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Malware Removal Instructions
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by Admin, Mountain View (geolocate), published: Mon 27 Oct 2014 08:14:00 PM CET.

Favicon Remove n10.adshostnet.com pop-ups (Virus Removal Guide)
27 Oct 2014, 8:14 pm
N10.adshostnet.com is a potentially dangerous website that may display misleading pop-up ads on your computer. The problem with those pop-ups is that most of them will suggest you to install programs that are very often detected as Adware.Downware.2519, not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.Agent.bwfm, RDN/Generic PUP.z!eh and even a Trojan.ADH.2 by Symantec. (VirusTotal scan). I'm betting that you've heard of adware – after all, you're reading this article – but we're also willing to bet that you've been infected by it, whether you realize it or not. I know I certainly have! If you're worried that you might have adware that displays n10.adshostnet.com pop-ups on your computer or other device that connects to the Internet, hopefully I will be able to give you a few pointers on how to tell, how it got there, what it can do, how to avoid it in the future, and what to do about it now.

Explaining n10.adshostnet.com pop-ups

Adware that displays these pop up ads is computer software that displays adverts on your screen whenever you're connected to the Internet. These adverts are often geared towards products or services that you've recently viewed online. How this works is because the adware program, once downloaded, installs a component on your PC or device that monitors the websites that you visit, captures this data and sends it back to the software developer, thus allowing them to customize the adverts that are shown to you. These adverts can be pop-up or pop-under windows, banners, boxes or simply links to websites. Many people find these adverts annoying - but in reality they can have detrimental side affects too. However, n10.adshostnet.com ads may simply promote adware and potentually unwanted programs that will display even more ads on your computer. A good example of such programs would be the Open Download Manager which supposedly downloads videos faster. It might, who knows, I haven't tried it but what this pop-up ad totally forgets to mention is that it will also display ads on your computer.


You certainly do not want to install more sophisticated and aggressive adware on your computer because such adware can:
  • Hijack your browser, tool bar, home page or default search engine and redirect you to websites that the developer wants you to visit
  • Negatively interact with other programs installed on your machine which can cause issues with your operating system - which slows your CPU and Internet connection down
  • It may also affect operating and connection speeds due to your computer having to work harder than normal as the adware component is constantly sending data back to its developer
  • Create vulnerabilities in your PC or device's security by destabilizing it thanks to the issues it causes with other installed programs and your operating system
The good news is that it is easy to tell if you have adware that displays n10.adshostnet.com ads on your machine because adverts are pretty hard to ignore! The bad news is that the actual program and component are usually hidden so deeply that they can be tricky to find and remove.

How do I protect myself from n10.adshostnet.com ads?

There are a few things you can do to defend yourself against annoying ads:
  • Install a reputable anti-malware program on your PC. But don't just install it and forget about it: run it frequently and make sure it's kept up to date.
  • Install a firewall and turn on your pop up blockers.
  • Don't download anything from a third party website – adware is often bundled with freeware.
  • Read License Agreements carefully when downloading from the Internet as adware is overwhelmingly mentioned in the agreement and gives you the option of not installing. Most of us just don't bother to read it however!
Don't take the risk: stop n10.adshostnet.com pop-ups and remove adware that displays them from your computer. To do so, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



n10.adshostnet.com Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove n10.adshostnet.com pop-ups related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove n10.adshostnet.com pop-ups related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.



Remove n10.adshostnet.com pop-ups related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



Remove n10.adshostnet.com pop-ups related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon What is tor4pay.com?
24 Oct 2014, 9:58 pm
Tor4pay.com is a Web-to-TOR gateway controlled by cyber crooks who created the CryptoWall ransomware. They previously used TOR organization's Web-to-TOR gateways but most of them were shut down when organization discovered that CryptoWall was utilizing them. New malicious gateways were identified and blocked within a few hours. Cyber crooks had to create their own gateways if they wanted to stay in business. Unfortunately, CryptoWall payment servers can be reached again which means they can receive bitcoin payments once again.

Tor4pay.com itself isn't malicious. It's just a web page with your OS and IP address information as well as instructions on how to pay the ransom. If you were redirected to this web page then your computer is probably infected by CryptoWall virus.

The updated virus also has unique bitcoin payment addresses and more aggressive file encryption and deletion algorithms. To remove this virus from your computer, please read this removal guide.

Decrypt service

Your files are encrypted.

To get the key to decrypt files you have to pay 500 USD/EUR. If payment is not made before (time/date) the cost of decrypting files will increase 2 times and will be 1000 USD/EUR.



Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com

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Favicon Remove Groovorio Search Virus (Uninstall Guide)
23 Oct 2014, 9:11 pm
Groovorio Search (groovorio.com) is a potentially unwanted search engine that comes bundled with freeware downloads. Groovorio Search virus is what most users usually say when they get infected with this potentially unwanted program. If it's becoming more and more of a pain trying to play it safe when you're using the Internet, I feel you. Computer viruses, malware, adware, Trojans and unwanted programs are just some of the threats to our online safety – and our online sanity!

If you've ever experienced the annoyance of having a previously unseen homepage, browser or tool bar suddenly appear on your computer, tablet or other device then, congratulations, you've been a victim of a Potentially Unwanted Program. But how did your home page disappear in the blink of an eye, only to be replaced by an inferior imposter? And, more importantly, how can you stop this happening again?


Sadly there is no definitive solution because no two Potentially Unwanted Programs are exactly alike. In this case, it's a PUP that installs addition web browser components, mostly add-ons, to replace your home page and default search engine provider. It may also install Groovorio toolbar. What is more, it may display pop-ups and insert ads into web pages. Some of the ads are very misleading and may redirect you to shady services and products. About 80% of installs come from the United States. So, it's pretty obvious which country scammers have chosen as the primary target. Some anti-virus engines detect it as malware or a Trojan horse. But whilst the difference between a Trojan Horse virus and a PUP like Groovorio – may be glaringly obvious, even within the PUP community there can be variants. One thing is for certain though, and that it is vital to protect yourself from all types of Internet parasite by installing a reputable anti-virus program on your PC. This is your first line of defense against online nasties and a good anti-virus should find and uninstall most malware. However when it comes to PUPs and browser hijacker, these can be a little sneakier – because they are only potentially unwanted.

Groovorio displays a number of annoying traits: it installs an adware component on your computer which will torture you with an endless stream of pop-up, pop-under and banner adverts, and they will hijack your browser and install one of the aforementioned tool bars. You're used to the way your current tool bar operates and chances are you don't have any burning desire for a new one. Particularly one that has fewer functions than your old one! And that's not all for some tool bars will install software on your computer that redirects all of your Internet searches to websites that the software developer who created the PUP wants you to visit.

It might seem completely mystifying as to how this Potentially Unwanted Program ended up on your machine in the first place but, sorry to break it to you, it was all down to you! Potentially Unwanted Programs including Groovorio are most often found bundled with other software, so when you download the latest episode of your favourite TV show or install a piece of software that creates PDF documents, you may also be installing adware, a PUP or a browser hijacker.

Whilst having a decent anti-virus program installed is crucial, this PUP is able to bypass their security checks due to their status as being possibly wanted – it's a real grey area. However there are things you can do to stay one step ahead of this infection.

Most importantly, you need to pay more attention when you're downloading programs, software or files from the Internet. Don't use third party websites, or sites that you don't trust 100%. You also need to read license agreements carefully and check that any boxes which refer to ‘added extras’ are checked or unchecked depending on the wording. Don't get bitten by a PUP!

There's an official website for this PUP and guide on how to remove it. However, the guide is incomplete and I'm pretty sure they've done this on purpose. Even when you remove Groovorio Search related programs, the malicious browser modifications remain pretty much the same which means you will still be redirect to groovorio.com. And your search results will be redirected to Yahoo Search. By the way, it's quite interesting that this PUP doesn't use its own database and simply returns results from other search engines. So, there's really no reason for keeping it on your computer because it's just imitating a search engine. To remove Groovorio Search and associated malware from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Groovorio Search Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Groovorio Search related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following programs:
  • Groovorio Search
  • Groovorio New Tab extension


If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Groovorio Search from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Groovorio New Tab, BookmarkTube extensions.



3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.


5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!

Remove Groovorio Search from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Remove Groovorio, BookmarkTube browser extensions. Close Add-ons manger.



3. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.



