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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 »

Unlock92 Zipper Ransomware

Unlock92 Zipper Ransomware

It’s been two years since we first reported Unlock92 Ransomware, and now is time to discuss a new variant of this malware, called Unlock92 Zipper Ransomware. In fact, there were two different versions of this infection at the time of research, and neither of them functioned properly. That, of course, does not mean that this infection does not deserve attention. On the contrary, we need to keep a close eye on this malware because we do not want it creeping up on unsuspecting Windows users. It is likely that this infection could be distributed via spam emails or malicious downloaders, and so that is the first thing that all users need to be cautious about. Do not open random emails, download unfamiliar software, or get involved in virtual scams. If the ransomware slithers in anyway, it is likely to encrypt the most valuable personal files, but the good news is that you might be able to recover them. Please continue reading to learn more about this and the removal of Unlock92 Zipper Ransomware. Read more »

Lanran Ransomware

Lanran Ransomware

It is crucial to protect your operating system and practice safe browsing; otherwise, Lanran Ransomware could invade sooner than you think. This malware can use spam emails, malicious downloaders, other infections, and system vulnerabilities to invade the Windows operating system and take over files. The infection does not leak or remove files, but it encrypts them, and that might be the end of them. Encryption is a security measure that is meant to ensure that the file can be read only if the right decryption key is applied, and, of course, cyber criminals are the only ones who know the decryption key of the ransomware. What that means is that you cannot recover files manually. Unfortunately, we do not have good news when it comes to the recovery option proposed by cyber criminals. We discuss that further in the report, along with the removal tips that you need if you wish to delete Lanran Ransomware successfully. Are you ready to tackle this threat? Let’s get to it. Read more »

Locky Locker Ransomware

Locky Locker Ransomware

Locky Locker Ransomware is a computer infection that tries to scare users into giving away their money. As you can obviously tell from the title, this program is an encrypting ransomware application, so it will encrypt your files. While a public decryption tool is not available at the moment, it does not mean that you have to pay the ransom to decrypt your files. It is strongly recommended that you remove Locky Locker Ransomware from your computer instead, and then look for alternative methods to restore your files. Please bear in mind that sometimes users are left with no other choice but to start anew. Read more »

GandCrab4 Ransomware

GandCrab4 Ransomware

GandCrab4 Ransomware is a malicious application that can encrypt files even if there is no Internet connection. However, our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com also found out the malware does not encipher any data if it finds clues suggesting the victim could be using a Slavic keyboard. Naturally, because of this, users from particular countries might be less likely to encounter this threat. In case you happen to come across it and have no idea what to do now, we would recommend reading our full report to learn more details about GandCrab4 Ransomware. What’s more, since we advise deleting the malware instead of putting up with any demands from the cybercriminals behind it, you will find instructions explaining how to erase it manually slightly below the article. Read more »

help@badfail.info Ransomware

help@badfail.info Ransomware

help@badfail.info Ransomware is a malicious application that has locked files on your computer if they have all received the V.0.0.0.1{help@badfail.info}.paradise filename extension. We consider this threat dangerous malicious software because it mercilessly encrypts almost all files it manages to find on the affected computer. Luckily, it does not encrypt any system files, so your Windows operating system will not be ruined. It does not lock users’ personal files just for fun. Instead, it seems that it also tries to obtain money from users like similar infections categorized as ransomware: “You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us.” We have to admit that there might be no other ways to get files back if files have already been locked by ransomware because they use strong ciphers to encrypt data, but it does not mean that you should send money to malicious software developers. There are no guarantees that you will get the decryption tool from them, so you should not transfer a cent. It does not mean that there are no ways to unlock files. Continue reading to find more. Read more »

Evil Locker Ransomware

Evil Locker Ransomware

Evil Locker Ransomware is a malicious computer infection that will infect your computer and encrypt your files. The program holds your data hostage, and it expects you to pay the ransom fee. The ransom fee should be paid in order to receive a decryption key that should restore your files. However, there is no guarantee that the ransomware would really issue the decryption key. Computer security experts always maintain that users should remove Evil Locker Ransomware from their computers at once. You should not negotiate with these criminals because it does not lead anywhere good. Read more »