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Exocrypt Ransomware

Exocrypt Ransomware

Although ransomware programs are extremely dangerous computer security threats, sometimes we are lucky to encounter apps that are still under development. Exocrypt Ransomware is one of such programs, and it does not present us with an extremely hard challenge when it comes to decrypting the encrypted files. What’s more, there clearly is no need to pay the ransom because it is possible to decrypt this ransomware, and you might solve this problem even if you do not have your files backed up on an external hard drive. Thus, simple remove Exocrypt Ransomware from your computer and make sure you do not get infected with such programs in the future. Read more »

24stream

24stream

24stream could sound tempting as it promises the user will be able to find TV content right from his browser. However, the truth is you can locate such material just the same without even adding the extension in question. All you have to do is pick a trustworthy search engine and type in the right keywords in the search box. As you see, this add-on provides merely a search engine and to make matters worse; it might not be a reliable tool since our researchers report the software could be showing third-party advertising content among the results it may display. Under such circumstances, it is no wonder 24stream falls under the classification of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). If you want to know even more about it, we invite you to keep reading this article. Also, should you decide it is time to get rid of this suspicious extension, do not forget you can use instructions available a bit below this article. Read more »

ShoppingDealsLive Toolbar

ShoppingDealsLive Toolbar

If you shop online frequently, you might be on a hunt for the best deals and discounts, and that is what the suspicious ShoppingDealsLive Toolbar promises to help you with. The extension is free, and so you might see no harm in installing it. If you install the first tool that offers something beneficial without doing any research, you are likely to run into big problems. If you have installed this potentially unwanted program (PUP) already, it is unlikely that you researched it thoroughly or that you reviewed the privacy policies that are represented by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., the developer of the PUP. If you would have looked into this toolbar before the installation, it is unlikely that you would have gone through with it, and that is because it is pretty suspicious. For example, it can record information about you and your behavior using cookies. It then can share information with “partners” who are not disclosed. If you do not want a strange piece of software tracking you and sharing information about you, it might be best to delete ShoppingDealsLive Toolbar. Unfortunately, that is not the only reason you should remove this strange, potentially unwanted program. Read more »

.xtbl extension

Ransomware applications remain to be extremely prevalent. That is not at all surprising since such malicious programs are an easy way to make illegal profits from unsuspecting Internet users. One such application goes by the name of .xtbl extension. Naturally, malware experts at Anti-Spyware-101.com highly advise you to remove this malware if it is ever found up and running on your personal computer. Doing so is vital because this malware is designed to encrypt as much data as possible once it gains access to a computer. The way its developers make money is not that complicated; they ask for a ransom in return for decryption services. If you want to find out more about this malicious application's inner workings, be sure to read our report in its entirety. Besides such information, we also include a few virtual security recommendations to help you maintain a clean and secure operating system and, finally, to help you remove this .xtbl extension once and for all. Read more »

GetPoliticalNews Toolbar

GetPoliticalNews Toolbar

GetPoliticalNews Toolbar is the newest Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. creation. It really looks like useful software that provides users with the latest “political news across a variety of categories such as politics, healthcare, civil rights, elections and taxes” at first glance, so we are sure there are some users who have already consciously installed GetPoliticalNews Toolbar on their computers. Researchers at anti-spyware-101.com have found two sources it can be downloaded from directly: its official website (getpoliticalnews.com) and the Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/getpoliticalnews/ehncliklfaplfhkkahnmoepebjgifcod). Additionally, since this piece of software travels in software bundles as well, it might be installed on users’ computers without their knowledge. It is not at all surprising that users who know nothing about the installation of GetPoliticalNews Toolbar decide to remove it from their PCs right away. You should be one of them if the installation of this potentially unwanted application was a surprise for you too, or you simply do not like the changes applied to your web browser. Yes, it will alter your browser’s settings. Continue reading to find out more about GetPoliticalNews Toolbar and its removal. Read more »

