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Torii Botnet Can Be Used to Exfiltrate Personal Data, Researchers Say

A botnet is a network of computers/systems that are infected with the same kind of malware to perform cyber attacks on a large scale. Torii Botnet is one of the newest botnets to be uncovered, but it is believed to have been active for at least a year now. Most botnets are utilized for mass spam email attacks that could, for example, be used to spread ransomware or expose users to phishing scams. They can also be used for DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks that are primarily meant to disrupt regular traffic to a server or network. Read more »

Super Speedup 2018

Super Speedup 2018

We install PC optimization tools expecting that they will clean our systems. Unfortunately, not all of them do what they promise to do. Super Speedup 2018 is presented as a useful tool “designed and tested with utmost care to keep your PCs running smooth, fast and error free” as well; however, if you install this piece of software on your computer, you will see for yourself that this program is not free. In other words, it will not clean and optimize the system for you for free. In other words, Super Speedup 2018 works as a diagnostic tool unless upgraded, which, in fact, many users do not know before they click the Download Now button on the official application’s website http://winboost.site/. The program is not free, we can assure you that, so if you are looking for a tool that would clean and optimize your system free of charge, there is surely no point in installing Super Speedup 2018. You should not install its clones (e.g. Power Cleaner 2018, Win Speedup 2018, and Speedy SystemCare) on your computer as well because they are not free tools. Have you already installed Super Speedup 2018 on your system? Make sure you do not keep it installed if you are not going to upgrade it. We see no reason you should keep useless programs installed on the system. Read more »

Rush Music Search

Rush Music Search

Has your default search provider been changed to Rush Music Search out of the blue? If so, it is very likely that this has happened not without reason. The majority of users whose search engines are changed to this search tool install the browser extension named Rush Music Search on their computers themselves. Some of them download it from http://livemediasearch.systems, which is the extension’s official website, or directly from the Chrome Web Store, whereas others cannot even explain how this piece of software has managed to enter their computers. The Rush Music Search extension is presented as a useful tool for those who wish to perform music searches right from their web browsers’ URL bar, but we cannot confirm that it will really improve your web browsing experience. Also, you need to know that your web browser’s settings will be changed if you install Rush Music Search. If you are not ready for that, you should choose another program for performing music searches on the web. In case you have already installed Rush Music Search and found your default search provider changed, you could only undo the changes applied by deleting Rush Music Search from the system completely. You should take care of all other undesirable/unknown applications active on your system at the same time because they may cause you problems. Read more »

Bridgetrack

The Bridgetrack cookie is a piece of data that has been employed to track users’ activity since at least 2009. It can record the user’s geographical location, as well as search history and interaction with virtual content. All of this information is supposed to help the service provider and advertising companies working along with it to present more personalized content. In some cases, this is not a good thing as malicious parties can use cookies to figure out what intrigues potential targets. This could be used to deliver scams successfully. Anti-Spyware-101.com research team does not have any data that would point to the cookie discussed in this report to be malicious. Does that mean that you should just let it in and do whatever it pleases? Before you do that, you want to understand how it works. If you continue reading this report, you will be able to decide whether or not you want to delete Bridgetrack from your web browser. If you have made up your mind already, the removal guide is below. Read more »

Perfect PC Cleanup

Perfect PC Cleanup

Perfect PC Cleanup is a program that is advertised as a system optimizer. The name suggests that it is somehow superior to other available optimizers, but although it is deemed to be “perfect,” our research team warns that it is just a PUP (potentially unwanted program) that cannot meet your expectations. If you go to perfectpccleanup.com to learn more about this program, you might be convinced that it can clean up space, fix issues, provide protection against malware, enhance PC performance, and remove junk. It all sounds great, and for a price of $19.99, the PUP might truly seem like the perfect tool. It is not. For one, you definitely cannot rely on this program to protect you against malware. Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers have tested the program on an infected computer, and it failed to find real threats. When it comes to other features, the application cannot offer anything too spectacular either, and that is why we recommend deleting Perfect PC Cleanup without further hesitation. Keep reading to learn more. Read more »

ZEDO.com

ZEDO.com is a tracking cookie that is set up to record virtual information. An HTTP cookie is stored on the browser or computer, and it is primarily used to record and store information. It is because of cookies that you don’t need to log into a website every time you visit it, unless, of course, you log out or adjust settings to limit cookies. Although cookies can be very useful, the line between usefulness and intrusiveness is often very blurry, and that is what you need to be cautious about. ZEDO is a self-proclaimed “Advertising Technology Partner for Publishers,” and the “World’s Largest Independent Global Ad Server.” It supports all kinds of services and products, and offers to showcase them using ads on mobile apps and articles, and with the help of the so-called curtain raisers. Curtain raisers are ads that pop up on your mobile screen and take up a good portion of it. While you can see ads – whether or not you find them intrusive or annoying – recognizing the existence of cookies might be more complicated. If you are curious to learn if you should remove ZEDO.com cookies, please continue reading. Read more »

