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Malware Removal Instructions
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by Admin, Mountain View (geolocate), published: Tue 27 Jan 2015 07:37:00 PM CET.

Favicon How to Remove "Ads by Rocket Deal" Malware (Uninstall Guide)
27 Jan 2015, 7:37 pm
There are many threats we need to keep an out for when we're using our computers or other devices, particularly when we're online. And Rocket Deal malware is just one of them. While it may be tempting to dismiss it as 'the least of our worries' and merely a nuisance because it only displays Ads by Rocket Deal, it can cause you more harm than many people give it credit for.

Rocket Deal is not only an irritant but it can also have a detrimental effect on the way your computer operates, as well as potentially leaving your device's operating system wide open to security breaches. Therefore, if you think there is even the smallest chance that you might have been infected by this malware, you should take steps to either remove it yourself or take your computer to a professional IT expert as soon as possible. Okay, it is fair to say that this program (technically adware) is not quite as dangerous as some of the other types of malware, but it is still something that you do not want to have installed – after all, how can you trust something which installs itself without your knowledge?


What is adware?

Adware is a computer program that has been created for the express purpose of displaying adverts on your computer or handheld device's screen. However, it’s not just a form of online marketing; it can also manipulate your Internet searches by redirecting you to a website of its own choice. Some types of adware also install new toolbars or search pages which will also divert your search. You can imagine how frustrating that is after just the second attempt!

And that's not all because Rocket Deal is also a real invasion of your privacy as it monitors the websites that you visit and compiles data about the goods or services that you are viewing on those sites. That's why I say that it's malware rather than adware. Because adware simply displays adverts on your computer.

Why does Rocket Deal collect data about my browsing habits?

The programmers behind it have a vested interest in collecting your data which is why they include a tracking component in the program. The component collates the data and sends it back to the programmer. This then enables them to customize the sorts of adverts that they choose to display on your screen. Of course, by tailoring adverts to match your interests, they are increasing the chances that you will click on the ad – thus generating income for them. At least they clearly separate web page ads from ads displayed by Rocket Deal. You can then identify a problem and take further steps to remove it from the system.

How did Rocket Deal install itself on my computer?

Rocket Deal usually comes packaged with other software – especially free programs and downloads such as TV shows, music or movies. When a program is given away for free, the developer naturally wants to recoup the cost of developing it – hence the inclusion of income-generating adware.

How to remove and avoid Rocket Deal

There is actually a fairly obvious answer to this: in fact the paragraph above may have given you a clue. Asides from installing a decent anti-malware program, which is an excellent idea, you should also be careful when downloading from the Internet. This means reading the License Agreement that is displayed when you download something. The adware will be mentioned, so ensure you read it carefully – that will give you a fighting chance of avoiding it.

To remove Rocket Deal and stop intrusive ads, 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



Rocket Deal Ads 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 Rocket Deal 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 Deal
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 Rocket Deal related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Rocket Deal, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 Rocket Deal related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove Rocket Deal 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 How to Remove BrowseStudio Malware (Uninstall Guide)
26 Jan 2015, 8:32 pm
BrowseStudio is a troublesome piece of malware that will display ads on your computer. Multiple anti-virus engines have detected malware in files installed by this program. It's mostly detected as an adware program but some anti-virus engines may flag it as a potentially unwanted program or even a generic Trojan. However, most user simply call it a virus or malware which of course ins't correct from a technical point of few but since it's clearly unwanted and troublesome we could agree that it's malware. It's obvious that there are so many things that we have to be aware of when we're working, gaming, shopping or browsing online that it can be hard to know what the difference is between the myriad of risks that are lurking in the dark corners of the Internet waiting to do us harm. Some cyber criminals want to steal your bank account details or your identity, some hackers are looking for personal information, and some malicious programmers have created software that does nothing more than corrupt your data and delete your files – just because they can. Take BrowseStudio as an example, this whilst being a form of marketing and therefore not seen as such a threat as some of the other types of malware, can still have a negative effect. And that's why you shouldn't dismiss adware simply as spyware's kid brother.


The difference between adware and spyware

As covered above briefly, BrowseStudio adware is a type of online marketing. In a nutshell it is advertising that, more often than not, has been customized to show you ads by BrowseStudio that will interest you. How does adware – or more precisely, the creators of adware – know what sort of adverts have a higher likelihood of you clicking on them and visiting their website? Well, that's where spyware comes in to the equation. Once infected, you will notice two processes running on your computer: updateBrowseStudio.exe and utilBrowseStudio.exe. You can tell already that these are related to the adware. The first one is responsible for updates. It constantly checks for updates and downloads them if available. It ca install additional modules as well. The second file, may use different things including gathering information about your browsing habits. So, not only these processes use your system resource they are potentially dangerous as well.

Adware and spyware do have certain characteristics in common, namely the ability to monitor which websites you are visiting, and which products or services you are looking at once you are on a particular site. Technically speaking, BrowseStudio is not as harmful or malicious as spyware, but regardless, it is still something that you should avoid where possible.

How does BrowseStudio monitor my Internet usage?

Firstly, to avoid installing BrowseStudio on your computer, it is useful to know how it gets on to your system in the first place. It is installed when you download another program. It is secretly bundled in with this program and will install itself onto your hard drive at the same time as the main installation. But that's not all, for the adware will also install a type of tracking component as well. And it is this which is able to capture data concerning the sites that you are visiting and the content that you are looking at once you are there. This data is then relayed back to the adware developer who uses the knowledge to display adverts that you are likely to be interested in on your PC's screen.

The conclusion

As seen above, BrowseStudio could be considered a type of spyware, thanks to its web monitoring function, but thankfully it doesn't take invasive techniques to a whole new level by recording which keys you type, and some key loggers take screenshots too.

To remove BrowseStudio and stop annoying ads, 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



BrowseStudio 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 BrowseStudio 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:
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:
  • BrowseStudio
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • 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 BrowseStudio related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BrowseStudio, GoSave, deals4me, 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 BrowseStudio related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BrowseStudio, GoSave, deals4me, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove BrowseStudio 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 How to Remove "Positive Finds" Ads Malware (Uninstall Guide)
26 Jan 2015, 7:46 pm
Being a victim of "Ads by Positive Finds", or Positive Finds adware as it's more commonly called, can be one of the most downright frustrating things that can happen to a computer user. Although this adware is not as dangerous as Trojan horses, spyware or rogue anti-virus software, it is still something that you should take steps to protect yourself from, and try and void at all costs. If you've ever had an adware infestation on your PC then you'll know exactly what we’re talking about.

An endless parade of trashy pop-up adverts by Positive Finds and a myriad of links and banner ads are bad enough, but add to that the fact that adware can make your computer's operating system slow down and your Internet connection run like it's on strike, and it's not looking good. Plus it can also redirect you to websites you didn't want to visit and install new toolbars, browsers or search engines. Our lives are busy enough as it is, without having to deal with the annoyances caused by something as seemingly innocuous as advertising!


The problem with most adware programs is their sheer tenacity. There is no closing of a pop-up window and being done with it, or uninstalling a toolbar to never have to see it again. When you have a full blown adware problem you will be locked into an endless nightmare of clicking delete only to see the same issues manifest themselves over and over – even if you shut down your computer and log back on.

How does Positive Finds cause my computer to run slowly?

It is surreptitiously downloaded alongside another program – legitimate or not – when you install it on your computer or tablet. However, the Positive Finds also installs an additional component which enables it to monitor which websites you visit. It spies on you, noting which products or services you click on, recording this information and then sending it back to the adware's programmer or owner. They will then analyze this data and choose which adverts they want to display on your screen.