PedCont Ransomware

PedCont Ransomware

PedCont Ransomware has been developed by cyber criminals who want users’ money. It seems that this malicious infection is not that prevalent yet, but you might still encounter it, especially if you tend to download software from random P2P websites, open attachments spam emails hold, and use weak Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) credentials. It is not like other threats categorized as ransomware. It seems that it is more dangerous than an ordinary ransomware infection. Unlike typical crypto-malware, it does not encrypt any files on victims’ computers, but it ruins the Windows OS instead. You will see this for yourself – it opens a window after the successful entrance but then, after some time, shuts down the computer. The same happens if the opened window is closed by the user. The next time the Windows OS loads up, there is only a black screen with a cursor. No system utilities can be accessed too. In other words, users can no longer perform any activities using their computers. There is a possibility that other versions of the same threat working in a slightly different way are available or will be released in the future, so make sure you do not leave your computer unprotected. No matter what kind of ransomware infection finds a way to enter your system, make sure you do not give cyber criminals what they want most from you – your money. Read more »

Rebus Ransomware

Unguarded Windows operating systems can become victims of the malicious Rebus Ransomware. If the system is protected by legitimate and up-to-date anti-malware software, known security vulnerabilities cannot be exploited for the distribution of malware. If such software is not used, any vulnerability (e.g., spam email attachments or unsecure RDP configurations) can be used to place the infection onto your computer silently. Once in, the threat does not wait for you to detect and remove it. Instead, it starts encrypting personal files that exist on your operating system immediately. It does that using a complex algorithm that can be decoded only using a special decryptor. Both the encryptor and decryptor are in the hands of cyber criminals, and it is very likely that decryption is possible. That being said, Anti-Spyware-101.com research team has lots of experience with ransomware, and we regret to inform that cyber criminals rarely – if ever – present victims with legitimate decryptors. Continue reading to learn about that, as well as how to delete Rebus Ransomware. Read more »

Littlefinger Ransomware

Littlefinger Ransomware

Ransomware programs are incredibly prevalent nowadays. Thus, being aware of their existence and keeping your PC secure is critical. One such application that roams the web currently, goes by the name of Littlefinger Ransomware. If you ever encounter it while browsing the Internet, be sure to do everything in your power to refrain from it at all times. Doing so is critical because this ransomware program is notorious for its ability to encrypt massive quantities of data without any notification or authorization. As you can imagine, having an application capable of such inner workings can have disastrous outcomes, to put it lightly. Learn more about its intrusive functionality by reading the rest of our detailed report. Besides such information, we include virtual security recommendations that will allow you to maintain a clean and safe system at all times. Lastly, we present a detailed removal guide, which you should use to delete Littlefinger Ransomware without encountering any major problems. Read more »

Pgpsnippet Ransomware

Pgpsnippet Ransomware

Pgpsnippet Ransomware is a dangerous computer infection that can virtually lock up all of your files. It belongs to the ever-growing group of ransomware programs that have been prevalent on the cyber scene for quite some time now. The good news is that it is possible to decrypt the files that were encrypted by this infection or you can simply delete the affected files and transfer healthy copies of your data back into your computer if you have them saved on an external hard drive. The bottom line is that you should never pay a single cent for the decryption key. Read more »

August Stealer

August Stealer is a Trojan infection spotted in the wild for the first time around 10/20/2016. Unfortunately, it seems that it is possible to encounter it these days too. Yes, this malicious application is still active. Malware analysts are not surprised at all that this infection is still distributed by cyber criminals because the malicious macro that drops August Stealer on victims’ computers can be purchased on the dark web. According to researchers, it seems that August Stealer does not focus on infiltrating ordinary users’ computers. Most probably, it is mainly used to steal information from large companies. It is usually too late when they detect this infection. It can steal a bunch of private details during a short period of time, so when it is discovered, cyber criminals behind it already have some information in their hands. It takes time to detect Trojans stealing information. Additionally, it is not so easy to remove them, so we highly recommend cleaning all affected computers automatically, i.e. using a powerful antimalware scanner. Read more »