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WebDiscover Browser

WebDiscover Browser screenshot

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

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

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

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

Silver Sparrow Malware

Silver Sparrow Malware screenshot

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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'ElementaryUnit

ElementaryUnit is an intrusive macOS application that may be installed without the user's knowledge. Often, software of this sort might be spread through fake updaters/installers, deceptive advertisements, or via opt-in offers found in software bundles. The latter method is very popular when it comes to spreading Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) for macOS, so users must be extra careful when installing unknown software that might include opt-in offers. Pay close attention to the instructions, and always decline extra offers for software or subscriptions. The good news is that failing to prevent ElementaryUnit from being installed will not result in very negative consequences. This application is not threatening, but it may be difficult to remove. Its presence on your computer is likely to be accompanied by unexpected changes in...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

'Skillformatd Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Skillformat is an intrusive piece of software that only bothers macOS users. A Windows version is yet to be discovered. But macOS users should certainly be careful with this Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). While it does not appear to possess threatening properties, it may impact your system's behavior in a negative manner. Some users report that they encountered a 'Skillformat Will Damage Your Computer' message every few seconds, therefore being unable to use their computer comfortably. Apart from this, Skillformat may apply changes to Web browser settings by replacing their search aggregator, homepage, or new tab page. While the number of macOS threats is very short compared to Windows, there are still plenty of PUPs targeting Apple's operating system. This is why macOS users need to take appropriate measures to keep their systems...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

Steuern2016 Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Steuern2016 is a deceptive piece of software for macOS computers. It is not associated with any publisher, and it does not have an official website or download page – Instead, its unknown creators are spreading it through deceptive advertisements, fake downloads and misleading instructions in software bundles. Many macOS users may end up with Steuern2016 on their computer unexpectedly because they did not pay close attention to the content they interact with. The only surefire way to prevent this from happening is to use a high-quality security product. If Steuern2016 is present on your computer, there is a great chance that you will see the 'Steuern2016 Will Damage Your Computer' message regularly, often as soon as you start your computer. While this message sounds rather scary, you should know that it is simply your operating system...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

'SorimbrsecDaemon Will Damage Your Computer' Message

If your Mac device surprises you with the 'SorimbrsecDaemon Will Damage Your Computer' message, then you are likely to be very worried. Thankfully, SorimbrsecDaemon is not a threatening program, and it cannot really cause any damage to your system. However, it has been reported to tamper with Web browser settings, therefore redirecting users to random sites, showing pop-ups and advertisements or bringing other unexpected changes. In some cases, the 'SorimbrsecDaemon Will Damage Your Computer' message may prove to be impossible to close, and users report that they were unable to launch their favorite Web browser at all. The macOS alert allows you to view the file in Finder, and it is probably a good idea to try and delete it manually. However, you should know that Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) like this one often drop their files...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

'PlaybeatTrial Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Are you seeing the 'PlaybeatTrial Will Damage Your Computer' message whenever you start your computer? This issue is caused by an intrusive application residing on your hard drive. macOS is stopping it from starting, so PlaybeatTrial will not cause any trouble at the moment. However, seeing the 'PlaybeatTrial Will Damage Your Computer' message regularly may still be a nuisance, so you should take the appropriate steps to eradicate this Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP.) Software like PlaybeatTrial often drops its files in multiple directories to make manual removal difficult, and it also may tamper with macOS' Launch Agents and Launch Daemons to grant itself persistence. Needless to say, trying to manually get rid of PlaybeatTrial may be a challenging task, which may end poorly if you delete files not related to the intruder...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

NEARWOODCE Will Damage Your Computer' Message

NEARWOODCE is a suspicious file that the macOS will prevent from starting, and warn you about the potential danger it may pose. The good news is that macOS's reaction is a bit over the top, and NEARWOODCE is not associated with threatening activity at the moment. Instead, it would appear that the 'NEARWOODCE Will Damage Your Computer' message shows up when this software is trying to apply intrusive changes to the configuration of your Web browser. The changes in question are meant to expose you to additional advertisements while online, as well as to replace your homepage, new tab page or search aggregator with an alternative site. Since the 'NEARWOODCE Will Damage Your Computer' message reveals the name of the problematic file, some users report trying to delete it manually. However, they state that deleting one copy was not enough...

Posted on February 27, 2021 in Mac Malware

How to Uninstall JDownloader

The JDownloader application is designed to offer Mac users a convenient way to download batches of files from hosting websites. This is not a unique feature and users who wish to switch to a different product or simply want to remove JDownloader completely can do so by following the guide below. The easiest way to get rid of the JDownloader application is through its dedicated uninstaller. Before that, however, make sure that the application itself has been closed down. Then navigate to the file named 'JDownloader Uninstaller. application and start it. Usually, the uninstaller file can be found in the default location at Macintosh HD/Users/[current user]/bin/JDownloader (2.0)/JDownloader Uninstaller.appication  Follow the on-screen instructions of the Uninstaller until the process is complete. Even though the program claims to have...

Posted on February 26, 2021 in Issue

How to Uninstall AdGuard

AdGuard is designed to help Mac users avoid undesirable advertising materials while they are surfing the Web through the Safari browser. There are multiple applications that all offer the same functionality so users who no longer have a need for AdGuard can remove it completely by following the guide below. The first step in the removal process is to quit the AdGuard application itself. Click the icon of the application in the Status Menu and choose 'Quit.' Now, open 'Safari Preferences' and go to 'Extensions.' Remove the checkmarks for AdGuard and AdGuard Safari Icon. Click on the 'Uninstall' button. A prompt telling you that the AdGuard application must first be uninstalled through Finder should appear. Click on 'Show in Finder.' Locate the AdGuard file and move it to the Trash. Empty the Trash to remove the application from the...

