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GraceWire

GraceWire is a threat that uses stealth techniques to slither into Windows operating systems so that it could collect sensitive data without notice. Our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team identifies this Trojan as an info-stealer. Since the functionality of this malware appears to be quite limited, there is a high chance that it could run along with other malicious threats. The Trojan belongs to the Evil Corp group, also known as the Dudear group, and it is well-known for other infections. We talk more about them further in the report. The targets of this group are unknown, and it is possible that it does not conduct targeted attacks at all. Perhaps the group is taking advantage of anyone it comes across. If we learn anything new about this malware, we will surely update this report as soon as possible. If you continue reading, you will learn how this infection spreads, which, hopefully, will help you keep it away from your operating system. We also touch on the removal of GraceWire, which, of course, is crucial. Read more »

Nlah Ransomware

If Nlah Ransomware invades your system successfully, it messes with the data of your personal files, and also attaches the “.nlah” extension to mark them. The infection uses the method of encryption to ensure that you cannot read your own files, and that can push you into a very unfortunate situation. Our research team has thoroughly inspected this malicious file-encrypting malware, and we can guarantee that it is a clone of Usam Ransomware, Kuus Ransomware, Maas Ransomware, Sqpc Ransomware, and many other infections from the STOP Ransomware family. Quite likely, the same attacker is responsible for all, or at least most, of them, and there is proof for this conclusion. All in all, whether we are dealing with one attacker or hundreds of them, your system is just as vulnerable, and your files are just as locked. Sadly, it is not possible to recover the files by removing Nlah Ransomware. Nonetheless, this infection must be deleted ASAP, and we can show you how to do it. Read more »

Online Radio Finder Tab

Online Radio Finder Tab

Online Radio Finder Tab is a browser extension that works on the Chrome browser. The app is part of the Chrome extension wave that we have been dealing with for a while now. These extensions are potentially unwanted programs because users do not plan to have them added to their browsers. As a result, they need to terminate Online Radio Finder Tab and several other unwanted applications that might have entered their computers, too. Please note that such applications usually come in packs, so if you want to detect all of them, better run a full system scan with a security tool right now. Read more »

BestPDFSearch

BestPDFSearch

If you think that BestPDFSearch can help you find PDF converters, you have been tricked into believing in the wrong thing. The word “search” in the name is more important because, in fact, this extension simply presents a search tool. That is exactly how SportsHDSearchs, ConverterzSearch, AllConvertersSearch, and other extensions work as well. All of them look the same, and it is possible that the same party is responsible for all of them. If the creator focused on one extension, they could create something beneficial and attractive. However, copies of the same kind of a tool keep being produced, and so quantity is more important than quality. There is no doubt about that. Needless to say, you should not waste your time on low-quality products, and so we advise deleting BestPDFSearch. The instructions we have prepared will help you remove the PUP (potentially unwanted program) from Google Chrome manually, but before you dig into these instructions, read the report. Read more »

SportsHDSearchs

SportsHDSearchs

When you come across an extension named SportsHDSearchs, you are likely to assume that it can help you access high quality sports content or, perhaps, even live streams. Whatever your thoughts about this extension might have been before you installed it, it is unlikely that you ended up being happy with it. This extension is nothing more than a search tool, and an unreliable one at that. Anti-Spyware-101.com research team tested this add-on, although there really was no need for that. That is because we already have all of the information about this extension. We have this information because it is a clone of ConverterzSearch, AllConvertersSearch, TopStreamsSearch, and other well-researched PUPs. PUP stands for “potentially unwanted program,” and we are sure that at least some users will find the extension unwanted. To learn more about the reasons to remove SportsHDSearchs, continue reading. If you do not want to waste another moment, use the guide below to delete the PUP from Google Chrome. Read more »

HAT Ransomware

HAT Ransomware

If your Windows operating system is not currently secured against malware, fix this problem ASAP because HAT Ransomware could invade through various different security cracks. Such cracks can be opened by spam emails, unpatched vulnerabilities, malvertising scams, unreliable downloaders, and so on. It does not take much for cybercriminals to find a victim, and if they are successful, all files found on the attacked system are encrypted. What does that entail? When files are encrypted, reading them normally is impossible. According to the researchers at Anti-Spyware-101.com, a tool called ‘Rakhni Decryptor’ exists (created by ransomware researchers), but we cannot know for sure that you will be able to decrypt all of your files using it. Hopefully, that is the case, but even if you cannot recover files, you should not pay attention to the cybercriminals’ demands. Instead, you should focus on deleting HAT Ransomware. Read more »

Alpha865qqz Ransomware

Alpha865qqz Ransomware

You must protect your Windows operating system against Alpha865qqz Ransomware at all cost because if it manages to invade, it can encrypt everything. No, it does not encrypt system files, but that is only because the infection needs your operating system to function properly so that appropriate messages could be introduced to you. Other than that, all of your personal files can be corrupted, and that is done using an encryption key. This key is unique and strong, and so you cannot decipher the encrypted files yourself. Can third-party tools help? Free decryptor exist, but they cannot decipher secret keys. In some cases, cybersecurity experts are able to build free decryptors for the victims of ransomware, but that happens rarely, and that hasn’t happened for the Alpha865qqz infection yet. Unfortunately, files cannot be recovered by deleting Alpha865qqz Ransomware either. In fact, this malware should remove itself once it is done with the encryption of your personal files. Read more »

Access Online Forms

Access Online Forms

You do not need extensions to access online forms, but the creator of Access Online Forms has decided to convince Google Chrome users into thinking otherwise. At the time of research, this extension offered easy-access links to findmyforms.com and eforms.com for its users, and while you might find them to be useful, you certainly do not need an extension to access them. Does it offer other beneficial services? That is unlikely to be the case. In fact, this PUP (potentially unwanted program) collects data about users, redirects to a third-party search engine, and injects ads into search results to promote third-party content. This is, most likely, what the extension was creator for. Anti-Spyware-101.com research team does not think that it is useful, and that is why we recommend removing it. Do you know how to delete Access Online Forms from your browser? Continue reading, and you will find out. Read more »

TopStreamsSearch

TopStreamsSearch

You might have figured it out on your own already, but let us reaffirm that TopStreamsSearch is a useless extension that we recommend deleting from Google Chrome. When our research team analyzed this potentially unwanted program (PUP), Chrome was the only web browser that it was compatible with, and it is unlikely that it will cross over to other browsers. In any case, regardless of which one this extension takes over, we recommend getting rid of it. If you cannot wait to remove TopStreamsSearch from your browser, we have a few important tips for you to take note of. Of course, if you are completely unfamiliar with this extension, and you do not understand the situation clearly, it is a good idea for you to read this report. We are sure that you will find answers to many of the pressing questions you have, but if we fail to answer them all, note that we can continue discussing the PUP in the comments section. Read more »

ConvertrzSearch

ConvertrzSearch

We all want to get the most relevant search results whenever we look for something online. ConvertrzSearch comes across as a tool that can help you with that. However, our research team says that this application is a potentially unwanted program. It means that the application exhibits certain behavioral patterns that can be deemed to be inappropriate or undesirable. What’s more, users often install this application accidentally. In order words, if you didn’t plan to have this app, you can scroll down to the bottom of this description and remove ConvertrzSearch right away. Read more »