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Predator the Thief

Windows users need to be extremely careful about protecting their systems against Predator the Thief, a clandestine info-stealer that is capable of recording all kinds of private and sensitive data without any notice. Once the infection slithers in, it records this data and sends it to attackers, who can do all kinds of things with it. For example, they could sell it to other malicious parties, who have very specific plans to hijack accounts, spread malware, blackmail users, or initiate virtual scams. Needless to say, the sooner you delete Predator the Thief from your operating system after the invasion, the less damage this malware is likely to cause. Of course, once you discover it, you might be unable to say when exactly it slithered in first. This is why you need to take care of your virtual security after you perform removal. We share tips on how to secure your accounts and how to eliminate the malicious threat from your Windows operating system. Keep reading if you are interested. Read more »

BabyShark Is yet Another Malicious Threat to Spread via Emails

Our email inboxes have not been safe for years now, but we continue to get tricked into opening misleading messages sent by schemers and cybercriminals. Some of them are set up to trick us into disclosing personal information. Others are employed to scam us out of our money. Finally, we have those spam emails that are created to expose us to malicious infections. This method has been employed by the attackers behind the malicious BabyShark, a Trojan that silently collects and leaks sensitive information after execution. If this dangerous threat is discovered, it must be removed as soon as possible, but even if you delete BabyShark, a great deal of damage could have been done already. Read more »

Varenyky

Varenyky is a dangerous Trojan as it can not only use your computer to send malicious Spam emails to others, but also gather your sensitive information or even record videos of you browsing the Internet. It is essential to explain that the threat does not record all your browsing activities. It would seem the hacker are interested only in videos in which a victim views pornographic material, which is without a doubt meant to be used for sextortion in the future. Further, in this article, we explain how the malicious application might be able to infect a system and what you should do to make sure it does not. Naturally, for those who already had the misfortune to receive such a threat, we explain what the best way to eliminate Varenyky is. Provided, you wish to ask something about the malicious application that we have not mentioned in the text or you need more help with its deletion, we encourage you to leave us a comment at the end of this page. Read more »

Wal Ransomware

Wal Ransomware

Your operating system needs to be protected at ALL time because a single crack in your virtual security can help Wal Ransomware attack. The cybercriminals behind this dangerous infection know exactly how to find these cracks, and they are likely to use RDP vulnerabilities specifically to drop the infection without your notice. They could also trick you into executing the infection yourself using misleading spam emails. It does not take much to create a convincing email message and attach a dangerous file attachment to it. If you are tricked into believing that the file is harmless, you might let in the infection yourself by accident. Unfortunately, once it is in, you are unlikely to be able to stop it. The encryption process is quick, and so you might not understand what is going on at all. Of course, once files are encrypted, they cannot be read, and a unique extension is added to their names, which are the best indicators that you need to remove ransomware from your system. So, do you need to delete Wal Ransomware? Read more »

Stream-me

Stream-me

Stream-me is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) targeted at Google Chrome users. The descriptions on the extension's official site might suggest that the tool allows streaming TV content, but, in reality, it works as a search engine. Therefore, users may have to find sites that stream their favorite shows themselves. However, while surfing the Internet with the PUP’s search tool, it could gather information like your visited websites or clicked ads to show you advertisements from various third-parties. We do not claim it would necessarily happen if you use the extension's search engine, but there seems to be such a possibility. Thus, if you do not want to risk seeing third-party ads, we advise choosing a more reputable search engine. Provided, you decide to erase Stream-me, we can offer our removal instructions available below the article. Read more »

Nuksus Ransomware

Nuksus Ransomware

Nuksus Ransomware belongs to STOP Ransomware family. If you have not heard already the decryption tool created by cybersecurity experts no longer work on newer threats from this family. Thus, the only way to restore your files that this infection encrypted could be using your backup data. Moreover, the malware does not even show a ransom note to demand a user to pay for the decryption tool the hackers have. Of course, we would not recommend purchasing it from cybercriminals anyway as such people cannot be trusted. To learn more about this malicious application, we encourage you to keep reading our article. At the end of the text, you can find our removal instructions that show how to erase Nuksus Ransomware manually. If it looks too challenging or you do not want to deal with the threat manually, we advise using a legitimate antimalware tool. Read more »

BlackWorm RAT

BlackWorm RAT

Although remote access Trojans (also known as “RATs”) are rare, they do exist. BlackWorm RAT is one of them, and while it was mostly active in 2014, it has not disappeared from the face of the virtual Earth. Most infamously, this malicious threat was employed by the Syrian Malware Team in what is believed to be state-sponsored attacks. This hacking group aggressively attacked major news websites (e.g., forbes.com) as well as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) agency. These attacks occurred in 2014. Could they continue? That is a possibility. The hacking group could also have smaller targets and, therefore, be less noticeable. In any case, whether it strikes again or it disappears into the virtual void for good, it is important to know everything there is to know about this malicious infection. Our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team has a few important details to share with you, and we also discuss the removal of BlackWorm RAT. While it is unlikely that you will need to delete this infection, learning about it is crucial. Read more »

Masodas Ransomware

Masodas Ransomware

Masodas Ransomware is a malicious program that marks the files it encrypts with .masodas extension, e.g., text_file.docx.masodas. The threat enciphers data important to its victims, such as photos or documents to take them as a hostage. To restore files the malware’s victims ought to be asked to pay a ransom. In return, the malicious application’s creators should offer tools for decryption. The bad news is that there are no guarantees they will hold on to their end of the bargain. In other words, you could get scammed, and if you do not want to take any chances, you should not put up with any demands. Users who wish to get rid of Masodas Ransomware should check the instructions available below or employ a legitimate antimalware tool. As for learning more about the malware, we invite you to read the rest of this article. Read more »

Dragon Ransomware

Although most file-encryptors act the same, it is important to identify the specific infections that attack you. Dragon Ransomware is the threat we are discussing in this report, and when it encrypts files, it adds the “.locked” extension to their names. This tells us nothing because this extension has been used by FORMA Ransomware, Locked Ransomware, Nog4yH4n Project Ransomware, and several other malicious threats. That being said, the threat introduces itself using the ransom note file, which you are likely to find created next to the encrypted documents, photos, videos, and so on. The name of this file is “#DECRYPT_MY_FILES#.txt,” and it was created to help attackers deliver their demands in a clear way. So, what happens after your files are encrypted? That depends on your actions completely, and we have a few tips that might help you navigate this situation. Please continue reading to learn how to delete Dragon Ransomware, how to save your files, and how to secure your operating system in the future. Read more »

Microsoftxyber@hackindex.com Screen Locker

Microsoftxyber@hackindex.com Screen Locker is a computer infection that looks a lot more dangerous than it actually is. It wants to pass for a ransomware infection, but it is a mere screen locker that can be closed without much difficulty. Therefore, if you encounter this threat, please do not panic.

Simply scroll down to the bottom of this entry for the manual removal instructions. It is not complicated to terminate this intruder on your own. If you do not feel like dealing with it manually, remove Microsoftxyber@hackindex.com Screen Locker with a licensed security tool that will also protect your system from similar threats. Read more »