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ShinoLocker Ransomware

ShinoLocker Ransomware

An application known as ShinoLocker Ransomware has been introduced to the audience during a presentation at the Black Hat USA 2016 convention. This piece of software has been designed by a security researcher, pen-test tool developer and pentester Shota Shinogi mostly for further virtual security research and general education purposes. The tool can be obtained from its official website and is free of charge. It is fully customizable, and each user can build a unique version of ShinoLocker Ransomware. Even though it is a great tool to educate yourself and to have a deeper understanding of the inner structure and functionality of a basic ransomware application, our team advises to use it carefully especially if you are not and an advanced computer user since you might face some unwanted outcomes. In this report, we present the features of this malware simulator and present various ways that it could be used. Read more »


KMSPico is a very popular tool for illegally activating Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office products. Due to the fact that it is an unofficial activation program that tampers with certain settings of the OS, many anti-virus and anti-malware applications detect it as a threat, but most of them do not remove it since in most cases, it is labeled as “suspicious” and left as is. Such detections are usually detections are false positives because KMSPico is not malicious. Still many users have reported that this activation tool is a Trojan and it comes bundled with browser hijackers and adware. Therefore, in this article, we will discuss how this activation tool works and whether it is safe. Read more »

Maxon Click

Although you might not know what Maxon Click is, it could be the culprit of your virtual security’s instability. This clandestine threat works from web browsers on your Android devices, but it is unlikely to be a threat to the users of Windows and other operating systems alike. According to the adware analysts here at, this suspicious infection works with to inject ads. It is likely that it uses this domain as a server hosting advertisements. In order to stop the connection to this server and disable the advertising-injecting threat, you need to learn how it works and learn what steps to take. Read this report to find this information, and, if you want to ask us questions about anything related to the removal of Maxon Click, start a discussion below. Read more »

Locky Strikes an Unlucky Hospital

A Methodist hospital in Kentucky was hit hard earlier this week when a vicious Trojan ransomware attacked their computer network. Once this malware infection infiltrated one of the computers, it quickly spread on the whole network infecting all local drives as well as unmapped network shares. Locky Ransomware, as it was named after the .locky extension it appends to files, encrypted all databases, image, video, audio, and program files with a next-to-impossible-to-crack encryption algorithm. Obviously, the hospital will not be able to use the infected computers and the encrypted files unless they comply with the demands of the cyber criminals who created this dangerous Trojan. Although the ransom fee does not seem to be too high for an institution, this hospital is working closely with the FBI to find a legal way out of this terrible situation. Nevertheless, they have not yet ruled out the possibility of paying the fee to be able to recover the files. One thing is certain, though, they will not be able to use the infected computers unless they remove Locky Ransomware. Read more »

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day

I don’t know if you are big on social networks, but I have an account, and these guys ask you a random question every single day. This morning, they wanted to know what “good vibes” I have to offer to make the Internet a better place. Well, what would you know: It’s the Safer Internet Day 2016 today, and so various platforms and companies celebrate it in multiple ways. Read more »

Linux.Encoder.1 Assails Linux Web Servers

Ransomware infections have been around for a long time now with the first one recorded back in 1989. Unfortunately, ransomware is on the rise at the moment, and infections like Linux.Encoder.1, Chimera Ransomware, or Tox Ransomware find ways to attack operating systems without any warning. Linux.Encoder.1 is one of the more complex and destructive infections of its kind as it primarily targets servers, not individual machines. As recent research has revealed, this threat targets sites linked to the Linux operating system, which allows cyber criminals behind this infection to cause more damage. Read more »

Angler Exploit Kit: The #1 Cyber Menace

Angler Exploit Kit is the biggest and most aggressive exploit kit today. Although it emerged back in 2013, it has never been as strong as it is now. Malware researchers estimate that 90,000 victims could be targeted by the infections associated with it every single day, which might add up to more than $34 million in profit every year. Unfortunately, this exploit kit is practically unstoppable, and computer users could become victims even if they took all of the security measures available. Of course, some users are more “susceptible” to malware associated with this exploit kit than others. Fortunately, there are things that users can do to keep malware away and ensure virtual protection. We discuss this, as well as other important things, in this report. Read more »

Critical Security Patch for Internet Explorer

Microsoft has released its new and improved web browser, Microsoft Edge, on July 29, 2015, but this web browser is currently compatible only with Windows 10. According to the latest data, around 50 million devices are now running this version of Windows. The rest of Windows users are stuck with the good old Internet Explorer and all its vulnerabilities. The latest of these vulnerabilities is known as known by the code name “CVE-2015-2502.” This vulnerability affects the most recent versions of the browser, starting with Internet Explorer 7 and including the most recent, Internet Explorer 11. As researchers at Bromium Labs have found, IE was the most vulnerable browser of 2014, and it is unlikely that this year’s title will go to any other of the popular web browsers. Vulnerability CVE-2015-2502 is proving that to be the case. Read more »

CryptPKO Ransomware

CryptPKO Ransomware seems to be a variant of CTB-Locker, which is known to be a serious ransomware infection. Both of these threats enter the system without permission; usually, a Trojan slithers onto the computer and then it downloads ransomware. If this ever happens to you, there is no doubt that you will notice that very fast because all of your files will be encrypted. On top of that, you will notice that your background has been changed and there is the message. This warning will disappear only if you remove the ransomware infection from the system. Unfortunately, CryptPKO Ransomware cannot be erased via Control Panel; thus, you should not expect that you will be able to get rid of it manually. Even though the manual removal of CryptPKO Ransomware is very difficult or nearly impossible, there is still one way to eliminate it from the system. We will provide you with all the necessary information in this article, so make sure that you read it from beginning to end. Read more »

Are Your Passwords Safe?

There are plenty of malicious computer infections that are after sensitive information, particularly the kind that could help cyber criminals hijack personal accounts. Some are more vicious than others, and Dyre Trojan is certainly one of the worse ones, as it is all about taking over online banking credentials, and there is no question what is the reason behind this. Also known by the names Dyreza and Battdil, this infection has been created to steal your money, but this is not all that it is capable of. The worst part about malware of this kind is that it is clandestine, which is due to the fact that it runs silently, without drawing any unnecessary attention to itself. Unfortunately, this means that the malicious password stealing infections are often successful in their attacks, as users do not realize they are happening. Read more »