WannaCryptor Ransomware (WanaCrypt0r Ransomware)

Posted: March 29, 2017 | Category: Ransomware
WannaCryptor Ransomware (WanaCrypt0r Ransomware) The first major ransomware attack of 2017 involves the use of the WanaCrypt0r Ransomware, an improved version of the '.wcry File Extension' Ransomware which, unfortunately, leverages one of the leaked NSA exploits to exploit vulnerable computers running Windows XP. It is unknown which is the hacking group behind the WanaCrypt0r Ransomware attacks, but one thing is for certain – whoever they are, they certainly know what they are doing. The targets of the WanaCrypt0r Ransomware don't appear to b chosen randomly since most of the infected machines appear to belong to major companies in...

Cerber Ransomware

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Category: Ransomware
The Cerber Ransomware is a file encryptor that takes your data hostage for the sake of selling it back in return for Bitcoin currency. The general unreliability of this means of saving your files causes it to be discouraged as a solution when, instead, a sufficiently sound backup strategy can make the Cerber Ransomware's attacks relatively ineffectual. Due to the danger that the Cerber Ransomware poses to your system, data, and Web browser, malware analysts rate the Cerber Ransomware as a significant threat that should be uninstalled by dedicated anti-malware tools. The Cerber Ransomware...

GandCrab Ransomware

Posted: January 29, 2018 | Category: Ransomware
The GandCrab Ransomware is a severe-level, encryption-based malware threat which has plagued users all over the world throughout 2018. Similar to other notorious Ransomware threats in circulation, GandCrab sneaks into target PCs via exploit kits, malicious Javascript and document email attachments, as well as through a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) affiliate program, ultimately encrypting the victims' files without their knowledge. The affected users face complete data loss unless they pay the required ransom amount, predominantly in the form of аn obscure virtual currency called DASH....

LockerGoga Ransomware

Posted: March 31, 2019 | Category: Ransomware
LockerGoga Ransomware is a file-locking trojan whose campaigns specialize in sabotaging Windows systems related to the industrial sector and other businesses. In addition to locking files and displaying its ransoming demands, LockerGoga Ransomware has a close relationship with backdoor attacks and may disable the infected machine's network connectivity. Updated anti-malware tools may remove LockerGoga Ransomware, and members of the relevant industries should guard their admin login credentials securely in self-defense. File-locker trojans are most notorious for harming small-scale,...

Phobos Ransomware

Posted: October 23, 2017 | Category: Ransomware
Phobos is one of the most recent ransomware strains to join the increasingly large database of malware threats. While Phobos appears to be a new threat, much of its code bears some striking similarities to the code that built the infamous Dharma and Crysis Ransomware families not long ago. Although most cybercriminals rely on malicious email links and attachments to distribute the ransomware payload to as many target PCs as possible, there has been a marked shift towards exploiting exposed Remote Desktop Protocols instead. By using readily available scanners, the crooks search for...

GozNym

Posted: April 15, 2016 | Category: Trojans | Threat Level: 8/10
GozNym is a spyware program in deployment against prominent financial institutions, such as banks currently. This threat combines code from two previous Trojans while delivering itself through specially-crafted e-mail content. Because malware experts have rated GozNym as a sophisticated, high-level threat with the potential for collecting data, PC users should protect their machines by using dedicated anti-malware tools for deleting GozNym infections, rather than trying to detect this threat by eye. Although threat developers may recycle code from old threats to spawn new ones, in most...

WebDiscover Browser

Posted: July 3, 2015 | Category: Browser Hijackers | Threat Level: 5/10
The WebDiscover Browser is a type of a potentially unwanted program. It can be categorized as a browser hijacker of sorts. WebDiscover is distributed both as an installer download on its official website, as well as through software bundle installers. Software bundles often don't have sufficient disclosure of the features and items they come packed with, which is why potentially unwanted programs often piggy-back in freeware bundles. WebDiscover is a rather obtrusive web search bar that docks a search box on top of your desktop. However, you can neither move, nor close or resize that bar....

GayFreeVideos

Posted: July 24, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

How to Remove DLL Files

Posted: June 6, 2006 | Category: Tutorials
DLL (Dynamically Link Library) is an executable file that permits programs to share code to perform one or more predefined functions. A DLL file can be used by several programs at the same time. The benefit of having DLL files is that they don't get loaded into random access memory (RAM) along with the main program, which saves up space in RAM. So instead of all the coding being built into the program, it uses a particular DLL file that, with a simple call, can execute the operation for it. Most DLL files are essential for the running of your programs but there are other malicious...

What is CLSID?