In the search filter at the top, type: groovorio

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by groovorio.com. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!

Remove Groovorio Search from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).

3. Select Groovorio Search and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.


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Favicon CryptoWall Malware Removal Guide
22 Oct 2014, 9:56 pm
CryptoWall is a piece of malware called ransomware which encrypts files with a very strong 2048-bit RSA cryptosystem algorithm. This malware was first noticed at the end of April 2014. Macs are currently susceptible to the CryptoWall malware. Cyber crooks target Windows systems. The latest variants of this malware were digitally signed and delivered mostly by sending mass emails, mentioning something like "UPS invoice week ending 19/10/2014" something about missed delivery with an attached zip file that contains an executable file (.exe), for example this one. I'm pretty sure that cyber crooks could easily target big companies with very well made scam emails. Besides, they are clearly targeting those who have important data and could pay $500 or even $1000 to get the decryption tool. Usually, this malware starts of slowly and invisibly. Why? The reason is simple - it has to encrypt as many files as possible before displaying a notification that your files were encrypted followed by instructions on how to get them back. In other words, starts asking for the ransom. It doesn't damage Windows, so the computer stays usable. Encryption keys that are very important for successful file decryption are securely stored on their servers. So, there's really no way you can get those keys unless you know how to trace and hack those servers. Just for the record, no one succeeded so far.

Do you remember the ancient Greek myth about the Trojan horse? The gigantic wooden horse that members of the Greek army hid inside to trick their enemies in Troy into giving them access to the walled city they held under siege – consequently attacking them in the dead of night after opening the city gates to their fellow soldiers. Are you wondering where I'm going with this? Well, knowing the background of this story, gives you a very good idea of what a modern day ransomware is all about.



Today's Trojan Horses are a form of malicious software, more commonly referred to as malware. And just as the Greek army conned their way into the city of Troy by making the inhabitants believe the wooden horse was a peace offering, this CryptoWall malware sneaks its way onto your PC by also asking you to invite it in. What is more, the latest variant of this malware is very sophisticated. It uses unique bitcoin payment addresses to track every infected computer. Cyber crooks have their own TOR gateways operating under the following domains: tor4pay.com, pay2tor.com, tor2pay.com, and pay4tor.com. Some of these domains may be blocked but or changed any time but the fact is that scammers will not run short of Web-to-TOR gateways any time soon. The unique URL where you need to go using TOR browser looks like this: paytorhrosnsbfkd.tor4pay.com. The first part is your unique number then goes the web to TOR gateway. CryptoWall creators have also improved the way files are encrypted and deleted from the computer minimizing recovery chances close to zero if you don't create back ups. However, there are still some tricks that can help you restore at least some of your files. For more details, please follow the steps in the removal guide below.

Here's how the DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION.HTML reads:

What happened to your files ?
All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-2048 using CryptoWall 2.0.
More information about the encryption keys using RSA-2048 can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem)

What does this mean ?
This means that the structure and data within your files have been irrevocably changed, you will not be able to work with them, read them or see them, it is the same thing as losing them forever, but with our help, you can restore them.

How did this happen ?
Especially for you, on our server was generated the secret key pair RSA-2048 - public and private.
All your files were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your computer via the Internet.
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program, which is on our secret server.

What do I do ?
Alas, if you do not take the necessary measures for the specified time then the conditions for obtaining the private key will be changed.
If you really value your data, then we suggest you do not waste valuable time searching for other solutions because they do not exist.

Ok, so how it does this is by disguising itself as a program which has the appearance of something useful – and harmless. Perhaps it will look like a game, or maybe even an anti-virus program! Whatever guise it takes, you probably won't think that it could be designed to do you harm. Just like you don't think that an email from UPS may contain malware. You may be alerted to the existence of the malware by a pop up window or in an email sent by the software developer behind the malware. In all innocence you click on the pop up or email link or attachment and this will trigger the CryptoWall malware, allowing it to gain access to your operating system.

It can also be hidden in ActiveX controls on targeted websites or hidden in freeware and shareware. Not to mention infected websites that redirect users to exploit kits. Nowhere is safe!

Once the malware is installed on your computer it may be also working behind the scenes to gather your personal data – such malware can log your keystrokes so they know what you're entering or typing and they can also steal data from your hard drive. They can also divert data before it's reached the server it was intended for. The problem is that you can't really know how badly your computer was infected. Before recovering your files it's very important to remove all malware from your computer.

As you probably already know, some Trojan Horses are created simply to wreak havoc on your machine, deleting files and modifying your operating system. Others will add fuel to the fire by downloading even more malware. CryptoWall is some where between. However, regardless of whether a hacker is utilizing a Trojan to cause trouble for their own entertainment or to steal your identity you really need to be defending yourself.

So how do you do that exactly? Such malicious programs often use the .exe file extension in Windows so you should not run these unless you are certain that you know and trust the source. It goes without saying too, that you should ensure your anti-malware program is by a reputable company and that you run it frequently and keep it bang up to date.

One other tip is to shut your computer down properly and not leave it in sleep mode when it's not in use. Malicious programs, mostly Trojans, scan networks and the Internet looking for vulnerable operating systems and therefore by default, the longer you leave your PC switched on, the more chance you have of being found by a Trojan.

So how do you protect yourself and avoid being attacked again by CryptoWall? That's the 60 million dollar question, surely? To protect yourself you really need to know how it infects your computer in the first place. And we have to break it to you; you installed yourself!

That's because Trojans are designed to look innocent and will dupe you into opening – and running – them on your PC. To limit the chances of this happening again in future there are a number of things that you should (and shouldn't) do. Here's are a couple of the most important things to remember.
  • Never open emails from senders that you don't know - and if you do so by accident, definitely do not download any attachments or click on any links in that email. If spam makes its way into your inbox, delete it.
  • Ensure you have a reputable anti-malware program running on your PC. It must be up to date too so make sure you upgrade it with any new versions or patches released by the developer.
  • Also be careful when you look at (or avoid visiting!) websites of an adult or dubious nature as these may have been infected by CryptoWall.
  • Also, consider enabling software restriction policies, some useful info can be found here.
And most importantly, start creating backups regularly. In case similar virus hits you again you won't lose your files.

We hope this helps you stay safe and avoid the menace of this malware.

Of course, the most frequently asked question is how to restore files encrypted by CryptoWall? The best method is obviously to restore your files from a recent backup. If you have been performing backups, then you should use your backups to restore your files. If you don't have backups then you can try restoring your files with a program called Shadow Explorer. It may work and or may not. I know some users managed to get at least some of their files back using this program. You can try it too. There's really nothing to lose after all.

Another question I often get is about the decrypt program. Does it really work or maybe it doesn't even exist? Well, that's a good question because cyber crooks can surely lie about it. However, a few readers have confirmed that after sending bitcoins to cyber crooks they got a download link for decrypter.zip. The download usually includes the decryptor program and 2 files with keys. They ran the program. Decrypting started and finished successfully. Don't get me wrong, I don't recommend paying the ransom and supporting their evil business. However, I know that some people can not afford losing important data. Since there are no working decryption tools right now, some people are simply left without a choice.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Last, but not least, if there's anything you think I should add or correct, please let me know. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Step 1: Removing CryptoWall and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure CryptoWall is not running. You have to remove this malware permanently. Thankfully, there are a couple of anti-malware programs that will effectively detect and remove this malware from your computer.

1. First of all, download and install recommended anti-malware scanner. Run a full system scan and remove detected malware.





2. Then, download ESET Online Scanner and run a second scan to make sure there are no other malware running on your computer.

That's it! Your computer should be clean now and you can safely restore your files. Proceed to Step 2.


Step 2: Restoring files encrypted by CryptoWall malware:


Method 1: The first and best method is to restore your files from a recent backup. If you have been regularly performing backups, then you should use your backups to restore your files.

Method 2: Before using Shadow Explorer, you can try to decrypt some of your files using RakhniDecryptor.exe and RectorDecryptor.exe from Kaspersky. These tools might help you, but please note that they were not designed decrypt the data encrypted by this ransomware virus. However, you can still try them.

Method 3: Using the Shadow Volume Copies:

1. Download and install Shadow Explorer. Note, this tool is available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

2. Open Shadow Explorer. From the drop down list you can select from one of the available point-in-time Shadow Copies. Select drive and the latest date that you wish to restore from.



