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Search.searchuts.com

Although Search.searchuts.com was created by Polarity Technologies Ltd., it does not look like other browser hijackers created by this company. A few of them include Search.searchwatchytsn.com, Search.searcheasysta.com, and Search.searchbuscar.com. These hijackers are represented using unique extensions, and the threat we are discussing in this report is not associated with an add-on; at least, not yet. If an extension was involved, it is most likely that you could remove Search.searchuts.com by eliminating this extension. Of course, even if it is installed on its own, you should get rid of it as soon as possible. Malware analysts at the Anti-Spyware-101.com internal lab have analyzed this browser hijacker, and the conclusion is that it is a threat that requires immediate elimination. If you wish to delete this threat as soon as possible, you can find the instructions below, but we strongly advise reading this article first to learn all about the suspicious hijacker. Read more »

ATLAS Ransomware

Anti-Spyware-101.com malware researchers are warning about ATLAS Ransomware. This malicious threat was created to enter your operating system and encrypt your personal files without your notice. The distribution of this infection is mysterious, but it is most likely that users face it via misleading spam emails with the installer camouflaged as a harmless attachment. It is enough to open the file to unleash the ransomware, and this is why this kind of malware is spreading across the web so fast. Needless to say, if you were more cautious when browsing the web, you would not have encountered this malicious threat. Reliable anti-malware software could have helped as well. Needless to say, it is very important to delete ATLAS Ransomware from your operating system, but, first, you need to read this repot to learn more about this dangerous infection. This report was created after thoroughly analyzing the infection. If anything discussed in this report is not clear for you, remember that you can use the comments section to start a conversation. You can add any question for our research team to address. Read more »

Schwerer Ransomware

Schwerer Ransomware is an Autoit script-based malicious application malware that analysts have detected recently. It is considered an extremely harmful computer infection because it causes a bunch of problems after its successful entrance. The main activity it performs on those affected computers is the encryption of files. It is nothing new – a number of ransomware-type threats act the same. These threats encrypt users’ files and then demand money from them. Specifically speaking, cyber criminals use those infections as tools that help them to obtain money from users easily. Schwerer Ransomware will demand money from you too after the encryption of your personal data. It allows its victims to understand that they have only two choices: 1) lose their files forever or 2) purchase the key and unlock files with it. Users whose valuable files have been encrypted by Schwerer Ransomware usually decide to pay a ransom, but they do not know that it is not such a good idea to do that because they might get nothing in exchange for the money paid. Since we have no proof that the decryption key will be sent to you once you make a payment, we suggest that you delete Schwerer Ransomware fully and do not purchase the key from the developer of this ransomware infection. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do without the key if you have never backed up any of your files – they can be restored for free only from a backup. Read more »

Beback

Beback is a Russian application that a number of users who shop online should find appealing. It is because it promises to make it possible to get a small percentage of the amount spent at certain online stores back. This sounds nice, but the problem is that Beback is not as decent as it claims to be. We are not going to analyze whether it acts as it promises in this article, but we will definitely try to convince you to erase this application from your computer. It is advisable to erase it because it is an ad-supported program, i.e. it might start displaying irritating ads, according to researchers at anti-spyware-101.com. Also, it might become a threat to your privacy, specialists say, because it might start collecting information about users seeking to find more about their interests and habits. Without a doubt, this piece of software is not malicious, but you should not let it stay. Users should remove it not only to stop undesirable activities it starts performing on computers after the entrance. There is also no point in keeping it if nobody uses it, or it has shown up on the computer without permission. Read more »

Fileplus

Fileplus is a free software program that enables computer users to download Torrent files file, including music, games, movies and software. This peer-to-peer file sharing software falls to the category of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Such programs are not considered as highly dangerous, but they may be employed by black hat hackers to gain benefits from home computers and their users. In order to prevent potential harm, our team at Anti-Spyware-101.com recommends that you remove Fileplus from the computer without further delay. At first sight, the Fileplus programs looks like a user-friendly tool; it even has its official website fileplus.org. However, the program can get installed from different sources and without your permission, which is another reason why you should not hesitate to remove it from the computer. Read more »

Search.searchlwradar.com

When you find a new search website like Search.searchlwradar.com as your homepage upon opening your Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer browser, it is a clear sign that a browser hijacker has just managed to sneak onto your system. Our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com say that this malware infection may not be the worst threat on your system but you still need to take it seriously because it may present to you potentially unsafe content that could cause further virtual security-related issues. As a matter of fact, the presence of this hijacker may also indicate that other malicious software installers have managed to slither onto your system without your knowledge. Facing multiple malware threats could be a challenge for you if you are not an advanced level computer user. Therefore, we suggest that you remove Search.searchlwradar.com as soon as possible and take care of all other related and unrelated infections as well if you want to make sure that you are safe in your virtual world. Read more »

Privacy Search Plus

Privacy Search Plus is an extension that you can download onto Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. The users of both web browsers can acquire the add-on from its official download page, privacysearchplus.com, but Google Chrome users can also acquire it from the Chrome app store. At the time of research, the Chrome extension was used by over 16,000 users, and that is a huge number for a tool that does not seem to offer highly beneficial services. According to our research, the add-on is growing in numbers pretty fast, and so it is believed that its installer is spread via software bundles. Have you downloaded the suspicious tool using a third-party installer? If you have, the chances are that you chose to try it out because it was free, or you installed it by accident. Whatever the case might be, Anti-Spyware-101.com malware research team advises removing Privacy Search Plus, and you can read all about that in this report. Read more »

Salsa Ransomware

If Salsa Ransomware manages to infiltrate your system, you can probably lose all your personal files in this malicious attack when you do not have a backup. We keep emphasizing the importance of regularly saving your files to a cloud storage place or a portable disk. As a matter of fact, it is safer if you backup your files onto a drive that is only connected to your PC while you are transferring data because some of the ransomware infections are capable of stealing information from you and access your cloud accounts to take your files hostage there, too. Of course, you are offered a way out if you are ready to pay a certain amount to have your files automatically decrypted. But there is never any guarantee that you will really get the decryption key, a tool, or your files will just “magically” decipher themselves. Since this is a dangerous threat to your computer and your personal files, we recommend that you remove Salsa Ransomware immediately after you are informed of its devastating job. Read more »

Kampret Ransomware

If the malicious Kampret Ransomware has invaded your operating system, your personal files are now likely to have the “.lockednikampret” extension appended to them. This indicates that the file was encrypted, and, unfortunately, you cannot decrypt it yourself. The infection encrypts the targeted files – such as photos, media files, and documents – using the AES encryption algorithm, and you need a special decryption key to unlock them. So, how do you get this key? Unfortunately, it is in the hands of the cyber criminals who have created the devious ransomware. Can you convince them to just give this key to you? It seems like you cannot because the infection was created to coerce you into paying money for it, and so you are expected to open your wallet. Regrettably, we cannot guarantee that you would be able to decrypt all of the corrupted files even if you paid the ransom. Whether or not you follow the instructions of cyber criminals and get your files back, deleting Kampret Ransomware is crucial, and you can continue reading to learn how to get rid of this malicious threat. Read more »

eAdvisor Ads

As you can probably tell from its name eAdvisor Ads is a program that has something to do with advertising. And, indeed, showing commercial ads is all this program can do. The ads are annoying and can pose a risk to your computer’s security. We suggest that you remove it from your computer as soon as you can because it is clear as day that it will not do anything to improve your shopping experience, it will show you the same ads over and over again to generate clicks that make its developers money. Indeed, making money is this program’s only objective, so do not expect it to provide you with a useful service. Read more »