most Cybercrime

Have you ever wondered which countries face the most cybercrime? If you have ever wondered which countries have the most cybercrime, then you may be surprised to know that there are few contributing factors that attract cybercriminals to specific regions of the world. Security research firm, Symantec, has discovered specific factors that determine why a certain country is plagued with cybercrime more so or less than another which allowed them to come up with a ranking for each. Symantec has ranked 20 countries that face, or cause, the most cybercrime. In compiling such a list, Symantec was able to quantify software code that interferes with a computer's normal functions, rank zombie systems, and observe the number of websites that host...

Posted on July 9, 2009 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

'The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program' Error

Few Windows users have been lucky enough to never encounter the 'The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program' error. It appears when you are trying to manipulate (move, rename, delete, etc.) a certain file or folder. While not particularly serious, the error can be a source of great frustration and annoyance because in most cases it doesn't state the specific program that is interfering with the action. As a result, users can spend quite a while trying to find the culprit. To save time, take a look at the suggestions outlined below and see if one of them won't be able to resolve the problem. Restart File Explorer File Explorer is one of the underlying processes of the entire Windows system. A good starting...

Posted on August 3, 2021 in Issue

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Finland Hit by Coordinated Wave of FluBot Malware Attacks Spread Using SMS

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Late last week, Finnish authorities published a "severe alert" concerning the violent spread of malicious text messages used to distribute the FluBot malware. The notification came from the Finnish National Cyber Security Centre. The news release warned that anyone using an Android phone in the country and using a mobile subscription to go with it was potentially exposed to the malicious text messages, while iPhone users, while safe from FluBot itself, were redirected to other "fraudulent material". The hook used to get victims to interact with the malicious texts is usually a fake notification that the user has received either a new voicemail or has an incoming message coming directly...

Posted on December 2, 2021 in Computer Security


OperationBeta is an intrusive application equipped with both adware and browser hijacker functionality. It appears that the main targets of the application are Mac users. OperationBeta will try to install itself unnoticed on the user's computers and then monetize its presence there. To avoid getting noticed, the application is most likely being spread via questionable distribution techniques, such as bundling or fake installers pretending to be for legitimate software products. The adware part of OperationBeta is responsible for delivering numerous annoying and unwanted advertisements to the system. The advertising materials could be injected into unrelated websites, in an attempt to appear more legitimate. Users who engage with the...

Posted on December 2, 2021 in Adware, Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs


Another deceptive website, Catedlittlem.xyz, operates in a virtually identical manner to all the other countless pages running the same browser-based tactic. These sites show dubious, misleading, or clickbait messages to their visitors in an attempt to trick them into clicking the displayed 'Allow' button under false pretenses. What actually happens, is that users will be subscribing to that page's push notification services unknowingly. Afterward, the site will proceed to deliver numerous unwanted advertisements to the system, generating monetary gains for its creators. The most widely used misleading scenario is for the questionable page to pretend to be running a CAPTCHA check for bots. Other alternatives include promising access to...

Posted on December 2, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites


DataFile is another dubious application that targets Mac users and then monetizes its presence through intrusive methods. Typically, such applications are not installed by users intentionally. Instead, they are being spread through underhanded distribution methods, such as bundling. This questionable behavior classified DataFile as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). Once installed on the system, the application will begin to generate countless unwanted advertisements. The advertising materials may appear as pop-ups, banners, in-text links, etc. They may even be injected into unrelated websites. Users who engage with the advertisements risk being redirected to suspicious websites that might be running online tactics, phishing schemes,...

Posted on December 2, 2021 in Adware, Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs


Phonestar.info is yet another shady website that wants to trick users into subscribing to its push notification services. This is a popular browser-based tactic that unscrupulous people abuse to generate monetary gains. These deceptive sites show misleading or clickbait messages to their users, luring them into clicking the 'Allow' button. Afterward, the site will abuse its newly-received browser permissions to deliver questionable advertisements to the system. Among the thousands of pages running this particular tactic, the most common scenario is to pretend to be doing a CAPTCHA check, showing messages such as - 'Click ALLOW to confirm that you are not a robot.' Phonestart.info has been observed employing a different, although...

Posted on December 2, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites

Blue Locker Ransomware

The Blue Locker Ransomware is malware designed specifically to target its victim's data and render it inaccessible. This threatening goal is achieved via a strong encryption process employing an uncrackable cryptographic algorithm. Victims will find that they can no longer open or use their documents, PDFs, archives, photos, databases, etc. The attackers will then extort the affected users for money in exchange for the required decryption key. As part of its actions, the threat also will mark each encrypted file. It does so by appending a new file extension - '.blue,' to the original names of the files. When all suitable data has been locked, the Blue Locker will deliver a ransom note with instructions for its victims. The message will...

Posted on December 2, 2021 in Ransomware

Reads Ransomware

The Reads Ransomware is a new malware variant belonging to the MedusaLocker family. Although it doesn't exhibit any meaningful improvements over the rest of the threats from the infamous MedusaLocker Ransomware family, Reads Ransomware's ability to cause damage should not be underestimated. If the threat is deployed onto a targeted computer successfully, it will render nearly all of the files stored there inaccessible and unusable. It achieves its nefarious goals via a strong encryption algorithm. Whenever a file is encrypted, its original name also will be modified. The threat appends '.reads' as a new file extension. Then, in a typical ransomware fashion, it will drop a ransom note its instructions for its victims. Ransom Note's...