3. Righ-click any encrypted file or entire folder and Export it. You will then be prompted as to where you would like to restore the contents of the folder to.



Hopefully, this will help you to restore all encrypted files or at least some of them.

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Favicon Browser Redirect Virus Removal Guide
20 Oct 2014, 8:58 pm
Most browser redirects are caused by adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). A PUP is a software program that is downloaded onto your PC or other Internet-enabled device without clearly stating its intention to do so. That in itself is rather worrying and has us immediately questioning the software developer's intentions, and the PUP's ability to do us harm. But does it mean that it is malware?

At first glance it would be easy to label PUPs that redirect your browser to shady and sometimes even malicious websites as malware simply because of the sneaky way which it installs itself on your computer. Certain adware and potentially unwanted programs add web browser extensions that can track your web usage and redirect you to fake Flash update sites, fake Java update and other websites that offer misleading services and even malicious programs. But the fact is that most such programs don't actually do any damage: they're not password crackers or key loggers which record login details and other information and they won't shut your operating system down or corrupt your files. That means that technically speaking, browser redirects and programs that cause tahem are not considered malware. So what are they?


What is a browser redirect?

First of all, there's a really huge problem that most anti-virus programs do not take browser redirects as a serious threat. Even though, browser redirects are not malicious but they do redirect users to shady websites. Most of them try to trick users into install malware, adware or other potentially unwanted programs. The name Potentially Unwanted Program comes from the way in which the PUP is installed. It's a program because generally speaking it will have a use. For example, it may be a tool bar. But if that’s the case, why is it potentially unwanted? This is the real difference with malware – although your PUP isn't malicious it's still something you haven't made a conscious decision to install. Therefore PUPs lie in somewhat of a grey area: you might wind up finding that tool bar useful. Or you may not. As a matter of fact, some users even get used to browser redirects thinking that they came with the latest web browser updates.

It might amuse you to know that software developers who create adware and PUPs take offense to their programs being called malware and will counteract any such accusation with the argument that their creation is actually useful. The fact that you didn't know you were downloading it in the first place is neither here nor there! Question remains then how should be call a program that installs additional modules on your computer that are responsible for web browser redirects? I don't know about you but I'm pretty certain it's a virus or malware to say the least.

So while there may be some practical features to a PUP, why then may you not want the program? Well, browser redirect aside (and really, weren't you happy with the one you were using anyway?) the problem is that most Potentially Unwanted Programs, adware and malicious browser extensions can be pretty darn annoying.

Potentially Unwanted Programs - the dark side

Okay, so you'd rather have browser redirects on your computer than a Trojan Horse, but you'd really be better off without either! Even if you get used to redirects or new home page it will only be a matter of time before you start noticing it's not all it seems.

The issue is that PUPs and browser hijackers have been developed to create a source of income for the developer and as such they will change your browser settings and your home page to one that the developer wants you to see. Not only this but typing a search query into the search box or a URL into the browser will redirect you, not to the website you want to visit, but again, to one that the developer wants you to go to.

Removing browser redirect

PUPs and adware are usually simple to get rid of through the Windows Control Panel but because they're not classed as malware many anti-viruses don't spot them. My advice? Install a reputable anti-malware program and run a full system scan. Then reset your browser settings and clean %Temp% folders. If you don't know how to do that properly, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



Browser Redirect Virus Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove browser redirect related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove browser redirect related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.



Remove browser redirect related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



Remove browser redirect related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon Remove WordProser Ads (Virus Removal Guide)
20 Oct 2014, 7:40 pm
Ever wondered why if you are looking at potential holiday destinations online, you're now constantly seeing adverts for hotels in one of the locations you were researching, or for cheap flights to the same region? No, it's not a spooky coincidence: welcome to the world of adware. WordProser is one of many adware programs that display ads on infected computers and may redirect users to shady websites.


What is WordProser?

WordProser or Word Proser is computer software that has the ability to either display or download online adverts on your PC when you're connected to the Internet. It's fairly easy to spot new ads on websites that previously had no ads or had at least had less space occupied by ads. Once infected with this adware, you will most likely notice 'WordProser Ads' or 'Ads by WordProser' above or below ads. These adverts come in different shapes and sizes: they may be pop-up or pop-under windows, they might be banner adverts, they could be links, or they might be boxes that are displayed at the edges of the screen. As mentioned, they most likely represent something you've been looking at or are interested in. And while initially this may seem like a bit of a weird coincidence it won't be long before you notice that anything you've spent any reasonable amount of time looking at online is now appearing as on screen advertising. On the other had this adware may simply display ads that are currently available without taking ant other consideration like your searches or visited websites. Very often, it displays fake pop-ups saying that your Flash player is outdated. Sometimes, it displays fake Java update pop-ups and similar ads.

How does WordProser work?

Often times WordProser will be bundled with a computer program or some software that you are downloading. And don't make the mistake of thinking that adware is only bundled with dodgy downloads or freebie wallpapers; it can be packaged with these, yes, but it is just as likely to come with something you've paid for. I got it after downloading download accelerator program. The adware was introduced as a useful tool that allows you to find information easier. Right after that, it clearly indicates that Word Proser will install as ad supported software. Word Proser labeled intext, transitional, shopping, and image advertisements will be inserted to appear within sites you visit during general internet usage. In other words, it says that it will display ads on your computer.

So who creates such adware, and why? Adware is created by software developers who use adware as a means of recouping the cost of developing the main software program by generating income via the ads. This enables them to offer their genuine product for little or no cost to the end user.

So how does this adware actually know what you're browsing and therefore which adverts to show you? One of the 'features' of WordProser adware is that the software developer has designed it in such a way that it has the capability to monitor your Internet usage. It will record which websites you visit and send that data back to the developer. They will then use this information to customize the adverts you're seeing based on the websites that you've recently been browsing.

You could be forgiven for thinking that this might actually have its advantages for you as a user but you’ll probably soon find that targeted adverting is pretty annoying and intrusive. Especially the relentless pop-up or pop-under adverts. And when you stop to consider that somebody is monitoring your browsing habits so that they can try and give you the hard sell, you’ll probably start to see adware as not just simply ‘advertising’ but as an invasion of your privacy.

How worried should I be about it?

Multiple anti-virus engines have detected malware in WordProser: InfoAtoms (fs), a variant of Win32/AdWare.Vitruvian.D.

Although software developers normally contest the invasion of privacy theory, there are an increasing number of people who are not happy about having their Internet usage monitored by a complete stranger. The developers may claim that their tool is simply collecting website visits, but how do we really know for sure what data they're gathering? Don't take the risk: remove this adware and from your computer. To do so, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


WordProser Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove WordProser related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • WordProser
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove WordProser related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove WordProser, BlocckkTheAds, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove WordProser related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove WordProser, BlocckkTheAds, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove WordProser related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon Remove Trojan.Gen.2 Virus (Uninstall Guide)
18 Oct 2014, 9:11 pm
If you're reading this, chances are you've heard of Trojan.Gen.2 but you're not quite sure what it is. A few years ago, the only Trojan Horse most of us had heard of was the huge wooden one built by the Greeks and used to conceal their soldiers who connived their way through the city of Troy's gates after pretending that the horse was a peace offering. Well strange as it sounds, the Trojan Horse of Greek mythology actually has quite a lot in common with its 21st century counterpart.

Just as the Greeks used a very underhand method to enter Troy and attack it from within, Trojan.Gen.2 virus will employ the same means to attack your computer. That's because a modern Trojan Horse is a computer program that pretends to have useful qualities but actually will do far more harm than good. A Trojan Horse's MO is to con you into thinking it's useful or harmless when in fact it's the total opposite. This Trojan horse generic detection is usually used for detecting malware that cannot be identified and assigned to any particular malware family. Trojan.Gen.2 notification can be also shown when visiting infected websites. So, it's used not only to detect infected files and also websites.


What does Trojan.Gen.2 virus do?