Obviously this is so they can tailor the type of adverts you see, increasing the chances of you clicking on them and spending money on the website they've directed you to. This also has the added advantage of driving more traffic to this website, thus increasing its chances of being found in the search engines.

How do I stop Positive Finds from installing itself on my computer?

It's probably not realistic to say that you will be able to avoid Positive Finds 100%, but there are things you can do to lessen the likelihood of being attacked by it.

First rule is to never download files or programs if you don't recognize the publisher. In a similar vein, do not open or download attachments sent by email if you don't know the sender. And even when you do know who sent the message, you should still exercise caution – who knows if they've been hacked?

It's also a good idea to install pop-up blockers on your PC - and a firewall and anti-malware program too, while you're at it!

To remove Positive Finds and stop annoying ads, 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



Positive Finds Ads 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 Positive Finds 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:
  • Positive Finds
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 Positive Finds related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Positive Finds, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 Positive Finds related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove Positive Finds 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 How to Remove ads.ads-ki.com Redirect (Uninstall Guide)
25 Jan 2015, 9:57 pm
Ads.ads-ki.com is a part of adware that hijacks your web browser in order to display ads on your computer and redirect you to dodgy websites. You are probably more than well aware of what adware actually is, but if you've ever been infected by one of the more malicious forms of it then you'll know just exactly what a complete pain in the neck it can be to deal with. Adware, or Advertising Supported Software, might not be as dangerous as some other types of malicious software but it can certainly be one of the most irritating ones. Some online advertising is a little bit easier to ignore than others. For example, adverts in boxes displayed at the side of the screen, links and banner ads are not quite as intrusive as pop-up or pop-under windows which promise to have you tearing your hair out in frustration. If you've fallen victim to an adware infection like ads.ads-ki.com and have redirects on your computer you'll find that you're constantly clicking on the tabs and adverts to close them - only to see them pop right back up again almost instantly when you open your web browser again. The trick is that this adware hijacks your web browser by modifying all shortcuts so that ads.ads-ki.com shows up on a startup for a short period of time and then redirects to a certain website.


This adware takes online marketing to the extreme though, for not only does it display adverts and causes browser redirects, but it also tailors those adverts towards your interests. How does it know what you're interested in? It does this by monitoring the websites you visit and the goods, products or services that you look at on those websites. This data is then collated and sent back to the adware's programmer who uses it to ensure that the adverts you see displayed on your screen are related to your recent searches. Naturally this increases the chances of you clicking on the ad, thus generating revenue for the advertiser, and/or traffic to their website.

Ads.ads-ki.com adware/browser hijacker is usually packaged with another program, a download, or something such as an online game. These things are usually free, but not exclusively; you may even find yourself infected by adware even if you've paid for the program. What happens is that when you download your file, program or game the adware is also downloaded onto your PC in conjunction with it. The adware program then installs a component which allows it to track the websites you visit.

As well as being annoying, an ads.ads-ki.com adware infestation can also have a few other not so desirable effects. The tracking component is constantly working while it spies on you, records data, and then relays it back to the programmer. This has the knock on effect of causing your computer to run slowly and make using it really rather painful. It can also cause your Internet to run sluggishly and crash.

Luckily ads.ads-ki.com is pretty obvious and you'll know if you have been infected by it. For a start you will see lots of online advertising - pop-up adverts are dead giveaways and of course you will be redirected to various websites usually filled with adverts. To remove this adware that hijacks your web browser, 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.ads-ki.com Redirect 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 ads.ads-ki.com 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:
  • Funshopper
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 ads.ads-ki.com from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button and 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.

4. Right-click Google Chrome shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://ads.ads-ki.com" from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Chrome executable file.





Remove ads.ads-ki.com 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: ads-ki

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

2. Right-click the Mozilla Firefox shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

3. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://ads.ads-ki.com" from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Firefox executable file.


Remove ads.ads-ki.com from Internet Explorer:

1. Right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

2. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://ads.ads-ki.com" from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executable file.

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

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Favicon How to Remove Coolncheap Ad Malware (Uninstall Guide)
24 Jan 2015, 8:07 pm
Coolncheap is adware that displays rather intrusive or sometimes even misleading ads and pop-ups on your computer. It's happening more and more frequently: you're browsing online, looking for the latest pair of must have sneakers, at expensive watches for a loved one's birthday, at budget hotels for a last minute weekend getaway, and before long, you'll probably notice that the 'ads by coolncheap' you see displayed on other websites that you visit, are for Nike running shoes, Rolex watches, or backpacker hostels in Amsterdam! What's going on here? Could it be that someone actually knows what websites you're visiting? It sounds like something out of '1984' George Orwell's famous novel about Big Brother doesn't it? Say hello to coolncheap adware.


Advertising Supported Software, let's call it by its more common name shall we; adware, is a type of software that is able to download or display online advertising on your computer or handheld device when you're connected to the Internet. These adverts come in an array of formats. Some of them are links, some are banners, some are traditional square boxes, and some are highly irritating pop-up or pop-under windows. Coolncheap uses web browser extensions to underline certain works on websites and make them active links. Ads usually show up when you hover those words. But this adware can also display banner and redirect you to web page filled with other forms of advertising.

As already covered, they are usually advertising a product or service that you've recently being contemplating splashing out on. Of course, ads sometimes can be completely random and unrelated. At first you might not even notice, when you do you might brush it off as a mere coincidence, but when it starts to happen time and time again, you come to realize that almost anything you've spent any amount of time looking at is now being displayed to you on subsequent websites that you visit in the form of advertising.

To understand this, it's helpful to know how and why Coolncheap is created. It is normally bundled with another software program, a game or a file download – usually a free one. Thus this adware is simply a way for the developer of that program or download website to recoup some of the cost of creating, and giving something away, for free.

Some people don't actually mind adware like Coolncheap, or at least they put up with it – after all, if you download a lot of freebies, then you may see adware purely as something that is a necessary evil if you want to enjoy free games, TV shows or software. However many other people see the methods that adware uses to show you targeted adverting as an invasion of their privacy. And that's all down to the way in which adware know what adverts to show you.

What is more, Coolncheap is designed to monitor your Internet usage. It looks at which websites you visit – in particular what you are looking at on those websites, logs that data and sends it back to the programmer. They are then able to show you custom adverts based on the data received.

Love it (surely nobody loves it?), hate it, or don't really mind it, one thing to remember is that this adware can leave your system vulnerable to abuse from more malicious software by weakening your security. Therefore, installing anti-malware software is strongly recommended.

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



Coolncheap Ads 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 Zombie News 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:
  • Coolncheap
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 Coolncheap related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Coolncheap, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 Coolncheap related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove Coolncheap 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 Eraem Vire Studaa 2021 and how to remove it?
24 Jan 2015, 7:31 pm
Eraem Vire Studaa 2021 is a file description of a malicious file detected as TR/Dropper.Gen, Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.uufj and Win32/Cryptor (VirusTotal report). If you found a program running on your computer from Eraem Vire Studaa 2021 then it's probably a Trojan horse and you should get rid of it immediately. Usually, you will find multiple instances of randomly named files running on your computer, like koazzyn.exe, feyhxyxyo.exe and similar. Yours will be different but you get the idea. It doesn't mean that your computer has been infected with different Trojan horses. It's only one Trojan horse (hopefully) that creates multiple files on your computer. All the malicious files with Eraem Vire Studaa 2021 description run from C:\Users\[USERNAME]\appdata\roaming\yxlidey\ where "yxlidey" is randomly generated folder name. Again, yours will be different. It might be difficult to notice that your computer is infected unless you use Task Manager very often. But once your computer is infected you will definitely notice one thing, your computer becomes noticeably slower. You may even get error pop-ups from time to time. This particular Trojan horse can be used to download and install more malware onto your computer and also to steal personal information. Needless to say, it's a very dangerous infection.


