BlooTab

The BlooTab browser extension that you can find at Blootab.com is a free app that is promoted to enhance your new tab page. The BlooTab program may arrive on your computer in the company of other free apps and change your new tab page design automatically. The marketing pitch for BlooTab states: 'Enhance your browsing and search experience. With this beautiful abstract animation you will be always glad to open a new tab. Also you can check the weather in your location with hourly and 4 day forecast. Get a unique look for your new tab and homepage.' However, many users may not like the changes implemented by BlooTab in their browser. The BlooTab New Tab includes and animated abstract background, a search box, and links to popular services like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube and Gmail. The BlooTab New Tab is styled like...

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

Pytehole Ransomware

The Pytehole Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that was first uncovered on April 28, 2017. The Pytehole Ransomware is designed to affect computer users in English-speaking regions, although English is often used on the Internet even when targeting computer users in other parts of the world. The Pytehole Ransomware is being distributed using corrupted email attachments distributed using spam email messages mostly. The Pytehole Ransomware receives its name because the file used by this threat is named 'pyte-hole.exe' and seems to contain the Pytehole Ransomware's encryption engine. The Pytehole Ransomware can affect computers using both 32 and 64-bit versions of the Windows operating systems and represents a real threat to data placed on all local drives, removable memory devices connected to the connected device, and directories shared...

Posted on April 28, 2017 in Ransomware

MergeDocsNow

The MergeDocsNow browser extension by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. is marketed as a free tool for users that need access to PDF merge service, document conversion and PDF editing online. The MergeDocsNow extension can be found at mergedocsnow.com/index.jhtml and the Chrome Webstore. MergeDocsNow has a version for Mozilla Firefox, but its XPI package is not listed on the official Mozilla Add-ons platform. You can add MergeDocsNow as a Browser Helper Object to Internet Explorer, but there isn't a version that is compatible with the Microsoft's Edge browser. You may be interested to know that MergeDocsNow by Mindspark is an ad-supported product and behaves identically to the MergeDocsOnline Toolbar and the Convert Docs Now Toolbar released by Mindspark earlier. The MergeDocsNow may alter the design of your new tab page and start...

Posted on April 28, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

Search.myprivacy.zone

The Search.myprivacy.zone domain is associated with the MyPrivacy Search Chrome New Tab software, which is a browser extension that may empower your new tab page by loading Search.myprivacy.zone by default. The MyPrivacy Search Chrome New Tab extension is advertised to offer a privacy-centric online experience to users. The MyPrivacy Search Chrome New Tab app is a re-branded version of SearchControl (a.k.a. Search Dimension). Web surfers that seek to install the 'MyPrivacy Search' extension are redirected to chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-control/lfalbjnnkidjfoocmmgnejicgbgjpcgh where they are invited to add 'Search Control' to their Internet browser. Both extensions are identical except for their names and associated portals on the Web. The 'MyPrivacy Search' makes the same changes as 'Search Control' and makes your browser...

Posted on April 28, 2017 in Browser Hijackers

WiseFolderLock

The WiseFolderLock software that you may encounter in free software bundles should not be mistaken for the Wise Folder Hider by WiseCleaner. The WiseFolderLock program in question is offered as an optional component to third-party free programs. WiseFolderLock can be installed and used for free as long as it is for personal usage according to the EULA (End User License Agreement) that comes with the app. As you may expect, WiseFolderLock is intended to be used as a security tool that enables users to lock and hide data in the form of individual files and folders. PC users that share their machines with members of their household, fellow students, and colleges may be interested in installing the WiseFolderLock app to protect and hide files and folders on the system and USB drives. However, you may want to reconsider adding...

Posted on April 28, 2017 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

SmartService

SmartService is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that is marketed as a way for computer users to browse the Web using a private VPN. These services can be quite attractive to many computer users, but may often be linked to potentially threatening software or other hoaxes (particularly in the free VPNs that generate revenue with these questionable methods). There are several unwanted aspects of SmartService that can affect computer users. SmartService includes Trojan.Clicker and sMark5, a module with certain characteristics similar to a rootkit. Both of these components are installed along with SmartService on the affected computer and may cause various issues on the affected machine, as well as expose it to numerous online threats. SMark5 is designed to protect SmartService and its associated Trojan from detection and removal and...

Posted on April 27, 2017 in Trojan

GlobalWeather

The GlobalWeather program that you might find listed in your 'Programs and Features' panel is classified as adware. A fake weather forecast widget named 'GlobalWeather' is distributed to users via free software packages. The GlobalWeather software is not what its name suggests since the program may inject advertisements in the pages your browser loads. The GlobalWeather adware does not offer a GUI (General User Interface) window, and its activity takes place in the system's background. The GlobalWeather adware may put its files in the AppData folder and register a system service named 'Weather Service,' which is enabled to start with Windows automatically. Windows 10 users that have access to the native weather forecast app may think that the 'Weather Service' is part of a Microsoft product. The GlobalWeather adware may run on Windows...

Posted on April 27, 2017 in Adware

‘Your Computer Is In Blocked State’ Pop-Ups

The 'Your Computer Is In Blocked State' pop-up messages that seem to stick to your desktop and prevent you from operating your browser are not legitimate security alerts. The 'Your Computer Is In Blocked State' pop-ups are hosted on pages that hold phishing content and advertise services from fake computer support technicians. The sites that generate the 'Your Computer Is In Blocked State' pop-up notifications may feature the title 'Microsoft Official Support Page' and include a screenshot of Support.microsoft.com that is the legitimate portal where Windows users can request assistance for help with their system. The screenshot associated with the 'Your Computer Is In Blocked State' notifications is modified and might include the 800-490-5352 toll-free phone line. As mentioned above, the pages that host the 'Your Computer Is In Blocked...