Luckily it is pretty easy to spot if you have this Trojan horse on your PC - once you've installed it that is! There are a number of symptoms that will enable you to detect the presence of a Trojan horse, some of these are:
  • Your operating system has become sluggish and your computer keeps crashing
  • Your PC has suddenly become slow to start up when you turn it on
  • Opening websites takes a lot longer than you're used to
  • You start seeing a proliferation of pop up adverts
  • You have a new tool bar in your browser that you don't recall downloading
  • There are unrecognized icons in your list of programs or on your desktop
  • Your computer's default settings have changed - and keep changing even after you've switched them back
These symptoms are easy to notice however certain variants of Trojan.Gen.2 run in the background without any visible windows and pop-ups. The main goal of this virus is to download and install additional malware on your computer. It could be anything really, a browser hijacker or spyware. Since Trojan.Gen.2 is not the same for everyone and it keeps changing it's difficult to say what variant you have on your computer and what exactly it does. It may steal your personal information or maybe it will add your computer to a botnet. One thing is for sure - you need to remove it from your computer as soon as possible.

How to protect yourself from a malicious Trojan.Gen.2?

This is a list of a number of things you can do to make yourself as safe as possible when you're online:
  • Install a firewall to help stop unwanted and potentially dangerous connections from being made, thus preventing a Trojan horse from automatically connecting with your system. (Trojans scan networks and the Internet looking for vulnerable systems).
  • Always, always protect your computer from malware by installing a reputable anti-malware program. Manually run it with periodic frequency.
  • You need to make sure that your anti-malware is always the latest version and fully up to date too. Install the latest patches and upgrades that the developer issues.
  • Be careful opening attachments and links in emails if you don't recognize the sender.
  • Don't download software, programs, shareware or freeware if you don't know or trust the publisher or website. Trojans often piggyback on other, more legitimate, programs.
  • Be careful about the type of websites you visit. And that goes for anyone else who uses your PC too. Trojans target certain websites and install Active X controls on them, so do look out for these – and avoid wherever possible.
How to remove Trojan.Gen.2?

It's a very difficult infection to remove manually. Besides, it can download and install more malware on your computer which means you don't really know what else you have on your computer and where to find all the malicious files. A lot better idea would be to run a full system scan with anti-malware software and a few other on demand malware scanners. That's actually the only way to be 100% sure there are not other malicious file left behind that could possibly re-download deleted malware files. To remove this Trojan virus from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Trojan.Gen.2 Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer.





2. Download and run TDSSKiller. Press the button Start scan for the utility to start scanning.



3. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Then click Continue. Please reboot your computer after the disinfection is over.



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Favicon How to Remove CryptoWall 2.0 Virus and Restore Encrypted Files
17 Oct 2014, 9:27 pm
CryptoWall 2.0 is an encryption virus (ransomware) that encrypts your files and then requires a $500 USD, 500 EUR or 0.5 Bitcoin ransom in order to get a decrypter. It's very similar to the Cryptorbit virus but this one is actually a lot more sophisticated then previous variants. It now uses unique bitcoin payment addresses for each victim instead of hard coded links that were basically the same for most victims. Scammers now also use their own TOR gateways to stay hidden from the authorities but probably the worse thing is that the new CryptoWall 2.0 ransomware virus makes it almost impossible to recover your files unless you regularly create back ups. There are, however, one trick that might work for some of you. To remove this virus from your computer and restore at least some of encrypted files, please follow the removal guide below.


How does the CryptoWall 2.0 virus work? Well, once installed, it starts to encrypt your files in the background and sadly most people do not realize this ransomware virus is on their computer until it displays the ransom note and your files have already been encrypted. The ransom note is a simple HTML file with instructions on how to pay the ransom and get your encryption key. It's not a joke, it's a very serious problem. Here's how the DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION.HTML reads:

What happened to your files ?
All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-2048 using CryptoWall 2.0.
More information about the encryption keys using RSA-2048 can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem)

What does this mean ?
This means that the structure and data within your files have been irrevocably changed, you will not be able to work with them, read them or see them, it is the same thing as losing them forever, but with our help, you can restore them.

How did this happen ?
Especially for you, on our server was generated the secret key pair RSA-2048 - public and private.
All your files were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your computer via the Internet.
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program, which is on our secret server.

What do I do ?
Alas, if you do not take the necessary measures for the specified time then the conditions for obtaining the private key will be changed.
If you really value your data, then we suggest you do not waste valuable time searching for other solutions because they do not exist.

And finally, there are instructions on how to pay the ransom and recover your files. Usually, there are a few links to TOR websites, for example tor4pay.com, pay2tor.com, tor2pay.com, and pay4tor.com. As I said, they are all unique for each victim ending with personal identification numbers.

CryptoWall 2.0 uses the RSA-2048 encryption algorithm to encrypt your files. Once your files are encrypted, it deletes the original files and if you don't have back ups there's really not much you can do to get them back.

Many of us spend a significantly high proportion of our time on a computer and on the Internet. And that leaves us open to attack by any number of viruses and different types of malware. And one of the most unpleasant of all of these is something called ransomware. This nasty Internet menace can cause untold harm to both your personal, and your PC's, security.

Despite what many people think, and despite its malicious characteristics, CryptoWall 2.0 is not actually a virus. But whatever you decide to call it, one thing is certain and that is that you really don't want it installed on your computer! They say that to be forewarned is to be forearmed, so let's take a closer look at what ransomware is, what effect it can have, and how to avoid it.

It's main 'modus operandi' is to attack and destroy your files and documents from within your operating system and encrypt personal files that are valuable to you. Such viruses are sneaky and stealthy and will install themselves on your computer by pretending to be something that they're really not - i.e. something harmless and useful. They are also distributed via infected websites and fake emails. How ironic is that?

Unlike a regular computer virus, CryptoWall 2.0 doesn't replicate itself and infect other PCs and users. What it will do however is encrypt your files and install more malware on your computer. Which in turn creates further problems and leaves your online security wide open and defenseless.

Therefore, protecting yourself from this infection is paramount but luckily there are a number of steps you can take to boost your line of defense. First of all, make sure that your PC has a firewall installed and turned on. Also, check that your anti-virus software is a reputable make and is running on the latest version and has up-to-date patches installed. You also need to run it regularly, manually, not just sit back and let it tick away in the background. Finally, don't download programs from untrustworthy sources or third party websites. Stay safe – stay ransomware free.

So what should you do your files have been encrypted? Easy to say, but try not to panic and most definitely do not pay any money unless the encrypted files are very important and you can't afford to lose them. If the encrypted files are not very important or you don't have money to pay the ransom, you can remove try to restore your files (at least some of them) using Shadow Explorer and specialized tools listed below. Please note that even of you decide to pay the ransom there's really no guarantee that scammers will recover your files.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Last, but not least, if there's anything you think I should add or correct, please let me know. It might be a pain but the issue needs to be dealt with – and the way to do it is by not giving in, not paying up and not letting the attackers win.

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Step 1: Removing CryptoWall 2.0 and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure CryptoWall 2.0 is not running. You have to remove this malware permanently. Thankfully, there are a couple of anti-malware programs that will effectively detect and remove this malware from your computer.

1. First of all, download and install recommended anti-malware scanner. Run a full system scan and remove detected malware.





2. Then, download ESET Online Scanner and run a second scan to make sure there are no other malware running on your computer.

That's it! Your computer should be clean now and you can safely restore your files. Proceed to Step 2.


Step 2: Restoring files encrypted by CryptoWall 2.0 virus:


Method 1: The first and best method is to restore your files from a recent backup. If you have been regularly performing backups, then you should use your backups to restore your files.

Method 2: Before using Shadow Explorer, you can try to decrypt some of your files using RakhniDecryptor.exe and RectorDecryptor.exe from Kaspersky. These tools might help you, but please note that they were not designed decrypt the data encrypted by this ransomware virus. However, you can still try them.

Method 3: Using the Shadow Volume Copies:

1. Download and install Shadow Explorer. Note, this tool is available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

2. Open Shadow Explorer. From the drop down list you can select from one of the available point-in-time Shadow Copies. Select drive and the latest date that you wish to restore from.



3. Righ-click any encrypted file or entire folder and Export it. You will then be prompted as to where you would like to restore the contents of the folder to.



Hopefully, this will help you to restore all encrypted files or at least some of them.

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Favicon Remove Ads By JSFeed (Uninstall Guide)
14 Oct 2014, 9:14 pm
To the uninitiated (or those that have yet to be infected by it) JSFeed adware, or Advertising-Supported Software, may simply appear to be the online adverts that you see on your computer screen when you're connected to the Internet. And whilst this is indeed true, what you may not realize is that JSFeed can make a real nuisance of itself, as well as leaving your PC vulnerable to security issues. Therefore if you suspect that you've been infected by this adware and have it installed on your machine, we advise you to get rid of it as quickly as possible. To do so, please follow the steps in the removal guide below.


