Author Archives: Max Lehmann

DealSquib

If you ever happen to encounter a program called DealSquib, make sure to stay away from it at all times. Do so even despite various statements claiming that this program is a great tool to have for every avid online shopper because it should provide a ton of useful coupons, discount deals, promotional codes, and ads. If, in fact, you are a frequent online shopper, it might seem like a handy tool to have active on your PC. Unfortunately, there is a hidden catch that the users are not informed about. In most cases this adware program will only cause constant interferences while you are surfing the web. Additionally, our research team has discovered the fact that at times this unwanted piece of software could be the reason other similar programs can enter your operating system in an easy way. Make sure to delete DealSquib once it has been found up and running on your computer. This way you will be able to maintain your operating system safe and secure at all times. The rest of this report contains further findings about the functionality of this adware along with a detailed removal guide that you should use right now. Read more »

GigaDiet

GigaDiet is known to be an ad-supported program (adware). The program itself has been published by Quality Funnel (Fried Cookie Ltd.) and it seems that it is popular in different countries despite the fact that the company itself is located in Tel Aviv, Israel. Our researchers believe that many people download and install this adware program on their computers themselves because they think that they will get various weight loss tips. The application itself also claims on its official website that it will help to “take control of your diet.” Even though GigaDiet seems to be a really trustworthy program, the truth is that it only seeks to redirect users to third-party web pages. Most probably, it gets money for that. Therefore, it would be best to eliminate it completely and then install a more trustworthy program that can really help to lose some weight instead of it. Read more »

Free Youtube Downloader

Since you are here, it is possible that you have encountered Free Youtube Downloader, a recently created application, which looks like a tool that allows you to download YouTube videos for free, but this main feature does not work. Also, it is categorized as potentially unwanted program (PUP), meaning that users install it themselves, but later they want to get rid of it. This PUP might try to trick you into revealing your sensitive information, but it is not as harmful for your computer. Still, particular Free Youtube Downloader’s activities worries security specialists, and this is why we believe that you must learn more about this program. So if you still have doubts about whether to remove the application or not you came to the right place as we will tell you all you have to know to make a decision. Read more »

TyphonApp

TyphonApp is an application whose purpose is to render commercial advertisements in your browser window. Removing it is something you should consider because it will generate money for its developers and owners who will continue to produce and use similar applications down the road. It is important to understand that online advertising is in most cases is not a transparent business as it is prone to involve people who want to promote malicious content. Hence, this seemingly trivial application can severely compromise your computer’s security. Therefore, we invite you to read this whole article since it contains valuable information about this adware. Read more »

EasyPhotoEdit Toolbar

EasyPhotoEdit Toolbar is a browser plugin that should help users to access tools for editing photos and pictures. In addition, this software should help users to upload, store, and share images. At first glance, EasyPhotoEdit Toolbar looks like a really beneficial program. Therefore, many users who take pictures and edit them think that it will make this work easier for them. Unfortunately, the majority of users decide to remove EasyPhotoEdit Toolbar after a short period of time because it is definitely not as beneficial as it claims to be. In fact, it only provides links to other web pages, e.g. easyphotoedit.com, Instagram, Gmail, Facebook, etc. There is a risk that you will be redirected to an untrustworthy web page after clicking on any of those buttons, so it would be best to go to these websites directly. Of course, it is not the only reason why users decide to erase EasyPhotoEdit Toolbar. Some of them simply find the toolbar really annoying because it applies changes to browsers and appears at the top of all the browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) after the installation. Read more »

Safer Internet Day

I don’t know if you are big on social networks, but I have an ASK.fm 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 »

Video Tile

You may find it irritating to have to change among browser tabs or windows to watch multiple videos, so a program like Video Tile could be of great use for you; however, we must warn you that this application is not at all what it may seem. As a matter of fact, our malware specialists have categorized it as an adware program because of its main function, i.e., showing annoying third-party commercial ads. It is possible that you do not consider ads harmful and that you have a number of adware programs on your computer for this reason. Nevertheless, it is our duty to tell you that adware can pose a threat to your virtual security since you may be presented with potentially unreliable ads and web content. It is also quite likely that this adware arrives with a bunch of other malware infections on board. Therefore, you cannot afford to waste time if you want to protect your privacy and your computer as well. You should remove Video Tile and eliminate all other possible threat sources as well. Read more »

WeatherWizard

WeatherWizard is not your average weather app. Our malware researchers took a good look at this program after receiving numerous complaints and now they recommend everyone to remove it since this program features an undesirable additional function of displaying a fake Blue Screen of Death error. However, this error only appears as such, because WeatherWizard does not actually provoke it. This application is not considered malicious, but we do not recommend keeping it either, especially since its fake BSOD promotes a certain phone number “for technical support.” So it is plain to see that it is a scam program. For more information about it, please read this whole description. Read more »

HydraCrypt Ransomware

HydraCrypt Ransomware can hide behind any spam email attachment, corrupted link, or malicious software bundle. This devious infection has been developed by experienced cyber criminals who know what they are doing, and you can expect them to employ different security backdoors for the distribution of this devious infection. Unfortunately, this threat is extremely clandestine it is initial stages. This infection can creep into your system and copy itself to a different location to initiate the encryption of your personal files. This way, even if you eliminate the original launcher of this malicious ransomware, it can still initiate malicious processes. According to our research, this ransomware can copy itself to %APPDATA%, %TEMP%, and %LOCALAPPDATA% directories. Note that this infection can create folders and hide within them. Unfortunately, it takes just 10 to 20 minutes for this ransomware to encrypt your personal files, and removing HydraCrypt Ransomware cannot solve this problem. Read more »

Search.MySocialHubXp.com

It is possible that you notice Search.MySocialHubXp.com in your browsers and you do not even remember setting it as your new home page, new tab page, and search engine. This questionable search engine may appear on your computer at least in two ways. It is, of course, possible that you yourself have installed it knowingly and on purpose, but, unfortunately, it may also have come as a “surprise” in a freeware bundle. Our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com have classified this browser extension as a browser hijacker due to its capability to perform the aforementioned browser setting changes. This unreliable tool may expose you to potentially unsafe third-party content; therefore, we advise you to remove Search.MySocialHubXp.com as soon as you can type “browser hijacker,” because leaving this infection on board could cause system security-related issues before long. Please read our full article in order to find out more about this threat source and how you can step up against this and similar infections. Read more »