Posted: August 10, 2009 | Category: Tutorials
A CLSID is an acronym used to describe a software application's class ID or "class identifier." In other words, a CLSID is a unique identification number given to software applications or software components to function as a kind of 'social security number' for any particular piece of software. CLSIDs form a subcategory of 'Globally Unique Identifiers,' or GUIDs, that are regularly used in COM, and as such, CLSIDs are used to specifically identify COM objects. COM, or "Component Object Model", is a Microsoft architectural model that is applied to component software applications and...

Random Music Playing Virus

Posted: October 8, 2013 | Category: Viruses | Threat Level: 8/10
The Random Music Playing Virus is a colloquial phrase identifying browser hijackers and other PC threats that load audio clips under arbitrary conditions – and, it goes without saying, without your consent. While Random Music Playing Viruses were more popular in earlier years prior to the reorganization of the threat industry as a black market business institution, occasionally a Random Music Playing Virus still is seen attacking modern computers. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers only can suggest generalized good Web-browsing habits, along with using anti-malware software as necessary,...

Omegle Phishing Virus

Posted: August 8, 2019 | Category: Browser Hijackers | Threat Level: 5/10
The Omegle Phishing Virus is a general family of threats that may redirect you from the Omegle chat service to another, corrupted website. These attacks can use browser-hijacking software or settings, or even tactic artists that operate through Omegle, itself. Users can protect themselves by checking links for safety before clicking and keeping anti-malware programs on hand for deleting the Omegle Phishing Virus in its browser-hijacking variants. Omegle has garnered both modest fame and some notoriety from the semi-anonymous nature of its chat interface, but word of mouth is something...

Vfcfocxp Ransomware

Posted: May 28, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
File-lockare among of the most widely used hacking tools in the arsenal of cybercriminals. Threats of this type are special because they cause long-term damage to the files of their victims, and removing them with the help of anti-malware software is not enough to reverse the damage that has already been done. One of the latest file-encryption Trojans to be spotted in the wild is the Vfcfocxp Ransomware – it has the ability to lock the contents of a wide range of file formats and, sadly, its encryption is yet to be cracked. This means that users who fall victim to the Vfcfocxp Ransomware...

Pezi Ransomware

Posted: May 28, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The Pezi Ransomware is a minor update to the infamous STOP Ransomware family. The Pezi Ransomware uses the same file-encryption routine as the original, and the only noticeable difference between their attacks is the extension used to mark the names of the corrupted files – the Pezi Ransomware will append the '.pezi' extension to the files it encrypts. For example, if you had a file titled 'spreadsheet.xlsx,' it will be renamed to 'spreadsheet.xlsx.pezi' once the attack has been completed. Unfortunately, the Pezi Ransomware's encryption is impossible to crack, and victims of this...

PonyFinal Ransomware

Posted: May 28, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The authors of file-encryption Trojans have introduced massive improvements to their extortion techniques recently – while old ransomware used to ask the victim to pay money for a decryption service, several new variants use a new extortion scheme. Threats like the newly spotted PonyFinal Ransomware transfer important files from the compromised system to the server of the attackers and then threaten to release them to the public if the ransom fee is not paid on time. This might convince many companies to pay the ransom sum because having confidential documents, databases and conversations...

Unicorn Ransomware

Posted: May 26, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The Unicorn Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan that tries to hold the user's media hostage by encrypting files, such as documents. The Unicorn Ransomware includes a partially-randomized extension for each file's name, a change to the wallpaper, and a Coronavirus-themed pop-up that may relate to its distribution tactic. The usual precautions of anti-malware programs for removing the Unicorn Ransomware and backups for recovering data should suffice for countering infections. The organization of the file-locking Trojan industry into a series of overarching Ransomware-as-a-Services is both...

CovidWorldCry Ransomware

Posted: May 26, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The CovidWorldCry Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan that stops files on your PC from opening, including both many formats of media and some system files. The CovidWorldCry Ransomware also can disrupt other programs and tamper with local backup information as part of its extortion-focused payload. Users can keep offsite backups for recovering without paying the ransom, although a professional anti-malware product may delete the CovidWorldCry Ransomware on sight safely. File-locking Trojans, while potentially diverse to the point of infinity, tend towards sharing traits that make sense...

Instabot Ransomware

Posted: May 22, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The Instabot Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan and a possible variant of the STOP Ransomware Ransomware-as-a-Service. Its foremost symptoms include stopping media files from opening by encrypting their data and creating messages with Bitcoin ransom demands. Users should have backups for recovering freely, and anti-malware programs for deleting the Instabot Ransomware as soon as possible. A nearly three-decade-old AV company is offering analyses of what they claim is a brand-new member of the file-locking Trojan category of threats. Although both independently-created and family-based...