True, JSFeed is not as dangerous as some types of malicious software but it can still have an adverse effect not only on your computer but on your user experience too.

What is JSFeed adware?

JSFeed is a computer software program that has been created to display adverts on your PC. Ads usually say "Ads By JSFeed." It invades your privacy by monitoring the websites you visit, collecting data about your browsing habits and then customizing the adverts that you see to reflect recent searches, websites visited and products or services looked at. Everything is done using web browser extensions that may be installed under different names not necessarily JSFeed.

It has some undesirable side effects too. Not least of which is its ability to redirect your search to a website of its own choice when you're looking for something online. It will also slow your computer and Internet connection speed down because the component that this adware installs on your device to track your web usage is working in the background to send constant streams of data back to the software developer.

How can JSFeed affect my computer?

JSFeed by its very nature isn't subtle, and you should know if you have it on your machine purely by all the adverts you're seeing – particularly those that are tailor made to suit your Internet interests. Ads by JSFeed may be pop-up or pop-under windows, banners, 'traditional' advert boxes or links. However, this aside, if you actually took a look at the list of programs that are installed on your PC, you probably won't find anything that appears to be adware.

How did it get installed on my PC?

It is normally bundled with freeware or shareware programs. This method is widely used by software developers to generate income and recoup the development costs of the original freeware. However you may inadvertently install JSFeed by visiting a website that has been infected with it.

How to defend yourself against adware?

Many free software programs give you the option to upgrade, register for, or purchase an advert-free version so of course you could take this route. But if you'd prefer to not entertain the idea of adware in the first place you need to start reading License Agreements properly when you download something as adware is usually referred to in them, albeit in a rather around about way. Sometimes you'll find the wording ambiguous and checked boxes pre-checked (and vice versa) when they shouldn't be so watch out for that. Otherwise, the obvious answer is to download a reputable anti-malware program – ASAP! If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Ads By JSFeed Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove JSFeed related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • JSFeed
  • TinyWallet
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove JSFeed related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove JSFeed, TinyWallet, BlocckkTheAds, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove JSFeed related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove JSFeed, TinyWallet, BlocckkTheAds, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove JSFeed related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon What is dnkt.exe and how to remove it?
12 Oct 2014, 8:44 pm

dnkt.exe - by Perion Network Ltd.


What is dnkt.exe?


dnkt.exe is a part of adware and Webtoolbar. It's digitally signed by Perion Network Ltd. It's not a virus (see scan results) but it can cause havoc, slow down your computer and display ads. Even though, it's usually detected as not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Perinet.d, Adware-SweetIM you can see that other anti-virus engines have detected a lot more dangerous malware in dnkt.exe. For example, Trojan.Win32.StartPage.45 which means this antivirus program thinks it has characteristics similar to those of Trojan horses. Other well known anti-virus programs say it's a Trojan.Win32.WebToolbar.degcww. Once installed, this adware installs a few additional components that display ads on your computer. It may install malicious browser extensions as well. It can also change your Proxy settings without your knowledge and send your web traffic through rogue proxy servers that may later use all gathered information to redirect your web browser to dodgy websites or display ads on your computer. If you try to change modified Proxy server or disable it, dnkt.exe will change it back. So, it works pretty much as a browser hijacker. Needless to say, it's not essential for Windows and may cause serious problems. This program can be removed manually but it would be better to use an anti-malware program because if it's installed on your computer then there might be other potentially harmful software installed as well.







File name: dnkt.exe
Publisher: Perion Network Ltd.
File Location Windows XP: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mjcm\
File Location Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mjcm\
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → dnkt.exe

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Favicon How to remove PUP-FNK (Uninstall Guide)
12 Oct 2014, 8:14 pm
PUP-FNK is a potentially unwanted program that will display ads on your computer. It may also redirect your web browser to shady websites. In everyday life we encounter plenty of unwanted nuisances and unfortunately that also includes our online lives too. And seeing as how so many of us spend both our working and leisure time in front of a computer, the chances of us being bugged in this area of our lives is pretty high too.

From adware and spyware to viruses and Potentially Unwanted Programs like PUP-FNK, it seems we're under constant threat when we're using the Internet. PUPs are just one more annoyance that, whilst not being downright dangerous, are still something many of us don't have the time or the patience to deal with.


What are Potentially Unwanted Programs?

Potentially Unwanted Programs are software that installs itself without warning on your computer. They are most usually tool bars, browsers extensions and home pages. PUP-FNK, however, is a slightly different variant that is responsible for just one or few components of particular adware. Since there are many adware programs you will have to identify it yourself. It could be Yontoo for instance.

There are virtually innumerable different variations of PUP-FNK and unless you want the hassle of constantly trying to get rid of them when you're working, playing or browsing online, you should really find out a little bit more about them. For example, how do PUPs get on your machine in the first place and, crucially, what you can do to stop them.

What can PUP-FNK do to my computer?

As mentioned, PUP-FNK is a program that has been designed to target your PC with unwanted tools or applications. They can also install an adware component on your machine which will display endless pop-up, pop-under and banner adverts. There are other Potentially Unwanted Programs which even install additional software on your computer which, when you're searching online, will direct you not to the website you're looking for but to another one that the software developer wants you to visit instead. How annoying is that?

Is PUP-FNK a Virus?

Technically speaking, it's not a virus. That's not to say that it doesn't still exhibit some unpleasant behavior. And it's not just the browser hijacking antics or the new un-user-friendly tool bar, because it can also have a detrimental effect on your user experience. Think about the pain of having to constantly close reoccurring pop-up ads and never being able to get to the website you need to look at because you're always being redirected to rogue URLs.

Why Create a Potentially Unwanted Program?

Software developers create PUPs like PUP-FNK to generate revenue through advertising. Many PUPs contain adware so the developer can manipulate SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques and direct visitors to websites they have a vested interest in.

How did this infection get onto my PC in the first place?

Most likely it's when you downloaded some free software; a TV series, a tool that correctly displays non-Romanized characters on your PC etc. PUPs will be bundled with this software allowing them to sneak onto your PC.

How can I avoid PUPs?

Crucially you need to be alert when downloading software. Read the license agreement carefully and uncheck any boxes that say you agree to download any 'added extras'. These sneaky developers will try anything to surreptitiously slide their PUP-FNK past you!

To remove PUP-FNK from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


PUP-FNK Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove PUP-FNK related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove PUP-FNK from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.



Remove PUP-FNK from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



Remove PUP-FNK from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon Remove Bluegrate virus (Uninstall Guide)
11 Oct 2014, 10:07 pm
Bluegrate is a browser hijacker and adware that will redirect you to dodgy websites and display pop-ups on your computer. You might not have been hugely worried about pop up adverts – or adware - but if you've recently started hearing the word 'spyware' being thrown about in the same sentence, chances are you're feeling a little more concern over online advertising. But are spyware and adware really that closely connected or is this just scaremongering? Well, while Bluegrate browser hijacker/adware is not normally as dangerous as spyware is, both programs can cause both you and your computer plenty of problems.

Adware is something that ends up being installed on your PC due to you having downloaded it. Yes, you read that correctly. That's because adware is more often than not bundled with another piece of software. It could be something free, but increasingly adware is coming packaged with paid for programs too. Most adware is bundled with shareware and freeware though so if you download TV programs, music and games there is a chance that you're downloading adware in conjunction with them. Have you spotted the connection: you download a program and then pop up, pop under and banner adverts suddenly start appearing? If you are being constantly redirected to Bluegrate then your computer is almost certainly infected by one of these infections:Win32/AdWare.iBryte.BJ, Win32/InstallCore.BY, Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.I, Win32/BrowseFox.I, Win32/InstallCore.AZ, Win32/ClientConnect.A. It could be just one of these or it could also be a combination for example of iBryte and ClientConnect adware.

Why do people create Bluegrate adware?

It may not come as a huge surprise but software developers are the ones responsible for creating adware and browser hijackers like Bluegrate. That's because they've developed a program or some software that they're giving away for free or for next to nothing. They're not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts and it stands to reason they want to recoup their costs - or hopefully even turn a profit. They attempt to achieve this by creating adware and then bundling it with their original program.

