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Cryptobyte Ransomware

Ransomware applications are quite popular nowadays. Our research team has discovered a newly crafted file-encrypting program that goes by the name of Cryptobyte Ransomware. It is known to be roaming the web right now, so being aware of its existence could save your data. If you ever happen to come across this malware, be sure to do everything to stay away from it. It is crucial since getting your PC infected with this malicious program just for a short time could have devastating outcomes, as you could lose a significant amount of your personal data. In this article, we provide information on how this malware acts along with a few simple, yet very effective virtual security tips that will help you maintain a fully secure operating system at all times. To delete Cryptobyte Ransomware without a lot of trouble, you need to follow the removal instructions crafted by researchers at Anti-Spyware-101.com that we present below. Read more »

Kindest Ransomware

The name of Kindest Ransomware is quite confusing, and the purpose of this threat is even more so. This infection encrypts the files found on the infected operating system just like any other ransomware threat, but it does not request for a ransom in return of an allegedly effective file decryptor. On the contrary, this threat informs that your files were encrypted only to bring awareness about ransomware. Anti-Spyware-101.com malware research team suggests that maybe this threat was created by someone who is testing the abilities of ransomware, and, unfortunately, it does not look like the decryption of the corrupted files is possible. That being said, you might be able to save your files, and to learn more about that, you should keep reading. We also discuss the removal of the malicious ransomware, and you must eliminate this infection as soon as possible! If you only care about deleting Kindest Ransomware, check out the last section of this report, as well as the instructions. Read more »

Search.searchctp.com

Search.searchctp.com is presented as a powerful search tool for users, but we can assure you that it is not. Instead, it is another browser hijacker released by Polarity Technologies Ltd. It must be true that this company creates all its products using the same template because they do not differ much from each other. As for Search.searchctp.com, it shares similarities with such search tools as Search.yourpackages.com and Search.yourinterestscenter.com. We are not talking only about the interface here. Search.searchctp.com is also usually set on users’ browsers without their knowledge. Frankly speaking, it has been categorized as a browser hijacker because of that. Users whose browsers’ settings have been changed to automatically launch Search.searchctp.com should go to undo these modifications as soon as possible. Its deletion is recommended because it is not a reputable website that can be fully trusted. In addition, it must be eliminated so that it would be possible to set a new website as a homepage. Read more »

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 »

RegistryCleaner

RegistryCleaner (might also use the Pcobserver name) is an application that has fallen into the category of rogue registry cleaners. Our malware analysts have discovered it recently, so its infection rate is still quite small, but, of course, this might dramatically change soon because a page (registrycleaner.online/download-now) it can be downloaded from exists, and, on top of that, it might be distributed in software bundles, specialists working at anti-spyware-101.com say. No matter where users get RegistryCleaner from, they usually do not rush to remove this scanner from their computers because it, at first sight, looks quite decent. Evidently, it tries to convince users that it is a powerful registry scanner/cleaner because it imitates the system scan when users click on the blue Scan button they see. Needless to say, its scan results cannot be trusted – they are completely fake. Because of this, RegistryCleaner has been classified as a rogue registry cleaner. Delete it without consideration and replace it with a scanner that can be trusted. 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 »

Search.searchwatchytsn.com

Search.searchwatchytsn.com cannot be considered a trustworthy search tool although its appearance suggests that it is an ordinary search provider. Instead of being a reliable tool for searching the web, this website developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd has been categorized as a browser hijacker. It seems that the majority of web pages developed by this company fall into this category too, so if you ever discover Search.yourpackagesnow.com, Search.yourinterestscenter.com, or another search tool developed by this company, you should go to remove it without consideration. They usually replace users’ preferred homepages. Untrustworthy search tools do not have uninstallers like ordinary applications, so it is, of course, not a piece of cake to remove them. Of course, it does not mean that it is impossible to make them gone. The information you need to know about the Search.searchwatchytsn.com removal is provided in the paragraphs that follow, so continue reading to find out more. Read more »

Faizal Ransomware

If you are not allowed to open a bunch of files, including media files, images, and documents, and they have .gembok at the end, it means that Faizal Ransomware has successfully entered the system. Since it is known to be a crypto-threat, it starts encrypting users’ files right after showing up on their computers. Of course, it scans the computer with the intention of finding those files users consider the most valuable first. Faizal Ransomware is based on Hidden-Tear, an open-source ransomware which was developed for educational purposes, so it should also use the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) to lock users’ personal data. It is not a simple encryption key, so it is, in most cases, impossible to crack it. Cyber criminals develop ransomware infections using such a strong encryption algorithm not without reason. Their only purpose is to obtain money from users, and they know that the only way to extract money from them is to encrypt important files. Faizal Ransomware demands a ransom after encrypting users’ files too, but you should not make a payment. It is not advisable to transfer the required money, even if it might result in the permanent loss of personal data, because bad people behind Faizal Ransomware might take your money and not send you anything in return. On top of that, by sending cyber criminals what they want, users support the work of the malware development department. Read more »

NetSurf Ads

NetSurf Ads are potentially harmful third-party advertisements disguised as best deal offers and coupons triggered by webshops. In other words, when you are doing your online shopping, you may experience an annoying flow of pop-up offers claiming to show you the lowest possible prices available on the web. Unfortunately, our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com say that this browser extension is just another adware application that is actually a perfect clone of Enhance Pro and Pro Flip, which have hit the web also recently. You need to be very cautious while online because you could be bombarded with all kinds of unreliable offers when landing on fake online shop sites, malicious pages, or when your computer is infected with adware. Since such an infection can litter your screen with potential threats, spy on you, and hijack legitimate third-party contents as well, we recommend that you make sure that your PC is clean of any possible malware programs. We advise you to remove NetSurf Ads as a start to recover your system from this infected state. Read more »