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Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware

Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware

No one wants to get infected with malware, let alone a ransomware program. However, there are users out there who have to deal with Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware, and it’s a nasty one. The program intends to rip you off by asking you pay for a decryption key. However, it goes without saying that you should never do that. You need to remove Xiaoba 2.0 Ransomware as soon as possible, and then explore all the options to restore your files. You might have saved a lot of your data outside of your system without even realizing it, so there is no need to panic. Read more »

Jewsomware Ransomware

Jewsomware Ransomware

Jewsomware Ransomware might not be the most dangerous infection at the moment, but our research team is not ready to make any conclusions yet. It appears that this malware was created with the purpose of encrypting personal users’ files; however, at the time of research, Anti-Spyware-101.com malware analysts did not find any evidence of encryption. The infection’s claims to delete files could not be confirmed either. It appears that this malware is either unfinished or a nasty spoof. In either case, it deserves removal, and that is why we created this report. To help you. If you are not even sure that this is the threat that has invaded your operating system, please continue reading, and you will find out. You could also install a malware scanner to inspect your operating system. We strongly recommend using this tool if you suspect that other threats could exist too. Our main focus, of course, is showing how to delete Jewsomware Ransomware, and you can find a step-by-step guide below. Read more »

MusicBox Live Extension

MusicBox Live Extension

MusicBox Live Extension is an extension for Chrome, and various security experts categorize this application in various ways. Some might consider this application a potentially unwanted program. Our research team goes a little bit further and says that this app is a browser hijacker. This would mean that MusicBox Live Extension modifies your browser’s settings without your permission, and then consequently exposes you to potentially harmful content. The bottom line in this is that this application could cause certain computer security issues, so the sooner you remove it from your computer, the better. Read more »

Search.hdesignyoursite.co

Search.hdesignyoursite.co

Search.hdesignyoursite.co is a browser hijacker, which means it might modify your browser’s preferences. As annoying as users may find such behavior, they should be aware the application might also be unreliable. According to our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com, this search engine might display modified search results containing additional advertising material from unknown third parties. Needless to say, if you do not want to put your system at risk accidentally, we would recommend not to take any chances with this threat. Therefore, slightly below the article, we will add detailed steps showing how to get rid of Search.hdesignyoursite.co manually. Of course, if you need more information about the browser hijacker before you decide whether to keep it or eliminate it, we invite you to have a look at the rest of our report. Read more »

FastFormFinder

FastFormFinder

FastFormFinder is presented as a useful tool that can help to “search and access popular forms quick links instantly from your new tab page.” It promises that users could access taxation, immigration, healthcare, travel, power of attorney, and other forms of government. Since it does look beneficial, it is not surprising that users install it on their computers consciously. Google Chrome users usually install it from the Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fast-forms-finder/pholacpmcekgiaopjihmoahbnffjdpce), whereas Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox users get it from its homepage http://fastformfinder.com/. Some users find FastFormFinder quite beneficial. Actually, we cannot say that it is completely useless software too, but it does not mean that it is very smart to install it on the system. We say so because this piece of software has been classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) by our specialists. It should be noted that potentially unwanted applications are not considered malware; however, they have some drawbacks that put them into the unreliable software category. We will elaborate on why FastFormFinder is not fully trustworthy software further in this article. Read more »

Gollum Ransomware

Gollum Ransomware, also known as Bitshifter Ransomware, is a malicious application that locks files on victims’ computers. It is a typical ransomware infection that has been designed to encrypt data. There is only one thing that distinguishes it from other ransomware-type infections – it has been observed that it might also try to steal cryptocurrency wallets and some other personal information. In other words, it makes files unusable and, on top of that, it works as an info-stealer. If you have opened this report because you have encountered this malicious application, make sure you erase it from your system because it might be launched again incidentally and lock all your new files. It will not need your permission to do this. Ransomware infections are one of the nastiest malicious applications that are available on the market, but, luckily, Gollum Ransomware does not seem to be anywhere near sophisticated malicious software, i.e. it does not block system utilities, does not drop a bunch of different components, and it does not make any changes in the Run registry key, so you should be able to delete it from the system manually quite easily. Unfortunately, none of your files will be decrypted. Read more »

ThePresidentSays Toolbar

ThePresidentSays Toolbar

Perhaps ThePresidentSays Toolbar looks like a fun application that will make your browsing sessions more entertaining. However, computer security experts suggest that this app is a potentially unwanted program, and as such, it might expose you to potentially corrupted content. What’s more, if you did not intend to have this application added to your system, there is no reason to keep it because it will only slow down your browser. Hence, scroll down to the bottom of this description for the manual removal instructions and get rid of ThePresidentSays Toolbar immediately. For further questions, please feel free to leave us a comment. Read more »

Omerta Ransomware

Omerta Ransomware

Omerta Ransomware is, without a doubt, the one that has locked files on your computer if you can locate a new .[XAVAX@PM.ME].omerta extension appended to those files you find impossible to open, because this filename extension is one of its distinctive features. It has not been developed for the purpose of making users annoyed. Instead, it is used to obtain money from users. Do not send money to malicious software developers by any means because they will use your money to develop more threats that you yourself might encounter in the future. Also, even though Omerta Ransomware promises to decrypt users’ files right after the money is received, there are no guarantees that it will be given to you, so, in our opinion, it would be smarter to restore files from a backup rather than pay money for the decryption tool that might not be even sent to you. Make sure you remove the ransomware infection first before you go to restore your encrypted data. It is not sophisticated malware, and it even deletes itself automatically once it is done with users’ personal files, but you will still need to remove two components associated with it (its Value and its ransom note) from your system. Additionally, you will have to change your Wallpaper because the ransomware infection will set its image with an email address. Read more »

gamingZone Search

gamingZone Search

Do not install gamingZone Search on your computer if you like the default search provider you use because this browser extension will alter it. No doubt some users install this piece of software consciously because it is promoted as a useful tool that allows users to search and play free online games without limitation. At the time of writing, there were 14 925 users who installed it directly from the Chrome Web Store, but we are sure the total number of users who have this extension active on their computers is higher because it can be downloaded from http://www.theappjunkies.com too. If you are among those users who have found gamingZone Search installed on their PCs, you have a right to know that it is not fully reliable software. We do not say that it is a malicious application, but we are 100% sure that it has certain features that make it a potentially unwanted application. One of the reasons it is considered potentially unwanted software is the fact that it might slither onto computers without permission. Additionally, it changes the default search tool on the affected web browser. Unlike serious malware, it does not try to hide the fact that it alters browsers’ settings. Read more »

QuizFunWow Extension

QuizFunWow Extension

Some users click the button and install QuizFunWow Extension consciously on their computers because this piece of software looks reliable, and they expect that they could take cool online quizzes for free whenever they want to. The majority of users install it from the page (https://quizfunwow.com/quiz/?sid=05302018_organic) they are redirected to after opening https://quizfunwow.com/. Some users come across this website by accident while browsing the Internet, but we are sure there are more users who ended up on it against their will after having clicked on an untrustworthy link/advertisement found on the web. Researchers at anti-spyware-101.com have also managed to find one more source QuizFunWow Extension can be downloaded from – it is the official Chrome Web Store. If you have not installed this application yet, we highly recommend that you refrain yourself from doing this no matter if this piece of software looks like great fun because it is far from being perfect. Research conducted by experienced malware analysts has also confirmed that this extension is a typical potentially unwanted program, or PUP. To put it in other words, it is not anywhere near harmful malware, but it will not act as fully reliable software. Continue reading to find out more about QuizFunWow Extension. Read more »