Covm Ransomware

Posted: May 22, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The Covm Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan that's from the Ransomware-as-a-Service known as STOP Ransomware and Djvu Ransomware . While its identifying characteristic is stopping files from opening for a ransom, it also may include side effects like blocking websites and wiping backups. Professional anti-malware tools will delete the Covm Ransomware ordinarily automatically, and offsite backups can provide an always-reliable file recovery. While Ransomware-as-a-Service may rise and fall with activity, depending on the cryptocurrency market, it still is a reasonably-dependable...

MilkmanVictory Ransomware

Posted: May 21, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The MilkmanVictory Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan based on Hidden Tear. Although the Trojan's campaign is targeting supposed loan con artists, its payload is threatening to all Windows users' data equally and can prevent media from opening indefinitely. Users can recover with backups or free decryption services after removing the MilkmanVictory Ransomware through a trusted anti-malware product. Nearly all file-locking Trojans have origin stories rooted in the selfish desire of making money, but exceptions always exist in a vast and diverse threat landscape. The MilkmanVictory...

Zeronine Ransomware

Posted: May 20, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The Zeronine Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan that can stop files on your PC from opening by encrypting them. The Zeronine Ransomware attacks also include a highly-identifiable pop-up in Turkish and English with ransom demands. In ideal scenarios, users should have their anti-malware tools delete the Zeronine Ransomware safely before restoring from their most recent, undamaged backup. While Turkey is one of the perennial favorites for file-locking Trojans' campaigns, there isn't an individual family that dominates the region. The KesLan Ransomware spinoffs, the STOP Ransomware...

Koti Ransomware

Posted: May 18, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The Koti Ransomware is a file-locker Trojan that can block digital media, such as documents, with encryption. Most infections include additional side effects, such as hijacking the user's Web browser by way of the Hosts file. Users can protect themselves with standard anti-malware resources for removing the Koti Ransomware, and backups for recovering anything they've lost. The mercenary onslaught of the STOP Ransomware family against random users' files is continuing well into 2020, making it one of the most active Ransomware-as-a-Services for the year. While the Koti Ransomware is a...

ZoNiSoNaL Ransomware

Posted: May 18, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The ZoNiSoNaL Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan that's part of the Xorist Ransomware family: a kit-based 'Trojan builder.' The files that the ZoNiSoNaL Ransomware encrypts will be incapable of opening until the user runs a compatible decryptor, free or premium. Victims should protect their backups for a much easier path to recovery and have anti-malware products ready for deleting the ZoNiSoNaL Ransomware as it attacks. The Trojan-building kit of the Xorist Ransomware is returning with more goods for insufficiently-protected Windows users, whether they're random individuals, website...

GlUTe Ransomware

Posted: May 15, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The GlUTe Ransomware is a file-locker Trojan that stops documents and similar media from opening by encrypting each file in turn. Since this Trojan is a product of the free Xorist Ransomware kit, victims may recover their data through a compatible, public decryptor or use backups. Having anti-malware products available will prevent most infections and assist with uninstalling the GlUTe Ransomware without unwanted side effects. The Xorist Ransomware isn't as widely in use as more secure alternatives, like the premium Ransomware-as-a-Service families and even Hidden Tear. Despite its...

Kupidon Ransomware

Posted: May 15, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The Kupidon Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan that blocks digital media on your PC, such as pictures, music, or documents. Secure backups are vital for rolling back any data loss from its attacks, especially, although some users may have limited recovery opportunities through other means. Most anti-malware services should delete the Kupidon Ransomware or block any of the drive-by-downloads that could lead to installation. Late in 2019, the Nyton Ransomwar e became a minor note in the threat landscape from being a rare sight of a truly-independent, file-locking Trojan shouldering its...

C4H Ransomware

Posted: May 13, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The C4H Ransomware is a file-locker that is being spread online via various methods such as pirated software, fake downloads and bogus email attachments. Users who end up running the C4H Ransomware on an unprotected computer may soon realize that they are in a lot of trouble – this will happen because the C4H Ransomware will focus on encrypting the majority of their files, therefore rendering their contents inaccessible. Of course, the authors of the C4H Ransomware will want to receive a ransom payment in exchange for their assistance – their ransom note does not specify the amount, but you...

ColdLock Ransomware

Posted: May 13, 2020 | Category: Ransomware
The ColdLock Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan with strong similarities to the free 'educational' EDA2 project. The ColdLock Ransomware can lock the user's files from opening and hold them for a ransom and is most likely of infecting systems in narrowly-distributed, targeted attacks. Users should monitor possible vulnerabilities in their networks, such as password choices, and always have anti-malware products to isolate or remove the ColdLock Ransomware on detection. As a file-locking Trojan family's whose propagation is under tight control, the Freezing Ransomware contrasts with...
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