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Sealoid

Sealoid

When you install Sealoid onto your Google Chrome browser, you agree to the Privacy Policy presented by webcoapps, you agree to have your default search provider replaced, and you also agree to the introduction of advertisements whenever you browse the web. Although our Anti-Spyware-101.com malware experts have identified this extension as a PUP – which is short for “potentially unwanted program” – it would not be unfair to identify it as an advertising tool either. That is because when you search the web using it, it delivers ads. Unfortunately, it does that using the trusted Yahoo Search engine, and so some users might not even realize that the results they see are not exactly trustworthy. We fear that some users could even face virtual scams or unreliable websites if they continue using this PUP, which is why we recommend deleting it. Do you know how to remove Sealoid? We can show you how to do it. Read more »

Search and Newtab

Search and Newtab

Did you download Search and Newtab by toupdate15 thinking that it can help you browse the web more efficiently? Most likely, you do not even know where it came from, or you were tricked into letting it in when you executed a bundled downloader. The installer of this PUP (potentially unwanted program) can be found on the popular Chrome Web Store, at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-and-newtab/gffphgpcblfoaknmcaldoggadmomcgmm. Although it is suggested that more than 200,000 people have downloaded this extension, and it has a 3/5* rating, the reviews written by actual users are terrible. Some of them claim: “Keeps installing itself after multiple removals, please help” or “google do somthing about this, its a virus and it keeps downloading by itself.” Clearly, this extension is doing something strange, and that is what we are here to discuss. Needless to say, we recommend removing Search and Newtab, but before you delete this PUP, we recommend that you read this report to learn all about it. Read more »

Revon Ransomware

Revon Ransomware

Revon Ransomware is a malicious application that encrypts databases, pictures, videos, various documents, and other files that could be personal or valuable. Since the malware uses a strong encryption system, files that get encrypted become unreadable. Unfortunately, if your computer cannot read your files, it cannot open them. The process could be reversed, but in order to do it you would need unique decryption tools that only the malicious application’s creators have. Victims of this malware should see a note in which the hackers ask to pay ransom and promise to deliver the needed decryption tools in exchange. If you want to learn why we do not recommend putting up with their demands as well as more information about the malware, we encourage you to read the rest on this article. If you are looking for instructions on how to delete Revon Ransomware, you should check the steps available below this text too. Read more »

Rolling Search

Rolling Search

We have been seeing the term “single purpose extension” in the descriptions of many recent potentially unwanted programs, Rolling Search being one of them. This PUP belongs to the webcoapps family, along with Twisted Search, SearchZilla, Vista Search, Searchsio, and other “single purpose extensions.” What does that mean? That means that they were created for the sole purpose of providing Google Chrome users with a web search service. Unfortunately, although the creator had one job, it did not develop a search service that could aid anyone. Every single tool created by webcoapps redirects to Yahoo Search, where the results are modified to include sponsored links from third-party advertisers. This is why they are identified as PUPs and why we strongly advocate for deleting them. In this report, we focus on explaining how to delete Rolling Search, and so if that is what you are interested in, continue reading. Also, note that you can ask us questions in the comments section below. Our experienced Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers will get back to you ASAP. Read more »

Get Search Plus

Get Search Plus

So, you search the web. That is one the most basic actions one can take online. Although it is basic, tools like Get Search Plus keep suggesting that people can do it better. This suspicious extension is found at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/get-search-plus/eoccimmcpieheioihnpeedkkfonjojgi (Chrome Web Store) and hsearchplus.co, and it promises to help you “manage how you search” via your Google Chrome browser. This extension is meant to offer “quicklinks” to shopping and social networking websites as well as provide you with a “convenient” search service “powered by Yahoo.” If you are not familiar with search tools and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), the extension might sound pretty great. However, if you have some knowledge, the information that describes the extension should sound like a bunch of nonsense. Our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team can smile a PUP from a mile away, and we can assure you that that is what you are dealing with as well. As you might have gathered already, we suggest removing Get Search Plus. Read more »

Ciledhoopinga.info

Ciledhoopinga.info

Ciledhoopinga.info might show you sponsored advertisements from various third parties. Naturally, if you cannot stand such content, you might want to leave this website at once if you ever get redirected to it. Our researchers say that because of its behavior it falls under the classification of adware servers. If you want to know more details about this website like how you could encounter it or how the adware server works, we invite you to read the rest of this article. If you want to also learn how to remove Ciledhoopinga.info from Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you should have a look at our instructions available below the text that show how to get rid of this adware server step by step. Read more »

Shipment Trackers

Shipment Trackers

Did you download Shipment Trackers onto your Google Chrome browser purposefully? If you did, you must have expected beneficial services. If you have no idea where this extension has come from, perhaps you recently downloaded something else, and the potentially unwanted program (PUP) came bundled with it? Of course, the extension works the same regardless of how you download it, but if you have let it in along with other unfamiliar pieces of software, it is crucial that you examine your operating system. We recommend doing that with the help of a trusted and a legitimate malware scanner. At the end of the day, even if you downloaded the PUP from shipmentrackers.com and the Chrome web store (the installer can be found at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/shipment-trackers/capblhlnijkiglhdacnlboimeikjnnig/), it is very odd. Do you know why you should delete Shipment Trackers? Continue reading, and you will find out. Read more »

Math Ransomware

Math Ransomware

It seems that Math Ransomware is a file-encrypting threat that is targeted at users who speak Italian. As you see, the malware shows a message that is written almost entirely in Italian. It should appear as soon as the malicious application encrypts files and marks them with the .math extension. If you want to know more about how this threat works as well as where it might come from and how it could be erased, we encourage you to read our full article. For users who not only want to read about the malware but also learn how to remove Math Ransomware manually, we can offer our deletion instructions that are available at the end of this article. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by leaving us a message in the comments section. Read more »

Taargo Ransomware

Taargo Ransomware

Taargo Ransomware is a new version of the infamous GlobeImposter Ransomware. In the past, we have reviewed quite a few other versions of this malware, including Ox4444 Ransomware, QP Ransomware, and Pig4444 Ransomware. All of these threats have unique elements, but in general, they are pretty much identical, and they cause the same kind of harm once they invade an operating system. Windows systems are the ones targeted by this malware, and according to our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team, the attackers are using the same attack methods over and over again. In most cases, we see spam emails and bundled downloaders used for the distribution of .exe files that are responsible for the execution of ransomware. Avoiding spam emails and bundled downloads is easy enough, but Windows users keep on taking risks. If you need to delete Taargo Ransomware from your operating system, there is a good chance that you have take some unnecessary risks as well. Read more »

SearchZilla

SearchZilla

SearchZilla might be presented as a beneficial tool but it is just a potentially unwanted program. What does that mean? That means that this extension does not actually work in the most beneficial manner. According to our researchers at Anti-Spyware-101.com, it cannot even be trusted with the most basic function, which is a web search. Although the PUP (potentially unwanted program) is introduced as a beneficial search tool, all it can do is show modified search results. Do not have the illusion that these results are somehow better. They are modified to show sponsored links and advertisements, for which the PUP’s developer is likely to earn money. Without a doubt, our recommendation is that you delete SearchZilla from your Google Chrome web browser, but if you have doubts about the removal, continue reading. We explain how the extension works and what kinds of issues you might face if you install and use it. Read more »