Posted: June 6, 2006 | Category: Tracking Cookies | Threat Level: 1/10
Screenshot, or, is a tracking cookie designed to keep track of how many times you visit a website and how long you stay, your browser type, your IP address, and other web surfing activities which are sent back to the cookie's host site. Generally, cookies are not dangerous in nature. Cookies are even helpful since they allow websites to store user preferences (login credentials, personalize web pages, etc.). Yet there are cookies that are used for malicious purposes. In the wrong hands, a cookie can be harmful and turn into a...

Omiga Plus

Posted: | Category: Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) | Threat Level: 1/10
Screenshot Omiga Plus is a desktop organizer program that's promoted by sites with known ties to rogue system anti-spyware products like SpySheriff . Although Omiga Plus currently only is categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Program and doesn't appear to have many questionable functions, Omiga Plus may be difficult to uninstall and installed without your consent (either as part of a multiple-software bundle or as a drive-by-download). Omiga Plus isn't malware, but because of Omiga Plus's close ties with actual malware, malware researchers suggest avoiding installing Omiga Plus and using...

Search.Conduit (Conduit Search Toolbar)

Posted: | Category: Browser Hijackers | Threat Level: 5/10
Screenshot Search.Conduit or is a search engine that offers extensions of its own search features through its toolbar. Browser hijackers may be locking your homepage to or performing a variety of redirect attacks against your web browser. All problems related to Search.Conduit, including its toolbars, or browser hijackers should be deleted by qualified anti-malware products due to the confirmed ineffectuality of normal removal methods (such as removing the relevant programs via the Control Panel). Browser hijackers may contain any or all of the following...

Google Redirect Virus

Posted: | Category: Viruses | Threat Level: 8/10
Screenshot Google Redirect Virus is a rootkit and backdoor Trojan that earned its name from Google Redirect Virus' central function of redirecting you to unrelated websites, after you click a search result link. Despite this function being Google-specific, Google Redirect Virus infections can also have many different secondary functions, with prominent possibilities including downloading other malicious programs, creating a backdoor in your PC security and creating advertisements. Although Google Redirect Virus has no beneficial purposes and shouldn't remain on your computer, removing Google...


Posted: | Category: Adware
PriceChop is an adware application that could cause serious aggravation through its multiple pop-up ads. The various types of ads generated by PriceChop come in different forms, such as banners, pop-ups and even pop-unders. Use of the PriceChop ads may redirect your web browser to unwanted or questionable sites that attempt to offer various discounts or savings through shopping on the internet. The PriceChop ads may also reduce the performance of your web browser. Loading of PriceChop may take place due to installing a random freeware program or bundled software on your computer....

Antivirus Security Pro

Posted: | Category: Rogue Anti-Spyware Programs | Threat Level: 10/10
Screenshot A spinoff of the Attentive Antivirus branch of the Winwebsec scamware family, Antivirus Security Pro is a rogue anti-virus product that feeds you fake malware alerts to make you purchase its software. Antivirus Security Pro and other members of its family are known for hijacking Web browsers, blocking other applications under fraudulent pretenses and disabling important Windows security features, and malware experts categorize Antivirus Security Pro scamware as a high-level threat. Treating security warnings from Antivirus Security Pro at face value always is a...

V9 Redirect Virus

Posted: | Category: Browser Hijackers | Threat Level: 5/10
Screenshot The V9 Redirect Virus is a browser hijacker that promotes – a link directory and search engine website. Although the's currently does not appear to have any direct association with the malicious software that redirects your browser to the V9 Redirect Virus, malware experts are unable to verify the safety of all of's content and recommend that you browse the V9 Redirect Virus with caution. Meanwhile, the V9 Redirect Virus, like every browser hijacker, should be considered a danger to your PC's web-browsing security. To make sure that your...

