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German Jigsaw .spaß

German Jigsaw .spaß

If you use the German language on your operating system, you are the prime target of German Jigsaw .spaß malware, a malicious file-encrypting infection that was created to make you pay a huge ransom in return for a file decryptor. The ransom is $500, but you are requested to pay it in Bitcoin, which is a highly popular crypto-currency. At the time of research, $500 (if we assume that $ stands for USD) converted to around 0.12 BTC. Of course, you should check the conversion rates yourself because they shift often. Whether you think this ransom is big or small, paying it is a bad idea. If you make the payment to the 1CpnhbLaqLj5NgXwYVQ5aXmrMzvhzjehmm Bitcoin Wallet, your money will be gone forever. Recovering it will not be possible. Unfortunately, that is why cyber criminals are unlikely to give you a decryption key. They simply do not need to, and they cannot be forced to do it. Of course, the choice is yours, and if you decide to take the risk, you are free to do so. If a miracle happens, and your files are restored, do not forget that you must delete German Jigsaw .spaß malware ASAP. Different removal methods are discussed in this post. Read more »

Driver Tonic

Driver Tonic

If you are looking for a tool or a service that could help you improve your Windows operating system, know that Driver Tonic is not it. Of course, it is presented as this amazing, versatile, and highly useful tool, but is it? According to the researchers at the Anti-Spyware-101.com internal lab, it is not. In fact, trusting this application is not only NOT beneficial. It could be dangerous too. We are not saying that this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is malicious, but there is no doubt that it has some deceit going on behind it, and, for that reason, it is best to delete Driver Tonic. In this article, we explain the reasons why trusting the PUP is a bad idea, and we also discuss the different methods you could use to remove it. Note that it is not enough to uninstall this program to eliminate it completely. A few components in the Windows Registry are left behind, and you have to clear them yourself. Is it strange that the program leaves something behind? It sure is, and that is another reason we classify it as a PUP. Read more »

WebtrendsLive

WebtrendsLive seems to be an old tracking cookie that could keep information about user’s interests. As you might be aware, such data can be used for marketing purposes or to be more precise, to show you targeted advertisements, offers, and so on. While there is nothing malicious in it and lots of various web pages do so too, some users may still not like the idea they are being tracked when browsing the Internet. If you do not want to be followed by websites that could be using WebtrendsLive, you should simply erase this cookie from your browser. The instructions below the text will explain how to eliminate it and if you need more information about the application you could find it by reading the rest of our article. Read more »

CtrlAlt Ransomware

CtrlAlt Ransomware

CtrlAlt Ransomware is a malicious tool used for money extortion. It locks files located on the infected device with a secure encryption algorithm and displays a ransom note suggesting the user can get his files back only after paying a ransom. Needless to say, we would not recommend trusting the cybercriminals behind the malware. There is a possibility they may not bother sending the decryption tools you would pay for or they could start asking for more money. Therefore, if you do not want to pay for something you may never receive we recommend erasing CtrlAlt Ransomware. If you have already decided you want to delete it, you should have a look at the removal instructions available at the end of the article. On the other hand, if you need more details before deciding what to do, you could read our report first. Read more »

Mediaplex

Mediaplex is one of the billion existing tracking cookies used to collect and keep certain details about users. It might be also dropped on your system as Conversant. You should not freak out if you have found it listed under Cookies on your Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome even if you cannot recognize it and know nothing about its appearance on your computer because this particular tracking cookie is not malicious. Of course, tracking cookies may, theoretically, be used by cyber criminals who set up websites with the intention of dropping a tracking cookie on the user’s computer, but we can assure you that Mediaplex will not cause you any trouble. Usually, these plain text files called cookies are not dangerous, but privacy-minded users should still be cautious and refrain from visiting shady websites. If you still decide to eliminate Mediaplex, it should not be a complicated task at all; however, we still suggest following our manual removal guide for those less experienced users. You want to be sure that the undesirable cookie is removed fully, do you? Read more »

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 »