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Vawe Ransomware

Vawe Ransomware

Vawe Ransomware is an infection that we are still tracking very closely. It appears that it comes from the STOP Ransomware family – which we talk more about further in this report – but we are still looking to see if it evolves or changes with time. While the Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers continue to track and analyze this malware, we are sharing the information that has been collected already to warn you about it. And there is definitely something to warn about. This malware has your personal files on the target, and if you let it in, it will go straight to your documents, videos, and pictures to encrypt them. How do your files look after encryption? Well, because the data of the files is scrambled, they cannot be read. It might seem as if your files were locked. Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to say whether or not you can get them unlocked. However, there are solutions to consider. At the end, of course, you must remove Vawe Ransomware, and we discuss the different methods that you can use to delete the infection also. Read more »

File Conversion Now

File Conversion Now

If you want to browse the web safely, we suggest that you do not install File Conversion Now. What does a tool that is meant to convert files have to do with virtual safety? Surprisingly, lots. If you have installed this PUP (potentially unwanted program) already, we recommend that you remove it as soon as possible. If you would like to know why our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team recommends it, you should continue reading. You will find information about how this PUP is introduced, who it was created by, and what methods can be applied to eliminate it. If you believe that you know it all already, perhaps you will go straight to the guide below. Note that is shows how to delete File Conversion Now manually, and there are other methods to be discussed. We hope that we can assist you in any case, and if you think of any questions that you would want to ask, do not hesitate to use the comments area below. Read more »

ConverterzSearch

ConverterzSearch

ConverterzSearch is a browser extension that provides a search tool. If you are wondering whether this could improve your browsing experience, we advise learning more about this extension before adding it to your Google Chrome. The application got classified as a potentially unwanted program. Software belonging to this category usually has unwanted qualities. If you want to find out what could they be, in this case, we advise reading our full article. In it, we talk about the extension’s working manner, its possible distribution channels, and its removal. If you already have this application on your browser, but want to get rid of it, we can offer our deletion instructions that explain how to erase ConverterzSearch manually. We have a comments section below that we encourage you to use if you have any questions related to this potentially unwanted program. Read more »

Stewaysef.info

You might not remember facing Stewaysef.info at all because this is an adware server that randomly surprises people with advertisements and notifications online. Obviously, you should not face this adware server without reason. One of them might be active adware (advertising-supported software). If adware exists, a trusted malware scanner will find it instantly. Then, you will need to delete it to ensure that you are no longer redirected to unreliable ad pages. Another reason why you might be facing the adware server is that you have visited an unreliable website and/or enabled notifications offered by it. Further in this report, you will learn what kinds of websites you need to stay away from, and also why you need to judge all notification requests. If you have enabled some already, we can show you how to get rid of them. The guide below shows how to remove Stewaysef.info notifications manually, but we suggest that you read this report first to understand the adware server better. Read more »

s3redirect.com

The default search provider on Google Chrome is likely to be changed to s3redirect.com if you install a Chrome-compatible extension named Vil APP. There is a possibility that a different extension could be linked to the suspicious search tool, and if that were the case, you would have to focus on it. If you have discovered a change within your default search provider, but you cannot identify an extension or an application that is responsible for that, we recommend installing a legitimate malware scanner. This tool will quickly examine your operating system and identify the threats that require removal, if such threats exist at all. Obviously, if you want to have s3redirect.com deleted from your browser, you want to get rid of whatever it is that introduced this unreliable search tool. Are you confused as to why we classify it as an unreliable search tool? If that is the case, you should read our report. Our researchers have tested the search tool in the internal Anti-Spyware-101.com lab, and we can tell you exactly how it works. Read more »

HDMusicStreamSearch

HDMusicStreamSearch

Are you wondering if you made the right decision when you installed HDMusicStreamSearch? If you are, you came to the right place as we discuss the extension’s working manner, possible distribution channels, and its deletion in this article. Since the application was classified as a potentially unwanted program, it means that it might have undesirable qualities. In other words, the tool’s working manner could be annoying. If you find it so irritating that you want to delete it, you can find our step by step instructions that show how to erase HDMusicStreamSearch manually at the end of this text. Should you need more help with the removal process or have any questions to ask about the potentially unwanted program, do not hesitate to leave us a message in the comments area. Read more »

GamingSearch

GamingSearch

According to the description of GamingSearch, the application provides the best way to search. If you wonder whether this is true or not, we invite you to read our full article so that you could learn more and form an opinion of your own. In the text, we discuss how this extension works, how it could be distributed, and what you can do if you do not want to keep it on your computer. If you are only interested in the application’s removal, you should check the deletion instructions below. Also, it is vital to mention that since the extension was classified as a potentially unwanted program, users who want to erase GamingSearch can employ a legitimate antimalware tool for this task. We also encourage you to use our comments section if there is something else you want to ask about this potentially unwanted program. Read more »

PDFConverterSearchHQ

PDFConverterSearchHQ

PDFConverterSearchHQ is a potentially unwanted program that could be installed by Google Chrome users. We highly recommend learning more about this browser extension before installing it as it could have unwanted qualities. Thus, to make sure that you will not be disappointed with this application, we advise reading our full article. In it, we talk about where the potentially unwanted program could come from, how it might work, and how it could be erased. If you are here because you are looking for a way to delete PDFConverterSearchHQ, you could slide below the text and follow the available removal instructions. If you have any questions about the removal instructions or the potentially unwanted program’s working manner, feel free to leave us a comment at the end of this article. Read more »

Smooth Search Tab

Smooth Search Tab

Do you believe that you can browse the web “smoothly” with the help of Smooth Search Tab? If you do, you have to think about what kind of service this extension actually offers. Does it offer a tool that will help you browse the web quicker or easier? That is not the case. It simply promises to provide you with the search results of a third-party search engine, and, of course, that is nothing useful. If you downloaded this potentially unwanted program (PUP) from the Chrome Web Store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/smooth-search-tab/mfpnmamdicmfhemmnpbkldadnibnkfig), it should not have been installed with anything else. However, if you used a bundled downloader, the PUP might have been installed with other undesirable extensions and apps. Bundles can even be used to distribute malware! Before you continue reading to learn how to delete Smooth Search Tab, scan your system to check if there is anything else that you might want to remove. Read more »

ConvertItSearch

ConvertItSearch

ConvertItSearch sounds like the kind of program that you could use to convert files or access tools that could convert them. In reality, it is neither. Although it can offer a search module, it is not focused on conversion specifically, and it is not one that you can trust either. According to the researchers at the internal Anti-Spyware-101.com lab, this extension is just another PUP (potentially unwanted program), and the assumption is that it was created to assist in advertising. Is that what you expected to happen? If it is not, we suggest that you remove ConvertItSearch without hesitation. Are you hesitant to make any moves because you are not sure what exactly is going on with this extension? If that is the case, we suggest that you continue reading this report. You will learn how the PUP spreads, what it does inside the system, and what steps you can take if you decide to delete this extension. Read more »