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TaxCenterNow Toolbar

TaxCenterNow Toolbar

If you believe that TaxCenterNow Toolbar is a highly beneficial and trustworthy tool, you have been mistaken. This toolbar was created by Mindspark Interactive Network, a company that stands behind hundreds of suspicious applications/extensions. We classify all of them as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), and, of course, deleting them is recommended. If you are not sure why that is a recommendation, you need to read this report, and you will soon understand the situation yourself. Do you want to remove TaxCenterNow Toolbar as soon as possible? In this case, you can use the instructions that are available below, but you should return afterward to learn more about this strange application/extension. If you install it using Internet Explorer, it is installed as an application. Chrome and Firefox users are introduced to it as an add-on. The PUP is sometimes classified as a browser hijacker, and that is because of the MySearch tool that is integrated in it. We discuss this in the report as well. Read more »

OnTargetYoga Toolbar

OnTargetYoga Toolbar

If you are practicing yoga daily, or you are interested in starting to practice it, OnTargetYoga Toolbar might seem like a great assistant. The extension is compatible with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers, and Internet Explorer users can download it as an application. The extension/app is meant to offer free yoga-related content directly via the browser, and so it is not surprising that some have downloaded it already. Officially, it is available at ontargetyoga.com/index.jhtml and the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ontargetyoga/bmjgcbjkkidfnefbipkbgjmddcfllbkm. If this is the source you used to acquire the suspicious PUP (potentially unwanted program), it is unlikely that other PUPs or malicious threats have invaded your operating system. On the other hand, if you have used a different installer, the PUP might have been packaged along with unfamiliar pieces, and you MUST research them to make sure that you do not need to delete them. Well, what about removing OnTargetYoga Toolbar? Is that necessary? Continue reading, and you will be able to decide for yourself. Read more »

Private.securesearches.net

Private.securesearches.net

Private.securesearches.net is a search tool that looks fully reliable. Unfortunately, the fact that some users find it set as a new homepage and New Tab page on their browsers clearly shows that it is not one of those 100% trustworthy search providers, so if you ever find it set on your browsers without your knowledge too (theoretically, it might affect all browsers, including popular ones like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome), you should consider getting rid of it right away. It is not real malware, but if you suspect that it has hijacked your browsers’ settings, you should remove it without further consideration. Since it is not a harmful threat, you should be able to remove it from your browsers by simply resetting them to default settings. If this does not tell you much now, it should be clearer for you what you need to do after you read this entire report. Read more »

Trojan:vbs/mutuodo.a

Trojan:vbs/mutuodo.a appears to be an extremely dangerous Trojan infection. The research shows it could modify user’s computers settings. Moreover, there is a chance it might do other malicious activities like spy on the user or infect the computer with other malware. No doubt, it is best to remove it as soon as you realize it is on the computer. The problem is doing so might be not an easy task as so far there is not much information about this Trojan. If you want to find out the details, we managed to gather up till now, you should read the rest of our report. Also, we would like to stress that the deletion instructions located at the end of this page might be incomplete because we do not have all information about the infection. Accordingly, we would advise using a legitimate antimalware tool instead, if you want to be sure the threat gets deleted permanently. Read more »

PresidentialBuzz Toolbar

PresidentialBuzz Toolbar

PresidentialBuzz Toolbar is a piece of software that should enable users “to find out what the President is saying right now, catch up on the news, and search for more news and briefings.” It seems that people believe that it can act in a beneficial way because 58 083 users have already installed it from the Chrome Web Store. This store is not the only place it is promoted at. As research conducted by specialists at anti-spyware-101.com has shown, it also has an official website it can be downloaded from: http://www.presidentialbuzz.com/index.jhtml. Last but not least, it might be installed on users’ computers together with other applications. In other words, there is a huge possibility that it is distributed in software bundles too. It does not really matter how it has been installed on your computer because it is the same potentially unwanted program in all the cases. These applications are not malicious, but they have drawbacks and might act somehow undesirably. Because of this, we cannot say that it is very smart to keep a potentially unwanted program installed. You will find out how you can delete PresidentialBuzz Toolbar from your computer further in this article. Read more »

