Author Archives: Max Lehmann

ForSearch.net

If your browsers open ForSearch.net (forsearch.net/home), which looks quite a trustworthy search engine at first glance, this, without a doubt, suggests that a browser hijacker infection has successfully entered the computer and applied changes. It should be compatible with all popular browsers, e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, but its infection rate is quite small, and it mainly spreads in Vietnam, so it is not very likely that a number of users will encounter ForSearch.net. If you have become one of the victims of this browser hijacker, i.e. ForSearch.net is automatically loaded for you when you launch any of your browsers, you should go to take care of the browser hijacker active on your system as soon as possible. This is the only way to undo the changes applied to web browsers and erase this suspicious domain. After getting rid of it, you will be allowed to set a new website you like as your homepage, or recover the previously used website which has been removed due to the entrance of a browser hijacker. Read more »

6789.com

If you discover that the homepage of your Internet Explorer browser was modified to represent 6789.com, you have to be extremely cautious. First of all, this browser hijacker might have been installed along with other infections, and, needless to say, you do not want to ignore them. Second, the hijacker might have corrupted your browser without your permission, in which case, you will want to delete it as soon as you can. Third, the hijacker can expose you to potentially unreliable advertisements. If you take all of these things into consideration, you might decide to remove 6789.com from your IE browser as well. Anti-Spyware-101.com malware researchers have analyzed the threat, and the information we have gathered can help you decide if you want to delete the hijacker as well. If you have made up your mind about this already, you can scroll down to find instructions that will help you eliminate the hijacker from Internet Explorer. Read more »

Searchl.ru

Searchl.ru

If your web browser's default settings were changed without any notification or the authorization, it might be a primary indication that a browser hijacker is fully active on your personal computer. One such application goes by the name of Searchl.ru. If this is, in fact, the case, you should not waste any time and delete this devious application once and for all. It is important to do so because this hijacker like a lot of its counterparts will make surfing the web a much more annoying and frustrating experience. Unfortunately, that is not the worst thing about this questionable program since it has been discovered that in some instances it might be the primary reason your operating system might be subjected to dubious web content. To find out how this could happen, read the rest of our report. In addition to such information, we also provide a detailed removal guide that will help you delete Searchl.ru without a lot of trouble. Read more »

BlackJockerCrypter Ransomware

BlackJockerCrypter Ransomware is a harmful application that uses a particular encryption algorithm to encipher your files and make them unrecognizable. As a result, the files become unusable as the computer can no longer open them. If BlackJockerCrypter Ransomware damaged your files, we urge you to carefully read the rest of the text and find out more about the infection. Since our researchers are advising to delete the malware as soon as possible, we will discuss not only the possible methods used to distribute it or the malicious application’s damage to your data but also its removal. For now, we would like you to know you can erase the infection either with a reliable security tool or manually. If you choose the second option, we suggest using the deletion instructions placed at the end of the text. Read more »

Kolobo Ransomware

Kolobo Ransomware

Kolobo Ransomware is a malicious computer infection that seems to attack you out of nowhere. The program targets users in a specific region, although it can reach its victims anywhere in the world. The program may be somewhat old, but it does not mean you can breathe a sigh of relief. Even old infections can do some harm, so if you happen to have this program on-board, you will do yourself a favor if you remove Kolobo Ransomware once and for all. Please note that removing ransomware programs is not enough to restore the damage they have caused. In some cases, you may also have to start anew. Read more »

OnlineMapSearch Toolbar

OnlineMapSearch Toolbar

OnlineMapSearch Toolbar may be added to your browsers without your knowledge when you are installing a questionable software package. Our malware researchers know this browser extension and its family all too well to fall for its transparent usefulness and reliability. As a matter of fact, this questionable extension is a newcomer from the notorious Mindspark bad toolbar family that also includes DailyProductivityTools Toolbar and GetCouponsFast Toolbar. This family is infamous for promoting potentially unreliable search engines that can put your virtual security at risk by showing you modified search results. Since the presence of this potentially unwanted program (PUP) in your browsers could indicate that there may be more serious malware threats on board, we suggest that you do not wait till things get worse; you should remove OnlineMapSearch Toolbar from your computer. Read more »

EasyFileConvert Toolbar

EasyFileConvert Toolbar

EasyFileConvert Toolbar is an extension that was developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. If you do not keep yourself updated, you might not know that this company is responsible for hundreds of suspicious toolbars. Some of them include TotalRecipeSearch Toolbar, TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar, and ListingsPortal Toolbar. According to Anti-Spyware-101.com research team, these toolbars are primarily used for the promotion of third-party services, and it is likely that Mindspark is earning money every time a user of one of its toolbars is clicking on an affiliate link. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, and if the services offered are authentic and beneficial, the toolbar might be considered harmless. Unfortunately, besides promoting third-party links, the toolbar also introduces its users to a suspicious search tool, and this is where things get really suspicious. Can you trust this search tool? Can you trust the hijacker itself? These things are discussed in the report. We also discuss the removal of EasyFileConvert Toolbar, and you should continue reading even if you are convinced that this toolbar is harmless. Read more »

Roshalock Ransomware

If your PC does not have an anti-malware program installed on it, then it can be vulnerable to the likes of Roshalock Ransomware, a highly malicious program that can put your personal files in file archives protected by a password and then demand that you pay money for it. Yes, this program wants to extract money from you, and you should not comply because there is no evidence that the people that created this program actually send the password. Therefore, we suggest that you remove this program instead of paying the ransom which can vary in amount. To find out more about this ransomware, we invite you to read this whole article. Read more »

Hahaha Ransomware

Hahaha Ransomware

Hahaha Ransomware has the opposite effect as its name would suggest because once it penetrates your system, it is most likely you will lose most of your personal files in this malicious attack as this infection encrypts them all. Laughter is probably the last of the reactions you would express when you realize that you have no recent backup saved on a removable hard disk. If this is your case, you may really believe that the only choice for you to be able to restore your encrypted files is to pay the rather high ransom fee. Unfortunately, our malware specialists do not recommend this for you as experience shows that there is little chance that you would get the decryption key needed for you to decrypt your files. We have found that this ransomware threat is another variation of CryptoWire Ransomware, which is an "educational" ransomware released and available to the public. Even if it means the loss of your files in the end, we advise you to remove Hahaha Ransomware immediately. Read more »

Dataup

Users who discover Dataup installed on their computers should be aware of the fact that they have a Trojan infection inside their systems. There is not much information about what its main goal is, but, according to specialists working at anti-spyware-101.com, it might be one of these computer infections created to steal information from computer users. As a consequence, users should not even consider keeping Dataup installed. Luckily, all files of this undesirable application are located in one folder it creates in %PROGRAMFILES% or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%, depending on the system architecture, so its removal should not be a challenge for the majority of users who have manually erased any kind of program before. Of course, we will not leave you alone in this. The last paragraph of this report contains more detailed information about the removal process, and there is our manual removal guide located below this article. This should be enough to help you erase this Trojan from the computer. Read more »