Author Archives: Sarah Stewart - Page 3

XUY Ransomware

XUY Ransomware

XUY Ransomware encrypts files only in particular locations. Then it should show a message with instructions on what the victim should and should not do. In exchange for putting up with the demands of the hackers behind the malware promise, the user will be able to decrypt his data. We do not advise doing it, no mater what the note says or promises. That is because the threats on the ransom note appear to be empty as our researchers report the malicious application is incapable of doing what the note mentions. Plus, it looks like the given payment address is fake too. To learn more about XUY Ransomware, including how to erase it we advise reading the rest of our article. A bit below it you should find instructions showing how to remove the malware, which might be useful also if you decide to erase the threat. Read more »

Advisurf.com

Advisurf.com

Advisurf.com is most popular in Brazil, but it does not mean you cannot encounter it if you live elsewhere. In case you do come across this search engine you should know it is categorized as a browser hijacker, which means it could hijack your browser. Our researchers say the application may do so by replacing your homepage or new tab page. Moreover, it appears to be the search engine does not look for results on its own as it employs a modified version of search.yahoo.com. Consequently, the results could be modified as well. If you do not like this idea, we recommend using the original Yahoo search engine instead or any other reliable search tool of your choice. To remove Advisurf.com from the browser, you may need to reset it, and the instructions available below can help you with this task. Of course, for more details about the browser hijacker, you should read the rest of this article. Read more »

SyndicateXXX@aol.com Ransomware

SyndicateXXX@aol.com Ransomware

If you opened this web page, you probably have SyndicateXXX@aol.com Ransomware on your computer, or you want to find out more about this malicious infection. It is really unfortunate if you have gotten infected with this ransomware application. Ransomware programs are there to swindle you out of your money by making you pay for a decryption key that they sometimes cannot even issue.

Therefore, if this ransomware infection entered your system, you need to remove SyndicateXXX@aol.com Ransomware right now. Follow the instructions you find at the bottom of this description to get rid of this program for good. Read more »

Qinynore Ransomware

Qinynore Ransomware

No one wants to get infected with Qinynore Ransomware. And yet, some individuals, unfortunately, may find their systems infected with this dangerous program. What are we supposed to do then? The most important thing is to keep the panic at bay because panicking leads to rash and irrational decisions. We don’t want any of them when it comes to financial decisions. Next, it is necessary to remove Qinynore Ransomware from your system as soon as possible. It might be challenging, but you can easily terminate this infection with a powerful antispyware tool. By investing in a legitimate security application, you would also secure your system from similar infections in the future. Read more »

Search.hcrimereport.co

Search.hcrimereport.co

If you face Search.hcrimereport.co when you open your web browser or the New Tab page, it is likely that an extension called “Crime Report” has been installed as well. This browser hijacker is unlikely to spread on its own, and it should always come bundled with an extension or an application. This depends on the web browser you use because you install extensions on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but you actually install applications if you operate via Internet Explorer. The search tool was created by Eightpoint Technologies Ltd SEZC, which, according to the Privacy Policy, is an affiliate of Polarity Technologies Ltd. We can link a bunch of hijackers and potentially unwanted programs (for example, QuickMapsAndDirections) to these companies, and they certainly do not have a good reputation because of it. We recommend removing Search.hcrimereport.co and Crime Report because they are unreliable, and if you want more information about this, you should continue reading. If you want to ask us questions before you delete the hijacker, use the comments section below the article. Read more »

L0rdix

If you encounter L0rdix, you can forget about privacy since the malicious application can gather various information and even take screenshots of what you are doing with your computer. Sadly, there is more as the Trojan is capable of other things that we will discuss further in this article. What we ought to stress right away is that the malware might be sold on the dark web. Meaning hackers who purchase it might be able to personalize the threat and distribute it in ways they prefer. As a result, erasing L0rdix manually could be tricky, and we cannot know for sure how users could encounter it. Nonetheless, we provide manual deletion steps that should work for those who infect their computers with the same version of the Trojan that we researched. Also, in the article, we discuss the possible distribution channels and other relevant details about the malicious program, so if you wish to know more, we encourage you to continue reading. Read more »

Dharma Ransomware (.bkpx extension)

Dharma Ransomware (.bkpx extension)

If your Windows operating system is not protected appropriately, Dharma Ransomware (.bkpx extension) is one of the many malicious infections that could try to invade it. This particular threat comes from the Dharma/Crysis Ransomware family, and it has quite a few clones behind it. Some of them include Bestdecoding@cock.li Ransomware and Backdata@qq.com Ransomware. Although these threats might have unique names, they are almost identical, and only a few details change within the ransom notes that are represented along with them. Without a doubt, we do not wish any of these threats upon Windows users, and that is because all of them can encrypt personal files. Once files are encrypted, they cannot be read and, most likely, salvaged. Of course, the attackers behind the infection are meant to convince you that there is a way to restore files, but you must not trust them. Instead, you need to figure out how to remove Dharma Ransomware (.bkpx extension) from your operating system. Needless to say, the sooner you delete this infection, the better. Read more »

QuickMapsAndDirections

QuickMapsAndDirections

If you downloaded QuickMapsAndDirections onto your web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox), you must have been convinced that this extension is beneficial and reliable. If that were the case, our research team would not classify it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). If you are curious as to why Anti-Spyware-101.com experts have come to this conclusion, you will need to continue reading this report. Ultimately, it is strongly recommended that you evaluate this program cautiously because it requires this. If you decide that it is best to delete QuickMapsAndDirections from your operating system and browsers, a full removal guide is posted below, and if you want to ask us questions before you can make a final decision, do not hesitate to use the comments section. Read more »

Gillette Ransomware

Gillette Ransomware

If you cannot open your files, and you can see the “.GILLETTE” extension appended to them, there is no doubt that Gillette Ransomware is the culprit. This is a tremendously dangerous infection that can encrypt your files with the help of a complex algorithm. This algorithm is so strong that cracking it manually is not possible. While, in some cases, free decryptors are discovered and made public, this is not the case with this malicious threat. That means that once files are encrypted, you are in the mercy of the attackers. That is exactly what they want because if you believe that they are your only saving grace, you might start believing that you have to pay money to get your files back. Even though that is what the attackers want from you, we strongly recommend thinking long and hard about this “option.” Most likely, if you pay the ransom, you will not get whatever it is that the attackers are promising, and you will be left empty handed. Unfortunately, if the infection attacked, it is most likely that you can do nothing more than to delete Gillette Ransomware. We discuss your removal options in this report. Read more »

TreasureHunter

TreasureHunter is a rather old Trojan, but it seems to be active to this day. According to our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com, the malicious application was created around 2013 on a Windows XP computer. Apparently, the threat has not been updated ever since, and it still works only on devices running Windows XP. Thus, if your device uses any other operating system, you may have nothing to worry about. As for those who have encountered this infection we advise reading our full article. In it, we will talk about what the Trojan can do if it enters the system and how to eliminate TreasureHunter as soon as possible. In fact, to make the task easier for those who may want to get rid of the malicious application manually, we prepared step by step deletion instructions available just a bit below this article. Read more »