Scarab-Horsuke Ransomware

Scarab-Horsuke Ransomware

Scarab-Horsuke Ransomware is a malicious threat that can encipher various files created by the user. It can be recognized from .horsia@airmail.cc extension appended to the end of the encrypted files and a specific image it replaces the victim’s Desktop picture with. Further, in the article, we will tell you more about the malware and its effective manner, so if you came here got get to know this infection better, you should carefully read the rest of the text. Naturally, given we do not recommend putting up with any demands, you will also find removal instructions at the end of this page. They will explain how to get rid of Scarab-Horsuke Ransomware step by step. Of course, if you need more help with its deletion or wish to ask something else about the malicious program, you can leave us a comment at the end of the article too. Read more »

Vega Stealer

Vega Stealer is an incredibly malicious and clandestine infection that was created to steal sensitive information. According to Anti-Spyware-101.com research team, August Stealer is the progenitor of this malicious threat, and we know for a fact that it has a much wider approach when it comes to personal data. This devious infection can take any file and record information from a variety of applications. The threat we are discussing in this report works on a smaller scale, and it appears that it mainly targets Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.

Is it possible that this malicious infection could grow and become much more powerful in the future? Of course, it is; however, this is not the case at this point, and so we have to review what we see. If the infection evolves and starts using new features, our research team will update you as soon as possible. Right now, we need to talk about the removal of Vega Stealer. First and foremost, this infection is fileless, and it operates from the computer’s memory. That is why getting this threat deleted is not a simple task. Read more »

Gandcrab 3 Ransomware

Gandcrab 3 Ransomware most likely comes from the same creators who developed GandCrab Ransomware and Gandcrab2 Ransomware. Our researchers report the malicious application is not much different from the other two mentioned infections. Apparently, it may apply a different second extension to the files it enciphers, show a bit modified ransom note, and change the user’s background picture (none of the previous versions were set to replace the wallpaper). If your files were affected by this malicious program, it would be a good idea to learn more about it and reading our full report should help you achieve that. Besides the information about Gandcrab 3 Ransomware we can also offer manual deletion instructions that should be available at the end of this article. Nevertheless, if you find you might be unable to remove the infection manually, we would recommend using a legitimate antimalware tool instead. Read more »

.MTXLOCK File Extension

.MTXLOCK File Extension

If you suddenly find the .MTXLOCK File Extension (full extension is “.[RestoreFile@qq.com].MTXLOCK”) attached to your personal files, and they cannot be opened, you must be dealing with the MTXLOCK Ransomware. Ransomware is the kind of malware that demands a payment in return for something that the victim needs. In most cases, files are encrypted, and a decryptor or a decryption key is offered as an incentive to pay the ransom. Anti-Spyware-101.com research team cannot disclose the specific fee that the creator of this particular infection has on their mind because that, allegedly, depends on how fast the victim communicates with them. Of course, it is possible that the exact same ransom is demanded from every single victim, but we cannot know this for sure. If you have contacted cyber crooks, and they made a request for a specific sum, you can share that with us via the comments section. Here, you can also ask questions, answers to which you might not find in this report. Of course, we hope that you will know what to do and how to delete .MTXLOCK File Extension Ransomware by the time you are done reading. Read more »

Sigrun Ransomware

Sigrun Ransomware

Sigrun Ransomware is a malicious file-encrypting program that can ruin all private files available on the device. It leaves alone only the data belonging to the computer’s operating system or other software and all executable files no matter in which folder they are. Such files should not be marked with the malware’s extension (.sigrun) as it should be used to mark enciphered files only. What’s more, after the encryption process is over, the malicious program may display a ransom note. According to our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com, it should claim the victim has to email the hackers if he wants to get his files back. Knowing this would most likely lead to them asking you to pay a ransom we do not recommend contacting Sigrun Ransomware’s developers. Not only the sum could be significant, but also there is a chance you might be tricked. Therefore, if you do not want to take any chances, it would be best to concentrate on the threat’s removal. As always to help you with this task we prepared detailed deletion instructions located a bit below this text. Read more »