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JackSparrow Ransomware

JackSparrow Ransomware

JackSparrow Ransomware is an encryptor, and it goes after your personal files if it gets the chance to do so. It might get the chance if you open spam email attachments, download files from unreliable sources, interact with misleading advertisements, postpone system and software updates, or leave your operating system unprotected. Unfortunately, although there is plenty of information about malware, its distribution, and ways to prevent successful attacks, some Windows users continue to be careless, and that is why ransomware thrives. The bad news is that, in most cases, ransomware uses encryptors that cannot be deciphered, which means that victims are not able to recover their files. You certainly cannot recover files by deleting JackSparrow Ransomware. That being said, the removal of this malware is very important, and, hopefully, you can replace your files afterward. Needless to say, replacement is possible only if copies exist, and your chances of using them successfully are better if they are stored outside the infected computer. Read more »

Safeplex Search

Safeplex Search

What would you think when you hear the name Safeplex Search? Perhaps you might think that it is an application that is supposed to improve your web search safety. It wouldn’t be too far from the truth, but our research team says that Safeplex Search is a potentially unwanted program. It means that this application may exhibit a variety of features that might be deemed undesirable. Thus, if you didn’t want to have this app on your computer in the first place, please remove Safeplex Search following the manual removal guidelines right below this description. Read more »

MOOL Ransomware

MOOL Ransomware

MOOL Ransomware is a version of STOP Ransomware threats. Consequently, it acts similarly to all ransomware programs coming from this family. For instance, it shows almost the same ransom note as other STOP Ransomware threats; the only difference in this malicious application's displayed message is that it has different contact information. If you want to learn how it works, how it could be distributed, or even how to delete it, we encourage you to read our full article. Also, if you are interested in learning how to remove MOOL Ransomware manually, you should find our deletion instructions available below this text useful too. If you need more assistance with its removal of want to ask something about its working manner, keep in mind that you can use our comments section located at the end of this page. Read more »

Breaking News Plus

Breaking News Plus

Breaking News Plus is a browser extension for Google Chrome users who want to reach news websites from their new tab page. Even if the plugin sounds like a tool that you have been looking for, we advise not to rush with its installation before you learn more about it. Our researchers say that it falls under the classification of potentially unwanted programs. Such tools are not considered to be malicious, but it is said that they could have annoying and undesirable qualities. If you continue reading our article, we will tell you what we found out about this extension while we were testing it. Also, if you have already placed it on your Google Chrome, but now you want to erase Breaking News Plus, we can offer you our removal instructions available at the end of the text. Read more »

Nbes Ransomware

Nbes Ransomware

Nbes Ransomware doesn’t need something sophisticated to enter your system. This malicious infection usually slithers into the target computers via a spam attachment, and users are left scared and confused when their files get encrypted with a military-grade algorithm.

Although it is possible to remove Nbes Ransomware from the victim’s computer without too much, it is your files that require more attention. Please note that there is always a chance that it might not be possible to recover all of your data. Thus, it simply proves how dangerous ransomware infections are, and we should never take them lightly. Read more »

Alka Ransomware

Alka Ransomware

Alka Ransomware is a malicious computer infection that will lock up your files in a blink of an eye. This program will try to push you into paying for the decryption key. Of course, everyone should be aware of the fact that paying for the decryption key doesn’t solve anything. In fact, the people behind this infection are bound to collect the payment and then disappear without even providing the decryption key. Hence, it is for the best to remove Alka Ransomware right now. Please scroll down to the bottom of this description, where you will find the manual ransomware removal guidelines. Read more »

Hets Ransomware

Hets Ransomware

You might think that your operating system is an impenetrable fortress, but Hets Ransomware will prove you wrong if you give this malware a single opportunity to do so. Security loopholes within spam emails, bundled downloaders, social engineering scams, and RDP backdoors can be used by cybercriminals to drop pretty much anything onto an unguarded operating system. If it is guarded appropriately, the launcher of the threat is removed instantly. If it is not guarded, the ransomware proceeds to hook its claws into your system and silently encrypt all found personal files. Documents, videos, and photos are amongst the files that the ransomware corrupts, and these are the kinds of files that most Windows users are desperate not to lose. Unfortunately, once your files are encrypted, even deleting Hets Ransomware will not save them. So what are you supposed to do? Should you obey the attackers and pay the ransom they demand? Read more »

CONTI Ransomware

CONTI Ransomware

CONTI Ransomware shows a message saying that a victim’s system is locked, but, in reality, the malware locks particular files. To be more precise, the malicious application enciphers data, which is why it becomes impossible to open it without a unique decryption key and a decryption tool. The threat’s developers may offer to sell such decryption tools if you contact them via the email addresses that should be provided on the malware’s ransom notes. However, you should know that whatever cybercriminals may offer you, you cannot be sure that they will deliver it. In other words, if you pay a ransom, your money could be lost in vain, as you may never get the needed decryption tools. Therefore, we advise thinking carefully before you decide how to react to the malicious application’s note. If you want to get to know the threat better, you should read the rest of this article. Also, if you choose to delete CONTI Ransomware, you might want to have a look at the removal instructions available below. Read more »

HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware

HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware

If the thought of losing your personal files makes you sweat profusely, HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware is an infection you want to learn more about. Just like hundreds and thousands of other file-encrypting ransom-demanding threats, this one is all about making your personal files unreadable. Unfortunately, a complex, unique encryptor is used by this threat, which is why you cannot decrypt your files using any kind of decryption software. Are you looking for free decryptors? If you find one that claims to decrypt the files with the “.hackdoor” extension appended to their names, you want to be very careful. At the time of research, Anti-Spyware-101.com could not find free decryptors that worked. What does that leave you with? Unfortunately, your only option might seem to pay a ransom that is requested by the attackers. The thing is that this is not a real option because cybercriminals are unlikely to give you anything in return for your money. Hopefully, even if you cannot decrypt files, you can still replace them, but only after you delete HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware. Read more »

OnyxLocker Ransomware

OnyxLocker Ransomware

When files are encrypted by OnyxLocker Ransomware, they cannot be read because there is no program that could decipher the encryptor used. The process of encryption is very simple because people can use it to protect their files; however, cybercriminals have decided to encrypt files to make money, and they have been very successful at it. Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers have faced an uncountable number of file-encryptors, and a few of the more recent ones include Devos Ransomware, 2048 Ransomware, and Pashka Ransomware. Some are more complex than others, and some of the threats are capable of stealing passwords, wiping data, deleting shadow copies, and doing other terrible things. Most often, however, cybercriminals stick to encryption alone because that is enough to back Windows users into a corner. If you too feel backed into a corner, you might be thinking about the option of paying the ransom, but our researchers recommend that you focus on deleting OnyxLocker Ransomware instead. Read more »