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Armage Ransomware

Armage Ransomware

Have you found your personal files with the .armage filename extension? If so, it is very likely that you have encountered Armage Ransomware, which is a new infection that targets users’ personal files. Like many other ransomware-type infections available on the market, this threat mercilessly locks all the most valuable users’ files, including documents and images. Without a doubt, the author of Armage Ransomware wants your money. It is very likely that you will be told that it is the only way to unlock encrypted data if you contact the author, but you would make a huge mistake by sending a demanded ransom because you have zero guarantees that those affected files will get back to normal, or you will get a decryption key to unlock your files with. No, you will not get your money back in this case. No matter what you decide to do, make sure you do not keep the malicious application you have encountered active on your computer. Luckily, the removal of Armage Ransomware should be quick and easy since this threat deletes itself once executed, leaving only the text file on the victim’s computer. Read more »

Your Mac Is Infected With 3 Viruses

Your Mac Is Infected With 3 Viruses is a notification that may claim the system is being attacked by hackers and might be infected with various malicious programs. Fortunately, the alert is fake, and there should be no need to panic. However, keep it in mind that the fact this message is on your screen suggests there could be questionable applications on the computer, and in such case, our researchers advise removing them before anything goes wrong. Also, it is important to stress it would be smart not to pay any attention to urges or suggestions (to install anything or contact anyone) made by the fake alert. Of course, to learn more about the Your Mac Is Infected With 3 Viruses notification we invite you to review the rest of this text. Read more »

Zzz12 Ransomware

Zzz12 Ransomware

Zzz12 Ransomware is not one of those prevalent malicious applications that affect thousands of users’ computers and manage to swindle them out of thousands of dollars, but it might still infiltrate your computer and cause you serious security-related problems. Without a doubt, the ransomware infection will lock personal files on your computer. Specialists say that it should not lock any system files, but there is no doubt that you will find your personal files encrypted. Ransomware infections choose the most important users’ files to encrypt because cyber criminals know that users will pay only for valuable files like documents or pictures. Zzz12 Ransomware has even been developed to delete Shadow Volume Copies of files so that users could not decrypt them for free. The ransomware infection does not tell users that they have to pay to get files decrypted, but even though the ransom note it drops after encrypting data does not include this information, we are sure you will not be given the decryptor for free. Usually, decryptors that can unlock files affected by ransomware infections are extremely expensive. Do not spend a cent on such a tool because you do not know whether you will get it from crooks behind malware you have encountered. The ransomware infection will not be automatically removed from the system for you too even if you make a payment. Read more »

GameOver Ransomware

GameOver Ransomware

The invasion of GameOver Ransomware might mean it is “game over” for your personal files. When this malware enters the system, it immediately starts encrypting your photos, video files, documents, and application files. At the time of research, 173 different types of files could be affected by the malicious infection, some of which include .avi, .mp4, .rar, .jpg, .html, and .doc. When the files are encrypted, the “.gameover” extension is added to their names, which can help you assess the damages quicker. At the time of analysis, a legitimate decryptor did not exist, which means that if the infection slithers in and encrypts data, there isn’t a guaranteed solution to the problem. Unfortunately, that is something most users dealing with malicious ransomware face. A few other threats that act the same way include GandCrab4 Ransomware, Everbe 2.0 Ransomware, Ra Ransomware, and Patagonia92@tutanota.com Ransomware. While we can help you delete all of them, we cannot help you when it comes to the decryption of your personal files. Of course, if you want to learn more before you remove GameOver Ransomware, you should continue reading. Read more »

DanaBot

DanaBot is a malicious infection that can seriously mess your day up. This threat is specifically targeted at those who live in Australia, and during the execution, the infection checks the IP address to determine whether the attack should be continued. At this point, it is not known if the attack could be spreading to other regions in the future, but if our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team finds more information, the report will be updated. For now, we know that the Trojan is ready to terrorize Australians and that it can be extremely dangerous. The first thing we recommend doing, before anything else, is inspecting your operating system. Even if you know for a fact that this is the malware that you need to delete, you want to make sure that other threats do not exist. And if you have no clue what is going on, you need a reliable malware scanner to confirm that this is the Trojan you are dealing with. Without a doubt, even if other threats exist, we suggest removing DanaBot without father hesitation. If you do not understand the danger you could be in if you do not act quickly, continue reading. Read more »

Gameszone Search

Gameszone Search

A browser extension and a search tool share the name Gameszone Search. If you ever install the browser extension named Gameszone Search directly from the Chrome Web store, or it manages to enter your system stealthily, your default search tool will be changed to Gameszone Search. Additionally, a button opening a small window with the search box will be installed on your web browser (the button can be found next to the URL bar). If you are sure you have not agreed with any of the changes you have found applied to your Google Chrome browser, you can delete the Gameszone Search extension and undo these modifications. This piece of software is not a real malicious application. Researchers working at anti-spyware-101.com have decided to classify it as a potentially unwanted program after the research. These programs are not anywhere near malicious software, but specialists still do not recommend keeping them installed on the system. Luckily, potentially unwanted software can be removed quite easily. You surely do not need to be an expert in untrustworthy software removal to get rid of the Gameszone Search extension, we can assure you that. Read more »

FreePDFCombiner Toolbar

FreePDFCombiner Toolbar

FreePDFCombiner Toolbar is an application created by Mindspark Interactive Network. On Internet Explorer, this application takes over the homepage and the new tab. On Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers, it is represented as an extension, and it also takes over the new tab, as well as the homepage (on Firefox only). Unsurprisingly, some classify it as a browser hijacker. Our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team looks at it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and the recommendation is that you remove it. Although it might appear to offer somewhat legitimate and beneficial services, it is also a known data-recording tool, and it is linked to a highly suspicious search provider. If you have found this article because you already know that you want to delete FreePDFCombiner Toolbar, you can scroll down to find the instructions that you need. If you are still not sure what you should do, you might find answers by reading the report. Keep reading, and if questions pop up, add them to the comments section. Read more »

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 »