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Video Explorer Adware

Video Explorer adware removal instructions

What is Video Explorer?

Video Explorer is a rogue browser extension promoted as a tool for easy access to video-hosting platforms. This functionality operates by allowing users to search YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook Video, Google Video, and Bing - by highlighting text on any website and opening the right-click menu. However, following successful installation, Video Explorer begins delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it starts displaying various misleading, untrustworthy, and even malicious ads. Due to this, Video Explorer is classified as adware. Additionally, this piece of software collects browsing-related information. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute adware-type apps, they are also categorized as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

HackBoss Stealer

HackBoss virus removal guide

What is the HackBoss stealer?

HackBoss is a piece of malicious software classified as a stealer. It operates by redirecting outgoing cryptocurrency transactions by replacing recipients' cryptowallet addresses with its own. This malware has netted significant gain in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, Litecoin, and Dogecoin cryptocurrencies. The HackBoss stealer is active worldwide, particularly in the United States, Nigeria, and Russia. Its main proliferation method is via various fake hacking, "cracking", password brute-forcing tools, and other malicious applications - supposedly designed to target cryptocurrency-related, banking, social networking/media, and dating accounts. The fake apps themselves are primarily distributed through the Hack Boss Telegram channel; however, they have been observed being spread through a variety of blogs, forums, and YouTube channels.

QuicklookPI Adware (Mac)

How to remove QuicklookPI adware from Mac?

What is QuicklookPI?

QuicklookPI is a rogue application classified as adware. This app has been observed being distributed alongside other adware and browser hijackers, notably, SearchUp. Adware operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., delivering various ads. Browser hijackers promote (by causing redirects to) fake search engines through modifications to browser settings. Additionally, software within these classifications typically has data tracking abilities, which are employed to spy on users' browsing habits. Since most users download/install QuicklookPI unintentionally, it is also categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Ads

Rdsb21[.]club pop-up ads removal instructions

What is the rdsb21[.]club site?

Rdsb21[.]club is a rogue website sharing similarities with,,, and many others. This page is designed to present visitors with questionable content and/or redirect them to untrustworthy/malicious sites. Users tend to access such websites inadvertently; they usually get redirected to them by intrusive advertisements or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). These apps do not require explicit user permission to infiltrate systems. PUAs can have heinous functionalities, including causing redirects, running intrusive advertisement campaigns, and collecting browsing-related information.

CHEATER Ransomware

CHEATER ransomware removal instructions

What is the CHEATER ransomware?

CHEATER is a ransomware-type program. Systems infected with this malware have the data stored on them encrypted; hence, victims are unable to use their files. Afterwards, ransom notes are created, which demand payment for the decryption - access recovery to the data. During the encryption process, affected files are appended with the ".crypto" extension. For example, a file originally named something like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.crypto", "2.jpg" as "2.jpg.crypto", "3.jpg" as "3.jpg.crypto", and so on. Once this process is complete, a ransom-demanding message is displayed in a pop-up window.

KIO KOREA Email Virus

"KIO KOREA Email Virus" removal guide

What is the "KIO KOREA" scam email?

"KIO KOREA Email Virus" refers to a malware-spreading spam campaign - a mass-scale operation during which deceptive emails are sent by the thousand. The scam letters sent through this campaign - request recipients to provide a product quote in accordance with the provided order list. It must be emphasized that all of the information provided by these emails - is false. The campaign's aim is to distribute an infectious file attachment, which upon opening - initiates download/installation of the Agent Tesla RAT (Remote Access Trojan). This malware is designed to enable remote access and control over an infected device. RATs can have a variety of heinous functionalities, and they can be used to cause various severe problems. Ads

Up-load[.]io pop-up ads removal instructions

What is up-load[.]io?

Up-load[.]io is a file hosting website offering users unlimited download and upload speed, 50 GB free storage, and share their uploads via direct links. Also, this page offers to receive payment depending on the sold files. It is noteworthy that up-load[.]io uses rogue advertising networks - it has shady ads displayed on it and opens questionable websites. It is advisable against trusting pages that use rogue advertising networks or allowing them to show notifications (up-load[.]io asks for such a permission).

Chance To Win The New iPad Pro POP-UP Scam

Chance To Win The New iPad Pro scam removal instructions

What is Chance To Win The New iPad Pro scam?

It is common that scammers use phishing websites to trick users into providing sensitive information. Although, it is uncommon for such pages to be visited by users intentionally. In most cases, phishing pages get opened after clicking on shady advertisements, through other dubious pages, or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Most scammers use these pages to trick unsuspecting users into providing login credentials (e.g., usernames, email addresses, passwords), bank account numbers, credit card details, social security numbers, or some other sensitive, personal information.

Important Defender Update Available POP-UP Scam

"Important Defender update available" scam removal instructions

What is the "Important Defender update available" scam?

"Important Defender update available" is a fake message displayed by untrustworthy websites. This scam claims that users need to update their Windows Defender anti-virus software. It must be emphasized that this scheme is in no way associated with the Microsoft Corporation - Windows product developers. The "Important Defender update available" scam has been observed promoting dubious/malicious applications through the legitimate Microsoft installation setup. However, it is not unlikely that this scheme may proliferate different content via other installers. Scams of this type are typically used to endorse fake anti-virus tools, adware, browser hijackers, and other PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). These schemes may also proliferate malware, e.g., trojans, ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, etc. Most users access deceptive sites unintentionally. They enter the pages through mistyped URLs, redirects caused by intrusive ads, or have them force-opened by installed PUAs. Ads

Bengekoo[.]com pop-up ads removal instructions

What is bengekoo[.]com?

The Internet is rife with untrustworthy websites, bengekoo[.]com is but one of them. - are a couple examples of others. The bengekoo[.]com page operates by presenting visitors with dubious content and/or redirecting them to rogue/malicious sites. Typically, users access such websites unintentionally. Most enter these pages via redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). This software does not require explicit permission to infiltrate systems; hence, users may be unaware of its presence. PUAs are designed to cause redirects, deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns, and gather browsing-related information.


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