Trojan Horse malware is something, in this case a computer software program with Eraem Vire Studaa 2021 description, which convinces you of its innocence, entreats you to install it on your PC – and then does its damage once it is on your machine.

Trojans are always disguised as programs which seem to be of use, or at least interesting or entertaining and if you fall for their ploy, it won’t be long before you've unwittingly unleashed a full scale nightmare onto your computer.

Things to look out for – especially if they're sending you unsolicited invites to download them – are the latest security patches for software that you have installed, or some other supposedly required programs. How ironic! All you need do is click on a link or open an attachment sent in a spam email or by a rogue instant message and the Trojan Horse will execute itself and download its components on to your PC.

But be careful, as not all Trojans are spread by email or messenger – after all, how many times have you heard the mantra – don't open emails and attachments from senders you don't recognize? As many of us wise up to this fact and increase our vigilance when we're online, malicious software programmers have had to get creative with the ways in which they spread their menace. That's why many of them also hide their Trojan Horses on websites too. Trojans will be disguised as an ActiveX control – so if you come across one of these when you're browsing online and it's trying to entice you to click it – steer well clear.

Such Trojan Horses show no signs of going anywhere for now –in fact, of all the different types of malware thought to be installed on PCs across the world at any given time, Trojans are overwhelmingly the most prevalent.

To remove Eraem Vire Studaa 2021 Trojan and other threats that may have been installed on your computer, please follow the removal guide below. If you have questions, leave a down comment below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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



Eraem Vire Studaa 2021 Trojan 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.





NOTE: If you are using Internet Explorer and can't download anti-malware software because "Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded" then please reset IE security settings and try again.

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 Funshopper Ad Malware (Uninstall Guide)
22 Jan 2015, 7:12 pm
Funshopper is an adware program that display adverts on your laptop or desktop when you're connected to the Internet. There are different sorts of adware, some are fairly benign and are easy enough to ignore while other types are far more aggressive and can have a real detrimental effect on your user experience and really interrupt what you're doing. And as anyone who uses the Internet at work – or is an avid online shopper or gamer – can tell you, this is something you could really do without having to deal with.

What is the purpose of Funshopper?

Funshopper is designed for a number of reasons – all of them to benefit the programmer. Now there's a surprise! It can be used to generate income – this is because often adware comes bundled with free software programs and the programmer will use the adware as a means of recouping their development costs. It may also be used to drive traffic to a certain website, or simply as a means of increasing sales for a product or service. This particular sample installs web browser extensions, for example fUnshoopper, and display adverts, new tabs and pop-up windows. It may also redirect you to dodgy websites filled with ads.


What does adware look like?

Adware is displayed in a number of ways. We've all seen online adverts – they look almost like traditional printed media ads: boxes on the sides of the web page we're looking at. Adware also appears as larger banner adverts, as links, or – and this is where adware gets its bad reputation from – as pop-up windows.

Pop-up windows, and their close relation, pop-under windows, are a nightmare to deal with. They constantly reappear, no matter how many times you click the little 'x' in the corner of the window. They are overwhelmingly for second rate products, dodgy weight loss plans, not very interesting online games, or pornographic websites. And you don't need us to tell you how embarrassing it can be if you're in the middle of the office, at home with the family, or, heaven forbid, in the middle of an important presentation to have something X rated suddenly appear on your computer's screen.

So is Funshopper malicious software?

This is a bit of a grey area as not all adware can be considered to be malware. Increasingly adware is utilized by large, reputable businesses or organizations who need to embrace online advertising to make up for the sharp drop in revenue seen by the decrease in effectiveness of traditional or print advertising.

However, tell that to anyone who's ever had their computer infected by the type of adware like Funshopper that displays pop-up ads and you'll be likely to get somewhat of a different response. There really is a difference, though, in an advert that sits quietly on the edges of a webpage telling you about a sale on designer ladies shoes, and a manga cartoon style temptress imploring you to visit an adult website!

How do I protect myself from manga temptresses?

Assuming you want to that is! Seriously though, no one should be using their computer without having an anti-malware program installed. Make sure you have one – and keep it up to date. To remove Funshopper and related malware from your computer, including web browser extensions, 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



Funshopper Ads 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 Zombie News 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:
  • Funshopper
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 Funshopper related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove fUnshoopper 5.5, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 Funshopper related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove fUnshoopper 5.5, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Funshopper 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 isearch.omiga-plus.com Hijack Malware (Uninstall Guide)
22 Jan 2015, 6:20 pm
Have you opened your web browser and found a previously unseen home page called isearch.omiga-plus.com? If you answered 'Yes' then, congratulations, you've bagged yourself a browser hijacker! Actually, I'm joking, because browser hijackers are pretty darn annoying. This browser hijacker replaces home page and default search engine provider. It also modifies browser settings so that less computer-savvy users don't know how to get rid of it for good. The trick is that this isearch.omiga-plus.com modifies not only browser settings but also browser shortcuts and even Windows registry. It even has back up plan if you decide to re-install your web browser or at least reset browser settings. That's why I constantly hear people saying that they home pages keep changing to: http://isearch.omiga-plus.com no matter what they do. If you don't know how to remove it as well, please follow the steps in the removal guide below.



You may have heard of browser hijackers before, in which case you probably know that, like most forms of malware, they usually come packaged with another program and will install themselves on your computer along with the program that you are knowingly downloading. However this is not the only source of a browser hijacker as sometimes they can already be installed on a new laptop or desktop when you purchase it.

Let's go back to the browser hijackers that are bundled with another program however - because there are ways of preventing these from sneaking onto your computer. First of all you need to know that it doesn't matter how reputable the software you are downloading is, browser hijackers aren't choosy when it comes to finding a bundle partner and will package themselves with anything from dubious freeware or shareware to genuine, known makes of software.

This doesn't mean that you need to stop downloading software, files, or even games from the Internet, but if you want to prevent isearch.omiga-plus.com from infiltrating your operating system then you need to take a little more care when you do download something.

And that means reading End User License Agreements more closely than usual. Browser hijackers are usually fairly honest about their intentions to install themselves and attention will be drawn to them in the Agreement that comes attached to the program or software you are originally downloading. Therefore, should you not want to run the risk of installing a browser hijacker, it is well worth you taking just a few minutes more to read the small print and see exactly what it is that you are downloading onto your PC.

You should also boost your computer's protective security layer by installing Microsoft's most up to date security patches as these provide a solid defense against 'drive by' malware – software that is installed on your machine when you happen to visit an infected website. It is also important to do regular checks on the other software programs that you have installed on your machine and make sure you have their latest versions installed, as the manufacturers release periodic updates which include the latest security patches.

