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PUP.Search Defender Live

PUP.Search Defender Live

You might have been convinced that Search Defender Live is the tool that will make your online searches safe. Well, in fact, that is something you can do yourself by implementing the right browser and caution. Of course, extensions and applications that promise to aid virtual security should be welcome, but only if you can guarantee that they are trustworthy. Are you sure that this extension is trustworthy? Our malware experts at Anti-Spyware-101.com have doubts. First of all, you should know that we identify this extension as a PUP (potentially unwanted program), and our recommendation is that you remove it from your Google Chrome web browser. If you have found this article, it is possible that you have come to the same conclusion also. If you have not installed the extension yet, or if you are trying to figure out if or not you should delete Search Defender Live, you ought to keep reading. If you are not interested in learning more, but you are sure that you want to erase the PUP, check out the guide below. Read more »

FUCKaNDrUN Ransomware

FUCKaNDrUN Ransomware

FUCKaNDrUN Ransomware is an obnoxious name for an obnoxious infection, and so it completely makes sense. If this dangerous threat finds a security backdoor via which it can enter a vulnerable operating system, it immediately slithers in, and, unfortunately, it does that silently. Therefore, you might suspect not a thing while your files are being encrypted. The process of encryption is very simple as a unique algorithm is used to cipher the data within the file. Normally, that is what people use to lock and protect their files. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are using this method to hijack personal files and then hold them hostage. If you have been introduced to the message created by the infection already, you know that attackers want money. Well, paying the ransom is risky, and even if you do it, you will need to remove FUCKaNDrUN Ransomware from your operating system. Unfortunately, even if you succeed at deleting this malware, your files are unlikely to be restored. Read more »

Bitx Ransomware

Bitx Ransomware

Careless moves online can lead to the invasion of all kinds of malware. Bitx Ransomware is an infection that could do the same. These careless moves might include failure to install updates in time, to recognize malicious downloaders/installers, and to identify spam emails containing malware files. If you are inexperienced and gullible, you are more likely to become a victim of this malware. Of course, even if you are more cautious, malware could find a way into your operating system if you do not protect it appropriately. Once inside the system, the threat encrypts personal files, and then the “.id-{unique ID code}.[1btc@qbmail.biz].bitx” extension is added to their names. Should you remove this extension? Do not bother with that. What you need to do is delete Bitx Ransomware, but, unfortunately, even this will not restore your personal files. In fact, it is possible that you will not be able to recover them. Have you found a tool that promises to decrypt files for free? If you have, research it thoroughly and carefully. Read more »

Deal Ransomware

Deal Ransomware

Deal Ransomware appends an extension that ends with .deal to files that it encrypts, e.g., .id[8B6R197N-2423].[butters.felicio@aol.com].deal. Afterward, the malware should open a pop-up window with a message explaining that files got locked, but they are no corrupted and can be restored. The problem is that hackers ask victims to contact them to get their files decrypted. We believe that users who write to them might be asked to pay a particular sum in exchange for decryption tools. Users should be warned that paying ransom might be risky because there are no guarantees that the malicious application's creators will keep up to their end of a bargain. What we advise is removing Deal Ransomware manually while following the instructions placed below this article or with a legitimate antimalware chosen by the user. Read more »

Arsium Ransomware

You might think that we are about to talk about another ransomware infection because it’s Arsium Ransomware after all, but guess what – it’s not your average ransomware app. Now, why is that? It’s because the program is actually a builder set devised to help you CREATE ransomware. So, it’s like a toolkit for people who want to make their own malicious infections. Perhaps it’s a good thing that none of the samples we had worked, but just in case you find this builder on your system, you should probably remove Arsium Ransomware for good. If it was you who downloaded the builder, we urge you to reconsider your intentions. Read more »

VIRUS Ransomware

VIRUS Ransomware

VIRUS Ransomware is a threat that encrypts files and displays a ransom note. Meaning, the malicious application was created for money extortion. If you do not want to fund cybercriminals, you could use your backup copies (e.g., files on cloud storage or removable media devices) to get your data back. The malicious application's ransom note may suggest purchasing decryption tools by contacting the threat’s creators and paying a ransom. Of course, doing so would be risky as hackers are not people that you can trust. This is why we always advise not to pay ransom for victims who fear being tricked. However, before deciding anything, we recommend learning more about this malicious application by reading our full article. Also, if you need guidance while erasing it, you should have a look at our deletion instructions available below this article too. Read more »

Cyborg Ransomware

Cyborg Ransomware

Cyborg Ransomware is a threat that encrypts your files and changes your Desktop picture. Files that become encrypted become unusable as your system should no longer recognize them. The worst part is that while decryption tools might exist, it might be impossible to get them. The only good news is that the malicious application seems to be targeting files located in specific directories only, which means it might not encrypt all of your data found on your computer. If you keep reading our article, you can learn more about this malware. Also, we advise checking our removal instructions available at the end of the text. They can help you remove Cyborg Ransomware manually if you feel up to such a task. Should you need more assistance or have questions about the malicious application, do not hesitate to use our comments section. Read more »

JesusCrypt Ransomware

JesusCrypt Ransomware

JesusCrypt Ransomware is a new ransomware infection that is still under development. It means that a new version of this application might be released soon enough. However, now we have to focus on this exact version. Luckily, it is not that complicated to remove JesusCrypt Ransomware from your system, but it might not be that easy to restore the encrypted files. It is possible that you will have to start assembling your data library anew, but that shouldn’t discourage. When you need to remove ransomware, you just remove it. Read more »

Decrypme Ransomware

Decrypme Ransomware

Decrypme Ransomware goes after the most sensitive part of your operating system – your personal files. Whether it is a wedding video, a work document, or a childhood photo, this malicious infection can grab the file and change its data to render it unreadable. The ransomware does not encrypt files with .decryptme, .dll, .encrypted, .exe, .ini, .lnk, .rdp, and .sys extensions, but these extensions do not really represent personal files, and the infection is not interested in those. In fact, it specifically avoids system files by circumventing all folders that are found in certain locations. These locations are \AppData, \Application Data, \intel, \nvidia, \Program Files, \Users\All Users, \Windows, allusersprofile, programdata, programfiles(x86), systemdrive, userprofile, and windir. If the infection encrypted system files, it would be much easier to resolve the problem, but personal files cannot be replaced, unless backups exist. If backups exist, you have nothing to worry besides deleting Decrypme Ransomware. Read more »

"ERROR # MS-SYSINFO32" Pop-Up

"ERROR # MS-SYSINFO32" Pop-Up is an old fake alert that has been designed to scare users into taking unnecessary action. The good news is that the original homepage for this fake alert is dead, and so the chances to encounter it in the vast spaces of the Internet. Nevertheless, there will probably be many other fake alerts out there that will try to push you into spending money. You need to be careful about the content you interact with because it can easily expose you to various security threats. There’s no way to remove "ERROR # MS-SYSINFO32" Pop-Up because it’s not on your computer in the first place, but there are methods to protect your system from harm. Read more »