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Anti-malware Lab

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 is often the victims themselves that download rogue anti-virus applications like Anti-Malware Lab. This kind of attack is known as social...

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 of financial institutions, online banks and online payment websites. Whenever Zeus Keylogger detects...

Posted on August 16, 2011 in Keyloggers

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

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 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

Windows Anti-Malware Patch

Windows Anti-Malware Patch screenshot

Windows Anti-Malware Patch is neither a security patch nor an anti-malware tool. Windows Anti-Malware Patch is actually a malware infection labeled as a rogue anti-malware program. Rogue anti-malware programs such as Windows Anti-Malware Patch have the main goal of convincing PC users that their machine is infected with malware by posing as legitimate anti-malware tools. This is part of a known online scam designed to snatch away inexperienced computer users' money. Windows Anti-Malware Patch itself belongs to a very large family of these kinds of malware threats known as . The FakeVimes family of malware has existed in one way or another since 2009. In the years since, criminals have...

Posted on August 11, 2012 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Random Music Playing Virus

Random Music Playing Virus screenshot

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

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Hospital IT Systems Across Ireland Hit by a Powerful Ransomware Attack

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A full-blown ransomware attack has taken down the IT system of every hospital and health center in Ireland, as reported by Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) — a government agency in charge of all public health services nationwide. The strike, which turned out to be the Conti Ransomware, has primarily affected the IT infrastructure of The Rotunda, The National Maternity Hospital, and many other health centers, shutting down their email systems, as well. Fortunately, life-saving and surgery equipment has remained intact, and so has the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination program. However, the Covid-19 vaccine registration portal has closed down to prevent the malware from...

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Computer Security

Smilodon Webshell

Web skimming attacks have remained a relevant danger to both online merchants and shoppers. Skimming involves compromising the payment page on a website by injecting a malware payload into it. The cybercriminals can then intercept and obtain sensitive payment or credit/debit card information and use it to perform various online frauds.  A new skimming Web shell named Smilodon (or Megalodon) has been detected by infosec researchers. Certain evidence points toward Smilodon being deployed by the Magecart Group 12, a hacker collective that is believed to be responsible for the Magento 1 skimming attack campaigns that took place last fall. The malware is first disguised as a file named 'Magento.png' that tries to pass itself for an image/png. However, it lacks the proper PNG format. The exact way that the skimmer Web shell is injected...

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Malware


Besty-deals.com is yet another dubious website created with the sole purpose of delivering questionable content to its visitors while trying to carry out a popular browser-based tactic simultaneously. The exact behavior of the site is based on the geolocation of the user. Besty-deals.com ascertains this by accessing the visitor's IP address. It can then either start displaying content on its own page or redirect to other unreliable third-party websites.  At the same time, Besty-deals.com might use misleading and deceptive alert or warning messages to trick users into subscribing to the site's push notification services. The exact scenario may change but the website has been observed pretending to perform a fake CAPTCHA check for bots. It shows an image of a robot accompanied by the message - 'Click Allow if you are not a robot.' ...

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Adware, Rogue Websites


Owsc.xyz is a dubious search engine that is being promoted through a browser hijacker. Users who have this browser hijacker application installed on their devices, either knowingly or not, will soon notice that their browser is behaving rather strangely. The usual homepage will now be modified to open the address of the owsc.xyz search engine. The same also will be true for the new tab page and the default search engine of the browser.  As a result, whenever the user opens the browser, starts a new tab, or initiates a new search in the URL tab, it would generate artificial traffic towards the promoted address. It should be noted that Owsc.xyz is classified as a fake search engine due to its inability to produce search results on its own. Search queries will first be redirected to the https[:]/owsc.xyz/results.php?wd={searchTerms}...

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Browser Hijackers

How To Clean Log Files on Mac

Log files are useful extremely, as they are a sort of repository for everything that happens on the Mac system. More specifically, they are of particular use when it comes to identifying the specific circumstances that lead to a particular system crash or application error. While convenient, the information stored inside log files is accessed by the user rarely, as most often than not it consists of mostly technical terms and designations, or it requires a specialized software tool to make it readable.  In general, log files take up a minuscule amount of hard disk space, but that may no longer be the case after a prolonger period. Furthermore, old and outdated logs could cause software conflicts under rare circumstances.  Manually Deleting Log Files on Mac Open Finder, select the Go menu, and pick 'Go to Folder.' Type...

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Issue

'SafariBookmarksSyncAgent quit unexpectedly' Error

The 'SafariBookmarksSyncAgent' is a macOS process tasked with synchronizing the user's Safari bookmarks with the iCloud. In practice, its activity allows users to add a bookmark and have it available on all the rest of their devices. However, under specific circumstances, the process may malfunction and users could see the 'SafariBookmarksSyncAgent' error message almost immediately. Follow the suggestions below to fix the problem.  Check external factors Check if your Internet connection is functioning properly. Afterward, go to Apple's system status page just to make sure that they are not experiencing an outage on their end.  Look for software updates Select the Apple menu and choose 'About this Mac.' From the available options pick 'Software Update' to check if new system updates have been released. If any show up, install them...

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Issue

Siri Not Working on Mac

While Siri on Mac is generally regarded as being more stable than its counterpart on iOS devices, it can still run into unexpected issues. If you try to engage with Siri but instead receive a response in the lines of 'Siri not available,' then you might want to try the suggestions outlined below to fix the problem. Check if Siri is enabled It may seem rather trivial but start by verifying that Siri is turned on.  Open 'System Preferences' followed by 'Siri.' Check the 'Enable Aks Siri' box.  Also, try resetting some of the other options available in the same window. Change Siri Voice to some other option instead of the default and see if it makes a difference.  Verify that Siri is restriction-free Some users may have limited Siri, either by accident or not, through the Screen Time feature that is used to monitor usage and set...

