.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 »

.backup Ransomware

.backup Ransomware

You most definitely would not want to deal with .backup Ransomware because this program can encrypt most of your files, and leave you with a paralyzed computer. In the light of so many ransomware programs spreading around and infecting multiple systems, it is important that users take measures to protect themselves from such intruders. Although your main task right now is to .backup Ransomware from your system, it is also very important that you keep a system backup either on an external hard drive or a cloud drive because that way you would be able to restore your files a lot faster. Read more »

Diskdoctor Ransomware

Diskdoctor Ransomware may not sound like it, but is it a malicious threat as it enciphers all user’s files to make them useless. According to our researchers, the malware employs a secure cryptosystem to achieve this, which makes it impossible to open encrypted files without a specific decryptor. Of course, if you backed up your data before the device was infected, you could restore it with no trouble. If this is the case, we strongly recommend not to pay any attention to the ransom note Diskdoctor Ransomware might show you and erase the malicious program. The mentioned message might ask to contact the cybercriminals behind the threat, and later on, they could send you emails asking to pay a ransom. Consequently, it is advisable to ignore the instructions available on the ransom note, especially if you do not want to risk losing your savings for nothing. In which case, we would offer either following the removal steps located at the end of this report or installing a legitimate antimalware tool that could delete the malware for you. 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 »

TeleGrab

TeleGrab is a new malicious application that was detected by researchers monitoring the web at the beginning of May, 2018 for the first time. It is not an ordinary infection, to say the least. Malware analysts have carried out research to find more about this infection and they are now 100% sure that it is one of those threats that target a specific application. In this case, it is Telegram, which is known to be an end-to-end instant messaging service. Also, specialists can now say with confidence that there are two different versions of the same malicious application available. The first one was discovered in the wild on April 4, 2018, whereas the second one landed in researchers’ lap six days later. Even though both of them are all about stealing personal information, they slightly differ from each other. 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 »

Java Notdharma Ransomware

Java Notdharma Ransomware is not a program that you want to have up and running on your operating system. If unfortunately, that is the case you are in, be sure to take immediate action to remove it once and for all. Doing so is critical because this malicious program, like any other ransomware application, is designed to encrypt vast quantities of data on the affected computer. In most instances, programs of this classification, are used by malware developers to make illegal profits from unsuspecting Internet users. The way that is achieved is by demanding a ransom in return for decryption services. To have a better understanding of how this malicious application functions, be sure to read the rest of this report. Since quite a few users infect their computer with this ransomware due to poor virtual security, we include a few tips to help you maintain a clean and safe system. Below, you will also find a comprehensive removal guide, which you should use to delete Java Notdharma Ransomware in the quickest way possible. Read more »

Mapmywayfree Toolbar

Mapmywayfree Toolbar

Mapmywayfree Toolbar is a piece of software that can be downloaded by anyone from the Chrome Web Store. Also, users can get it from its official website http://www.mapmywayfree.com/index.jhtml. Even though there are two sources promoting it available, not all users consciously install it on their computers. Specialists working at anti-spyware-101.com are not surprised at all why it is so. They have observed that this browser plugin might also be distributed via pop-ups – they are displayed to users when they enter specific websites, usually certain file-sharing websites. Additionally, specialists say that Mapmywayfree Toolbar might be distributed in software bundles as well. No matter how this piece of software has ended up on your computer, you should know that it is the same potentially unwanted application in all the cases. One of the reasons it has been placed under this category is the fact that it might be distributed in bundles. Of course, it is not the only reason. Continue reading to find more about this potentially unwanted application. You should read this entire report if need more information about its removal too. 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 »

Scarab-Osk Ransomware

Scarab-Osk Ransomware could rename and encrypt all of your data, so if it manages to infect your device, you might not only find it difficult to recognize your files but also impossible to open them. Soon after ruining the victim’s files, the malware should show a ransom note asking for a payment. The price for the decryption tool may look rather small compared to how valuable your data could be to you, but you should think about it carefully. There are no reassurances the hackers will not ask for more money or try to scam victims in other ways. Meaning, it is quite possible paying the ransom might be same as throwing your money out. Provided that you do not want to risk being scammed, we advise deleting Scarab-Osk Ransomware. The steps located below could help users remove it faster, and anyone who needs more information about the infection can find it further in the text. Read more »