Posted on February 26, 2021 in Issue

iStart Search Bar

iStart Search Bar is a browser hijacker application designed to target Windows users. It can take control of all of the most popular Web browsers and force them to open a specific promoted address. This is achieved by modifying certain browser settings - mainly the homepage, new page tab and the default search engine. Whenever the user simply opens the browser, conducts a search, or starts a new tab, it would immediately result in artificial traffic benign generated for the promoted address. While the browser hijacker is present on the system, users will be prevented from restoring the browser settings to their normal states. Browser hijackers usually cause redirects to fake search engines that cannot produce search results on their own. Instead, they either go to a legitimate search engine or initiate redirect chains that open several...

Posted on February 26, 2021 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

Bridlebuddles

Bridlebuddles is categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that most likely installed itself on the users' computer without them even realizing it. PUPs rarely rely on users downloading them intentionally and instead employ various misleading marketing methods to propagate themselves. Two of the most popular are through bundling or by posing as a fake software update. Bridlebuddles, once established onto the user's device, can begin to generate suspicious and intrusive advertising materials or manifest itself by causing forced redirects to dubious third-party websites. Unlike the majority of other PUPs, Bridlebuddles is not content with carrying an intrusive ad campaign. The application also tries to hijack the hardware resources of the affected system to mine for cryptocurrency coins. Although Bridlebuddles is in no way as...

Posted on February 26, 2021 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

Bestcaptcharesolver.com

Bestcaptcharesolver.com is a dubious website, one of the myriad nearly identical websites that all propagate a popular browser-based tactic. The exact scenario that Bestcaptcharesolver.com will present depends on the visitor's geolocation. The website could show untrustworthy materials or cause forced redirects to other suspicious third-party websites. Also, Bestcaptcharesolver.com may employ various manipulative social-engineering tactics in an attempt to lure visitors into subscribing to its push notification services. The website might pretend to be conducting a captcha verification by prominently displaying the following message: CLICK ALLOW TO CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE NOT A ROBOT! This is just a ruse, though, as the true purpose of the tactic website is to obtain browser privileges that will allow it to start displaying intrusive...

Posted on February 26, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

AthenaSearch

No matter what AthenaSearch may claim to have as useful features, the application itself is nothing more than adware designed to deliver unwanted advertisements to the systems it managed to infiltrate. applications such as AthenaSearch are rarely installed by users willingly. In fact, most times the user doesn't even realize that such an application is being installed due to the employed dubious distribution tactics. AthenaSearch, for example, has been observed to propagate itself under the guise of an Adobe Flash Player update. Once deployed the application will begin to conduct an intrusive ad campaign. Various banners, pop-ups, surveys, and other advertising materials could start to overlay the legitimate content viewed by the user. Furthermore, clicking on the advertisements could lead to increased security risks in the form of...

Posted on February 26, 2021 in Adware, Mac Malware

'InfoPicked Will Damage Your Computer' Message

Mac users may suddenly encounter a warning prompt with the following message - 'InfoPicked will damage your computer. You should move it to the Trash.' The prompt could start to interfere with the normal browsing experience on the device. This message is part of Apple's measures against the increased number of adware, browser hijackers, and other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) that have begun targeting devices in its ecosystem. InfoPicked is exactly that kind of application. Before the prompt, many users may not have even realized that adware had managed to sneak itself onto their system due to the misleading and deceptive distribution methods employed by InfoPicked. PUPs are predominantly installed through a tactic called bundling. It consists of injecting the installation of the particular PUP inside the installation options of...

Posted on February 26, 2021 in Adware, Mac Malware

Ygkz Ransomware

Cybercriminals are still pumping out more and more variants based on the STOP/Djvu Ransomware threat. Although the different variants of the all growing family of the STOP/Djvu Ransomware contain few meaningful modifications or improvements when compared to one another, they are still extremely threatening. The latest one to be detected in the wild by infosec researchers is the Ygkz Ransomware. Any system infected with the threat will suffer significant damage. Users will be locked out from accessing nearly all of their files that were stored on the compromised device. Every file encrypted by the Ygkz Ransomware will have '.ygkz' appended to its original filename as a new extension. When the encryption process has concluded, the threat will drop its ransom note with instructions for the victims. The note will be contained inside text...

Posted on February 26, 2021 in Ransomware

LazyScripter APT

Infosec researchers believe that they have managed to isolate the activity of a new APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) group that they have named LazyScript. It must be noted that LazyScript shares quite a lot of similarities with multiple already established APT groups, mainly those from the Middle East. For example, both LazyScript and MuddyWater have been observed as using the Empire and Koadic malware tools, PowerShell and GitHub as payload repositories. The Russian-based group known as APT28 (aka FancyBear) also has used the Koadic malware in the past. Besides, the methodology used by LazyScript to convert PowerShell scripts into executable files is the same as that of the OilRig APT. There are enough unique aspects about LazyScript to justify establishing them as a separate entity. The group appears to have an extremely narrow set...

Posted on February 26, 2021 in Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)
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