Home Malware Cleaner

Posted: | Category: Rogue Anti-Spyware Programs | Threat Level: 10/10
Screenshot Home Malware Cleaner should be considered to be anything but hygienic, since malware researchers have traced Home Malware Cleaner's past through disreputable scamware like Malware Protection Center and all the way back to evidence of browser hijacks, attacks against PC security software and fraudulent security features. Even though Home Malware Cleaner has the appearance of a polished and reputable anti-malware scanner, there isn't a single virus or Trojan in the world that Home Malware Cleaner could detect or remove, and system analysis information from Home Malware...

TornTV Hijacker

Posted: | Category: Browser Hijackers | Threat Level: 7/10
TornTV Hijacker is a browser hijacker and adware program that changes your browser's settings to promote its own site and services. Although the TornTV Hijacker add-on does provide the media-related features that it claims to possess and isn't a major threat to your PC, browser changes that are caused by the TornTV Hijacker usually are considered undesirable and are most simply removed by deleting the TornTV Hijacker with a suitable anti-malware scanner. Like most PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), TornTV Hijacker usually is coupled with other freeware programs, and

Posted: | Category: Browser Hijackers | Threat Level: 5/10 is a search engine website that borrows results from Google while profiting from affiliate-sponsored content. Although isn't a danger to you or your computer, malware research team has noted many issues that may lead your web browser to redirect to These browser hijacks usually are caused by the installation of software from untrustworthy websites. Browser-redirecting attacks usually are symptomatic of the presence of potentially unwanted software on your PC, and you should remove any malware affiliated with

Adware CostMin

Posted: | Category: Adware | Threat Level: 2/10
CostMin is a browser add-on that shows advertising content while you browse the Web. Like most adware, CostMin may be installed by a secondary, bundle-based installer, which may misrepresent itself or try to hide its files on your hard drive. Although malware researchers don't rate CostMin as a high-level threat, removing CostMin with proper anti-adware software continues to be advisable for keeping your browser's performance and safety at optimal levels. The Cost of Downloading Software Carelessly In the majority of cases, adware programs aren't intentionally threatening; however,...


Posted: August 14, 2012 | Category: Ransomware
Screenshot Reveton is a ransomware Trojan that hijacks your browser to display a fake legal alert while Reveton also locks down your computer. Because Reveton's pop-up alerts often use country-specific references to various legal agencies, Reveton may appear legitimate at first glance, but Reveton simply is a way for criminals to milk money out of PC users by accusing them of random crimes. Standard pop-up alerts from Reveton are recognizable members of the widespread ' Ukash Virus ' family, which malware experts have noted are especially common in Europe, although other countries...

MyStart by Incredibar

Posted: January 18, 2012 | Category: Bad Toolbars | Threat Level: 5/10
Screenshot MyStart by Incredibar is an adware program that displays advertisements. While similar adware plugins have been known to be bundled with freely-distributed programs, malware experts have also caught websites using browser exploits to install MyStart sans any other software. If you notice symptoms of the presence of Incredibar's MyStart while you browse the web, you should remove MyStart with anti-malware software that can delete all of MyStart without difficulties, including its Registry-based components. Normal software removal methods have been confirmed to fail on MyStart, although,...

‘You Have 48 Hours to Pay the Fine’ Ransomware

Posted: February 18, 2013 | Category: Ransomware | Threat Level: 10/10
Screenshot 'You Have 48 Hours to Pay the Fine' Ransomware is ransomware that locks your computer and recommends that you transfer money to a third-party to restore your PC. Instead of rewarding criminals for their malware-coding crimes, malware experts suggest deleting 'You Have 48 Hours to Pay the Fine' Ransomware with a traditional anti-malware product from a trustworthy brand. Most ransomware-based PC threats like 'You Have 48 Hours to Pay the Fine' Ransomware are incapable of penalizing you for failing to pay their fines – even if, just like 'You Have 48 Hours To Pay The...


Posted: August 20, 2014 | Category: Rogue Anti-Virus Programs
Defru is a fake antivirus program that may be designed to trick computer users out of money. Through the use of Defru, it may display ridiculous messages claiming it has detected threats through a Windows Security center window. The supposed system scans run by Defru return several bogus results. Defru should never be trusted under any conditions. Removal of Defru is needed to stop its ridiculous actions potentially leading to selling you a fake security program.

