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SearchSeries

SearchSeries

SearchSeries might make some changes to your browser preferences if you let it settle in. To be more precise, the application may change your default search engine. Such behavior could be unwanted and is one of the reasons why this extension falls under the classification of potentially unwanted programs. If you want to learn more about it, we invite you to read our full report, in which we discuss the tool’s working manner, its distributions, and removal. If you need step by step instructions that would help you delete SearchSeries manually from your browser, you should check the steps we display at the end of this article. Keep in mind that if the process seems too difficult or you prefer using automatic deletion features, you can employ a legitimate antimalware tool. Read more »

Fuq.com

Fuq.com tracking cookies are able to collect information about your preferences and interaction with the website. Although there are far more intrusive and dangerous web cookies out there, this is a good time to review the cookies that are active on your browser, as well as to review your own interaction with certain websites. As you probably know already, not all websites are the same. Some are built to inform, and others are built to entertain. Some are built to respect your privacy, while others are built to exploit it. So, should you delete Fuq.com cookies because they are exploitative? We would not go as far as to claim that, but there is no doubt that there are reasons to remove these cookies. The Anti-Spyware-101.com research team has analyzed them thoroughly, and now we can tell you more about them. Please keep reading, and do not hesitate to leave a comment below if you want to ask us questions. Read more »

Iiss Ransomware

Iiss Ransomware

If you have time to secure your Windows operating system against Iiss Ransomware, make use of it. This dangerous infection can be extremely painful to deal with because it can successfully encrypt every single personal file found on the corrupted system. That includes work presentations, projects, and documents, as well as personal photos or videos. Perhaps you could restore some of them from your work computer, using your own backups, or with the help of colleagues, friends, and family, who might have their own copies. However, if you are unable to replace the encrypted files, you might be unable to get them back in any other way. Should you not purchase a file decryptor offered by the cybercriminals behind this malware? Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers suggest that you should not. What we recommend figuring out instead is how to delete Iiss Ransomware. Although this malware does not seem to repeat encryption attacks, you want to remove it as soon as possible. Read more »

Task Manager Tab

Task Manager Tab

If you downloaded Task Manager Tab, you must have thought that this extension can provide you with extremely useful online tools. Well, it would be unfair to claim that this extension is completely useless, but there certainly is a line between something truly useful and something that uses useful services to hide other things. It looks like the extension is on the latter side, and that is why Chrome users are choosing to remove it from their browsers. If you are simply bothered by the services presented by the PUP (potentially unwanted program), perhaps all you have to do is delete Task Manager Tab. However, if you have been seeing more advertisements than usual after installing this extension, perhaps you also need to disable notifications. We discuss this and more in our report, and so if you are interested, please keep reading. Also, do not hesitate to reach us via the comments section if you have any questions. Read more »

LCK Ransomware

LCK Ransomware

No one really notices the exact moment things like LCK Ransomware reach them. Ransomware programs hide in plain sight because users download and execute the installer files themselves. They often do not realize that they open a file that will install something like LCK Ransomware on their computer because they are not aware of ransomware distribution methods. Hence, let’s learn more about how ransomware spreads, and let’s remove LCK Ransomware from the infected systems immediately. When we’re done with that, let’s see what we can do about your encrypted files. Read more »

Mmpa Ransomware

Mmpa Ransomware

Mmpa Ransomware is a harmful application that can encrypt your files to ensure that you could not open them. As you see, encrypted files can be opened only if they get decrypted first. The problem is that doing so might be impossible because it requires special decryption tools. Hackers might claim that they have such tools and that they will be delivered to you once you pay a ransom, but there are no guarantees that it will happen. In other words, you could get scammed and lose both your money and files. If you do not want to pay a ransom, we advise checking if you have backup copies that you could use to replace encrypted files. We also recommend deleting Mmpa Ransomware if you plan on using the infected device since leaving the threat on it could endanger your future data. To learn more about the threat and its removal, we invite you to read our full article. Read more »

Allwownewz.com

Allwownewz.com

There’s an ad on your screen but you have no idea where it came from? Maybe the address reads Allwownewz.com? If you’ve seen this domain before, your browser settings must’ve been modified to constantly redirect you to this adware server. The modification usually happens with your permission, although it is not explicitly stated, so it tends to catch users by surprise. While this domain is not physically there on your computer, you can stop the notifications from showing up by restoring your browser’s settings to default. What’s more, it is also recommended to run a full system scan with a licensed security tool. Read more »

Pykw Ransomware

Pykw Ransomware

You do not want to find the “.pykw” extension added to your personal files’ names because that indicates that Pykw Ransomware has corrupted them. This malware can corrupt documents, media files, photos, and everything else that is unique within your operating system. System files can be replaced, and the threat also needs your system to function normally, therefore, such files are not touched. However, your personal files are not only non-essential but also not replaceable. Obviously, that is not the case if copies exist. If you have copies, remove Pykw Ransomware quickly, and once you are 100% sure that your system is malware-free and protected, you can transfer the copies in place of the encrypted files. And what if you cannot replace the files? There is a tool that can decrypt some files for free, but it does not work for everyone and with all files. In any case, whether or not you get your files back, you must delete the infection, and our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team is here to guide you. Read more »

SMedia

SMedia

Did Smedia attract you with its claims to provide you with a search tool that, allegedly, can find relevant results quicker? If that is not the case, it is then likely that you did not install this extension intentionally, or you might not even know how it was installed at all. Cybersecurity experts at Anti-Spyware-101.com have tested the extension in our internal lab, and it is clear that it is not a useful extension. That said, some users might be fooled or confused, and that is because the extension employs Yahoo Search. Keep reading to learn why this search engine cannot be trusted in this case. You also should continue reading to learn how to delete Smedia from Google Chrome. At the time of analysis, this appeared to be the only web browser compatible with the PUP (potentially unwanted program). Why is the extension identified as a PUP? That is another thing you can learn by reading this article. Read more »

PracticalProcesser

PracticalProcesser

PracticalProcesser is a very non-descript name, and it is hard to understand what exactly this extension offers just from that. In some cases, that is just bad marketing. In others, a way to conceal something more sinister. If you downloaded this extension willingly, perhaps you were promised great services. If that is the case, have you used those services and have they met your expectations? Most likely, they did not, and that is why you have found this removal guide. On the other hand, it is also possible that you downloaded the extension by accident, or it was installed seemingly without your permission at all. If that is the case, the first thing you must do is scan your system. You need to check for hidden threats that might have been introduced to you using disguises or stealth. Regardless of what else the scanner finds, deleting PracticalProcesser is strongly advised, and if you would like to learn about that, keep reading. Read more »