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Tizer78224 Ransomware

Tizer78224 Ransomware is a malicious computer infection that encrypts target files with a strong encryption algorithm and then demands a ransom to be paid. It is part of the never-ending ransomware epidemic, and users have to be strong and alert if they want to fight such infections.

Although Tizer78224 Ransomware isn’t a high-profile infection, it can still inflict significant damage, so you should not take it lightly. If you were infected with this program, please scroll down to the bottom of this description for the manual removal instructions. Remove Tizer78224 Ransomware as soon as possible, and then protect your system from similar intruders in the future. Read more »

WebCobra

WebCobra is not an infection you want entering your operating system. Even though it is unlikely to create a mess on its own, it can download other malicious programs, and these could be extremely dangerous. While there is a possibility that virtually any file could be downloaded using this downloader, at the time of research, its main task was to drop a crypto-currency miner. Two unique miners are linked to the threat, and which one is dropped onto a specific Windows operating system, depends on the architecture of that system. On the x86 architecture, the infection drops Cryptonight. On the x64 architecture, it drops Claymore’s Zcash. Both of these are silent crypto-currency miners that can help cyber criminals obtain crypto-currency. Virtually, any computer could be used for the process. Then why don’t criminals use their own computers? Crypto-currency mining requires a lot of energy, which means that the electrical bill can get very high. Basically, miners are energy stealers, and the sooner you delete WebCobra, Cryptonight, and Claymore’s Zcash – the better. Read more »

Cryptre Ransomware

Cryptre Ransomware

No one wants to be infected with ransomware. Especially not by the likes of Cryptre Ransomware. It might not look like much, but this is a dangerous infection, and it comes over with just one purpose in mind: it wants your money. To get that, Cryptre Ransomware encrypts your personal files, and it says it won’t release them unless you pay the ransom fee. Of course, you should never consider paying it. Just remove Cryptre Ransomware with a powerful antispyware program right now, and be sure to secure your computer against similar intruders in the future. Read more »

CIP QxSearch

CIP QxSearch

CIP QxSearch is not an extension you should keep installed on your Google Chrome web browser. This extension might appear to be harmless and maybe even beneficial, but our research team at Anti-Spyware-101.com finds only negatives. According to the official information that was available on the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cip/ffpmjgjkflkhffekbjbmiaidgmafogec) until the installer was taken down, the extension can encrypt searches to ensure a more private experience. Well, this is a completely useless service because you already have Chrome’s Incognito mode that offers a similar thing. Also, Incognito mode is more reliable and transparent, whereas it is known that the suspicious extension has other agenda. We discuss that further in the report, but we can reveal straight away that the extension is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and that its removal is recommended. If you are still not sure about deleting CIP QxSearch, continue reading. Afterward, use the comments section at the bottom of the page if you want to continue the discussion. Read more »

Kiratos Ransomware

Kiratos Ransomware

Kiratos Ransomware is a threat that appends the .kiratos extension to the files it encrypts. It does not target system data, which means the computer should run more or less the same as always except the user might be unable to open files that have the mentioned extension. Next to locked data, victims should also notice text documents (_readme.txt) with instructions on what to do to decrypt the affected files. To be more precise, the hackers should ask to contact and pay them 490 or 980 US dollars. Needless to say, putting up with such demands could be extremely risky, and if you do not wish to do so, you should ignore ransom notes. Since the malware can restart with the operating system and possibly encrypt new data, we advise removing Kiratos Ransomware from the device. To eliminate it manually, you should complete the steps located below. For more information on it, we invite you to read the rest of this report. Read more »

Chrome Cleaner

Chrome Cleaner

You need to think very carefully before installing Chrome Cleaner if this extension is worth your time and trust. Anti-Spyware-101.com research team suggests that it is not. The program is lacking transparent representation, and there is no doubt that any user can do without its services. We discuss all of that in our report. We can tell you right off the bat that our recommendation is to delete Chrome Cleaner. If you already agree with us, and you want to get rid of this potentially unwanted program (PUP), we suggest scrolling down to find a full manual removal guide. Of course, before you commence the action, you should inspect your operating system using a legitimate malware scanner. If other, more dangerous threats are found, it is possible that clearing the operating system manually might not be the greatest idea. The good news is that there are other options you could choose. Continue reading to learn all about your options, and do not forget to add your questions to the comments section if you want to continue the discussion. Read more »

Pig4444 Ransomware

Pig4444 Ransomware

Pig4444 Ransomware is a vicious threat that encrypts all data on the victim’s device and then drops a ransom note asking to pay for its decryption. The problem is the victim might be unable to view the ransom note since the malware damages even system files, which could stop the computer from working correctly. Consequently, we are not sure whether the malicious application was created to ruin someone’s system on purpose or if the hackers made a mistake. If you are interested in learning more about Pig4444 Ransomware, you should read the rest of this article. Also, if you have other questions about it, keep in mind there is a comments section below the text where you can leave us a message. Read more »

BellevueCollegeEncryptor Ransomware

BellevueCollegeEncryptor Ransomware

BellevueCollegeEncryptor Ransomware is a malicious computer infection that targets a collect community in the United States. Even so, there is always a chance that this infection might spread further. Therefore, it would be for the best to remove BellevueCollegeEncryptor Ransomware from your system as soon as possible. You also need to educate yourself about ransomware distribution so that you could protect yourself and your community from similar intruders in the future. Should you need more information about the matter, please do not hesitate to address a professional technician. You should also employ all the measures possible to protect your system from other types of malware. Read more »

Cyspt Ransomware

Cyspt Ransomware

Cyspt Ransomware is a malicious computer infection that was created with the intention to rip innocent users off. It encrypts personal files and then asks users to pay a ransom for the decryption key. Unfortunately, paying the ransom would not guarantee that this infection would restore your files. Rather than giving away your money, you should focus on deleting Cyspt Ransomware for good. You can do that by following the instructions you will find below this description. If you encounter any difficulty while trying to remove this infection manually, be sure to get yourself a licensed antispyware tool or address a professional technician. Read more »

Search.smacklek.com

Search.smacklek.com

You do not want to find Search.smacklek.com set as the homepage and/or the default search provider on your web browser. At the time of research, this browser hijacker was found to take over Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers. If a different kind of browser was corrupted, and you need help removing Search.smacklek.com, do not hesitate to leave a comment below, and our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team will try to assist you as soon as possible. While analyzing the hijacker, we could not find a specific extension or application to be linked to it, and so it appears that the hijacker stands on its own, which is not very common. That being said, it is unlikely to spread on its own, and it should be attached to more attractive extensions or applications. In that case, deleting these extensions and apps might be necessary in order to get rid of the hijacker itself. Of course, if that is not the case, we have created a guide that shows how to replace unwanted homepage and search provider pages. Read more »