How will I know if I have Bluegrate on my PC?

There actually shouldn't really be any mistaking the fact that you have Bluegrate on your computer other Internet-enabled device. After all, those garish ads and browser redirects are pretty hard to miss. Not convinced you've been infected with adware or whether this is just normal Internet advertising that you're seeing on your screen? Try using one of the many reputable software programs that identify and uninstall it.

The connection between adware and spyware

So let's get down to the crux of the matter. Is there a link between adware and spyware? Well, the truth is that adware is usually disregarded as being an irritant, but a harmless irritant at that. And most of us know how dangerous it can be having spyware installed on our devices. Spyware is definitely a threat to your online security, make no mistake about it, however, you should not be so quick to dismiss adware as a mere nuisance. Increasingly adware is not only bundled with its parent program but spyware is being thrown into the mix too. After all, this is how software developers know how to customize the adverts that are displayed on your screen. Bluegrate does exactly the same thing, it tracks your web browsing activity and then redirects you to certain websites or displays ads.

Tailor-made adverts. Helpful? Maybe. But when you consider that no one really knows what's in the bundle and that spyware logs your key strokes, adware suddenly becomes slightly more sinister, doesn't it?

To remove this virus from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Bluegrate Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Bluegrate related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • iBryte
  • BrowseFox
  • ClientConnect
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Bluegrate related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BrowseFox, ClientConnect, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove Bluegrate related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BrowseFox, ClientConnect, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Bluegrate related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon Remove OSX/VSearch-A Adware (Uninstall Guide)
7 Oct 2014, 9:10 pm
OSX/VSearch-A, OSX/VSearch-B, OSX/VSearch-C, OSX/VSearch-D are different variants of the same adware program. Adware, or Advertising-Supported Software to give it its full title, is the name given to software programs that display adverts on your Mac screen. The purpose of adware is to generate income for the person who developed it. And while adware might be a decent source of revenue for its creator, unfortunately for you and me it more often than not tends to be annoying or distracting. Usually, this adware turns certain words into hyperlinks or displays pop-up ads. Both variants are annoying enough not to mention that very often those ads promote dodgy programs and services.


How does OSX/VSearch-A work?

OSX/VSearch-A has two main modes of operation. The adverts will either take the guise of a screen which will present itself to you when you are installing it or they will be in the interface of your software. The actual adverts themselves may display as either pop-up windows, a main banner advert or as side boxes at the sides of your screen.

So, is it more than just a nuisance and should you be concerned about it? Well a lot of people have an issue with adware due to its ability to monitor which websites you are looking at. This is so that the programmer can then customize the type of advertising they are showing you based on the sites you most often visit. Obviously this form of targeted advertising is more likely to interest you and therefore raise the likelihood that you will click on it, and hopefully purchase whatever it is the ad is marketing. This is why you will find if you have been looking at, let's say, a new fitted kitchen you will start noticing more adverts that are showing you similar products.

Who are the creators of this adware?

It is mainly created by software developers. They use it to try and recover any costs that were incurred while they were developing a genuine piece of software. The OSX/VSearch-A adware will be bundled with that program, which allows it to be easily distributed. They also do this so that they can offer the legit program for a very low price, or even for free. Because of this, some people accept that adware is a 'necessary evil' because it enables them to download programs they do find useful for little or no cost. However, sometimes this adware comes bundled with other programs and as a result most users don't even realize that they are also installing adware alongside with the program they wanted to install in the first place. Because of such unethical software distribution methods OSX/VSearch-A has been detected as malware (com.vsearch.agent.plist, VSearchAgent.app).

Having said that, adware is increasingly being used by large companies who wish to take advantage of the fact that these days traditional advertising is no longer as effective as it once was. How many of us pick up a printed magazine these days? More and more of us are finding our information and entertainment online.

Is OSX/VSearch-A malicious software?

This really depends which side of the fence you sit on: someone who doesn't mind it and puts up with it so that they can download freebies, or someone who finds its penchant for watching our browsing habits intrusive. These people argue that as adware has been installed without making it expressly clear to the user, then it is spyware.

How do I stop this adware invading my Mac?

The bottom line is: install a reputable anti-virus program. Once it's downloaded, make sure you run it regularly and keep it up-to-date. Also, don't download and install programs from websites you don't know or trust. To remove OSX/VSearch-A and other malware from your Mac, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


OSX/VSearch-A Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove adware and other potentially unwanted files from your Mac. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this adware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Open the terminal window on your Mac. If you don't know how to open it, please watch this short video.

3. Copy/paste the contents below into Terminal:

#!/bin/bash
#This will remove the V­Search virus pieces. It does require a restart of the system.
sudo rm ­rf /Library/Application\ Support/VSearch
sudo rm ­rf /Library/LaunchAgents/com.vsearch.agent.plist
sudo rm ­rf /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vsearch.daemon.plist
sudo rm ­rf /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vsearch.helper.plist
sudo rm ­rf /Library/LaunchDaemons/Jack.plist
sudo rm ­rf /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/Jack
sudo rm ­rf /System/Library/Frameworks/VSearch.framework
exit

4. Reset your web browser and that's about it! OSX/VSearch-A should be gone.

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Favicon Remove Rocket Tab Browser Hijacker (Uninstall Guide)
6 Oct 2014, 8:38 pm
First of all, what is Rocket Tab? Secondly, how do you know if you have it downloaded on your computer? Rocket Tab or RocketTab is a potentially unwanted program that hijacks web browsers and displays ads. Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUPs as they're usually abbreviated to, are computer software programs that mistakenly get downloaded onto your PC or laptop. Stop right there – how do you 'mistakenly' download something I hear you asking? Surely you've got to be pretty dumb to download malware by mistake? Well, no actually because when you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, every single time you download something you may also be downloading something that has been bundled with it.

RocketTab End User License Agreements
No prizes for guessing that from the name a Potentially Unwanted Program is, chances are, something you don't really want on your computer. But what actually are PUPs and how do they manifest themselves on your device? In case of the Rocket Tab infection you'll know that it is most commonly found in the guise of a new tool bar and a browser hijacker that redirects users to rocket-find.com. But unlike the tool bar you have in your browser at the moment that does exactly what you ask it to and takes you to the websites that you search for, a Potentially Unwanted Tool Bar will redirect your searches to websites that the developer wants you to visit. It will also significantly slow down your web browser. Sometimes, it may give you error messages like 502 whenever you type search terms in the address bar or Windows cannot find C:\ Program Files (x86)\RocketTab\Client.exe.

Client.exe error message shows up every time Windows starts
Although this can have you tearing your hair out in frustration, to be honest, for the most part, Rocket Tab is not usually malicious. A software developer doesn't create such type of programs to steal your data and they don't log your keystrokes like spyware does. They don't even show you adverts as is adware's want. However they're not quite as innocent as they seem. It does however insert ads just above the search results. Ads are usually labeled "Ads by RocketTab".

I don't know about you but I'm guessing that, like me, you're perfectly okay with your current search options and your existing tool bar does the job you expect it to. The likelihood of this new tool bar being any better or having amazing functions that your existing one doesn't is slim.

What is more, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in BrowserSafeguard with RocketTab. PUA.Downloader, Trojan[:HEUR]/Win32.AGeneric, MSIL/Adware.iBryte.G, PUP.Optional.iBryte, Generic PUP.y just to name a few. It's typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle and as a matter a fact is rather common program in the U.S. with the rank of Rank #3,138. In other words, it's being distributed quite heavily and targets mostly users form the United States.

How is Rocket Tab installed on my computer?

As touched upon above, normally Rocket Tab comes bundled with other programs. This usually happens in one of two ways: either an established company is giving a leg up to a start up by letting them bundle their program with their own, or, the new kid on the block is surreptitiously bundling their program with a more reputable one.

However, all that you and I care about is the fact that we now have this PUP and browser hijacker installed on our computer.

How do I defend myself against Rocket Tab?

It all comes down to being careful when installing software. Tempting though it is, you need to stop rushing through License Agreements when you're downloading something. This is because a lot of the time PUPs and browser hijackers developers do make reference to their program in the License Agreement. After all, they do not see their program as "unwanted' or even 'potentially unwanted'. To them it's a legit piece of software.