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Issue


Goingapp.xyz is a deceiving website that tries to trick iPhone users into downloading and installing a promoted application. There are countless websites that operate in a manner virtually identical to Goingapp.xyz. They all display various fake and outrageous claims designed to scare visitors into clicking the provided link and installing a sponsored application.   In the case of Goingapp.xyz, the website presents its visitors with a warning about malware threats being detected on their device. To be more precise, the site has detected 39 viruses that have already managed to cause 28.1% damage apparently. If left alone, the threats would supposedly corrupt the iPhone's SIM card while also damaging the photos, applications, data and contacts of the user. A countdown timer implies that users have only a couple of minutes to fix the...

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Mac Malware, Rogue Websites

Campo Loader

Campo Loader (or NLoader) is a malware threat that is being leveraged in attack campaigns against Japanese entities. Campo Loader acts as an early-stage threat designed to deliver the real malware payloads on the already compromised computers. Campo Loader has been observed to drop several different payloads, depending on the specific threat actor and their particular goals. The name given to the threat was based on a path containing '/campo/' that is used during the communication with the Command-and-Control (C2, C&C) server.  After being executed, the first task of Campo Loader is to create a directory with a hard-coded name. The next step is to attempt and reach the C2 server. For that purpose, the threat sends a string 'ping' via POST and waits for incoming responses. The Openfield server returns a URL as a response but, before...

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Malware

How To Run Apps from Unidentified Developers on Mac

Sometimes Mac users may need to install and run an application that is from what is considered an unidentified developer. Those are developers that have not been registered with Apple and the applications they provide have not been reviewed for safety and security concerns generally. While applications from such developers can be perfectly legitimate, some may indeed be used to smuggle malware threats that have been injected into their code.  Trying to install such applications will trigger the protection measures of macOS and users will be presented with a warning message stating that the particular application cannot be opened. If you trust the developer and wish to run the application, then open the steps outlined below.  The way Apple recommends to use when opening applications from unidentified developers: Open Finder. Locate the...

Posted on May 13, 2021 in Issue

Fixing Common Issues with the Apple App Store

The App Store is an essential service for any Apple user. While not that common, various errors related to the App Store can emerge and cause unnecessary frustration and annoyance. To troubleshoot common fixes for App Store issues quickly, follow the suggestions outlined below.  If the App Store isn't loading or showing any information, it could be caused by a problem with Apple's own services. If this is the case, individual users can do little more than waiting for the problem to be resolved. To check the status of Apple's servers, go to apple.com/support/systemstatus. A green dot next to App Store means that everything is working as intended on their end while a red one indicates a problem.  Check the Date and Time   If the App Store issue is still there even after restarting your Mac, then you should take a look and...

Posted on May 13, 2021 in Issue

What Is The 'dbfseventsd' Process on Mac

The 'dbfseventsd' process on Mac is associated with Dropbas and its name stands for 'Dropbox File System Events Daemon.' As such, not every Mac user will have this process running on their computers. Those that have Dropbox installed, however, need the 'dbfseventsd' process running in the background to make sure that changes made to their local Dropbox folder are being synced up with the cloud.  Usually, the process remains unnoticed mostly, as it takes up a really small portion of the system's resources. Under rare circumstances, 'dbfseventsd' process may start hogging up an abnormal amount of either the CPU cycles or the RAM. To check if this is indeed the case, open the Activity Monitor tool that comes built-in with macOS. Open Applications. Then 'Utilities.' Find and launch Activity Monitor. Type 'dbfseventsd' in the search bar to...

Posted on May 13, 2021 in Issue

How To Uninstall Snagit

Snagit is a screen capture program developed by Techsmith. There are quite a lot of applications that provide similar functionality so some users may no longer use Snagit in particular. To remove the application completely from your computer, follow the recommended methods outlined below.  Removing Snagit on Mac Before you start, make sure that the Snagit application is shut down and not running currently. You also may wish to start Activity Monitor and use it to look for any processes associated with Snagit that might be running in the background. If there are any, select and close all of them. Afterward, open your Applications folder and drag Snagit to the Trash. Unfortunately, although the application itself has been removed, certain residual or junk files related to it may still be present inside the system's Library folder. To get...

Posted on May 13, 2021 in Issue


Captcharesolving-universe.com is yet another dubious website that has been created with the singular purpose of delivering questionable content and conducting a popular browser-based tactic. Captcharesolving-universe.com is virtually identical to the countless other pages that follow the same pattern. Captcharesolving-universe.com modifies its behavior, based on the geolocation of the visitor. To determine this parameter, the site accesses the user's IP address. Based on the result, Captcharesolving-universe.com can redirect the user to other unreliable or even corrupted third-party websites or proceed to display questionable and deceptive content on its own page. In addition, the website could attempt to trick the user into subscribing to its push notification services through various misleading alerts or warning messages. One...

Posted on May 13, 2021 in Adware, Rogue Websites

Sandro Rat

A new threatening RAT (Remote Access Trojan) named Sandro is targeting Android users. The threat is potent, extremely, and can allow the threat actor near full control over the compromised devices. RATs are versatile malware threats that can be used in a variety of nefarious schemes, depending on the particular goals of the hackers. In almost all cases, Android RATs such as Sandro exploit legitimate Accessibility Services to carry out their harmful operations. Accessibility Services are designed to help users who need additional assistance when interacting with their mobile devices. These options include reading and accessing displayed information, as well as anything that the user inputs. At the same time, Accessibility Services can simulate screen gestures and interact with the touchscreen of the device. Without Accessibility...

Posted on May 13, 2021 in Mobile Malware, Trojans
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