Finally, you probably don't need us to tell you this, (although you'd be surprised at how many people – and even companies – are lax about their antivirus and anti-malware software) – so we'll say it anyway! Make sure you have a reputable anti-malware software program installed on your computer. Unfortunately a lot of these programs don't stop browser hijacker – because of their 'potentially unwanted' status, but not having security software on your computer is really just asking to be attacked. Don't let browser hijackers – or any type of malware – make you their victim.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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


Isearch.omiga-plus.com 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. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

3. Remove Omiga Plus 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.



4. 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:
  • WPM17.8.0.3159
  • Wsys Control
  • Extended Protection
  • eSave Security Control


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 isearch.omiga-plus.com 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.

6. Right-click Google Chrome shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

7. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://isearch.omiga-plus.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Chrome executable file.



Remove isearch.omiga-plus.com 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: omiga-plus

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

4. Right-click the Mozilla Firefox shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://isearch.omiga-plus.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Firefox executable file.



Remove isearch.omiga-plus.com 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 Omiga-Plus and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.

4. Right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.

5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://isearch.omiga-plus.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executable file.



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

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Favicon How to Remove CTB-Locker Virus and Restore Encrypted Files
21 Jan 2015, 8:20 pm
CTB-Locker is a Trojan-ransom (ransomware) infection that scans your computer for data files and encrypts them so they are not accessible and repairable without the unique encryption key. In order to get the key and decrypt your files you need to send a ransom of $100 or sometimes even more. The ransomware renames files and adds a unique file extension, for example .KUEDIDG, at the end of each encrypted file. CTB-Locker uses very strong encryption algorithms to encrypt files making brute force attacks unrealistic unless you have a super computer. It has a timer that gives you 96 hours (4 days) to pay the ransom. It's unclear what happens when the timer runs out. Cyber criminals say that they will destroy your unique decryption key if you won't pay on time but I don't know if it's true or just a scare tactic. Another improvement is different language localizations for this ransomware. CTB-Locker decryption instructions are now available in German, Dutch, and Italian. Cyber crooks will probably add more languages if this campaign succeeds. All sings indicate that it's a wide-spread malware infection because anyone who buys a certain exploit kit gets the CTB-Locker module and support for a certain amount of time. In other words, you can expect to see multiple attacks performed by different people that's why this ransomware is so dangerous. Those who crated this ransomware can even help you to install and run it.


Once installed, this ransowmare will scan your computer for data files and then encrypt them silently in the background. You won't notice anything unless maybe an increase of CPU usage. Then it will create a file called DecryptAllFiles.txt in Documents folder and display "Your personal files are encrypted by CTB-Locker" message with instructions on how to get your files back. The message reads:

Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encryptedwith strongest encryption and unique key, generated for this computer.

Private decryption key is stored on a secret Internet server and nobody can decrypt your files until you pay and obtain the private key.

If you see the main locker window, follow the instructions on the locker. Otherwise, it's seems that you or your antivirus deleted the locker program.

Now you have the last chance to decrypt your files.

Open http://[edited].onion.cab or http://[edited].tor2web.org in your browser. They are public gates to the secret server.

If you have problems with gates, use direct connection:

1. Download Tor Browser from http://torproject.org

2. In the Tor Browser open the http://[edited].onion/
Note that this server is available via Tor Browser only.
Retry in 1 hour if site is not reachable.

Copy and paste the following public key in the input form on server. Avoid missprints.
XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX
XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX
XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX

Follow the instructions on the server.

So, what you basically have to do is install a Tor browser or use a Tor to Web gateway to open a web page with payment information. Then you need to copy and paste public keys that were given to you and pay the ransom. If everything goes well, you will receive your decryption key. At least, this is what cyber criminals say. I personally wouldn't trust them and pay the ransom unless encrypted files are extremely important to me. You can't really know if they will get the decryption key. Think of paying the ransom as your last option.

If you, like most of us these days, spend any amount of time on the Internet then you really need to make it your business to know what threats there are to your online safety – and what precautions you should be taking to protect yourself. These days, being infected by a virus doesn't just mean your computer keeps crashing; it can be far more serious than that. Bank fraud, data corruption and even identity theft can have long lasting ramifications and cause untold stress and misery.

Put simply, you need to be aware of the dangers of malware like CTB-Locker. But that can be easier said than done when there are so many different types of malicious software to contend with. Do you know your spyware from your adware or your rogue security software from your Trojan Horses? Let’s take a closer look at the latter and find out how you can safeguard your data, your identity – and your sanity.

CTB-Locker is a particularly unpleasant type of malware which employs extremely devious tactics in order to install itself on your computer. In fact, you play an important part in that process because CTB-Locker disguises itself as entertaining, interesting or useful programs to convince you that you really have to download them, like, right now! More often than not, it will be in the format of a file attachment in an email or on an instant messenger app. This attachment (or link) will look harmless enough, enticing even, but once you've clicked and opened it, you're setting the wheels in motion for an ensuing technology nightmare.

CTB-Locker has some very destructive character traits. Character traits such as corrupting your data, deleting your files, and logging your keystrokes with an aim to steal personal information such as passwords and bank account details. Some variants of this ransomware even install more malware on your computer and turn it into something called a 'zombie' which basically means that your PC is now under the control of the malware's programmer. And if it sounds like something out of a horror movie – you wouldn't be far wrong, as anyone who's experienced the stress of being infected by a Trojan-ransom can testify.

The moral of the story? Don't be too trusting. Be very careful what attachments you open, and NEVER open files or click links in emails or messages from unknown senders.

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


Step 1: Removing CTB-Locker and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure CTB-Locker 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.





Important! If you can't download or run it, please restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking or Safe Mode and try again.

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 CTB-Locker 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: Try to restore previous versions of files using Windows folder tools. To learn more, please read Previous versions of files.

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 Virus renamed and encrypted my files. How to restore them?
20 Jan 2015, 7:13 pm
You've heard of ransomware, you know that it renames and encrypts your files, but do you know what it can actually do to your computer? Yes, ransom malware like CryptoWall, CryptoLocker or CTB Locker show no sign of abating and the more you know about what they can do, the more likely you will be to protect yourself from their threat. And that can only be a good thing!

Ransomware is just about one of the worst things you can have installed on your PC. Malware programmers utilize them for a number of reasons. The main reason, of course, is to encrypt your files and then ask you to pay the ransom which could be $500 or even more. Some users said they had to pay thousands of dollars in order to get files back. Cyber crooks attack companies as well and usually demand impressive amount of money. Very often, ransomware comes bundled with Trojan horses. Trojans might steal your personal information, passwords and bank details by installing a keylogging component on your machine. They are also able to steal data directly from your hard drive or by diverting data before it's reached your server. Other Trojan Horses are created so the programmer is able to take control of your computer, turning it into a sort of clone, or zombie machine, which they will then use to carry out further malicious or illegal actions against other computer users. Such sophisticated malware not only encrypts your files but can also steal your personal information.

Here's an example of Excel files that were renamed and encrypted by CTB Locker ransomware. As you can see, this ransomware uses random extension .mmvkhja. Therefore, these files are simply Excel files that have been encrypted so that you couldn't open them.


Please note that ransom Trojans encrypt files with various extensions.

And if that wasn't enough, how about the ransom malware who download even more malicious software onto your PC, turning it into a malware maelstrom of nightmarish proportions? Or those which have been designed purely with the intention of causing chaos on your computer by corrupting data, deleting files and modifying your operating system.

Do we need to go any further to convince you that protecting your computer against ransom malware and being vigilant when you're online is an absolute necessity? Whatever the intentions of someone using ransomware and Trojans – whether it's for twisted fun or personal gain - you need to protect yourself at all costs.

