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Search.hdesignyoursite.co

Search.hdesignyoursite.co

Search.hdesignyoursite.co is a browser hijacker, which means it might modify your browser’s preferences. As annoying as users may find such behavior, they should be aware the application might also be unreliable. According to our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com, this search engine might display modified search results containing additional advertising material from unknown third parties. Needless to say, if you do not want to put your system at risk accidentally, we would recommend not to take any chances with this threat. Therefore, slightly below the article, we will add detailed steps showing how to get rid of Search.hdesignyoursite.co manually. Of course, if you need more information about the browser hijacker before you decide whether to keep it or eliminate it, we invite you to have a look at the rest of our report. Read more »

FastFormFinder

FastFormFinder

FastFormFinder is presented as a useful tool that can help to “search and access popular forms quick links instantly from your new tab page.” It promises that users could access taxation, immigration, healthcare, travel, power of attorney, and other forms of government. Since it does look beneficial, it is not surprising that users install it on their computers consciously. Google Chrome users usually install it from the Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fast-forms-finder/pholacpmcekgiaopjihmoahbnffjdpce), whereas Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox users get it from its homepage http://fastformfinder.com/. Some users find FastFormFinder quite beneficial. Actually, we cannot say that it is completely useless software too, but it does not mean that it is very smart to install it on the system. We say so because this piece of software has been classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) by our specialists. It should be noted that potentially unwanted applications are not considered malware; however, they have some drawbacks that put them into the unreliable software category. We will elaborate on why FastFormFinder is not fully trustworthy software further in this article. Read more »

Gollum Ransomware

Gollum Ransomware, also known as Bitshifter Ransomware, is a malicious application that locks files on victims’ computers. It is a typical ransomware infection that has been designed to encrypt data. There is only one thing that distinguishes it from other ransomware-type infections – it has been observed that it might also try to steal cryptocurrency wallets and some other personal information. In other words, it makes files unusable and, on top of that, it works as an info-stealer. If you have opened this report because you have encountered this malicious application, make sure you erase it from your system because it might be launched again incidentally and lock all your new files. It will not need your permission to do this. Ransomware infections are one of the nastiest malicious applications that are available on the market, but, luckily, Gollum Ransomware does not seem to be anywhere near sophisticated malicious software, i.e. it does not block system utilities, does not drop a bunch of different components, and it does not make any changes in the Run registry key, so you should be able to delete it from the system manually quite easily. Unfortunately, none of your files will be decrypted. Read more »

ThePresidentSays Toolbar

ThePresidentSays Toolbar

Perhaps ThePresidentSays Toolbar looks like a fun application that will make your browsing sessions more entertaining. However, computer security experts suggest that this app is a potentially unwanted program, and as such, it might expose you to potentially corrupted content. What’s more, if you did not intend to have this application added to your system, there is no reason to keep it because it will only slow down your browser. Hence, scroll down to the bottom of this description for the manual removal instructions and get rid of ThePresidentSays Toolbar immediately. For further questions, please feel free to leave us a comment. Read more »

Omerta Ransomware

Omerta Ransomware

Omerta Ransomware is, without a doubt, the one that has locked files on your computer if you can locate a new .[XAVAX@PM.ME].omerta extension appended to those files you find impossible to open, because this filename extension is one of its distinctive features. It has not been developed for the purpose of making users annoyed. Instead, it is used to obtain money from users. Do not send money to malicious software developers by any means because they will use your money to develop more threats that you yourself might encounter in the future. Also, even though Omerta Ransomware promises to decrypt users’ files right after the money is received, there are no guarantees that it will be given to you, so, in our opinion, it would be smarter to restore files from a backup rather than pay money for the decryption tool that might not be even sent to you. Make sure you remove the ransomware infection first before you go to restore your encrypted data. It is not sophisticated malware, and it even deletes itself automatically once it is done with users’ personal files, but you will still need to remove two components associated with it (its Value and its ransom note) from your system. Additionally, you will have to change your Wallpaper because the ransomware infection will set its image with an email address. Read more »

gamingZone Search

gamingZone Search

Do not install gamingZone Search on your computer if you like the default search provider you use because this browser extension will alter it. No doubt some users install this piece of software consciously because it is promoted as a useful tool that allows users to search and play free online games without limitation. At the time of writing, there were 14 925 users who installed it directly from the Chrome Web Store, but we are sure the total number of users who have this extension active on their computers is higher because it can be downloaded from http://www.theappjunkies.com too. If you are among those users who have found gamingZone Search installed on their PCs, you have a right to know that it is not fully reliable software. We do not say that it is a malicious application, but we are 100% sure that it has certain features that make it a potentially unwanted application. One of the reasons it is considered potentially unwanted software is the fact that it might slither onto computers without permission. Additionally, it changes the default search tool on the affected web browser. Unlike serious malware, it does not try to hide the fact that it alters browsers’ settings. Read more »

