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I Need Directions Now

I Need Directions Now

I Need Directions Now is an extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome users, and an application for Internet Explorer users. Although it offers services that might attract some users, our research team at Anti-Spyware-101.com classifies it as a potentially unwanted program; generally known as “PUP.” It does not look malicious, and its installer is free, which is why it is not surprising that many users choose to download it. Unfortunately, problems start showing up as soon as the installation is initiated. First of all, the tool might ask to change homepage and search provider settings. If you have the option to decline an unfamiliar search tool, you certainly should use it. Of course, you do not have the option to decline changes to your New Tab, as this is where the extension represents itself. Whether or not changes to your browser are welcome, you should delete I Need Directions Now, and we discuss this in depth in this report. If you are curious about why you should remove this extension/application or how to do it, you should continue reading. Read more »

Donut Ransomware

Donut Ransomware

If you do not want to put your personal files at risk, Donut Ransomware is an infection you need to keep away from your operating system. Any careless click could let this malware in, which is why you need to be most cautious. For example, you should forget about interacting with spam emails. If you are not smart about it, you could let in all kinds of malware, including other well-known file-encrypting threats, such as Danger Ransomware, Scarab-Leen Ransomware, Autismlocker Ransomware, or BansomQare Manna Ransomware. If you are interested, all of these – and many others – infections have been reviewed by our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team. Once the infection slithers in silently, it immediately scans your operating system and encrypts files. Although the threat evades all system files, as well as some specific files (“autorun.inf,” “boot.ini,” “bootsect.bak,” “desktop.ini,” “iconcache.db,” “ntuser.dat,” “ntuser.dat.log,” and “thumbs.db”) regardless of their location, it does not ignore what we call “personal files.” You can save them only if you delete Donut Ransomware in time, and, unfortunately, it is most likely that you have found this removal guide because your personal files got encrypted already. Read more »

Danger Ransomware

Danger Ransomware does not meet us with anything new. If anything, our research team suggests that this program is just a version of a previously released infection. So it will exhibit the same behavioral patterns as its predecessors. On the other hand, although it should be easier to deal with an infection when you know what it is up to, we cannot say that about ransomware programs. That is because each ransomware application is unique, and so while we can apply similar methods to remove Danger Ransomware, they will not work for the file decryption. That is perhaps the most frustrating part about ransomware infections. Read more »

StalinLocker Wiper

StalinLocker Wiper

StalinLocker Wiper is a nasty malicious application categorized as ransomware. Even though it belongs to this category of malware, it differs from those ransomware infections that encrypt users’ files to obtain money from them a lot because it does not lock a single file on the affected machine. Instead, once executed, it places a window with a picture of Stalin over Desktop and, by doing so, locks it completely. As a consequence, users cannot perform any activities using their PCs and/or access their programs and files. It is only one of two activities StalinLocker Wiper performs on affected computers. If you do not unlock your screen or do not disable the ransomware infection within 10 minutes, this threat will delete almost all files from your computer, including those considered system files. As a consequence, your computer could not even load up anymore. This explains why StalinLocker Wiper is often referred to as a data wiper. Read more »

Scarab-Leen Ransomware

Scarab-Leen Ransomware

Scarab-Leen Ransomware is a harmful infection that might enter your computer illegally. Unlike Trojans and some other malicious applications, it does not try to stay unnoticed after it infiltrates computers. Instead, it starts working immediately and locks files found on the affected system. In other words, it is typical crypto-malware that locks files with the purpose of extracting money from users. Do not send money to cyber criminals even if those files you need to access badly have been encrypted too because you will not only encourage malicious software developers to release more infections, but you might not even get the decryption tool from them. Actually, it is quite common for crooks not to give victims the promised decryptor. There is a possibility that they do not even have it. It does not mean that you can keep the ransomware infection active on your system if you decide not to make a payment. If you do not disable it soon, you will see its ransom note opened automatically each time you restart your computer. Additionally, there is a huge possibility that you will find all new files you create encrypted too. Scarab-Leen Ransomware creates a registry key, a Value in the system registry, and drops several files, so its removal will not be very quick and easy. Do not worry about this – we are here to help you. Read more »

Ember Relax Background

Ember Relax Background

Ember Relax Background is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that may collect user’s information for unknown purposes. The suspicion arises from the fact the software has no End User Licence Agreement or Privacy Policy papers. Moreover, our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com noticed the application might be spread through unreliable channels. Therefore, considering the extension does not look trustworthy, we would advise you not to take any chances with it and eliminate it before something goes wrong. Users who wish to get rid of it at once could slide below the article and follow the provided deletions steps showing how to remove Ember Relax Background from Google Chrome. On the other hand, users who still have not decided what to do with this PUP could read the rest of this report and get to know it better. Read more »

System Activation Key Has Expired

System Activation Key Has Expired might look genuine to inexperienced users, but our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com confirm it is just another fake system alert. Therefore, users who see it are encouraged to remove it at once. Sadly, if you do as the notification says you might end up being scammed, not to mention, the hackers behind this technical scam could steal various private information from you. To learn more about the System Activation Key Has Expired alert, such as details about is distribution, working manner, dangers of encountering it, and so on, you should read the full article. Moreover, at the end of the text, we will add instructions explaining how to close the fake notification is it goes into full-screen mode and how to reset the browser to stop it from re-appearing again. Still, if the process looks a bit too complicated, you could install a legitimate antimalware tool instead and let it deal with this threat for you. Read more »

Exocrypt Ransomware

Exocrypt Ransomware

Although ransomware programs are extremely dangerous computer security threats, sometimes we are lucky to encounter apps that are still under development. Exocrypt Ransomware is one of such programs, and it does not present us with an extremely hard challenge when it comes to decrypting the encrypted files. What’s more, there clearly is no need to pay the ransom because it is possible to decrypt this ransomware, and you might solve this problem even if you do not have your files backed up on an external hard drive. Thus, simple remove Exocrypt Ransomware from your computer and make sure you do not get infected with such programs in the future. Read more »

24stream

24stream

24stream could sound tempting as it promises the user will be able to find TV content right from his browser. However, the truth is you can locate such material just the same without even adding the extension in question. All you have to do is pick a trustworthy search engine and type in the right keywords in the search box. As you see, this add-on provides merely a search engine and to make matters worse; it might not be a reliable tool since our researchers report the software could be showing third-party advertising content among the results it may display. Under such circumstances, it is no wonder 24stream falls under the classification of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). If you want to know even more about it, we invite you to keep reading this article. Also, should you decide it is time to get rid of this suspicious extension, do not forget you can use instructions available a bit below this article. Read more »

ShoppingDealsLive Toolbar

ShoppingDealsLive Toolbar

If you shop online frequently, you might be on a hunt for the best deals and discounts, and that is what the suspicious ShoppingDealsLive Toolbar promises to help you with. The extension is free, and so you might see no harm in installing it. If you install the first tool that offers something beneficial without doing any research, you are likely to run into big problems. If you have installed this potentially unwanted program (PUP) already, it is unlikely that you researched it thoroughly or that you reviewed the privacy policies that are represented by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., the developer of the PUP. If you would have looked into this toolbar before the installation, it is unlikely that you would have gone through with it, and that is because it is pretty suspicious. For example, it can record information about you and your behavior using cookies. It then can share information with “partners” who are not disclosed. If you do not want a strange piece of software tracking you and sharing information about you, it might be best to delete ShoppingDealsLive Toolbar. Unfortunately, that is not the only reason you should remove this strange, potentially unwanted program. Read more »