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06.03.2012 | Malware Type: Browser Hijackers
There is a new piece of malware on the wild messing with one’s web browsing. It’s called Searchnu, hosted on the following domains: Searchnu.com or Searchnu.com/406. The symptoms of its presence on your machine are more than obvious – it modified your default homepage value and further diverts your searches to anything but the actual page you were supposed to visit. All of this becomes an awful nuisance because your Internet activities will suddenly get restricted by far. What is the cause for this? It’s typically a trojan delivered with a browser extension. This little fragment of malcode is really persistent in that it impudently does different things to your PC without asking you. So just imagine the situation where you open your browser and instead of the pre-defined home website you go to Searchnu.com. Furthermore, whenever you are on Google looking for something, all the links there will be directing you to the wrong URL, being constantly replaced. It’s obvious that such state of things is not that good of a prospect to bear, so it’s simply a must to get rid of this malignant entity to retain the normal browsing capability. The step by step algorithm of Searchnu.com fraud elimination is outlined below, so be sure to do exactly what is stated in the instruction to get complete PC cleaning guaranteed.
01.03.2012 | Malware Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Windows Threats Destroyer imposes upon computer users a complete misperception of itself. While it states it’s there to help you combat viruses, the actual plan is to trick you out of some money. The above characteristic makes this program a rogue anti-spyware that infects PCs and then keeps trying to persuade the victims that the system will go down the drain unless the paid version of the software is purchased. Windows Threats Destroyer does not get on a workstation like normal trustworthy piece of software do. It invades the host system, being preceded by some trojans that manage to sneak by the firewall and other security measures. Although tiny, this trojan opens up a gateway for dragging in the rest of malicious files and other malware components. The rogueware starts with a scan which first pops up when the program’s installation completes and further keeps showing up every time you launch Windows. This scan looks real but isn’t such at all. It comes up with results that must not possibly be considered real or credible whatsoever. The idea there is to scare you and try to convince you that the multiple alleged infections on your computer are going to ruin it. That way, it’s definitely easy for the junkware to get its victims paying the fee for registering the full build. Hopefully, none of you reading this entry has actually paid for Windows Threats Destroyer yet – anyway, that’s a really bad idea. A much better option is to remove this nasty thing off your computer.
28.02.2012 | Malware Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Smart Fortress 2012 may look attractive and efficient, but this is just a lure. The above-mentioned utility is rogue, i.e. posing as something it’s not. It spreads by means of software exploits, drive-by downloads or blackhat search engine optimization – in either case, you are not likely to notice it get inside your machine and start messing it up. Smart Fortress 2012 represents a family of scareware applications, being a look-alike to such infamous rogues as Smart Protection 2012 and Personal Shield Pro. Differing only in the logo, this newbie to the fraudulent malware world is really straightforward in attaining the goals set. It displays counterfeit scanners on the contaminated computer and comes up with scan reports listing a variety of digital pests such as spyware, adware, backdoors, worms and of course trojans. These are all spooky-looking but their dangerousness gets eliminated once you understand that literally none of the reported malcode items is actually on your PC. Smart Fortress 2012 fabricates the scan and the results so that you believe that your machine is in a jeopardy which requires urgent treatment. So what the fraudware does next is constantly bugging you with some advice about the need to register its full version. This will allegedly address all the spotted issues and heal your operating system in no time. That’s just an illusion though – nothing real will happen after this solution gets bought. Well, it might actually imitate some computer cleaning but it’s all phony. So what you really should do is get down to Smart Fortress 2012 removal right away. Last but not least, please be advised this rogue anti-spyware typically prevents some processes from launching, so uninstalling it might not be easy. To facilitate the removal procedure, you can try using this code: AA39754E-715219CE to register the scam software and ease its grip for smooth further removal.