Posted on December 2, 2021 in Ransomware

Moia Ransomware

Cybercriminals have released a new ransomware threat named the Moia Ransomware. Although this piece of malware is classified as a variant from the STOP/Djvu ransomware family, that in no way diminishes its capacity to cause destruction. If it manages to infiltrate the targeted computers successfully, Moia will lock nearly all of the files stored there via a strong encryption algorithm. As a result, users will find themselves unable to open any of their personal or work-related files. As part of its actions, the Moia Ransomware also will mark every encrypted file. It does so by appending '.moia' as a new file extension. The threat also will create a new text file on the system named '_readme.txt.' This file will carry the ransom note with...

Posted on December 2, 2021 in Ransomware

Psychopath Ransomware

The infosec community has discovered another ransomware threat. Tracked under the Psycopath Ransomware name, this piece of malware is capable of causing massive damage to the devices it manages to infect. The goal of the threat is to lock the victim's files via an uncrackable encryption algorithm and then extort them for money in exchange for the potential restoration of the files. The Psychopath Ransomware modifies the names of the files it encrypts significantly. First, the threat appends a unique ID string that was assigned to the victim. Then, it adds the email address of the hackers - 'psychopath7@tutanota.com.' Finally, a random 4-character string will be placed as a new file extension. When all target file types on the system have...

Posted on December 2, 2021 in Ransomware


OriginType is a browser hijacker application targeting Mac users. The goal of the application is to sneakily install itself onto the Mac, without attracting any attention, and then take over the user's Web browsers. Applications of this type typically affect the homepage, new page tab, and the default search engine of the browser and set them to open a promoted page. As a result, whenever users simply launch the browser, open a new tab, or start a search via the URL bar, it would open the promoted address immediately. Not surprisingly, the address promoted by OriginType - search.5k8zh0i.com, belongs to a fake search engine. Fake engines are incapable of producing any results on their own. Whenever users initiate a search, it will be...

Posted on December 1, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Mac Malware, Potentially Unwanted Programs

Takkiukaya.com Pop-Ups

Takkiukaya.com is a hoax website dedicated to the promotion of a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). The page tries to scare people with false warnings about a Trojan threat that has, apparently, infected their iPhone devices. According to the site, the unspecified malware has already managed to cause 17% of damage to the device's memory, whatever that may mean. The scaremongering continues with Takkiukaya.com warning its visitors that if they do not resolve the situation quickly, all of their data stored on the device could be compromised by third parties. When dealing with hoax pages of this type, it is important to remember that websites are incapable of performing malware scans on their own. As such, all of the claims made by the...

Posted on December 1, 2021 in Rogue Websites


WebCouponSearch is a dubious application, classified as a browser hijacker. Applications of this type are equipped with intrusive capabilities that allow them to take control over users' Web browsers. The goal is to then modify the settings of the affected browser, mainly the homepage, new tab page, and the default search engine, to generate artificial traffic towards a promoted address. In the case of WebCouponSearch, the promoted page is webcouponsearch.com, a fake search engine. Fake engines do not possess the necessary functionality to deliver any search results on their own. Instead, the user's search queries will be redirected to other search engines. These may include legitimate ones, such as Yahoo or dubious engines capable of...

Posted on December 1, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Potentially Unwanted Programs


Protectionyoupc.com is a deceptive website that has been observed running a tactic offering a McAfee anti-virus subscription with a 50% discount. There is nothing inherently wrong with offering discounted subscriptions. However, these con websites mostly rely on misleading scare tactics to lure unsuspecting users into buying the promoted product. At the same time, Protectionyoupc.com also may attempt to trick users into subscribing to its push notification services. This is another underhanded and intrusive method through which dubious websites generate monetary gains for their operators. Users may be shown various clickbait messages instructing them to click the shown 'Allow' button. Some examples of these fake messages include: 'Click...

Posted on December 1, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites


Tysolomonau.xyz is designed to deliver questionable content to its visitors specifically. The deceptive site does so through various misleading methods and clickbait tactics. It can show manipulative messages that direct users to click on the displayed 'Allow' button. However, what the site may not state explicitly, is that clicking the button will instead subscribe the user to Tysolomonau.xyz's push notification services. In practice, this will mean that the deceptive site now has broad browser permissions that it will abuse to run an intrusive ad campaign. Users will be subjected to an influx of shady advertisements. In most cases, closing the affected browser will not affect the incoming advertisements, resulting in a severely...

Posted on December 1, 2021 in Browser Hijackers, Rogue Websites

EwDoor Botnet

A new botnet threat named EwDoor Botnet has been infecting unprotected AT&T enterprise network edge devices. The threat exploits a four-year-old critical vulnerability tracked as CVE-2017-6079. The exploit allows attackers to gain unfettered root access to the targeted devices remotely. The specific model attacked in the recent campaign is EdgeMarc Enterprise Session Border Controller. Such devices are commonly used by SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) to secure and handle various tasks, such as phone calls, video conferencing or other real-time communication channels. Because they act as a bridge between the organizations and their ISPs, these session border controllers are prime targets for threat actors who wish to launch...

Posted on December 1, 2021 in Botnets
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