So just HOW do you protect your PC from ransomware? There are a number of surprisingly easy steps that you can take – here are just five of the simplest ones that we suggest you adopt today.
  • Back up your files. It's one of the most important steps you can take toward protecting your files.
  • Don't open links or attachments in emails if you don't recognize the sender. The same goes for instant messages – ransomware programmers love trying to tempt you through spam mails and messages.
  • Make sure your messenger apps are configured so that they do not open automatically when you log on to your PC.
  • Don't run the .exe file extension in Windows, as Trojans often exploit this. If you need to, make certain that you trust the source.
  • Finally – and crucially - keep your security software fully up to date. That includes both your anti-malware program and any security patches that are released for the software programs you have installed on your computer.
How to decrypt and restore your files?

The first and best method is to restore your data from a backup. If you have been performing backups, then you should use your backups to restore your data. If you don't have backups then you can try Windows file restore program. Some ransom Trojans make copies of your files before encrypting them. Windows might store certain information that can help you to restore at least some of your files. Read the removal guide below to learn how to use Windows restore program. Then there's a program called Shadow Explorer. It's completely free and can help to restore your files via Shadow Volume Copies that are in some cases stored on your hard drive. Please note that some ransomware programs attempt to delete any Shadow Volume Copies on your computer, but sometimes they fails to do so and you can use them to restore your files. For more information on how to restore your files via Shadow Volume Copies, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. 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 ransomware and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure that ransomware is not running. You have to remove any 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.





Important! If you can't download or run it, please restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking or Safe Mode and try again.

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 ransomware 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: Try to restore previous versions of files using Windows folder tools. To learn more, please read Previous versions of files.

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 couponcouponcoupon.club pop-up ads (Uninstall Guide)
18 Jan 2015, 9:06 pm
Let's cut to the chase: if you've got a couponcouponcoupon.club pop-up on your computer, it is advisable that you take steps to get rid of it as soon as you possibly can because your computer is infected with potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). But what are PUPs and why should you remove them? Well unfortunately, the PUPs that inhabit the world of technology are not quite as adorable as our four legged friends. Whilst not being the worst of the malware crew by far, they still cause your PC problems and make your overall user experience pretty horrible.

The Potentially Unwanted Programs that we're talking about are, generally speaking, tool bars, pop-ups, home pages, and search engines that install themselves on your computer, replacing your existing default ones. For the most part they are not dangerous but they are extremely irritating – and worse, they might make your PC's security more vulnerable to attacks by other types of malware. In order to protect yourself from couponcouponcoupon.club pop-up ads, you need to know how it found its way on to your computer in the first place.


Most Potentially Unwanted Programs come bundled with another software program or download. It really doesn't matter if this is something you've paid good money for, if it's a free upgrade from a trusted and reputable brand, or something of a slightly more dubious nature – PUPs aren't discriminatory and attach themselves to downloads of all shapes and sizes. Furthermore some companies are completely oblivious to the fact that their product is packaged with a PUP that displays couponcouponcoupon.club popups, whilst others don't seem to mind letting a Potentially Unwanted Program associate themselves with their offering.

If all this sounds a little underhand, it's actually the silver lining of the cloud. Because the programmers who create PUPs don't consider their program to be malware (technically speaking, it's not), they will announce the presence of a Potentially Unwanted Program in the End User License Agreement – or T's & C's – that you are asked to read and agree to when you’re downloading something.

And this is where so many of us get caught out. If like the majority of people you dash through the tedious wording of a License Agreement, whilst you might be saving a couple of minutes, you could be missing out on your best chance of preventing something nasty from installing itself on your computer.

And it's not just Potentially Unwanted Programs that are mentioned in EULAs – other more serious forms of malware sometimes get referred to as well. But if you're not reading the small print, you wouldn't know that, would you? It's true that this wording can often be deliberately confusing and the programmer may have pre-checked boxes for you, but just a few minutes of your time could mean the difference between infecting your computer with a PUP – or with malware – and keeping it safe and free from annoying tool bars and the like. After all, reading a few windows of text is better than having to deal with having your web searches constantly redirected, isn't it?

To stop annoying couponcouponcoupon.club pop-up ads and remove related adware 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



Couponcouponcoupon.club Pop-up Ads 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 couponcouponcoupon.club pop-up 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:
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Safeweb
  • BlockAndSurf
  • 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 couponcouponcoupon.club pop-up related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Safeweb, LyricsSay-1, BlockAndSurf, 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 couponcouponcoupon.club pop-up related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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



Remove couponcouponcoupon.club pop-up 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 How to Remove Trojan.Zbot Activity 15 (Uninstall Guide)
18 Jan 2015, 8:07 pm
Trojan.Zbot Activity 15 is is a Trojan Horse that could pose a serious security threat. If you are seeing warnings that your system is infected with this Trojan then you probably have a variant of the Poweliks malware. It creates multiple dllhost.exe processes on the infected computer and tries to download additional malware or post stolen information to cyber criminals. Attacks are usually made from the Windows folder Syswow64\dllhost.exe. We're sure you recall the tale from ancient Greece about the Greek army infiltrating the City of Troy by means of an enormous wooden horse. You might also be wondering why this article about malware is opening with a mythical story from a bygone era! It's because to understand what today's Trojan Horse malware is, it helps to look back and remember the underhand way that the Greeks used to wreak havoc on the Trojans. You see, the Greeks were cunning and they fooled the people of Troy into thinking that their wooden horse was a gift – a peace offering in actual fact – and the Trojans, believing them, accepted this gift of their own volition and took it into their midst.

The warning reads:

An intrusion attempt by [edited].com was blocked.
IPS Alert Name: System Infected: Trojan. Zbot Activity 15
Default Action: No Action Required.
Action Taken: No Action Required
Attacking Computer: [edited].com
Attacker URL: [edited].com/z
Destination Address: Becky-PC [edited]
Source Address: [edited]
Traffic Description: TCP, www-http
Network traffic from [edited].com/z matches the signature of a known attack.
The attack was resulted from \Device\Harddiskvolume2\Windows\Syswow64\dllhost.exe

Of course, you know how the story goes – once the wooden horse was rolled inside the city walls, after the Trojans had gone to sleep and under the cover of darkness, the Greek soldiers who were hiding inside the horse crept out and opened the gates to their fellow countrymen.

And if you know anything about the Trojan Horses of today, you'll see the parallels that can be drawn between the two: the horse and the malware.

Yesteryear's ancient Greeks (or the Greeks in that particular story anyway!) are today's malware programmers. They have created a product which for all intents and purposes looks harmless, fun or even useful and they convince you to download it – or accept it within your city walls, if you will. You do so, not suspecting anything is wrong, and then as soon as YOUR Trojan.Zbot Activity 15 Trojan Horse is installed on your computer, it will cause you untold misery – just as it did all those years go for the Trojans.

Trojan.Zbot Activity 15 Trojans are one of the nastier types of malware and their characteristics run the gamut of everything from annoying (pop-up windows) to downright dangerous. Some of their favorite things to do are to damage your files beyond repair, corrupt your data, weaken your PC's security, and even install more malware on your machine. Some Trojan.Zbot Activity 15 variants install keyloggers which are designed to steal your data by monitoring which keys you're typing. Put simply, if you have a Trojan on your computer, you want rid of it – and quick.

As touched upon above, in the majority of cases you will be the one who is ultimately responsible for the download – because you've been tricked into downloading the Trojan.Zbot Activity 15. There are a number of ways that Trojans present themselves to you – all of them seemingly innocuous.