QuizFunWow Extension

QuizFunWow Extension

Some users click the button and install QuizFunWow Extension consciously on their computers because this piece of software looks reliable, and they expect that they could take cool online quizzes for free whenever they want to. The majority of users install it from the page (https://quizfunwow.com/quiz/?sid=05302018_organic) they are redirected to after opening https://quizfunwow.com/. Some users come across this website by accident while browsing the Internet, but we are sure there are more users who ended up on it against their will after having clicked on an untrustworthy link/advertisement found on the web. Researchers at anti-spyware-101.com have also managed to find one more source QuizFunWow Extension can be downloaded from – it is the official Chrome Web Store. If you have not installed this application yet, we highly recommend that you refrain yourself from doing this no matter if this piece of software looks like great fun because it is far from being perfect. Research conducted by experienced malware analysts has also confirmed that this extension is a typical potentially unwanted program, or PUP. To put it in other words, it is not anywhere near harmful malware, but it will not act as fully reliable software. Continue reading to find out more about QuizFunWow Extension. Read more »

ComboJack Cryptojacking

No doubt cyber criminals have not stopped developing Trojan infections hijacking clipboards because ComboJack Cryptojacking has been detected recently by researchers. This malicious application is very similar to CryptoShuffler – it monitors clipboards on affected computers so that it could replace the copied wallet address with the one belonging to cyber criminals behind it. Since ComboJack Cryptojacking is a Trojan infection, it tends to slither onto users’ computers unnoticed. Once it is inside the system, it starts working immediately, but it does not mean that you will see a program’s window opened on your screen. Most probably, it will take some time for you to find out about the successful entrance of this malicious application because it tries hard to stay unnoticed and performs activities completely in the background. This explains why it manages to steal users’ money in a short time. Even though this threat tries to stay unnoticed, it does not mean that there are no symptoms indicating its presence. You should find a new suspicious process in Task Manager if ComboJack Cryptojacking is active on your computer, and, on top of that, it should be possible to locate the executable file under the name NVDisplay.Container.exe in %TEMP%. If it has turned out that you have encountered ComboJack Cryptojacking, you must remove it from your system as soon as possible. Do not be naïve – it will not disable itself in the near future. Read more »

Rsa-4096 Ransomware

Rsa-4096 Ransomware

Rsa-4096 Ransomware, also known as TeslaCrypt (3.0 version) Ransomware, is a malicious application that will turn your life into a nightmare. We say so because this infection locks victims’ personal files without mercy. This might sound like something new, but we can assure you – there is nothing new about this. Ransomware infections are developed by cyber criminals with the intention of obtaining users’ money. Some of them open screen-locking windows, whereas others lock the most valuable files found on the system. Rsa-4096 Ransomware belongs to the second group of ransomware infections, as you have probably already understood. It uses RSA-4096 (encryption algorithm) to lock victims’ files, which means that users need to have a unique key to unlock them. As you will see for yourself, you will be offered to purchase it from cyber criminals. This might sound like a good idea at first, but, believe us, it is not. There is a huge possibility that you will not get anything from cyber criminals, so, please, keep your Bitcoins to yourself. No matter what your final decision is, do not forget to remove the ransomware infection from your computer. Since it creates a Value in the Run registry key, you will find your new files encrypted after the system restart too if you do nothing because Rsa-4096 Ransomware will stay active. Read more »

Mac Ads Cleaner

Mac Ads Cleaner promises to get rid of ads that might be introducing you to scams and fake offers by removing adware and malware installed on your operating system. The program might look completely genuine and legitimate, and you might install it without even checking if it is trustworthy, or if adware and malware actually exist on your Mac operating system. The latter can be done with the help of a malware scanner. If you are introduced to threats, you need to eliminate them immediately, but you should not rely on the program we are discussing in this report to do it for you. Instead, you need to find and install a legitimate and trustworthy anti-malware tool. If you trust the bogus ad cleaner, you are likely to be scammed into paying for its services, and that is not a move you should make. Have you wasted your money on this bogus tool already? If you have, try to get it back. After all, a 60-day money back guarantee is offered with the purchase. In either case, whether or not money has been invested, you must delete Mac Ads Cleaner, and we can show how to do it. Read more »