Watch out though as the wording is often ambiguous and sometimes check boxes are pre-checked (and vice versa) to try and sneak the Rocket Tab past you.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Rocket Tab Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Rocket Tab related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Rocket Tab
  • BrowserSafeguard


If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove Rocket Tab from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


2. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.


3. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Close Chrome.


Remove Rocket Tab from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.



In the search filter at the top, type: RocketTab

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by Rocket Tab. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!

2. Click the Firefox menu button in the upper-right corner of the browser.

3. Then select Help from the menu.

4. Select Troubleshooting Information.

5. Click the Reset Firefox button at the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.



6. Click the Reset Firefox button again to confirm the reset.



7. Firefox will restart. Click Finish and you're done.


Remove Rocket Tab from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).

3. Select Rocket Tab and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.

6. Finally, go to ToolsInternet Options and restore your home page to default. That's it!

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Favicon Remove ExstraSavings Ads (Virus Removal Guide)
5 Oct 2014, 7:32 pm
ExstraSavings is a potentially unwanted web browser extension that may display ads on your computer. It usually comes bundled with adware called ExstraSavings and some other malware. So, basically, it's an adware program that installs malicious browser extensions on your computer. But what actually is adware? What can it do to the computer or other device that it's installed on? How did it get there in the first place? How you prevent it from being installed in the future? And, of course, how do you delete Exstra Savings? So many questions! Keep on reading to find the answers.


What exactly is ExstraSavings? It's Advertising Supported Software, normally abbreviated to adware, is computer software that displays adverts when you're connected to the Internet. Okay, so far, so not scary you're thinking but online advertising is not just a way for companies to market their products or services to us over the Internet, adware can actually have a detrimental effect on your user experience. And that's not all, because adware can cause you real problems too.

What can this adware do?
  • It has the ability to change your browser and tool bar, and your default home page and search engine. This is so that it can redirect any searches you make on the web to websites that the developer of the adware has a vested interest in you visiting. This can be anything from a site offering cheap flights to sites that are illegal or of an adult nature. Because this adware is not exactly the same for everyone, some users will get only "Ads by ExstraSavings" while others will get ads plus a bunch of annoying and obviously dangerous web browser modifications.
  • ExstraSavings adware finds its way onto your PC because, in the majority of cases, it is packaged with another program that you have downloaded. However, spyware might also be thrown in too. This adware itself contains a component which monitors your Internet usage so that it can customize the adverts it sends you. This is something which tracks and records every web search and visited website. This data will then be sent back to the scammers, or sold on to a third party. And of course, this data is not going to contain emails you've written, documents you've typed, credit card details you've entered in order to purchase something online, and of course your passwords and log in details. But despite that it's still threat.
  • And if this wasn't bad enough, you will normally also find that, even if you only have this adware on your machine, the additional component that it installed will slow your computer's operating speeds and Internet connection down. This is because the component is working away in the background sending the data that it has captured back to the developer. The component might also be interacting negatively with other programs you have installed, which can also slow you down as well as cause potential security issues. Not to mention that your web browser will probably crash once in a while. After all browser extensions that are installed by this adware do not come from the official extensions store.
How do I protect myself from ExstraSavings? The first line of defense is to install anti-malware and a firewall on your computer. Also be careful when downloading programs and make sure you trust the website or publisher. Installing pop-up blockers can help too but they will be fighting against the outcome of this adware. So, instead of block pop-ups, remove the adware and any associated malware from your computer.

I know that this adware might be tricky to delete: You'll need to run an anti-malware not just once but two or three times to be sure they've caught it. If you reboot and the adware is still there, get professional help either online, from your device's manufacturer or at a local computer store. But first, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


"Ads by ExstraSavings" Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove ExstraSavings related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • ExstraSavings
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove ExstraSavings related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove ExstraSavings, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove ExstraSavings related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove ExstraSavings, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove ExstraSavings related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon What is BManager.exe and how to remove it?
2 Oct 2014, 9:26 pm

BManager.exe - by InvisibleBrowser.


What is BManager.exe?


BManager.exe is a part of adware called InvisibleBrowser. It's not a virus (see scan results) but it can cause havoc, slow down your computer and display ads. Even though, it's usually detected as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.InvisibleBrowser.b, AdWare.InvisibleBrowser you can see that other anti-virus engines have detected other malware in BManager.exe. For example, Avast detects it as Win32:Dropper-gen [Drp] which means this antivirus programs thinks it has characteristics similar to those of Trojan droppers. F-Secure, GData and other well known anti-virus say it's a Trojan.Generic.11732978 and for McAfee it behaves more lime Win32.PWSBanker.cc rather than adware. This probably isn't the case but BManager.exe indeed collects your browsing data and that's probably the reason why some ant-virus programs classify it as more serious threat that it actually is. However, it's still a threat. Once installed, this adware installs a few additional components that display ads on your computer. It may install malicious browser extensions as well. It doesn't have any valid digital signatures and pretty much any other information that could help users to easily identify and remove it from the system. It can be removed manually but it would be better to use an anti-malware program because if it's installed on your computer then there might be other potentially harmful software installed as well.







File name: BManager.exe
Publisher: InvisibleBrowser
File Location Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Browser Features\
File Location Windows 7: C:\Program Files (x86)\Browser Features\
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → BManager.exe

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Favicon Platamoose Removal - Removing Help
2 Oct 2014, 8:59 pm
Do you want to be a little better informed when it comes to Platamoose adware? If so and you're wondering how it finds its way onto your computer and why it's created in the first place, carry on reading as we take a closer look.

Most adware winds up on your PC because you've downloaded something online. Platamoose is not an exception. The reason for this is that the majority of adware programs are bundled with other software, particularly freeware and shareware. Unfortunately for you and me this encompasses the things we download most frequently; TV shows, movies and music. You might have already noticed how after downloading the latest blockbuster or top ten album for free that you're suddenly being bombarded with a proliferation of pop up ads saying "Ads by Platamoose", banner adverts or even pop under ads (the adverts that lie beneath the page you have open).


And although this is the way that most adware is installed on your device you may also be infected with Platamoose if you've been unlucky enough to have visited a website with security loopholes that has been attacked by the developer of an adware program.

As you probably know, adware exists as a means of generating income for software developers who create free programs. They develop the adware in conjunction with their original program, which they will offer for free, and bundle them together in the hope of creating a revenue stream that will allow them to recoup their programming costs. They might even have ambitions of turning a profit.

That's one way of making money but another is to keep the adware in reserve and only show it once the user has downloaded the main program and has been using it for some time. This method will offer the user the chance to pay to upgrade to an adware-free version.

Thankfully pop up/under and banner adverts make it obvious that you have Platamoose installed on your PC, but the not-so-good news is that it can be difficult to find and delete it. Naturally software developers don't want you to uninstall adware – if you do you're killing one of their potential sources of income after all. So they designed this adware in such a way that the program is hidden deep within your operating system. It might be even installed under a different name.

Every cloud has a silver lining however and as quickly as developers can create adware, someone else is developing a tool to remove it. And so the circle continues.

Typing anti-malware software into a search engine and clicking the link of the first result you see might be one way of finding anti-malware software, but you really need to exercise caution. Remember, Platamoose is created by people who have a vested interest in you NOT removing their product, and as such many of those search results will be bogus links created by... you guessed it... the same developers. You could find yourself downloading something that purports to be anti-malware but which is in fact either useless – or potentially harmful.

Therefore we suggest doing your research by asking computer savvy people you know or visiting a reputable source of information online for advice. Or you could simply follow the removal steps in the removal guide below. It almost certainly can be removed manually but since this adware it's pretty good at hiding its presence on the system it would be a better idea to run an anti-malware tool. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Platamoose Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Platamoose related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Platamoose
  • YoutubeAdBlocke
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Platamoose related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Platamoose, YoutubeAdBlocke, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove Platamoose related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Platamoose, YoutubeAdBlocke, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.


Remove Platamoose related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Favicon Remove websearch.allsearches.info (Uninstall Guide)
2 Oct 2014, 8:24 pm
Websearch.allsearches.info is a browser hijacker that will install malicious web browser extensions, change your homepage and default search engine without your approval. It's distributed via fake software download and update websites (fake flash update, fake java update) and through the use of PUPs. No matter how closely you look at PUPs, it is a fact of life that you will probably never know just what the creators and publishers of the program intended it to do. In this case, they simply want to infect computers and hijacker their web browsers so that they could later display ads and redirect search results. Please use this guide to remove websearch.allsearches.info and any associated malware from your computer.

http://websearch.allsearches.info/?r=...


