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Pro Speed Check

Pro Speed Check

If you think that Pro Speed Check is a terrific tool because it can accurately show your Internet speed, you are mistaken. Anti-Spyware-101.com research team classifies it as a potentially unwanted program, and our recommendation is that you delete it without any delay. Sure, it is not a malicious threat, and so you do not need to act urgently, but note that you will not be safe until this PUP is eliminated. That is because it takes over the browser and modifies the default search provider. Although you can avoid using the default search provider on Google Chrome – the web browser the PUP is compatible with – why tiptoe around something that you can eliminate? If you need help removing Pro Speed Check, you will definitely find information that will help you in this report. If you want to learn more before you take any steps, keep on reading. We understand that not everything in this post might be clear or that you might have questions, which is why we have opened the comments section below. Read more »

Normandoh.com

Normandoh.com

Your browser may start loading Normandoh.com while surfing the Internet if you come across this browser hijacker. The application is not malicious, but it can be annoying, as it may show various advertisements from different third parties. Another thing you ought to be aware of is that some of the threat’s displayed ads could be potentially dangerous, which is why we recommend being extra cautious. Naturally, if you do not want to risk encountering suspicious ads or do not want to see Normandoh.com on your browser, you should erase it with no hesitation. There are a couple of ways to deal with the browser hijacker, and we will explain them further in the text. Moreover, users who are determined to get rid of it manually, but need some guidance can find step by step deletion instructions added slightly below the article. Read more »

BooM Ransomware

BooM Ransomware

BooM Ransomware is a malicious program created by a hacker who calls himself Mohamed Naser Ahmed. It encrypts user’s files, marks them with .Boom extension, and then displays a message saying the only way to decrypt data is to obtain a unique password. Apparently, to get the passcode, the victims have to contact the malware’s developer. Usually, hackers give their email address, but in this case, the threat’s creator wants to be contacted through a popular social media platform known as Facebook. There are a couple of reasons why we believe this could be a bad idea and if you want to learn them, you should continue reading our report. What’s more, below the article we will place our prepared deletion instructions that will explain how to remove BooM Ransomware manually. Besides, if you have any questions, you can leave a comment at the end of this page. Read more »

alexbanan@tuta.io Ransomware

alexbanan@tuta.io Ransomware

If you see a warning message signed by Paradise Ransomware team and you are asked to write to alexbanan@tuta.io, you are most likely dealing with a threat called alexbanan@tuta.io Ransomware. It is a malicious application that encrypts the user’s private data with a robust encryption algorithm and then asks for a ransom in exchange for decryption tools. It is your choice if you want to pay, but before you make up your mind, we would advise you first to consider all the possible outcomes. Unfortunately, only one of them is good, as the cybercriminals responsible for alexbanan@tuta.io Ransomware, could trick you in various ways. Because of this, we encourage users not to fund hackers and remove the malicious application instead. For more information, you should continue reading our full article, and if you need help with the threat’s deletion, we invite you to have a look at the removal instructions provided below. Read more »

"Your Windows Has Been Banned" Ransomware

"Your Windows Has Been Banned" Ransomware is a fake system alert that suggests you have to buy Windows license to unlock the screen. Probably, the most frightening part is the line where it says all of your files are being encrypted. As you probably already know, encryption is a process during which affected data becomes unreadable without specific decryption means. Nonetheless, in this case, we have some good news, as our researchers discovered the malicious application only says it is encrypting data but does not initiate such process. In other words, once you unlock your screen, you should see there are no changes made to your data. If you need any help while unlocking the screen and erasing "Your Windows Has Been Banned" Ransomware you should have a look at the instructions located at the end of the text as well as read the rest of the report. Read more »

