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CrushArcade removal instructions
What is CrushArcade?
The CrushArcade website allows users to play various types of addictive arcade games. The 'Premium' games section, however, requires users to install the CrushArcade application. This app may seem legitimate and useful, but CrushArcade is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. The developers mainly distribute this bogus app using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', which allows installation of CrushArcade on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox without users' permission. Bundling is stealth installation of PUPs together with regular software, and therefore, CrushArcade is often delivered with free software downloaded from freeware download websites. After CrushArcade infiltration, intrusive online advertisements (banner, pop-up, and in-text) are displayed - these may redirect to bogus websites, thereby exposing your computer to risk of infection.
TopArcadeHits removal instructions
What is TopArcadeHits?
TopArcadeHits supposedly allows users to play various arcade games, however, attempts to play games from the 'Premium' section lead to a pop-up for installation set-up of this rogue application. Some users may feel this application is legitimate and useful, however, TopArcadeHits is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This adware employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party applications together with the chosen software to install TopArcadeHits on Internet browsers without users' permission. Following infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, TopArcadeHits displays intrusive online advertisements including banners, pop-ups, coupons, etc. Clicking advertisements generated by this rogue application may cause high-risk adware or malware infections, since they are likely to redirect to dubious websites containing infectious content.
Locker ransomware removal instructions
What is Locker?
Locker is a ransomware infection that infiltrates computers through various files downloaded from the Internet (relating to fake Flash players and cracked versions of computer games including TeamExtreme Minecraft). After successful infiltration, this malware encrypts user files and demands a ransom payment of 0.1 BTC (bitcoins) within 72 hours to decrypt the compromised files. The ransom is raised to 1.0 BTC if victims fail to pay within the given time. Locker ransomware encrypts document files (for example .doc, .ppt, and .docx) and image files (.psd, raw, and .jpg) Although crypto ransomware is not a new phenomenon (previous file encrypting ransomware programs were named cryptowall, ctb-locker, cryptolocker, etc.), this variant is unique, since cyber criminals set it to activate at 00:00 25.05.2015 (local time). Prior to this time, victims are unware that Locker ransomware is present on their computers. This tactic allows cyber criminals to conceal their malicious program from antivirus vendors and malware researchers until the last minute when the malware activates simultaneously on many victims' computers.
AntiVirus Pro 2017 removal instructions
What is AntiVirus Pro 2017?
AntiVirus Pro 2017 is fake anti-virus software created by cyber criminals with the intention of tricking users into buying the 'full' version. This dubious application stealthily installs on system via Trojans, fake downloads, and malicious websites. After infiltration, AntiVirus Pro 2017 reports that the system is infected with various high-risk computer viruses. Next, warning messages are displayed, stating that the computer is at risk and the user is strongly advised to upgrade this false anti-virus software to a full version capable of eliminating these threats. This software is, however, a scam - it imitates the detection of computer infections that do not exist, and therefore, buying the so-called 'full' version is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals.
Unfriend Alert removal instructions
What is Unfriend Alert?
According to the developers (Fun Technology), Unfriend Alert immediately notifies the user when someone removes him/her from the Facebook friend list. This application may seem legitimate and useful, however, Unfriend Alert is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Unfriend Alert is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software without users' consent. Therefore, many users inadvertently install this rogue app along with free software downloaded from freeware download websites. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, pop-under, and coupon ads are displayed. Some of these advertisements can redirect to rogue websites, and therefore, clicking them may result in further high-risk computer infections.
Shopsafer removal instructions
What is Shopsafer?
Shopsafer claims to enable features such as comparison shopping, coupons, display of special deals/discounts on shopping websites to save time and money while shopping online. This browser extension may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that Shopsafer is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. The developers distribute Shopsafer using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', which allows them to stealthily install Shopsafer together with regular chosen software. After infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Shopsafer generates various online advertisements (such as coupon, pop-up, etc.) that can redirect to bogus websites, thereby causing high-risk computer infections.
ViewPlay removal instructions
What is ViewPlay?
ViewPlay, a deceptive browser extension, attempts to trick users into installation by promising to enable various features such as coupons and comparison shopping to improve the Internet browsing experience. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, ViewPlay is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Commonly, ViewPlay is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software. This method allows ViewPlay to install on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers without users' consent. After successfully infiltration, ViewPlay displays intrusive online advertisements and collects various Internet browsing-related information.
Icarus removal instructions
What is Icarus?
Created and released by Superweb LLC, Icarus is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and browser extension that claims to improve the Internet browsing experience by enabling various features such as coupons and comparison shopping. Although some users may find this functionality useful and legitimate, be aware that Icarus is categorized as adware. The developers distribute this PUP using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party apps together with the chosen software) to install Icarus on the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers without users' permission. After successful infiltration, Icarus displays intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, interstitial, transitional, search, coupon, and full-page. Although these advertisements may seem harmless, there is a high probability that some will redirect to bogus websites containing infectious content. Therefore, clicking them exposes your system to high-risk adware or malware infections.
Buzzdock - how to remove unwanted ads and redirects to search.buzzdock.com?
What is Buzzdock?
Developed by Alactro LLC, the Buzzdock browser extension claims to enhance the Internet search experience by displaying additional results beneath a favoured search bar. Following installation of this browser add-on, the Buzzdock tab appears below the search bar when the user visits Google to search the Internet. This toolbar displays additional search results from Yahoo, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon, etc. Although this functionality may seem useful, there is a downside to using this browser plug-in: Buzzdock displays unwanted ads (banner ads and text link), and furthermore, this extension causes redirects to search.buzzdock.com
Windesk Winsearch removal instructions
What is Windesk Winsearch?
PCSoftware, the company responsible for the development and release of Windesk Winsearch, claim that their product allows users to search the Internet directly from the desktop. Some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, however, Windesk Winsearch is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. This application is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install without users' permission. Once installed, Windesk Winsearch tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various information such as IP addresses, websites visited, search queries, pages viewed, etc. Some of this collected data might be personally identifiable, and therefore, having this PUP installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
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