Matrix-EMAN Ransomware

Matrix-EMAN Ransomware

It is most likely that your operating system was attacked by Matrix-EMAN Ransomware if your Desktop wallpaper has been replaced with an image that displays this message: “We are really sorry to inform you that: ALL YOUR FILES WERE ENCRYPTED with AES-128+RSA-2048 algorithms!” There are other signs that can tell you that this is the infection that you are dealing with, and we discuss them in this report. Unfortunately, it is most likely that you have discovered the malicious ransomware after it successfully encrypted your personal files. At the time of research, according to Anti-Spyware-101.com research team, it was not possible to decrypt files, as no legitimate file decryptors could help. This is the strength of file-encrypting ransomware because once victims realize they are out of options, they are more likely to be willing to pay a ransom. The bad news is that this is not a good option either because cyber criminals are unlikely to help you out even if you transfer the requested ransom. Of course, whether or not you pay the ransom, you must remove Matrix-EMAN Ransomware. Continue reading to find out how to delete this monstrous infection. Read more »

Go.bonanzoro.com

Go.bonanzoro.com

Installers that promote Go.bonanzoro.com cannot be trusted because this search tool is a browser hijacker, and the programs packaged along with it are unlikely to be reliable. If you are in a situation, in which you are deciding whether or not to go on with the installation of the software bundle, you should find a better way to install desirable software, especially if you are not provided with the option to reject undesirable programs. If you have downloaded the hijacker and accompanying programs already, you need to be extremely careful about what you do next. If you choose to interact with the downloaded programs carelessly, you could get yourself in trouble. On the other hand, if you research what you have downloaded, you might avoid security issues. We do not claim that all programs and extensions bundled along with the hijacker are malicious and require removal, but it is in your own interest to research them to make sure they are harmless. Whether or not you need to worry about other threats, in this report, we focus on deleting Go.bonanzoro.com. Read more »

MassMiner

MassMiner

The online community has faced a considerable increase in cryptocurrency malware this year. As research has clearly shown, MassMiner is a computer threat that belongs to this category of malicious software as well. Since it enters computers illegally and works completely in the background, it usually takes time for users to find out about the successful entrance of this infection. The quickest and easiest way to find out about the entrance of MassMiner is, of course, scanning the system with an antimalware scanner, but it does not mean that it is impossible to do that without the special antimalware tool. You can find out whether or not this infection is installed on your computer by simply checking the C:\Windows\Temp\Networks directory. If you can locate a malicious executable file (taskmgr.exe) there, there is no doubt that you have encountered MassMiner. We expect you to take action immediately in such a case. In other words, you must delete this infection from your system as soon as possible because its presence will only result in serious problems. The threat is considered to be harmful malware, and, on top of that, research has shown that it is quite sophisticated. Consequently, its manual removal will not be anywhere near easy, but we are sure you will successfully remove it yourself if you first read this report and then use the manual removal guide specialists working at anti-spyware-101.com have prepared for less experienced users. Read more »

Win Boost Pro 2018

Win Boost Pro 2018

Win Boost Pro 2018 is promoted as a beneficial PC optimizer and cleaner, so a bunch of users decide to install it on their computers consciously. They simply need to click the Download Now button that can be found on its official website http://cleanmypcutils.com/ to get it. Of course, users might find it installed on their computers without their knowledge too since potentially unwanted applications might also be distributed bundled. Win Boost Pro 2018 is a brand new PC optimization tool, but it would be a pure lie if we told you that it does not share similarities with older applications. In fact, it is very similar to Power Cleaner 2019, Power Speedup 2018, and some other programs advertised as powerful PC optimization tools/cleaners. Unfortunately, there is one thing the majority of users who consciously install Win Boost Pro 2018 on their PCs do not know about it – it works as a diagnostic tool if not upgraded by the user. A bunch of people expect that they will get their PCs performance improved in the blink of an eye after installing and launching Win Boost Pro 2018. This is not going to happen until you purchase and activate the license of Win Boost Pro 2018. In our humble opinion, it is not worth investing in Win Boost Pro 2018 despite the fact that it looks reliable because hundreds of other tools that can be trusted 100% exist, and it is no doubt better to invest in one of them instead. Believe us; Win Boost Pro 2018 has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program not without reason. Continue reading to find out more about its modus operandi. Read more »