Cryptobyte Ransomware

The Cryptobyte Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that has been distributed through spam email attachments since April 2017. The Cryptobyte Ransomware is a variant of CryptXXX and BTCWare, with some updated elements. These ransomware Trojans have been around since March 2016. The Cryptobyte Ransomware is designed to target computers running the Windows operating system (Windows 7 and later, both int heir 32-bit and 64-bit versions). The Cryptobyte Ransomware may be delivered through text documents that contain corrupted scripts, which download and install the Cryptobyte Ransomware on the victim's computer. How the Cryptobyte Ransomware Carries out Its Attack The Cryptobyte Ransomware uses a combination of the AES and RSA encryptions to make the victim's files inaccessible completely. Once the Cryptobyte Ransomware encrypts the files,...

Posted on April 20, 2017 in Ransomware

NSA Hacking Tools Released, Potentially Uncovering The Shadow Brokers

If you keep yourself up to date with the world of cybercrime and security, you would be familiar with the fellows in question. However, if you hear of The Shadow Brokers Group for the first time, let us introduce you to them and their work. The Shadow Brokers Group is a hacking group which has been speculated to originate from Russia, which they fiercely deny. They first emerged in August 2016. This was when they released their first leak in Twitter with the user account @theshadowbrokerss. Instructions on how to obtain the data they dumped were stored in both a Pastebin page and a GitHub directory. By following these instructions, users will supposedly get access to the decrypted version of the file that contains the tools & exploits that Equation Group produced. It's believed that the name The Shadow Brokers Group was inspired by a...

Posted on April 19, 2017 in Computer Security

BestMusic Search

The BestMusic Search software (also seen as MyMedia Search Plus) is promoted as a browser widget for Google Chrome, which can expand your access to media like music and videos on the Internet. The BestMusic Search widget claims to offer a curated collection of music and videos on platforms like YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion. Web surfers that run Google Chrome and wish to try out the BestMusic Search (a.k.a. MyMedia Search Plus) can download the app by navigating to Chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mymedia-search-plus/cpcalfjodkjnlkpfnpfjdjjebnlhbjcg. The BestMusic Search is provided as part of a toolset that you can find at Myappline.com. The programs at Myappline.com are provided under freeware licence and you do not need to pay to install and use them. However, looking at the terms of use at myappline.com/terms you can see that the...

Posted on April 19, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

Easy Television Access

The Easy Television Access extension can be found bundled with free program packages that you can download from the Internet for free. The Easy Television Access extension is a product of Polarity Technologies Ltd. and offers services by Eightpoint Technologies Ltd. The Easy Television Access app may change the layout of your new tab page and provide links to services like Netflix, ESPN Go, Hulu, Amazon, Gmail and Fox News. The Easy Television Access appears to be aimed at users based in the United States of America and does not support languages other than English. Web surfers that are interested in adding the Easy Television Access app to their Internet client should take into consideration that it is available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox only. Moreover, the Easy Television Access program is classified as a Potentially...

Posted on April 19, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

Luckystarting.com

LuckyStarting.com is a low-quality website that has been associated with adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). LuckyStarting.com is advertised and promoted by tricking inexperienced computer users into installing low-quality components on their Web browser that may force them to visit LuckyStarting.com repeatedly or change their computer settings to ensure that LuckyStarting.com is often visited, inflating its traffic and Web stats. LuckyStarting.com is associated with a PUP that takes over victim's Web browsers. Symptoms of the LuckyStarting.com PUP If the LuckyStarting.com PUP has infected your computer, you may observe numerous symptoms. Some of the malfunctions that may be associated with the LuckyStarting.com PUP are The LuckyStarting.com PUP may change the affected Web browser's homepage into LuckyStarting.com. The...

Posted on April 19, 2017 in Browser Hijackers

DeathNote Hackers Ransomware

The DeathNote Hackers Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan first observed on April 18, 2017. The DeathNote Hackers Ransomware receives its name because it changes the affected computer's Desktop image into a picture that includes the name 'DeathNote Hackers,' which seems to refer to a hacking group based in Indonesia (according to their Facebook page). It is, however, entirely possible that the DeathNote Hackers Ransomware is created by a third-party impersonating this group. The DeathNote Hackers Ransomware represents a real threat to computers and seems to target computers using the Windows operating system and located in Southeast Asia. The DeathNote Hackers Ransomware is Deadly for Your Files The DeathNote Hackers Ransomware is being delivered through corrupted email attachments primarily. Documents using compromised macros are...

Posted on April 19, 2017 in Ransomware

Kindest Ransomware

The Kindest Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that is used to force computer users to pay a ransom. To do this, the Kindest Ransomware encrypts the victim's files using a strong encryption method. This is an attack strategy that has been observed in numerous ransomware variants in the last few years. The Kindest Ransomware poses a real threat to the computer users' data, and preventive measures should be taken to limit the possible damage that can come as a result of a Kindest Ransomware infection. The Kindest Ransomware was Released to 'Educate' Computer Users The Kindest Ransomware encrypts its victims' data, like most ransomware Trojans. However, unlike many other ransomware Trojans, the Kindest Ransomware displays an educational video to explain to the victim what occurred. The Kindest Ransomware does not demand a ransom fee and...

Posted on April 19, 2017 in Ransomware

Faizal Ransomware

PC security researchers first observed the Faizal Ransomware, an encryption Trojan, on April 19, 2017. The Faizal Ransomware represents a real threat to computer users because it encrypts their files with a powerful encryption algorithm and then demands the payment of a ransom in exchange for the decryption key. This is an attack strategy that is used by countless ransomware Trojans, including numerous variants of the Faizal Ransomware based on the same open-source ransomware engine. The Faizal Ransomware Tricks Gamer Affectionate to be Installed on a Computer The Faizal Ransomware is being distributed using a campaign that targets PC gamers and car racing enthusiasts. The Faizal Ransomware is distributed in the form of a fake installer for a PC game. The Faizal Ransomware's installer is named 'Street Racing Club – SETUP.exe.' However,...

