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WeatherBlink Toolbar

WeatherBlink Toolbar

Your homepage and New Tab page have been changed to a page with the WeatherBlink logo not without reason. WeatherBlink Toolbar must have been installed on your computer. This piece of software has been developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., a software developer that has already released hundreds of different applications, including AtoZManuals Toolbar, MyFileConvert Toolbar, and EasyFileConvert Toolbar. Speaking about WeatherBlink Toolbar, it has been developed to help users track the local weather, and it really looks like useful software at first glance; however, researchers working at anti-spyware-101.com do not consider it fully reliable. According to them, WeatherBlink Toolbar should be categorized as a potentially unwanted application. No, this Mindspark Toolbar is not anywhere near real malicious software, but it might still cause you problems, so it would be best that you remove it from your computer. Continue reading to find out what you need to do to make it gone. Read more »

Zoldon Ransomware

Zoldon Ransomware

Do you know what a file-encryptor is? It is an infection that encrypts files. Zoldon Ransomware is not an infection capable of doing that, although it ties to trick victims into thinking that it is. At best, it is a screen-locker, but it fails at that also. According to Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers, it is possible to close the window via the Task Bar or the Task Manager to inspect the allegedly corrupted files. This step is exceptionally important because you want to see what damage was or was not done before you pay attention to the demands that cyber criminals have. If you check your files, it should become obvious very quickly that your personal files are fine and that you do not need to worry about permanent encryption. That being said, even if your files are not encrypted, you want to remove malware that has invaded your operating system. We have a few useful tips for you that will help delete Zoldon Ransomware from the Windows operating system with ease. Read more »

PTP Ransomware

PTP Ransomware

If you live in Korea, PTP Ransomware is an infection you need to put on your radar. At the time of analysis, Anti-Spyware-101.com research team determined that the infection was not fully developed or was buggy, which indicates that it is not a real danger yet. That being said, a new, more powerful version could be released at any point, and you might already be dealing with a fully functional version of this malware by the time you are reading this report. The information gathered by our malware researchers helped us to determine that the infection was created to encrypt files, but it is not yet clear whether or not it would ever be spreading in the wild. If this is conformed, the report will be updated to provide you with the latest information. For now, let’s discuss the potential of the threat and its removal. If you are interested in learning how to delete PTP Ransomware manually or with the help of software, this is the article for you. Read more »

NSB Ransomware

NSB Ransomware is a troublesome file-encrypting threat because it not only ruins the user’s data but also locks his screen. As a consequence, the user cannot access the computer. Our specialists say users can get rid of the locked screen if they restart the computer in Safe Mode and remove the malicious program. Sadly, the files will remain to be enciphered even if the malware is no longer on the system. Therefore, some users might consider paying to hackers since the message they leave behind states that all will go back to normal soon after the victim pays them a particular amount of Bitcoins. What is interesting is the hackers are trying to convince their victims that they have broken specific laws and they ask to pay not a ransom, but a fine. Nevertheless, we do not think many users might fall for such a scam. Those of you who have no intention to put up with any demands could erase NSB Ransomware while looking at the deletion instructions located at the end of this page. However, if you would prefer to get to know the malware better first, you should read the rest of this article. Read more »

Search4Musix

Search4Musix

Search4Musix is not a helpful application, regardless of what its creators say. And they say that you can find music directly from your web browser’s address bar using it. Although that is not exactly a lie, some users get the idea that they can listen to any song they want as if they were streaming Spotify or iTunes, and it is impossible to compare this potentially unwanted program (PUP) with a legitimate and trustworthy streaming service provider. Although that is the main reason we classify this extension as a PUP, it is not the only one. Our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team has thoroughly analyzed the extension in our internal lab, and the findings are presented further in this report. Just a quick disclaimer: The chances are that you have acquired the PUP bundled with other threats that might require removal, which is why, before you continue reading, we suggest performing a full system scan. Also note that the comments section below is open, and you can add any question you like to find an answer to. And if you are ready to delete Search4Musix, scroll down to find a removal guide. Read more »

Gandcrab V4

Gandcrab V4 is just another name for the GandCrab4 Ransomware. It is very common for computer infections to have multiple names because different researchers may assign these programs different names. On the other hand, it doesn’t mean that each “version” of the program is different. It’s just the same infection, and we can apply the same removal methods to all these “names.” So whatever we did to get rid of GandCrab4 Ransomware can also be applied to remove Gandcrab V4, too. You can also leave us a comment if you need assistance with malware removal. Our team is always ready to assist you. Read more »

How Schemers Can Use Your Real Password to Blackmail You

It is a scary thing to find a real password sent to you via email by schemers because that indicates that your virtual security has been jeopardized. If you receive an email like that, the first thing you need to do is think if that password is still in use. If it is, you must change it immediately because there is no doubt that it has been leaked. Whether that happened during a massive data breach or because you were tricked using a phishing scam, you need to take care of your virtual security first. If the password sent to you along with an intimidating message is no longer in use, the chances are that you are safe. Most likely, the password linked to your email account has been discovered during a data breach that happened a long time ago. If that is the case, you should not pay attention to the message. Read more »

AskHelp@protonmail.com Ransomware

AskHelp@protonmail.com Ransomware

Our specialists discovered a new version of Matrix9643@yahoo.com Ransomware; it is titled AskHelp@protonmail.com Ransomware. The moment the malicious application’s installer is launched it should show a window displaying the progress of data encryption. Users who notice it should try to unplug the computer immediately and restart it in Safe Mode, we cannot promise it will necessarily save the data located on the computer, but there is a possibility it might stop the encryption process. Of course, afterward, users should restart the system in Safe Mode. However, if your computer got infected and the files on it were affected there might be nothing else to do but to delete AskHelp@protonmail.com Ransomware and restore data from backup. As for more details on this malicious threat, you should continue reading our article. Also, at the end of the text, we will place instructions showing how to remove the malware manually. Read more »

National Security Bureau Ransomware

National Security Bureau Ransomware

National Security Bureau Ransomware is a variant of the infamous VirLock Ransomware, which is a true pioneer in the world of ransom-demanding infections. According to the researchers at Anti-Spyware-101.com, this malware might be one of the first ransomware threats to ever emerge, and its creators keep releasing new successfully propagated variants. Although the different versions of this malware have more similarities than differences, differences do exist, and they are discussed further in this report. Needless to say, our goal is to inform you and help you remove National Security Bureau Ransomware, and so if this malware got into your operating system, you want to continue reading. If your operating system is currently malware-free, we suggest reading to learn how to protect yourself against the invasion of malware in the future. Also, note that the comments section is open, and you can add all questions about how to delete the infection and protect your operating system in the future. Read more »

Search.hthecalendar.co

Search.hthecalendar.co

Search.hthecalendar.co is a page you will find set on the web browser you use to surf the Internet after you install the extension named The Calendar from its official website http://thecalendar.co/ or another third-party source. Also, it seems that it might come bundled, meaning that it might be installed on your computer without your direct permission. This piece of software has been developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd. The company is best-known for developing various suspicious applications that are usually classified as browser hijackers or potentially unwanted software. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm that The Calendar promoting can be trusted fully either. Therefore, if you ever find it installed on your PC without your knowledge, or you have clicked the Download button and thought of the consequences later, it would be best that you get rid of it today. It is the only way to remove  Search.hthecalendar.co from all affected browsers as well, so take action immediately after you read this report. Read more »