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Search-operator.com

Search-operator.com

Search-operator.com is a search tool that redirects users to Bing to display results. After researching it, our specialists at Anti-spyware-101.com decided it might be safer to go directly to bing.com instead of using the application in question. Apparently, it does not have End User License Agreement (EULA), Privacy Policy (PP), and Terms of Use documents that as you might be aware are crucial in order to get to know any tool or website. There is one other thing suggesting the application might not be the best fit for your default search engine too, but we will discuss it further in the report. Thus, if you came here to get more information about Search-operator.com, we invite you to read our full article. What’s more, if you choose to remove this search engine from your browser, you might find useful the deletion steps available below the text. Read more »

SpeedTest3

SpeedTest3

Have you downloaded SpeedTest3 to test your Internet speeds? If you have done that, you might come to the conclusion that you have made a mistake. Although the extension looks pretty much harmless, and you can download it onto Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers for free, there’s more than meets the eye. The extension is, first and foremost, an advertising tool, and if you let it in, you will be flooded with all kinds of ads. Furthermore, the parties serving them could know quite a lot about you to ensure that the content you are exposed to is attractive, and that is due to the information that the extension collects and shares. To most users, this is enough to decide upon the removal of SpeedTest3. If you wish to delete this extension as well, you can find a guide below. Before that, we advise reading the report to understand this adware (advertising-supported software) better. Read more »

bestMovies Now

bestMovies Now

We all watch movies and TV series, and we all want the best and most convenient experience. An add-on called bestMovies Now is supposed to provide just that. The extension promises to offer “immediate access to information about unlimited movies, TV series, trailers and movie reviews,” which might make you think that it allows watching movies and TV series for free. It does not. The best it can do is route to gomovix.com, which you can use to find movies or TV shows and a list of streaming services that you can use to watch them. Overall, the extension is kind of useless, and it is surprising that users fall for it at all. Nonetheless, a useless service is not all that the suspicious extension can provide you with. According to our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team, if you do not delete bestMovies Now, it will track your activity and inform third parties about it to help them showcase ads, which are likely to be displayed via the search engine. These are the main reasons to remove the extension ASAP. Read more »

Baysearch.co

Baysearch.co

You might think that Baysearch.co is a terrific search tool, but our malware experts warn that it is not so great. In fact, it is pretty mysterious and unpredictable, which is why we recommend removing it from your Google Chrome web browser immediately. This browser is the only one that the BaySearch Video NnewTab extension is compatible with, and it is likely to be installed on your browser if its homepage and/or New Tab was hijacked. Needless to say, if this extension does not exist, you still should delete Baysearch.co. You also should check whether or not another suspicious extension exists on your browser. A legitimate malware scanner can be extremely useful in this situation because it can also help you uncover other threats that might exist on your operating system without you even knowing it. If you continue reading, you will learn about the extension and the hijacker, and you will also learn how to remove it. If you are left with questions on your mind, use the comments section below. Read more »

T1Happy Ransomware

T1Happy Ransomware

T1Happy Ransomware shows a warning saying: “YOU'VE BEEN HIT BY A RANSOMWARE,” as soon as it encrypts user’s data. If you see it, you most likely infected your device with this malicious application. In which case, we highly recommend reading our full article to get to know this threat better. In the text, we will discuss its possible distribution channels, its effective manner, and deletion ways. Our researchers advise against contacting the hackers or putting up with their demands. Instead, they recommend erasing T1Happy Ransomware with the removal steps available below, or a legitimate antimalware tool of your preferences. As you see the malicious application can auto start with the operating system, which means it could encrypt files you could place or create on the infected device. Thus, to avoid receiving further damage, we believe the malware should be eliminated. Read more »

IEncrypt Ransomware

IEncrypt Ransomware

IEncrypt Ransomware is a very unpredictable infection, in a sense that we cannot associate any specific email addresses, names, or even encrypted files’ extensions to it. This threat is ever-changing, and it appears to be adjusted to target specific companies. For example, in the past, we saw it taking over the files of the Krauss-Maffei company, and when files were encrypted, the “.kraussmfz” ransomware file extension was added. In the latest attack, it has targeted the CMS Nextech company, and it also added the “.cmsnwned” extension to the files it corrupted. In this report, we take the latest attack as an example, but keep in mind that the infection could be modified to attack a different target entirely. Although it appears that the infection is going after big companies, we cannot guarantee that it will not attack individual Windows users too. In any situation, if you continue reading, you will learn how to secure your system, as well as how to remove IEncrypt Ransomware from your Windows operating system. Read more »

.lightning Ransomware File Extension

.lightning Ransomware File Extension

.lightning Ransomware File Extension can turn your photos and documents into worthless files that your system might be unable to read anymore. The malware encrypts the user’s data with a strong encryption algorithm, which makes it impossible to open it without decrypting it first. Sadly, the tools needed for decryption are in possession of the hackers behind the infection, and as usual, they demand a ransom. Truth to be told, it is possible the cybercriminals do not have decryption means either, which is why we do not recommend putting up with their demands. If your computer got infected with this malicious application, we recommend reading our full article to learn more about it. Also, we can offer deletion instructions available at the end of the article if you decide to erase .lightning Ransomware File Extension. Read more »

Cossy Ransomware

Cossy Ransomware

If you open the wrong spam email attachment, leave your system vulnerable, or interact with malicious downloaders, Cossy Ransomware is one of the many threats that could invade your Windows operating system. The threat is extremely aggressive, but it is stealthy in its attack, and you are not supposed to recognize it or even notice it. After execution, the threat is meant to encrypt files, and Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers warn that this particular infection is capable of encrypting everything in its way. Of course, the ransomware evades files that help the system operate because if the system crashes, the attack will not be successful. The main goal is to make victims pay money, and a ransom note must be introduced to the victim for that. The ransom note is delivered via a TXT file, which is one of the several files that require removal. If you continue reading, you will learn what it takes to delete Cossy Ransomware from your operating system. We have to warn you right away that the process might be complicated. Read more »

Juwon Ransomware

Juwon Ransomware

You might be under the impression that Juwon Ransomware has encrypted your entire operating system, but that is far from the truth. The worst it can do is encrypt your personal files, and your computer is just fine. Of course, the encryption of personal data can be just as devastating, if not more, because while you can always reinstall Windows or buy another computer, you might not be able to recover your personal photos, videos, or documents. So, is there no solution to the problem? At this point, Anti-Spyware-101.com research team informs that it is not possible to decrypt the files corrupted by this malware. The good news is, it does not look like this malware is currently spreading in the wild. We assume that because the sample tested in our lab did not even encrypt files. Although that is good news, malware can be updated at any point, and it is important to secure all operating systems against it. Whether or not you need to delete Juwon Ransomware from your Windows system at this particular moment, we suggest that you keep reading. Read more »

BSS Ransomware

BSS Ransomware

According to Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers, Windows users are unlikely to face BSS Ransomware. At the time of research, this infection was not spreading in the wild. Also, it appeared to be poorly designed, and it could not have served its main functions. That being said, the threat was capable of encrypting files, and there is a possibility that it is still in development, which means that it could become a big problem in the future. Hopefully, this threat will not spread; however, we need to be prepared for the worst, and that would be a full-fledged attack. If this malware invades your operating system, it might encrypt your personal files, and that is the last thing you want because decrypting files is always difficult, and almost never possible. Whether you are looking for more information just because you are intrigued, or you need to learn how to remove BSS Ransomware, we suggest that you continue reading. The report is supplemented with a guide that shows how to delete malicious files, and you also have access to the comments section in case you want to ask us any questions. Read more »