Spam email and instant messenger apps are big culprits, and will try and tempt you into installing the Trojan Horse through various enticing links or attachments. Peer to Peer files are another popular method used by malicious software programs. You may even find yourself at the mercy of a Trojan Horse simply by visiting a website that has been targeted by the programmer, which, while still extremely annoying, means that at least you can't really blame yourself for clicking on a rogue link in an email!

To remove Trojan.Zbot Activity 15 virus and other threats that may have been installed on your computer, please follow the removal guide below. If you have questions, leave a down comment below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

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



Trojan.Zbot Activity 15 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.





NOTE: If you are using Internet Explorer and can't download anti-malware software because "Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded" then please reset IE security settings and try again.

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 cdn.adsrvmedia.net Pop-up Ads (Uninstall Guide)
18 Jan 2015, 7:30 pm
If you're seeing pop-up ads that redirect you to cdn.adsrvmedia.net then your computer is infected with adware and probably some other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). In order to stop these pop-up ads you will have to identify adware yourself and remove it. If you don't know how to do that, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. But first, let's find out how does this adware work? First of all, cdn.adsrvmedia.net is a part of a content delivery network. It's not malicious but used unfortunately by scammers to display intrusive and misleading pop-up ads on your computer. It could have been any other content network but scammers have chosen this one. It might be somewhat bewildering but what has actually happened is that you've fallen prey to adware that display pop-up ads, in this case cdn.adsrvmedia.net.


Okay, that's one thing cleared up, but how did they get there in the first place – it can be confusing, especially if you know you haven't visited any dubious websites or downloaded anything illegally. There are a few different ways that adware that displays cdn.adsrvmedia.net pop-up ads is installed. You might have been the victim of a 'drive by installation' – this happens when you have visited a website that has been infected by a PUP or other form of malware. Secondly, you might have installed by mistake. Sometimes, scammers try to mislead users by naming their malicious programs or promoting them in such ways that users might not realize what software they are exactly installing. Thirdly, and most commonly, it will have been bundled with a program that you downloaded. Bingo! That's how a potentially unwanted program responsible for cdn.adsrvmedia.net pop ups was installed on your computer.

Some adware programs are easier to get rid of than others - it all depends on how tenacious the adware's programmer is! But one thing well worth trying is to remove it via your computer's Windows Programs feature. Here you'll find data about all the programs you have installed on your machine including the installation date and the publisher. To remove a program you don't want on your PC, and if you're running Windows, simply follow the steps below:
  1. Go to your Windows Start icon
  2. Open the Control Panel
  3. Click on Programs and then list all programs by "Installed on" date
  4. Click on Uninstall a Program that you don't remember installing or you think it may be causing cdn.adsrvmedia.net pop-up ads to show up on your computer
Now you'll be able to browse the list of all the programs you have on your computer and simply uninstall anything you don't want or recognize. If you're not sure whether you need something or not, you'd be well advised to double check what they are before uninstalling them just in case they affect the functionality of your PC. Please read the removal guide below for more information.

When you've removed anything you don't need, restart your computer and – fingers crossed – you should find that your browser has been reinstated and are back in their rightful places. If not, however, you may need follow the steps on the removal guide below.

Once you have got rid of the adware that displays cdn.adsrvmedia.net pop-ups it's time to learn how to stop the same thing happening again. Luckily there are a few things you can do to lessen the chances of being re-attacked.

Most importantly, because most adware programs come bundled with another program you should read License Agreements carefully – you may be surprised to learn that they are usually mentioned in these so do check what you do, and don't, want to install before you go ahead and click that 'download' button.

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



Cdn.adsrvmedia.net Pop-up Ads 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 download-ap.com pop-up 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:
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Ge-Force
  • BlockAndSurf
  • 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 cdn.adsrvmedia.net pop-up related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Ge-Force, LyricsSay-1, BlockAndSurf, 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 cdn.adsrvmedia.net pop-up related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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



Remove cdn.adsrvmedia.net pop-up 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 protectservice.exe and how to remove it?
18 Jan 2015, 6:58 pm

Protectservice.exe - by XTab System.


What is protectservice.exe?


Protectservice.exe belongs to the XTab software. Multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in protectservice.exe. Some anti-virus scanners may detect it as Search Protect but this browser hijacker works in a slightly different way, so it's not a very accurate detection. TrendMicro, for example, detects it simply as a suspicious file. Malwarebytes as PUP.Optional.XTab.A. Despite different detection it's obvious that it should be removed from the system as soon as possible. Once installed, this malware hijacks your web browser and replaces your default new tab page with its own. It may replace your home page as well. As the name suggests, protectservice.exe runs in the background and constantly checks for possible changes made to your web browser settings. It will block all attempts to restore default settings and get your home page back. Even if you succeed the changes will last until you restart your computer. This malware will hijack your web browser once again after a reboot. What is more, it adds a background Windows Service ProtectSvc.exe. It runs every time Windows starts and uses a lot of system resources. Needless to say, it's not essential for Windows and may cause serious problems. Protectservice.exe is delivered through a thrid-party offer which means that you got it after installing some other programs on your computer. The bad news is that it's usually bundled with adware and PUPs. Download anti-malware program and scan your computer for malware.







File name: Protectservice.exe
Publisher: XTab System
File Location Windows XP: C:\Program Files\XTab\
File Location Windows 7: C:\Program Files\XTab\
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → protectservice.exe

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Favicon How to Remove Zombie News Ad Malware (Uninstall Guide)
16 Jan 2015, 9:58 pm
Zombie News is an unwanted adware that displays ads pop-up windows on your computer. The more time we spend connected to the Internet (which let's face it for most of us is a scarily high number of hours on any given day of the week), the more we come across this form of online marketing. There really is no escape from it! However, unlike traditional marketing, adware might not just be trying to sell us something; it has a few other tricks up its sleeve too.

In a nutshell, Zombie News is a type of software program that displays "Ads by Zombie News" to you on your computer when you're using the Internet. This adware has been created with a couple of end results in mind for the programmer who developed it. It may be used as an income generating tool or it may be used as bait to get you to visit a website that the programmer wants you to visit – either to increase sales or traffic.

How does this adware work?

Zombie News normally comes bundled, or packaged, with another program. The adverts shown to you by the adware program have two different methods of operation: one will be in a screen which will be displayed during the installation of an additional program while the other will already be integrated into the program's user interface. The adverts you see may be displayed on your screen as traditional ads – almost like in a newspaper, while others are banners and some are windows which either pop-up on your screen, or underneath the page you have open – pop-under ads by Zombie News.

Is it malicious?

Whilst not as downright nasty as most of the other types of malware, for example, Trojan horses, rogueware or spyware, adware is still an annoyance, and can potentially leave your operating system open to further attack by more malicious forms of software. It is also able to monitor which websites you visit. This breach of our privacy is so that the programmer knows what you're searching online for, which products you're interested in buying, or services you may be booking. That in turn enables them to then customize the adverts they display on your screen – thereby increasing the chances that you will click on them and visit their website and/or spend some of your hard earned dollars!

How do I block Zombie News on my computer?