ViewMyPDF

ViewMyPDF

Have you downloaded ViewMyPDF onto your browser and suspicious advertisements started bombarding you? It is not surprising if that has happened because the seemingly beneficial extension is, in fact, an advertising-supported program. It poses as a free PDF converter, but if you review the privacy policy and the permissions that the extension asks upon installation, you should realize that advertising is a huge part of it. For example, if you download it onto the Chrome browser, you are informed that the add-on can read and change all data on the websites you visit. And if you downloaded it onto Firefox, you are warned that the adware can access data on the sites you visit. Furthermore, it is introduced as “ViewMyPDF ads” for Firefox users. There is no doubt that ads are shown by this extension, and that is the main reason we recommend deleting ViewMyPDF. Whether you want to remove this adware right away or you want to learn more about it, this report will provide you with what you need. Read more »

.Nano Ransomware File Extension

.Nano Ransomware File Extension

.Nano Ransomware File Extension could appear on all of your files if you come across this ransomware application. Unfortunately, if the data gets encrypted and marked by the threat, it can no longer be opened without decrypting it first. The only way to decrypt the malicious application’s affected files is with a unique decryption key that is supposed to be generated during the encryption process. The problem is, often such data is placed on some remote server or anywhere else where the user would be unable to obtain it. By asking the victim to buy the needed decryption key or in order words pay a ransom, the malware’s developers make their living. Even if you have no other options, we would not advise putting up with any demands as there is always a chance the hackers could be lying or planning to trick you. What we propose instead is erase .Nano Ransomware File Extension and if you want to do so manually you should take a look at the instructions available at the end of this report. Read more »

GiffySocial Toolbar

GiffySocial Toolbar

Even if you want to see random GIFs every time you open the new tab page, GiffySocial Toolbar is not an extension you want to install. It is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browsers, but it is important to note that Internet Explorer users install it as an application, not an extension. In any case, the app takes over the new tab. Considering that the services of this application/add-on are not the most beneficial, we classify it as a potentially unwanted program. The good news is that PUPs are easy to delete. All you have to do is find the right extension entry and uninstaller, and we can help you with that. If you cannot wait to remove GiffySocial Toolbar, scroll down to the guide below. If you want to understand the PUP better before you decide whether or not you want to delete it too, continue reading the article. Note that if you come up with any questions along the way, you can add them to the comments section below. Read more »

FreeHosting APT PowerSploit Poison Ivy

FreeHosting APT PowerSploit Poison Ivy is the name of the cyber attack that was organized by cyber criminals back in 2017. This was definitely not an ordinary cyber attack. It was planned from beginning to end and affected only a specific group of users. To be more specific, they received emails with malicious download links. It is now known that emails that were involved in the malicious attack were these: wisers.data@gmail.com and health.pro.demo30@gmail.com. If it happens that you find an unopened email sent to you from any of these email addresses, you should ignore it completely because even though it is old, it might still cause you security problems once opened. It is hard to say whether cyber criminals might perform the same attack again in the near future, but they might surely perform similar cyber attacks based on the FreeHosting APT PowerSploit Poison Ivy modus operandi, so you should stay cautious. First, never open any suspicious email attachments and do not click on links suspicious emails contain. Second, do not download any programs from random websites you find on the web. Third, there must be a security application installed on your computer. Speaking about an automated antimalware tool, it will protect you against all kinds of computer threats as long as you keep it active on your system. Read more »

Katyusha Ransomware

Katyusha Ransomware

How many personal photos and important document files are stored on your Windows operating system? Unfortunately, Katyusha Ransomware can encrypt all of them. This dangerous infection is like a bulldozer, and it can destroy everything in its way. Of course, it is not programmed to encrypt system files because that would make it impossible for cyber attackers to make their own demands. When it comes to the demands, the attackers behind the ransomware want only one thing, and that is your money. The majority of file-encryptors are created for this one purpose alone. There have been threats that Anti-Spyware-101.com recognized as “educational” – such as Ctf Ransomware or GPCode Ransomware – but most of them were created to fill the pockets of criminals. If you do not want cyber attackers to reach their goal, do not respond to their demands and quickly delete Katyusha Ransomware instead. If the removal of this threat intimidates you, the information in this guide will ease your mind. Read more »