21.02.2012 | Malware Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Several notable peculiarities of Windows Smart Partner application directly point to its rogue nature. These are some external features (the user interface), as well as functional characteristics. The program pretends to check your workstation for potential hazards such as spyware, trojans, keyloggers, worms – the things that may compromise your privacy if they actually get on the PC. However, in this particular case everything reported by Windows Smart Partner is a lie. To be more specific, the utility deliberately informs you of imaginary cyber threats just to give you a fairly large portion of epic brainwashing. The tips following some of those fake scanners and misleading popup alerts are as follows: the rogue antivirus tells you to click the registration button on its GUI and fill out your personal detail –including credit card information – to complete the licensed copy activation. In other words, the scam software turns out to be a distinctly profit-oriented tool invented by fraudsters to earn some money. Even if you buy Windows Smart Partner, it won’t help you for real in any way. There will be some mimicking of malware removal, but the fact persists that the infections never were on your machine. So it makes no sense sticking to this app’s recommendations or taking it for granted whatsoever. It’s strongly advised that you take a little time to review this tutorial and learn how this bogus anti-spyware can be removed. In case some additional questions occur along the way, feel free to send us a comment and we’ll try to help you out.
14.02.2012 | Malware Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
There is a big gap between what Windows Protection Master software claims to do and the things it actually does. This application starts its stay on your computer with the aura of a useful entity that allegedly tries to protect you against bad software such as trojans, adware, worms, spyware and the like. It scans the PC and always comes up with shocking results, stating that you have email worms, ransom trojans, some exploits and similar infections whose severity range varies from Medium to Critical. Even if you have a completely new Operating System, Windows Protection Master will ‘detect’ tons of bad stuff in it. That’s an absurd contradiction, isn’t it? The utility reports the malware that is not on your computer while attempting to make you want to get yourself a fix. It’s totally not unexpected that you are then requested to activate the paid version of this software which is purportedly supposed to address all the security issues reported. This is the tactic cyber criminals are literally in love with – mainly because it has the potential to bring them money. Therefore it’s obvious this program does not belong where it is, i.e. on your workstation. What you should do is get rid of Windows Protection Master rogue anti-spyware, which is what the guide below is about.
07.02.2012 | Malware Type: Fake Security Programs
Win32/WinMaximizer (alias: WinMaximizer or Win Maximizer) is an application to avoid because it denotes malicious software. The name stands for a family of counterfeit system tune-up programs rotated with the intent to gain profit by means of tricking PC users. Therefore, if your security software is reporting a threat named Win32/WinMaximizer or similar, you should get busy checking your machine for malicious activity such as trojans and fake antivirus or optimizers. Examine your desktop, system tray and recently installed programs and see if there has appeared anything suspicious that you didn’t install. However, even if you find something of that kind and try to find some deletion options there, you’ll probably fail. That’s because this type of software does not feature user uninstall abilities – due to hackers’ unwillingness to lose advantage of the users infected. Some of the things that might be happening because of Win32/WinMaximizer’s activity are bogus system scans, persistent pop-ups, browser usage problems and overall computer slowdown. These are additional symptoms of the infection and some more stimuli to get rid of it. We made a comprehensive tutorial for you to learn how Win Maximizer problem can be solved.
01.02.2012 | Malware Type: Browser Hijackers
Looking at Searchcore.net site, it may appear as though it were Google – a very similar search bar, the menu on top etc. We believe this external resemblance is not accidental. The people who are behind Searchcore.net are scammers who strive to earn some money through exploiting users’ inattentiveness. In fact, a virus modifies your home page and assigns it a value of its own. Therefore, it all starts with your computer getting contaminated by a rootkit, trojan or similar tiny threat trained to implement certain manipulations over the web browser and Internet connection on the targeted system. This page will hence keep popping up once you open your browser or during web search. We assume the idea of this fraud is to get people navigating over to the sponsored results above the fold – on top of the ‘actual’ SERPs and to the right of the page. In any case, Www.searchcore.net cannot be anything other than annoying when you look at how it works. You are forced to switch your Internet search preferences without being asked the permission – and that’s absolutely not acceptable nowadays. Moreover, this malicious activity is closely related with a piece of malware that infiltrated your machine in an unauthorized manner. Therefore, what you need to do is restore things to their previous normal state by deleting the infection that did this to your computer.