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btc@fros.cc Ransomware

btc@fros.cc Ransomware

If you are unlucky enough to face btc@fros.cc Ransomware, you need to take action right away. If you are able to uncover the disguise of this malicious threat quickly, you just might be able to delete the launcher file before the infection is fully executed. The threat is likely to be introduced to you with the help of software bundles or spam emails, and so you might have a chance to eliminate the file. If you do not realize that a seemingly harmless file you downloaded and opened belongs to malware, the malicious infection can move on to encrypt your personal files. Once they are encrypted, you cannot rename them or change them in any way to make them readable again. The decryptor that the creator of the ransomware should produce, could not have been obtained, and legitimate file decryptors are powerless against the cryptor of this malware. So, if your files were encrypted, you are in a very sticky situation. All in all, regardless of the outcome, it is a must to remove btc@fros.cc Ransomware, and that is what we discuss in this report. Read more »

Gator

Tracking cookies are not considered serious threats, so do not freak out if you ever find one of them on your system. Gator is one of the thousands of tracking cookies that exist in the world. It is already quite old (it was detected in 2010), but some users might still encounter it. If you can locate it next to other cookies on the web browser you use, it is very likely that it was placed there some time ago. It is not considered malicious, but it might be used to keep/record some information about you, so feel free to remove Gator from your system to put an end to this activity. We cannot confirm that Gator is actively used to collect information these days since it is quite old, but it would not be worse if you remove it from your web browser. Tracking cookies might be placed on all users’ browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Luckily, users have the full freedom to manage all cookies themselves. We would suggest eliminating those that have been dropped on your system after visiting shady websites immediately. Instructions provided below will help you to get rid of Gator and all other undesirable browsing cookies manually. Read more »

EPilot

There is a good chance that a cookie called EPilot can be found on your browser. On Google Chrome, for example, you can find the list of all cookies at chrome://settings/siteData (enter this path into the address bar of the browser to access the list). The access to the cookies’ list on other browsers is a little more complicated, but we can help you delete EPilot. Why should you eliminate this HTTP/web/tracking cookie? In fact, we cannot tell you to do it, and it is your decision whether or not you wish to go through with it. That being said, there are some things that might weigh your decision, and our research team has thoroughly inspected the suspicious cookie to provide you with the most relevant information. If you choose not to remove it, you will at least have more information about it. If you decide that you do want to get rid of it, we have added a guide that should help you. Of course, we have created guides that show how to clear the most popular web browsers, and if you need our assistance clearing others, you should not hesitate to leave us a comment below. Read more »

Xnxx

You need to be extremely selective about the cookies that are embedded in your web browsers because malicious ones exist too. The Xnxx cookie is our main focus in this report. Cookies are pieces of data that record information that can be both personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable. The data is stored by the cookie so that whenever the user revisits the website, some data is already available. This data might include preferences, language settings, time zone, geo-location, and browsing history. Using this data, the website might be capable of presenting the visitor with a more relevant and personalized experience. For example, if you revisit an online shopping website, you might find recently viewed items, and shopping suggestions might reflect your previous browsing history. In most cases, cookies are harmless and even useful, but some are more intrusive and might require removal. Anti-Spyware-101.com research team recommends deleting Xnxx cookie because it can monitor activity and, potentially, record highly sensitive information. Continue reading to learn more. Read more »

Engage

Engage is a tracking cookie used for gathering information about the user’s interests. Researchers report it could record various anonymous data, e.g., clicked ads, visited web pages, and so on. What’s more, our researchers inform us the cookie is quite old, and it is unknown whether there are any sites that still contain it. However, we will talk more about it later in the text. Therefore, if you noticed Engage in your browser, we would recommend reading the rest of the article to find out more details about it. Besides, positioned slightly below the text you should find detailed removal instructions that explain how to eliminate the tracking cookie manually from browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Read more »

Power System Care

Power System Care

If your operating system has been running slower than usual lately, you might be thinking about installing a program like Power System Care. It promises to speed up the system by cleaning the Registry and by removing add-ons and adware. These promises are made at powersyscare.com, the official website set up to offer the free installer of the program. Although the installer is free, the services are not, and if you choose to use the PUP (potentially unwanted program) to “repair” alleged issues, you will need to pay €23.95. This is not a lot of money, but definitely too much for what is offered. The issues that the scanner finds can be easily fixed for free, and some of them can even be ignored. If you go to %TEMP%, you might find a ton of temporary files, and you can easily eliminate them all yourself. It is silly to pay for a program to do it. Unfortunately, some users might be tricked into thinking that the PUP is an essential tool that can significantly increase system’s speeds. It is not, and that is why we want to show you how to delete Power System Care. Read more »

Go.bonefreeze.com

Go.bonefreeze.com

If you ever encounter an installer that offers to set Go.bonefreeze.com as the default search provider, new tab page, or homepage, the smart thing to do is to terminate the installation. This search engine is classified as a browser hijacker, and you do not want to face it every time you launch your browser. The interface of this hijacker is certainly confusing, as it gives an impression that it is just a regular search engine that can be trusted with web browsing. It cannot because it redirects and shows results that are modified. In the past, the hijacker would redirect to Bing Search. At the time of research, it was routing to Yahoo Search. In the future, we might see it redirecting someplace else. The same is true for the clones of this hijacker, Go.deepteep.com, Go.bonanzoro.com, and Go.querymo.com. We recommend deleting them all for the same reasons that are presented in this report. If you too want to learn how to remove Go.bonefreeze.com, do not hesitate to continue reading. Read more »

StreamingTime

StreamingTime

StreamingTime might look like an innocent browser extension, but our research team says that this application is a browser hijacker. It means that it can change your browser’s settings without your permission, and it can collect information on your web browsing habits.

If you want to protect your privacy (and you most certainly do), you have to remove StreamingTime from your computer immediately. Scroll down to the bottom of this description for the manual removal instructions, or continue reading to find out more about this application. Either way, the bottom line is clear: you have to get rid of StreamingTime today. Read more »

MapsScout

MapsScout

MapsScout is a suspicious application that, according to our research team, is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer users. The program is installed as an extension on the first two browsers, but Internet Explorer users install it as an application. Whether you install it thinking it will offer you great services, or you let it is as you install undesirable programs, the first thing we suggest doing is scanning your operating system. If you download the PUP (potentially unwanted program) from mapsscout.com or the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mapsscout-advertising-off/fjclfmhapndgeabdcikbhemimpijpnah), additional programs should not be downloaded. On the other hand, the PUP could also be bundled along with third-party programs and spread using third-party installers. In this situation, scanning the PC and browsers is a must. If malicious threats – besides the PUP – are found, you need to delete them as quickly as you can. If you need to remove MapsScout, read this report, and decide which removal method you want to choose. Read more »

AutoFixer Pro 2018

AutoFixer Pro 2018

AutoFixer Pro 2018 looks like a clone of our recently encountered potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), for example, Power System Care or Advanced Speedup 2018, which is why it falls under the same classification. Just like with the previous versions, the software cannot be thoroughly tested before purchasing its license. Also, based on the scanning results we received, we do not think the software could make any visible changes to the computer’s speed or performance. We will explain this in more detail further in the article. However, if you already know you will choose to eliminate AutoFixer Pro 2018 and do not need any more information about it, you could use the removal steps located below the article. Of course, if you need more help with the PUP’s deletion or have questions about it, you could leave us a message below the article too. Read more »