Unfortunately, as mentioned above, adware is pretty much unavoidable, however you can still take steps to ensure that you are as best protected as possible. While targeted adverts might feel like a bit of an infringement of your privacy, they are generally harmless. Problems arise when you're actually infected by a more malicious form of Zombie News adware – usually manifested in the form of those horrible pop-up or –under windows. The best advice I can give is to download a reputable anti-malware program. There are plenty of good ones out there, so do your research, but first of all, 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



Zombie News Ads 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 Zombie News 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:
  • Zombie News
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 Zombie News related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Zombie News, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 Zombie News related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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

Remove Zombie News 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 Fake Google Chrome Processes (Uninstall Guide)
15 Jan 2015, 7:59 pm
If your computer started running really slow suddenly and you noticed multiple randomly named processes listed as "Google Chrome" then your computer is infected with a Trojan Horse. It might be confusing at first, because Google Chrome does create multiple instances of chrome.exe process when you open two or more tabs at once. That's just how it works. Cyber criminals know this too and try to mimic it. However, it's pretty easy to tell if a process is genuine and safe or fake and malicious. First of all, genuine Google Chrome processes and files are digitally signed and provide full version information. Secondly, Chrome doesn't create any other processes than chrome.exe except when it installs updated. If you found a running process that says "Google Chrome" in the description by the image name is Hqhnhrur.exe *32, vlvfbrxltv.exe *32 or similar then it's definitely a malicious process created by a Trojan horse. Not only these fake processes max out the CPU to 100% but can also steal your personal data and install more malware on your computer.

The term Trojan Horse probably sounds familiar, regardless of whether you're a technical genius (or a Greek scholar!) but if you're wondering exactly what one is and what effect it can have on your PC, you've come to the right place.

Trojan Horses are a particularly nasty strain of malware (contrary to popular myth, they are not actually a virus, despite often being referred to as such – viruses replicate themselves whereas Trojans do not). You should try and avoid being infected by a Trojan at all costs as they can do some real damage to your data. And yes, you did read that correctly – I said you should try and avoid them: that's because if you do have a Trojan infection, chances are, you could be to blame. Most Trojans do not create multiple processes and do not slow down computers as much as this particular fake Google Chrome virus. It's clearly less sophisticated than other Trojans in the wild right now and that's a good thing for users because they can quickly notice that something isn't right.

How does this Trojan Horse infect your computer?

The clue to how Trojan Horse malware works is in its name. And yes, you would be correct in thinking that this is something to do with the ancient Greek myth. If you remember the story from your schooldays, you'll recall how the ancient Greeks infiltrated the city of Troy by hiding their soldiers inside a specially constructed, giant wooden horse. They gave this horse to the Trojans, ostensibly as a peace offering – and once it was wheeled inside the city walls, the Greek army waited until darkness, crept out of the horse and flung open the city gates to let their fellow infantrymen inside to cause chaos. And it is this plan of attack which gives its name to our modern day Trojan Horses. They operate by fooling you into thinking they are a genuine program, convince you to install them on your computer – and then attack you from within.

Where does it come from?

You may come across a Trojan Horse in a number of different ways. Some cyber criminals use spam emails to disseminate them. Once you've opened the mail and clicked upon an attachment or file contained within, you've unleashed the malware onto your PC. Once the .exe file has run and then installed itself, the server used by the programmer will automatically launch every time you log on to your computer.

Trojan Horses can also be disguised as programs that look as if they are useful. For example, Google Chrome.

What can this Trojan Horse do and how do I protect myself?

Trojan Horses don't pull any punches when it comes to causing havoc. They corrupt your data, making it impossible to access it – and all for no reason – it's simply because they can. What a way to lose your files or documents. This particular Trojan horse that creates multiple malicious instances and Google Chrome processes doesn't corrupt files but it can install more malware on your computer and steal valuable data.

To protect yourself from this nightmare scenario you need to install a reputable anti-malware program on your PC. Also, do not open emails if you don't know who sent them – and if you do so by accident NEVER open any attachments!

To remove fake Google Chrome processes and related 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



Fake Google Chrome Processes 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. 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 What is PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A and how to remove it?
14 Jan 2015, 7:54 pm
It can sometimes feel like that there are so many different types of malware inhabiting the darkest corners of the Internet, just waiting to cause us harm, stress and possibly financial issues that it can be tempting to not go online at all! Of course, for the vast majority of us, that's simply not an option. So how do you know what to look out for, and how do you know how to protect yourself from the different threats?

Here we're going to take a closer look at PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A. A PUP is nowhere near as cute as it sounds; a PUP is an abbreviation for something called a Potentially Unwanted Program. Let's take a look.

What is PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A?

First of all, the name itself may seem a little confusing, after all we know that we 'definitely' don't want any other types of malware, so why would PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A only be 'potentially' unwanted?


Online security companies coined the name to describe software that is generally seen as unwanted by the average user. PUPs share certain similarities with other types of malware, primarily the fact that they will redirect you to websites of their own choosing (like adware does) and they can cause problems with your PC's general operation (as do... all forms of malicious software!) So what's the difference?

It all comes down to the fact that most types of malware sneak themselves on to your computer but with Potentially Unwanted Programs you are actually agreeing to the installation. Of course you could argue that some malware, adware for example, is often referred to in the End User License Agreement shown when you download software – albeit it rather obscurely. However PUPs like PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A are a little more open than that and usually make it relatively clear that you are about to install them in conjunction with another program.

What issues do PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A cause?

Surprisingly, for something that is only described as 'potentially unwanted', PUPs can actually cause you quite a few problems. PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A is related to adware and will annoy you with endless pop-up adverts. Most PUPs also install a new toolbar in your browser – and this is often the main culprit when it comes to sending you to websites you didn't want to visit. Type in your search terms or URL and you'll simply be sent elsewhere. Luckily, this PUP doesn't install toolbars.

Some versions if this potentially unwanted program will be running in the background of your computer, which in turn makes it run at a far lower speed than normal.

Why is PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A only 'Potentially Unwanted'?

You're probably wondering why on earth these programs could possibly be wanted, right? The name Potentially Unwanted Program was chosen so that any program – such as a toolbar – would not be classified as malware. After all, plenty of people don't mind not using their default toolbar or extension and may not even realize that they're not being directed to Google or Bing when they search for something , but rather to a search engine preferred by the PUP’s programmer.

If you want to avoid PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A, make sure you read License Agreements carefully and understand what you are installing. 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.Optional.AZLyrics.A 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.Optional.AZLyrics.A 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:
  • AZLyrics
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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.Optional.AZLyrics.A related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove AZLyrics, deals4me, 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 PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove AZLyrics, deals4me, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove PUP.Optional.AZLyrics.A 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 How to Remove CryptoWall 3.0 Virus and Restore Encrypted Files
14 Jan 2015, 5:13 pm
CryptoWall 3.0 is an updated version of the CryptoWall 2.0 ransomware. Just like the previous version, it encrypts your files and then requires a $500 USD, 500 EUR or 0.5 Bitcoin ransom in order to get a decrypter. And it does encrypt your files, it's not a fake warning or a joke. The CryptoWall 3.0 uses new TOR to Web gateways: torforall.com, torman2.com, torwoman.com, and torroadsters.com. Of course, there are many more gateways, so yours might be completely different. However, they all redirect infected users to the same web page with payment instructions but with unique IDs used to track payments. What's interesting though, that now you don't need to download TOR browser in order to open the CryptoWall 3.0 decryption web page. Cyber crooks also extended deadline time from 5 days to one week. So, now you have one week to pay the ransom. They will double the price after a week from 500 USD/EUR to 1000 USD/EUR.