There are so many different types of malware and the amount of dangers that not only our physical computers but also our identities and our bank accounts come up against seem to be increasing by the day. And although not quite as dangerous as some of the strains of malicious software out there – on the surface at least - one of the most irritating types of malware is browser hijacker.

Websearch.allsearches.info is a browser hijacker that is installed on your PC – often without your knowledge. So how do you know if you've been infected by this malware? Well, if you've noticed that your computer is running more sluggishly than usual and that your default start page has been changed, you might have had the component that it uses to track user data installed on it. More of that in a moment.

So what actually is a browser hijacker? It's is a program that runs in the background on your PC or operates as a browser plug-in. The component we spoke about a few moments ago monitors the way you use the Internet on your computer. It looks at which websites you visit and then collects the information and uses it to customize the advertising that is displayed on your computer, thereby increasing the chances of you visiting the advertiser's website and spending money with them. It may also redirect you dodgy websites and return search results from third party pseudo search engines rather than genuine search engines like Google or Bing. The goal is pretty obviously I think, scammers simply want to display as many ads as possible on your computer and convince you into buying software or ordering services.

So how does this make your computer run like it's on a go-slow? The problem is that most browser hijackers including websearch.allsearches.info use a fair amount of your PC's operating system - which has the effect of making your computer run slowly because it's trying to deal with the new component that it's had installed on it.

Whilst not a virus, per se, it is a real nuisance and can actually be more dangerous than it first seems. Because not only does it slow your computer down, it can also cause it to crash and it will bug you with all of its adverts which are sometimes banners but can also be pop-up – and sometimes pop-under - windows. You might also be shown adverts that are not so targeted towards your interests but are of an adult nature, including X rated or gambling websites.

But how does it get installed on your computer in the first place? A lot of browser hijackers are bundled with freeware and shareware; for example those addictive bubble popping or fruit moving games! It may also be installed if you've downloaded a peer to peer file, clicked on a link in a spam email from an unknown sender or even innocently downloaded a legitimate software update.

Let's take a look at some of the main symptoms that tell you whether or not you have websearch.allsearches.info installed on your computer:
  • The most obvious one: you're seeing plenty of pop-up adverts
  • Your home page or default search engine keep changing to websearch.allsearches.info
  • Your browser constantly redirects you to websites you don't particularly want to go to
  • Your PC is sluggish, or keeps freezing or crashing
The best thing that you can do to avoid this nuisance? Protect yourself against browser hijackers and other malware by installing a reputable anti-malware program today!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Websearch.allsearches.info Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove websearch.allsearches.info related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following programs:
  • Search Assistant WebSearch
  • ggrreatsaver
  • SNT
  • WS-Enabler
  • WS-Supporter 1.80
  • YoutubeAdBlocker


If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove websearch.allsearches.info from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove the BookmarkTube, Window Expander for Youtube, wuebsave, YoutubeAdBlocker extensions.



3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.


5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!

Remove websearch.allsearches.info from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Remove greiaotsaver 2.7 and SearchNewTab, Window Expander for Youtube, wuebsave, YoutubeAdBlocker browser extensions. Close Add-ons manger.



3. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.



In the search filter at the top, type: allsearches

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by websearch.allsearches.info. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!

Remove websearch.allsearches.info from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).

3. Select WebSearch and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.

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Favicon Remove Mysearchs Search (start.mysearchs.com)
30 Sep 2014, 9:40 pm
Mysearchs Search is a browser hijacker and a PUP that will hijack your web browser and redirect you to unwanted and potentially dangerous websites. It belongs to the same browser hijacker family as Babylon Toolbar and Search. Some anti-virus engines are already blocking it and hopefully other will do the same very soon. Not all anti-virus engines are strict enough to detect and block PUPs. By the way, you may not know what a PUP is. It's a Potentially Unwanted Program, or a PUP for short. It usually ends up on your computer or other device without telling you in clear terms that you're downloading it. Immediately we can see that this is a rather underhand MO that we're dealing with, and it also raises suspicions as to why a developer would need to sneak a program onto our machines without telling us about it and hijacking your web browser. So surely this means that Potentially Unwanted Programs are malware, right?


It would seem that Mysearchs Search browser hijacker/PUP is a form of malware but it's not quite as simple as that. While Trojan horses, spyware, rogue anti-virus software and adware clearly fall into the malicious software category, a browser hijacker is slightly different. Sure, at first glance it would seem that it is malware simply due to its method of installation but, perhaps surprisingly, most PUPs and browser hijackers are not dangerous – for example, they don't corrupt your files, they don't empty your bank account, and they won't steal your data. So just what exactly do they do?

Well, firs of all, browser hijackers and PUPs are truly annoying. Potentially Unwanted Programs get their name from the way that they install themselves. They are actually programs as for the most part, they do have a function. However, the potentially unwanted part is what signifies the difference with malware. Whereas malware has no redeeming features, Mysearchs Search doesn't display any real malicious traits. But as it's still not a program that you've downloaded by choice the lines are blurred. I.e. you may want it and end up keeping it, or you may not. But you probably don't want to keep it because it changes lots of browser settings and registry keys and changes your home page as well as default search engine to start.mysearchs.com. No one can say for sure whether you will find that new tool bar or browser better than your current one, therefore this PUP is just as potentially wanted as it is potentially unwanted.

The people who develop Potentially Unwanted Programs aren't happy about their creations being referred to as malware and use the argument that their program does have a use (despite the fact that you didn't know you were downloading it!) A developer's aim is for you to enjoy using their new tool bar or home page and not uninstall it from your machine. We'll see why shortly.

So, why would Mysearchs Search be potentially unwanted? Needless to say that there is a reason why they have to be snuck onto your machine and that's because despite appearing to be simply a useful new search option they do have a darker side.

It's fair to say that having start.mysearchs.com on your PC isn't as serious as spyware, for example, but it's still something that you should consider a) getting rid of and b) preventing in the first place. That's because most PUPs and broser hijacker like this one change your browser settings and replace your existing home page to one of the developer's. They'll also change your default search engine which has the effect of redirecting you to websites that the developer wants you to visit. They may display pop-up adverts too. Therefore the difference between PUPs and malware is not as clear cut as you may think.

To remove this Mysearchs Search from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Mysearchs Search Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Mysearchs Search related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Mysearchs Search
  • Babylon
  • Babylon toolbar
  • WPM17.8.0.3159


If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Mysearchs Search from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Ensure that the Developer mode checkbox in the top right-hand corner is checked. Go to Chrome extensions directory and delete the folder Extended Protection extension is loaded from.



3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.


5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Close Chrome.


Remove Mysearchs Search from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.



In the search filter at the top, type: Mysearchs

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by iStartSurf. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!

2. Click the Firefox menu button in the upper-right corner of the browser.

3. Then select Help from the menu.

4. Select Troubleshooting Information.

5. Click the Reset Firefox button at the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.



6. Click the Reset Firefox button again to confirm the reset.



7. Firefox will restart. Click Finish and you're done.


Remove Mysearchs Search from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).

3. Select Mysearchs Search and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.

6. Finally, go to ToolsInternet Options and restore your home page to default. That's it!

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Favicon 1-800-935-0716 Malicious Virus Scam
29 Sep 2014, 9:08 pm
Beware of fake pop-up messages claiming that your computer is infected by malicious virus called Malware:Win32/Caphaw.


If you click "Search For Solutions" it will display another message saying that virus removal failed or something like that. And finally it will give you a phone number 1-800-935-0716 to call for virus removal help. There will probably be another option to ignore the threat and clicking on it brings up another message "Your computer is highly infected and your data may be compromised. It is recommended that you take actions to remove this trojan?". This is also not true. The scammers will pretend to be from Microsoft and charge you around $200 for tech support and malware removal service. Do not fall victim to this scam! If you got this message then you either visited an infected website or your computer is already infected with adware or malicious browser extensions that display those misleading pop-up message. One way or another, close your web browser and run a full system scan with anti-malware software. For more information, please follow the removal guide below.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



1-800-935-0716 Malicious Virus Scam Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove 1-800-935-0716 scam related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove 1-800-935-0716 scam related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.



Remove 1-800-935-0716 scam related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



Remove 1-800-935-0716 scam related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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