Posted on April 27, 2017 in Adware

BestZiper

The BestZiper software that you may be invited to install via a free software package is deemed as riskware and Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). The BestZiper program does not offer ownership information and valid digital signature. The tool is promoted as a viable alternative to apps like 7Zip, WinRAR and WinZip. The BestZiper app may enable users to open, pack and extract data in the 7ZIP, RAR, ZIP and TAR file formats. You can install BestZiper via freeware packages only and its site on bestziper.com features misleading information. There are no contact details at bestziper.com, and the marketing pitch says: 'WinZip is trusted by millions of businesses and consumers to boost productivity, simplify file sharing and keep information private. The world's number one compression and encryption software, WinZip offers apps for all of...

Posted on April 27, 2017 in Adware

FlowSpirit

The FlowSpirit software from SpiritSoft is promoted at spiritsoft.cn and ipts.com as a free tool for Webmasters that are interested in boosting the traffic to their pages. The FlowSpirit software is available under the names Traffic Spirit and Flow Wizard as well. Regular PC users may not be interested in FlowSpirit, but they may encounter the app in free software bundles. FlowSpirit (a.k.a. Traffic Spirit & Flow Wizard) is a network utility that requires a lot of processing power to facilitate its operations. It is best to read the F.A.Q. section at ipts.com/aq.php if you are interested in running FlowSpirit to increase the traffic to pages you manage. The FlowSpirit program is based on a modified Blink Web rendering engine, which performs requests to various pages on the Internet via a closed VPN network. All users that run...

Posted on April 27, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

RecipeKart

The RecipeKart extension from Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. is distributed to users via freeware bundles, and some users may be surprised to find that their browser loads Hp.myway.com/recipekart/ttab02/index.html as their new tab page. The RecipeKart browser extension is designed to change your new tab layout and may change your start page in Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. The RecipeKart app is advertised as a friend to users who love to cook and explore new recipes. The RecipeKart program is available for free download and installation from the following sources: www.recipekart[.]com/index.jhtml chrome.google[.]com/webstore/detail/recipekart/ogfinmklpgmohidfadiempfallpbegoc You should take in consideration that the RecipeKart extension is deemed as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that is supported by marketers....

Posted on April 27, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

‘Error Ticket: WBCKL457’ Pop-Ups

Computer users have reported the 'Error Ticket: WBCKL457' pop-ups when browsing the Web, which are suspicious messages alerting them of a supposed problem on their computers and asking them to call a toll-free phone number for 'computer support.' Bogus error messages like the 'Error Ticket: WBCKL457' pop-ups are a known tactic that may be used to trick computer users into paying large amounts of money for fake technical support services eventually, or allow con artists to get access to their data. However, there's no truth to the 'Error Ticket: WBCKL457 pop-ups;' these messages are part of a well-known tactic and not associated with any legitimate security company or technical support provider. The 'Error Ticket: WBCKL457' pop-ups may appear when computer users visit websites with poor security protection and prevent the victims from...

Posted on April 26, 2017 in Adware

‘Microsoft Official Support System’ Pop-Ups

Computer users have reported pop-up windows and new tabs on their Web browsers that claim to be associated with a 'Microsoft Official Support System pop-ups.' The 'Microsoft Official Support System' pop-ups may be caused by unwanted online scripts, browser hijackers, or Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). It is common for the 'Microsoft Official Support System' pop-ups to appear when visiting insecure websites with a potentially harmful material. The 'Microsoft Official Support System' pop-ups may prevent computer users from closing the pop-up window and may redirect computer users to other websites or cause additional pop-ups to appear on the affected Web browser. The 'Microsoft Official Support System' pop-ups themselves carry out a well-known tactic that involves tricking inexperienced computer users into paying large amounts of...

Posted on April 26, 2017 in Adware

Your Daily Trailer

The Your Daily Trailer browser extension is promoted to help movie enthusiasts gain access to a broad catalog of films and explore trailers for upcoming media content. The Your Daily Trailer extension may support Google Chrome and can be found on the following pages: Yourdailytrailer.yournewtab[.]com Chrome.google[.]com/webstore/detail/your-daily-trailer/edaiejofkjoolebkceoecjgpchnfhjnf Both pages claim that the Your Daily Trailer app is "The Must-Have Chrome New Tab for Movie Fans!" and "...you can watch exciting new trailers from your New Tab page!." PC users can download and benefit from the Your Daily Trailer extension for free. However, Your Daily Trailer is a product of APN, LLC. that is developed with the support of advertising networks. When you add the Your Daily Trailer widget to your Internet client you will be invited to...

Posted on April 26, 2017 in Possibly Unwanted Program

XPan Ransomware

PC security researchers have observed various ransomware campaigns active in Brazil currently. The XPan Ransomware is being used to target small and medium businesses located in Brazil (although there is nothing limiting these attacks only to Brazil since these threat attacks can target computers anywhere). Taking advantage of remote desktop connections protected poorly is carrying out the XPan Ransomware attacks. Exploiting poor password protection and security measures, con artists can install the XPan Ransomware on the victims' computers, as well as carry out other threatening operations. Although not Identified Yet, the XPan Ransomware Distribution Method is Highly Effective The current the XPan Ransomware campaign is being targeted towards servers with exposed remote desktop protocol connections on the Internet specifically. Using...

Posted on April 26, 2017 in Ransomware