Additional files on how to pay the ransom and get your files back were created on infected computers as well. HELP_DECRYPT.HTML opens your web browser and displays all the information about the virus, encryption methods and payment options. HELP_DECRYPT.PNG contains more information about the virus. HELP_DECRYPT.TXT shows the same information as the previous file just in plain text. HELP_DECRYPT.URL loads your default browser and display the CryptoWall 3.0 Decrypt Service when you login to Windows. These are the main changes. Everything else is pretty much the same. You don't have to be an academic or a brain surgeon to know that as someone who uses a computer on a regular basis that this ransom virus poses a very real threat to your online safety and most importantly your data. But even if you are aware of this fact, how certain can you be that you're protecting your business, or your personal, data as well as you can be?

No two pieces of malicious software are the same – even the ones that fall under the same category – and as technology, and anti-malware programs become increasingly advance, so too do viruses and malware. Malware developers, hackers and shadowy third parties who pay good money for stolen data are often one step ahead and increasingly use some incredibly sophisticated techniques in an attempt to steal your information or your bank details, or even just to cause computer issues for you – just for fun!

How does the CryptoWall 3.0 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 HELP_DECRYPT.HTML reads:

What happened to your files ?
All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-2048 using CryptoWall 3.0.
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.

CryptoWall 3.0 uses the RSA-2048 encryption algorithm to encrypt your files. Cyber crooks don't lie. This has been confirmed by multiple sources. 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. Your last option is to use software that tries to restore files or part of the files from Windows shadow copies. For more information, please read the removal guide below.

Its main goal is to attack and encrypt your personal files that are valuable to you. It encrypts various files not just MS Office documents but also images, audio files and pretty much everything else it finds on your computer. 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?

Unfortunately for us, no matter whether you're a home user or you're responsible for the safeguarding of a company network, the ransomware threat is only growing – both in frequency and in terms of sophistication. The previous versions of this virus encrypted more than 5 billions files. So how do you protect yourself against CryptoWall 3.0?

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 cyber crooks 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 3.0 and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure CryptoWall 3.0 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 3.0 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: Try to restore previous versions of files using Windows folder tools. To learn more, please read Previous versions of files.

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 How to Remove Dragon Coupon Malware (Uninstall Guide)
13 Jan 2015, 7:39 pm
Some people will tell you that Dragon Coupon is nothing to worry about and that it is nowhere near as serious as some of the other Internet based threats such as viruses, spyware, Trojan horses and Potentially Unwanted Programs. However, that's not strictly true, and while there are varying degrees of adware, some harmful, some not, some hugely irritating, it is good to stay one step ahead and do your best to avoid of all types of software that install themselves on your computer without your knowledge. After all, why all the secrecy? Besides, Dragon Coupon ads are not only intrusive but also misleading and may lead you to dodgy websites.

There many programs that have been created by unscrupulous hackers and cyber criminals with the intention of stealing from you, or even just corrupting your files for no other reason than because they know how to code a program that does just that. And it goes without saying that if you're a victim of a malware attack it can be an extremely stressful situation – and potentially a very costly one.

How does Dragon Coupon install itself without my knowledge?

Dragon Coupon comes bundled with another program or file. These programs or downloads are usually free, however, just because you pay for a piece of software don't make the mistake of thinking that you won't be a target. Software publishers often have no idea that they have adware bundled with their products. (Sometimes they do, but that's another story!)

What does Dragon Coupon do?

Dragon Coupon takes being annoying and runs with it. Anyone who has ever experienced the nightmare of pop-up windows and ads by Dragon Coupon that refuse to go away will testify to that!

Some people talk about adware and spyware in the same sentence and that's because adware does exhibit some spyware-like behavior by monitoring your Internet habits and tracking which websites you're visiting. This information is relayed back to the adware's programmer who uses it to display adverts that are relevant to your Internet searches.

Dragon Coupon is able to do this by installing a tracking component on your PC. So while the adware is busy showing you adverts the component is hard at work behind the scenes tracking your online movements, recording the data and transmitting it to a server somewhere. And with all this extra activity going on, your computer will suddenly start struggling to cope and will become slow to respond to your commands and may even be unable to open an Internet browser without crashing.

How is spyware different?

Spyware also monitors the websites you look at but it, aside from invading your privacy, can also cause you some very serious problems. It can steal your bank details and your passwords, monitor the instant messages you send and the emails you write – in fact it pretty much knows exactly what you're up to anytime you use your PC. How it does this is by installing a keylogger which, as you may have guessed, logs the keys you hit.

So, it goes without saying that Dragon Coupon is not spyware but just an adware program that gathers information about your browsing habits. Of course, that's already enough to think of removal and better protection in the future. To remove this adware 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



Dragon Coupon Ads 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 Dragon Coupon 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:
  • Dragon Coupon
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 Dragon Coupon related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Dragon Coupon, deals4me, 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 Dragon Coupon related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Dragon Coupon, deals4me, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Dragon Coupon 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 download-ap.com pop-up ads (Uninstall Guide)
13 Jan 2015, 6:02 pm
Download-ap.com pop-up ads usually show up on computers infected by Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP) and adware. It might be somewhat bewildering but what has actually happened is that you've fallen prey to a PUP. Bear with us and we will explain. PUPs are also known as Potentially Unwanted Programs, a prevalent Internet nuisance that replaces your current search methods for ones of its own and display pop-up ads, in this case download-ap.com.

Okay, that's one thing cleared up, but how did they get there in the first place – it can be confusing, especially if you know you haven't visited any dubious websites or downloaded anything illegally. There are a few different ways that PUPs that display download-ap.com pop-up ads are installed. You might have been the victim of a 'drive by installation' – this happens when you have visited a website that has been infected by a PUP or other form of malware. Secondly, the Potentially Unwanted Program might have already been installed on a new computer or laptop when you bought it (not this time). Thirdly, and most commonly, it will have been bundled with a program that you downloaded. Bingo! That's how a potentially unwanted program responsible for download-ap.com pop ups was installed on your computer.


Some Potentially Unwanted Programs are easier to get rid of than others - it all depends on how tenacious the PUP's programmer is! But one thing well worth trying is to remove it via your computer's Windows Programs feature. Here you'll find data about all the programs you have installed on your machine including the installation date and the publisher. To remove a program you don't want on your PC, and if you're running Windows, simply follow the steps below:
  1. Go to your Windows Start icon
  2. Open the Control Panel
  3. Click on Programs and then list all programs by "Installed on" date
  4. Click on Uninstall a Program that you don't remember installing or you think it may be causing download-ap.com pop-up ads to show up on your computer
Now you'll be able to browse the list of all the programs you have on your computer and simply uninstall anything you don't want or recognize. If you're not sure whether you need something or not, you'd be well advised to double check what they are before uninstalling them just in case they affect the functionality of your PC. Please read the removal guide below for more information.

When you've removed anything you don't need, restart your computer and – fingers crossed – you should find that your browser has been reinstated and are back in their rightful places. If not, however, you may need follow the steps on the removal guide below.

Once you have got rid of the PUP that displays download-ap.com pop-ups it's time to learn how to stop the same thing happening again. Luckily there are a few things you can do to lessen the chances of being re-attacked.

Most importantly, because most PUPs come bundled with another program you should read License Agreements carefully – you may be surprised to learn that PUPs are usually mentioned in these so do check what you do, and don't, want to install before you go ahead and click that 'download' button.

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



Download-ap.com Pop-up Ads 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 download-ap.com pop-up 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:
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Ge-Force
  • BlockAndSurf
  • 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 download-ap.com pop-up related extensions from Google Chrome:

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



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Ge-Force, LyricsSay-1, BlockAndSurf, 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 download-ap.com pop-up related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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



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



Remove download-ap.com pop-up 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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