Posted on April 19, 2017 in Ransomware

FilePlus

The FilePlus software that you may find under the 'Advanced' and 'Custom' options of a free software bundle is advertised as a download manager. The FilePlus is similar in functionality to tools like the BullVid Download Manager, the Open Downloader Manager and the Oxy Torrent. The FilePlus program claims to allow users to download content like music, PC/Xbox/PS3 games and movies for free. The FilePlus software is associated with a platform at Fileplus.org where Web surfers will find a search bar and a minimalistic catalog of the content available through FilePlus. The marketing pitch of the FilePlus platform is: 'Download here for free! Discover the amazing depth, variety, and accessibility of games, movies, music and software.' You would be smart to ask if there is a catch and what type of free content to expect from FilePlus. The...

Posted on April 18, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

CoNFicker Ransomware

Although the CoNFicker Ransomware seems to draw its name from a threat infection that has been around for a while, there is no connection between the CoNFicker Ransomware and previous threats with similar names. The CoNFicker Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan released on April 17, 2017, which carries out a typical ransomware tactic. Like most ransomware Trojans, the CoNFicker Ransomware is designed to encrypt the victims' files and then ask for the payment of a ransom in exchange for the decryption key, needed to recover the affected files. The CoNFicker Ransomware may be distributed through corrupted email attachments that use corrupted scripts to execute a compromised code on the victim's computer. The CoNFicker Ransomware is being delivered to the victims' computers in the form of a fake version of WinRAR, software used to create,...

Posted on April 18, 2017 in Ransomware

Malabu Ransomware

The Malabu Ransomware receives its name because it seems to be delivered in an executable file named 'MALABU-X.exe,' which may be sent to the victim through a corrupted email attachment that downloads and installs it using compromised scripts. Like most ransomware Trojans active currently, the Malabu Ransomware uses a combination of the AES and RSA encryptions to encrypt the victim's files. The Malabu Ransomware does this to take the victim's files hostage, demanding a payment of about $500 USD in BitCoins as a ransom. PC security researchers are against paying the Malabu Ransomware ransom, instead advising computer users to take preventive measures to ensure that their files are well protected against the Malabu Ransomware and similar ransomware Trojans. A Short Explanation about the Malabu Ransomware Infection The Malabu Ransomware...

Posted on April 18, 2017 in Ransomware

BlackRose Ransomware

The BlackRose Ransomware is a Trojan that is designed to encrypt the victims' files, keeping them locked to demand the payment of a ransom. The BlackRose Ransomware receives this name because of the email address used to contact its victims, 'black-rose(at)outlook.co.th.' Like most ransomware Trojans, the BlackRose Ransomware is used to encrypt the victim's files using a strong encryption method. The BlackRose Ransomware demands the payment of 1 BitCoin (approximately $1200 USD at the current exchange rate) to provide the decryption key necessary to recover the affected files. PC security researchers strongly advise computer users to refrain from paying the BlackRose Ransomware ransom, since there is no assurance that the people responsible for the BlackRose Ransomware attack will keep their promise and help computer users recover...

Posted on April 18, 2017 in Ransomware

Wealthdaily.io

Wealthdaily.io is an adware program that may display unwanted ads on the screen of the PC when the PC user is online shopping or visiting social networking websites. The pop-up ads displayed by Wealthdaily.io may offer PC users numerous discount coupons, offers and deals. In case the PC user clicks on the pop-up advertisements displayed by Wealthdaily.io, adware may forcibly divert him to suspicious websites. Wealthdaily.io may target and be installed on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome while the computer user is downloading the free software. When installed on the PC, Wealthdaily.io may change browser settings and substitute the default homepage and search engine with a questionable web place. When the PC user wants to look for anything on the Internet in any genuine search engine, the toolbar of Wealthdaily.io...

Posted on April 17, 2017 in Adware

Ads by 2345Soft

The Ads by 2345Soft are generated by an adware program that may install itself on a Web browser bundled with free software. The Ads by 2345Soft declares to make a computer user's Internet surfing more effective by showing 'Awesome Deals for You;' however, in truth, the Ads by 2345Soft is not a beneficial application. The Ads by 2345Soft may trace the PC user's Web browsing and create annoying pop-up advertisements. While it is being installed, the Ads by 2345Soft may record the PC user's unique identifier number, IP address, OS, websites visited and viewed, browser information, search queries entered, other software and hardware information. The Ads by 2345Soft may generate and display banners, text links, transitional, interstitial, and full page advertisements in a variety of well-known social networks, online shoppings or other...

Posted on April 17, 2017 in Adware

Quickstart.ninja

Quickstart.ninja is a questionable search engine website, which may be unsafe because it is related to PC infections that include browser hijackers and adware. Adware and browser hijackers may compromise a Web browser and modify the default homepage and search service with Quickstart.ninja, or open it as a new tab page. Security infections related to Quickstart.ninja also may replace a search box in the default search tool with its own by not permitting the computer owner to restore it to default settings unless it is completely uninstalled. Quickstart.ninja may come packaged with free apps that computer users download from the Web. PC users may set their computers in danger by installing adware and browser hijackers when downloading free programs from unprotected download websites. Quickstart.ninja also may show various random pop-up...

Posted on April 17, 2017 in Browser Hijackers