TorrentLocker Ransomware

Posted: August 19, 2014 | Category: Ransomware
TorrentLocker Ransomware is an extremely dangerous threat that could encrypt various files found on the hard drive of an infected computer. The TorrentLocker Ransomware may display a notification claiming that it will encrypt files and then sell a decryption key. Paying the fee for decryption may not resolve all issues presented through TorrentLocker Ransomware. Removal of TorrentLocker Ransomware is important to limit damages caused by TorrentLocker Ransomware and its encryption functions, much like other known encryption ransomware threats.

Zerolocker Ransomware

Posted: August 8, 2014 | Category: Ransomware
The Zerolocker Ransomware is a file encryptor Trojan that holds your files hostage in return for a fee. Because the Zerolocker Ransomware has been in wild distribution as of August 2014, malware researchers would recommend paying close attention to potential security lapses that could lead to its installation, such as opening spam e-mail files, clicking on fake social networking links or downloading software from untrustworthy sources. Despite a history of it attempting to block relevant PC security applications, removing the Zerolocker Ransomware through proper anti-malware software...

SynoLocker Ransomware

Posted: August 6, 2014 | Category: Ransomware
The SynoLocker Ransomware is a file encryption Trojan that specializes in encrypting data on outdated versions of Synology-brand file storage devices. Like PoshCoder or the Critoni Ransomware , the SynoLocker Ransomware holds your files hostage, supposedly until you pay a BitCoin fee, after which the SynoLocker Ransomware claims that an automated decryption process will reverse the attack. As a more practical and cheaper solution to the SynoLocker Ransomware ransoms, malware researchers would encourage updating your server software and keeping additional file backups, which can...

CTB-Locker (Critoni) Ransomware

Posted: July 21, 2014 | Category: Ransomware
The Critoni Ransomware is a file encryption Trojan that rearranges the data of your PC's files to block access to documents, pictures and other digital content. The Critoni Ransomware's overall goal is to acquire revenue through ransoming the restoration of these files at a high price, although malware experts would recommend restoring your data from a backup, instead. Because the Critoni Ransomware is a 2014-era threat that still is in active distribution to its clientele, you should take all appropriate anti-malware security steps for blocking its varied installation methods and if...


Posted: June 26, 2014 | Category: Ransomware
Svpeng, or Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.a, is a banking Trojan that may collect confidential login information, and may also include new functions intended to block your machine or encrypt files on its hard drive. Unlike the majority of ransomware and spyware malware researchers have examined, Svpeng targets personal computers and mobile smart phone devices. Because of the potential severity of the lockdown precipitated by this Russian Trojan, preemptive anti-malware solutions strongly are advised for blocking or deleting Svpeng from your phone. The Transformation of a Trojan from...

Posted: June 6, 2014 | Category: Ransomware | Threat Level: 10/10 is a website used in ransomware campaigns, which attempt to lock the PC, its desktop, stored files or pertinent programs until a fee is paid to their masterminds. Although analyzes on's entire content are forthcoming, malware researchers already have verified this Web domain's use of fraudulent legal alerts seemingly acting on behalf of the United States NSA. Contact with may be a danger to your PC, and proper anti-malware protocols should be followed to remove any threat that redirects your browser to or loads pop-ups...


Posted: May 27, 2014 | Category: Rogue Anti-Spyware Programs | Threat Level: 10/10
Screenshot DoctoAntivirus is a rogue anti-virus program that generates intentional false positives, or erroneous detections of threats that indicate innocent files. Since DoctoAntivirus has no benefit to your PC security and may cause various issues such as interfering with legitimate software, malware researchers recommend removing DoctoAntivirus without purchase. Like most scamware, DoctoAntivirus will try to block any efforts towards uninstalling DoctoAntivirus, and you should use reliable anti-malware software in all typical cases. The PC Doctor Who Gives Bad News Every Time As a...

