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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 »

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 »