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Internet Security Alert Scam

Internet Security Alert removal instructions

What is Internet Security Alert?

"Internet Security Alert" is a fake error message similar to Microsoft Warning Alert, Ransomware Detected, Warning: Hyper-V Manager, and many others. This error is displayed by malicious websites that users often visit inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that infiltrate systems without consent. As well as causing redirects, PUPs stealthily run unwanted processes, deliver malicious ads, and record various user-system information.

   
Querylead.com Redirect

Querylead.com redirect removal instructions

What is querylead.com?

querylead.com is a malicious website identical to consertist.com, trackingclick.com, deloton.com, and many others. querylead.com redirects to various suspicious sites. Initially, users are redirected to querylead.com by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). These programs usually infiltrate systems without permission. In addition to redirects, PUPs generate 'malvertising' ads (pop-ups, coupons, banners, etc.), record various user-system information, and diminish computer performance.

   
Search.webfindersearch.com Redirect (Mac)

How to remove search.webfindersearch.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.webfindersearch.com?

Identical to search.macsafefinder.com and search.anysearchresults.com, search.webfindersearch.com is a fake Internet search engine that claims to generate improved search results and, therefore, enhances the browsing experience. Judging on appearance alone, search.webfindersearch.com barely differs from Bing, Yahoo, Google, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.webfindersearch.com is also legitimate. In fact, criminals promote this site using browser-hijacking download/installation tools designed to modify browser options without permission. Furthermore, search.webfindersearch.com records various information, mostly relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

   
x1881 Ransomware

x1881 ransomware removal instructions

What is x1881?

Discovered by MalwareHunterTeam, x1881 is a new variant of a ransomware-type virus called CryptoMix. Once infiltrated, this malware encrypts stored data and renames files using the "[32_random_letters_and_digits].x1881" pattern. For instance, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "00A9531D13E7B26BC7E3A84F1414E6AB.x1881". Following successful encryption, x1881 creates a text file ("_HELP_INSTRUCTION.TXT"), placing it in each folder containing encrypted files.

   
Search.anysearchresults.com Redirect (Mac)

How to remove search.anysearchresults.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.anysearchresults.com?

Identical to search.macsafefinder.com and many others, search.anysearchresults.com is a fake Internet search engine that falsely claims to enhance the browsing experience by generating improved results. On initial inspection, search.anysearchresults.com may seem legitimate and useful, since its appearance barely differs from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other similar legitimate search engines. In fact, the site is promoted using rogue download/installation set-ups that modify browser options without permission. In addition, search.anysearchresults.com records user-system information.

   
Blind Ransomware

Blind ransomware removal instructions

What is Blind?

First discovered by malware security researcher, Karsten Hahn, Blind is ransomware similar to viruses from the BTCWare and GlobeImposter malware families. Once infiltrated, Blind encrypts stored data and appends names of compromised files with the ".[developer's_email].blind" extension. For example, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "sample.jpg.[blind@cock.li].blind". After successfully encrypting files, the virus opens a pop-up window, creates a .hta file ("How_Decrypt_Files.hta"), placing it in all existing folders, and automatically runs it.

   
SYSTEM WARNING Scam

SYSTEM WARNING removal instructions

What is SYSTEM WARNING?

Displayed by a malicious website, "SYSTEM WARNING" is a fake error message claiming that the system is damaged. Research shows that users often visit this website inadvertently - they are redirected by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Most infiltrate systems without consent. As well as causing redirects, potentially unwanted programs are also known to misuse system resources, deliver 'malvertising' ads (coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.), and record user-system information.

   
Search.macsafefinder.com Redirect (Mac)

How to remove search.macsafefinder.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.macsafefinder.com?

According to the developers, search.macsafefinder.com is a high-end Internet search engine that generates improved results and, therefore, enhances the browsing experience. Judging on appearance alone, search.macsafefinder.com may seem similar to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.macsafefinder.com is also legitimate and useful. In fact, developers promote this site using browser-hijacking download/installation set-ups that modify browser options without consent. Furthermore, search.macsafefinder.com records various user-system information that might contain personal details.

   
CRITICAL ALERT FROM MICROSOFT Scam

CRITICAL ALERT FROM MICROSOFT removal instructions

What is CRITICAL ALERT FROM MICROSOFT?

"CRITICAL ALERT TO MICROSOFT" is a fake error message displayed by a deceptive website to which users are redirected by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Research shows that these programs usually infiltrate systems without consent. In addition to causing redirects, potentially unwanted programs diminish system performance, generate 'malvertising' ads (pop-ups, coupons, banners, etc.), and record various user-system information.

   
Home.pdftoolkit.net Redirect (Mac)

How to remove home.pdftoolkit.net browser hijacker from Mac?

What is home.pdftoolkit.net?

home.pdftoolkit.net is presented as a "high-quality" Internet search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results and providing quick access to popular websites. Judging on appearance alone, home.pdftoolkit.net may seem legitimate and useful, however, this website is promoted via a potentially unwanted browser-hijacking program (PUP) called PDF Toolkit. In addition, home.pdftoolkit.net continually records various information (mostly relating to users' Internet browsing activity).

   

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