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Tide Search Adware

Tide Search removal instructions

What is Tide Search?

Tide Search is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that supposedly helps users to search the Internet by improving search results. On initial inspection, this application may seem legitimate and useful, however, Tide Search usually infiltrates systems without users’ permission. In addition, this PUP continually gathers information relating to users' web browsing activity, generates intrusive online advertisements, and causes unwanted browser redirects. For these reasons, Tide Search is classed as adware.

   
Search Voyage Ads

Search Voyage removal instructions

What is Search Voyage?

Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Search Voyage is a dubious application that supposedly improves the web search experience - "With many scenic backgrounds, its like taking a virtual voyage while you search, all without ever packing your bags!" On initial inspection, this app may seem legitimate and useful, however, Search Voyage is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. One of the main reasons for these negative associations is stealth installation - Search Voyage often infiltrates systems without users’ consent. Following successful infiltration, Search Voyage generates intrusive advertisements, causes unwanted browser redirects, and tracks users' web browsing activity.

   
.Code Ransomware

.Code ransomware removal instructions

What is .Code?

.Code (also-called CryptoMix) is a dubious ransomware-type virus that encrypts various data stored on the infected computer. During encryption, this ransomware appends the name of each encrypted file with the .code extension. This makes it straightforward to determine which files are compromised. Furthermore, .Code creates two files (HELP_YOUR_FILES.TXT and HELP_YOUR_FILES.HTML) and places them in each folder containing the encrypted files. Both files contain a message informing users of the encryption.

   
Samsam Ransomware

Samsam ransomware removal instructions

What is Samsam?

Samsam is high-risk ransomware designed to infect unpatched servers and encrypt files stored on computers networked to the infected server. This ransomware is distributed manually. Samsam appends the name of each encrypted file with one of the following extensions: .encryptedAES, .encryptedRSA, .encedRSA, .justbtcwillhelpyou, .btcbtcbtc, or .btc-help-you - this depends on the version of ransomware. Samsam employs the RSA-2048 asymmetric encryption algorithm and, therefore, two keys (public and private) are generated during encryption -  public to encrypt, private to decrypt. Cyber demand a ransom payment in exchange for the private key. Restoring files without this key is impossible. After encrypting the files, Samsam automatically uninstalls from the victim's PC.

   
Siviewer.com Redirect

How to eliminate browser redirects to siviewer.com?

What is siviewer.com?

SIViewer is a deceptive application that supposedly allows users view various images (for example, .jpg, .gif, etc.). Initially, this app may seem legitimate, however, it is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. SIViewer infiltrates systems without users’ permission, gathers various information regarding users' web browsing activity, hijacks Internet browsers, and stealthily modifies browser settings.

   
Wajam Ads

Wajam removal instructions

What is Wajam?

Wajam is a social search engine, a browser add-on, which enhances Internet users' search experience by displaying additional search results related to information their friends share on FaceBook, Twitter, or Google+. This is a useful and popular browser plug-in, however, some computer users report that they observe ads by Wajam, and that they did not willingly install this plug-in. Note that Wajam is not related to malware or virus infections and is a legitimate browser add-on. This plug-in may inadvertently be installed without consent on users' systems when 'bundled' with free software downloaded from the Internet. Nevertheless, Wajam plug-in installation is not caused by malicious software.

   
ThinkPoint Fake Antivirus

What is ThinkPoint and how to remove it?

What is ThinkPoint?

This unwanted program will try to fool you into buying it and the software employs various methods in which to do so. It uses a fake virus scan and displays fake alerts indicating that your computer is infected. After the fake security scan, the rogue program will notify you that C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe is infected. You will then be asked to reboot your computer. This program is capable of blocking execution of legitimate Windows programs, thus making its removal more complicated. It is important to understand that ThinkPoint is a rogue program that should not be trusted. When installed on your computer, this bogus program will imitate a computer security scan and will attempt to trick you into believing that your PC is infected with critical risk security threats.

   
ENCRYPTED Ransomware

ENCRYPTED ransomware removal instructions

What is ENCRYPTED?

ENCRYPTED is ransomware-type malware proliferated using email spam. Following infiltration, this ransomware encrypts various data stored on victims' computers. The list of data types targeted by ENCRYPTED includes .pdf, .doc, .ppt, and many other file formats. During encryption, this ransomware modifies the desktop wallpaper and appends a .encrypted extension to the file names of each encrypted file. This makes it straightforward to determine which files have been compromised. A text file is then created, which contains a message informing users of the encryption.

   
FiziPop Adware

FiziPop removal instructions

What is FiziPop?

According to the developers, FiziPop allows users to play various addictive Flash games. This functionality may seem legitimate, however, FiziPop often infiltrates systems without users’ consent, gathers information relating to users' web browsing activity, and generates intrusive online advertisements. For these reasons, it is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

   
CryptFIle2 Ransomware

CryptFIle2 ransomware removal instructions

What is CryptFIle2?

CryptFIle2 is ransomware that stealthily infiltrates systems and encrypts files using the asymmetric algorithm. This ransomware adds the ".id_[VICTIM_ID]_[EMAIL].scl" extension to all encrypted files (for example, sample.jpg.id_[VICTIM_ID][email protected] or sample.jpg.id_[VICTIM_ID][email protected]). Be aware that this ransomware generates two different keys (public and private) during encryption. While 'public' is used to encrypt, 'private' is used to decrypt compromised files. The private key is stored on remote servers controlled by cyber criminals. Therefore, users must pay a ransom to receive the decryptor with an embedded private key.

   

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