System Optimizer Pro

Posted: May 19, 2014 | Category: Rogue Optimizer Programs | Threat Level: 10/10
System Optimizer Pro is a rogue system optimizer that claims to be able to 'repair your entire system,' but its 'repairs' may take the form of inappropriate and potentially system-damaging downloads. With a poor rate of accuracy for detecting problems, along with bundle-based distribution methods, a reputation for tricking customers and no known features that would improve your operating system, System Optimizer Pro can safely be considered nothing more than a hoax. Although System Optimizer Pro does not belong to the families of particularly threatening rogue system optimizers examined...

Windows Web Shield

Posted: May 13, 2014 | Category: Rogue Anti-Spyware Programs | Threat Level: 10/10
Windows Web Shield is a fake anti-malware application currently estimated to be a part of the family. These rogue security products provide incorrect pop-up warnings about fake threats, and also may block other applications that are critical for your computer's long-term safety. Since Windows Web Shield has shown no signs of being any less blatantly fraudulent than its immediate predecessors, malware analysts warn against purchasing Windows Web Shield – or taking any other action in response to Windows Web Shield, besides using real anti-malware tools to uninstall Windows Web Shield...

CryptoWall Ransomware

Posted: May 12, 2014 | Category: Ransomware | Threat Level: 10/10
Screenshot The CryptoWall Ransomware is a file encryptor Trojan that encodes the data of different file types and holds them hostage. The persons responsible for distributing the CryptoWall Ransomware through hacked websites and other methods demand that any victims make a high payment to return the affected files to readability, but malware researchers recommend against this course of action. As opposed to rewarding ill-minded persons for attacking your PC, file backups can let you restore any encrypted files for free, and anti-malware tools, as usual, can remove the CryptoWall Ransomware,...

‘Policijos Departamentas Prie Vidaus Reikalų Ministerijos’ Ransomware

Posted: April 14, 2014 | Category: Ransomware | Threat Level: 10/10
The 'Policijos Departamentas Prie Vidaus Reikalų Ministerijos' Ransomware is a Police Trojan that feigns to have blocked your PC's software usage for legal reasons, such as preventing you from accessing illegal pornography. In actuality, this Trojan commits its attacks against random, innocent computers and does not have any legal backing to justify its system lockdowns. Criminals use pop-ups from the 'Policijos Departamentas Prie Vidaus Reikalų Ministerijos' Ransomware and related variants of the Ukash Paysafecard Virus to demand cash ransoms to restore your computer. However,...


Posted: April 13, 2014 | Category: Ransomware
PoshCoder is a file encryptor Trojan that encrypts various file types automatically, making them theoretically unusable until a BitCoin fee is paid to its administrators. Malware researchers discourage paying for PoshCoder's decryption, which is likely to backfire on any victims trusting enough to do so, and continue to find proper file backup protocols to be the best way of dealing with PoshCoder and similar ransomware. Many PC security products have been reported to fail to identify PoshCoder, and updating your anti-malware utilities prior to deleting PoshCoder could be essential for...

BitCrypt Ransomware

Posted: April 11, 2014 | Category: Ransomware | Threat Level: 10/10
Screenshot The BitCrypt Ransomware is a file encryptor Trojan that modifies files to prevent you from using them, with a focus on prominent file types like Microsoft documents and images. After blocking your access to different files, the BitCrypt Ransomware will use your desktop to communicate a ransom demand, requiring payment of roughly two hundred USD in BitCoins. Since the BitCrypt Ransomware's controlling creators have no reason to unlock any files encrypted by the BitCrypt Ransomware even after they've received payment, malware experts recommend the tandem use of remote file backups and...

Windows Internet Guard

Posted: April 8, 2014 | Category: Rogue Anti-Spyware Programs | Threat Level: 10/10
Screenshot Windows Internet Guard is a rogue anti-malware scanner, or scamware, that uses fraudulent displays of pop-up alerts, scans and related 'security features' to confuse their victims into purchasing their premium version. Although Windows Internet Guard is unable to protect your PC from threats or any other PC threats, malware researchers caution that Windows Internet Guard may be responsible for some legitimate dangers of its own, including attacks that could close harmless applications. Removing Windows Internet Guard and most similar scamware safely requires disabling them, when...
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