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Auto PC Cleaner 2019

Auto PC Cleaner 2019

Do you know what potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are? Auto PC Cleaner 2019 is one of them, and it is the perfect example. It looks like a completely harmless and even useful program at first, and if the user downloads it, they are then asked to pay money for its services. Before that, the program performs a full system scan so that the user would feel a sense of urgency. If money is paid, the “items” listed by the scanner are, allegedly, resolved, but that means nothing. Your operating system will not run faster or smoother if you install the app and then pay money for its removal services. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes that right away. If you have, and you are ready to delete Auto PC Cleaner 2019, you can go straight to the last section of this report to learn all about getting rid of the PUP. If you are still confused, and you do not understand why the program has such a bad reputation, you should really continue reading. Our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team has analyzed the PUP to help you understand it better. Read more »

TrumpHead Ransomware

TrumpHead Ransomware

TrumpHead Ransomware was named this way by the malware’s developers, as our researchers located a line calling it this way in the threat’s code. Currently, it looks like the malicious application is still unfinished, but it already seems somewhat troublesome. Apparently, once it is finished the infection should be able to not only lock user’s data but also delete shadow copies to prevent file recovery. Later in the article, we will tell you more about how the malware could behave or how it might be spread if the hackers finish developing it. Also, we add instructions showing how it could be possible to eliminate TrumpHead Ransomware manually. However, given the malicious application can still change, it would be wiser to use a legitimate antimalware tool instead. Read more »

Scarab-Lolita Ransomware

Scarab-Lolita Ransomware

Scarab-Lolita Ransomware is a new ransomware application in the Scarab Ransomware family. Like the threats before it, the malicious program encrypts user’s files and shows a message saying the user can get his files decrypted. For it, he has to contact the threat’s developers and pay a ransom. The problem with this deal is there are no reassurances the hackers will keep up with their promise. Meaning there is a chance the money you transfer could be lost for nothing. If you do not want to risk being scammed, we encourage you not to put up with any demands. If you erase Scarab-Lolita Ransomware, you should be able to safely restore encrypted files from backup copies located on your cloud storage or removable media device. Users who wish to remove the malware manually, but do not know how should follow the instructions found below. Read more »

BigBobRoss Ransomware

BigBobRoss Ransomware

You do not want BigBobRoss Ransomware invading your operating system because this threat is all about destruction. This malware corrupts files, and although it does not remove them, they are pretty much destroyed. That is because the threat encrypts them, which means that their data is modified. Although a decryption key should be able to unlock files after they are encrypted and the “.obfuscated” extension is appended to their names, this key can be given to you by cyber criminals only, and you should not rely on them under any circumstances. Would you get the decryptor if you paid money for it? That is what attackers want you to believe in, but, in reality, you are unlikely to get anything in return, which is why we do not recommend contacting the cyber criminals and then obeying their demands. Instead, we suggest figuring out how to delete BigBobRoss Ransomware from your operating system. We have a few options to offer, and if you are interested, please continue reading. Read more »

Ahihi Ransomware

Ahihi Ransomware

Ahihi Ransomware might be inactive for now, but it does not mean you cannot encounter it anymore. The malicious program should encrypt various documents found on the infected computer and then show a ransom note. At the time the malware was active, its note claimed the user can decrypt his files if he only writes to the threat’s developers. However, after some time the infection lost connection to its server and it became impossible to decrypt any files affected by it. If you continue reading our report, we will explain why the hackers might be unable to decrypt your data anymore, which is why we do not advise writing to them. What our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com recommend is erasing Ahihi Ransomware from the computer with the instructions available below or a legitimate antimalware tool of your choice. Also, users who have more questions about the threat can leave us their messages at the end of the article. Read more »

Blackware Ransomware

Blackware Ransomware

A message saying “Attention user!  Your computer has been locked by Blackware Ransomware Version 1.0,” can only mean you have encountered a threat called Blackware Ransomware. It locks the user’s screen and shows a warning that besides the already mentioned statement claims the user has to pay 0.057 Us dollars to regain his valuable data. Such a sum is extremely tiny compared to prices usually asked by cybercriminals, and the account for transferring the money appears to be fake. Therefore, we believe this malware might be still in development. If you continue reading our article, we will tell you more about it, including where it could come from and how it works. Also, users who wish to erase Blackware Ransomware manually can find manual deletion instructions prepared by our specialists at the end of this text. Read more »

XCry Ransomware

XCry Ransomware

XCry Ransomware is a malicious program that locks private files and marks them with .xcry7684 extension. Such records become unusable without particular decryption tools. Sadly, they are in the hands of hackers who developed the malware, and they demand to be paid before providing them. Needless to say, there are no reassurances these people will hold on to their word, and if you do not want to be tricked, we advise not to put up with any demands. Our researchers think it would be safer to remove XCry Ransomware at once since it can restart with the system, which means it might be able to encrypt new files. To eliminate it manually you should follow the instructions placed at the end of this report. Read more »

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 »