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Locky Ransomware [Updated]

Locky ransomware removal instructions

What is Locky?

Locky is ransomware distributed via malicious .doc files attached to spam email messages. Each word document contains scrambled text, which appear to be macros. When users enable macro settings in the Word program, an executable file (the ransomware) is downloaded. Various files are then encrypted. Note that Locky changes all file names to a unique 16-letter and digit combination with .aesir, .shit, .thor, .locky, .zepto or .odin file extension. Thus, it becomes virtually impossible to identify the original files. All are encrypted using the RSA-2048 and AES-1024 algorithms and, therefore, a private key (stored on remote servers controlled by cyber criminals) is required for decryption. To decrypt the files, victims must pay a ransom.

   
Your Windows Is Infected Scam

Your Windows Is Infected removal instructions

What is Your Windows Is Infected?

"Your Windows Is Infected" is a fake pop-up error message displayed by a malicious website. Users are redirected to this website by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that stealthily infiltrate systems without permission (the "bundling" method). As well as causing redirects, PUPs deliver intrusive online advertisements and continually gather various information relating to Internet browsing activity.

   
Windows Defender Alert Scam

Windows Defender Alert removal instructions

What is Windows Defender Alert?

"Windows Defender Alert" is a fake error message displayed by a malicious website. Many users visit this website inadvertently - they are redirected by various rogue applications that stealthily infiltrate systems during installation of regular software (the "bundling" method). As well as causing redirects, these potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) deliver intrusive online advertisements and continually track users' Internet browsing activity.

   
Search.grooviemovie.info Redirect

How to eliminate browser redirects to search.grooviemovie.info?

What is search.grooviemovie.info?

Developers present search.grooviemovie.information as an Internet search engine that significantly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, search.grooviemovie.information barely differs from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.grooviemovie.information is also legitimate and useful. In fact it is promoted via rogue download/installation set-ups that modify web browser options without permission. Furthermore, this website continually gathers various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

   
Call Windows Help Desk Immediately Scam

Call Windows Help Desk Immediately removal instructions

What is Call Windows Help Desk Immediately?

"Call Windows Help Desk Immediately" is a fake error message displayed by a malicious website. Users often visit this website inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted adware-type programs (PUPs). These applications infiltrate systems without consent. As well as causing unwanted redirects, this type of adware delivers intrusive online advertisements and continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity.

   
CloudExtender Adware

CloudExtender removal instructions

What is CloudExtender?

CloudExtender is a rogue application that stealthily infiltrates systems without permission (the "bundling" method). Following infiltration, CloudExtender delivers intrusive online advertisements, causes unwanted redirects, and continually records various user-system information. For these reasons, CloudExtender is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

   
Cookies Control Adware

Cookies Control removal instructions

What is Cookies Control?

Identical to Cookies On-Off, Cookies Control is a deceptive application that supposedly allows users to control (turn on/off) their web browser cookies. Judging on appearance alone, Cookies Control may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without consent; 2) tracking of users' browsing activity, and; 3) display of intrusive online advertisements.

   
MIRCOP Ransomware

MIRCOP ransomware removal instructions

What is MIRCOP?

MIRCOP (also known as "Microcop" or "Crypt888") is a ransomware virus distributed via spam emails. The infected document appears as a Thai customs form, which is used during import and export of various goods. Note. however, that this document has a number of embedded MS Windows PowerShell scripts that download malware. Once infiltrated, MIRCOP encrypts various files stored on the victim's computer. During encryption, MIRCOP appends the name of each compromised file with .lock. For example, sample.jpg is renamed to lock.sample.jpg. Furthermore, MIRCOP changes the desktop wallpaper.

   
Cookies On-Off Adware

Cookies On-Off removal instructions

What is Cookies On-Off?

Cookies On-Off is a deceptive application that falsely claims to allow users to turn web browser cookies on and off. Initially, Cookies On-Off may appear legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without consent; 2) display of intrusive online advertisements, and; 3) tracking of users' browsing activity.

   
Scarab Ransomware

Scarab ransomware removal instructions

What is Scarab?

Discovered by malware security researcher, Michael Gillespie, Scarab is a ransomware-type virus that stealthily infiltrates systems and encrypts various data. During encryption, Scarab appends filenames with the ".[resque@plague.desi].scarab" extension. For instance, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.[resque@plague.desi].scarab". Following successful encryption, the virus creates and automatically opens a text file ("IF YOU WANT TO GET ALL YOUR FILES BACK, PLEASE READ THIS.TXT"), and then places it on the desktop.

   

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