Virus and Spyware Removal Guides, uninstall instructions
MyPlayCity browser hijacker removal instructions
What is MyPlayCity?
MyPlayCity is a browser hijacker that is designed to promote the myplaycity.com address, a fake search engine by making certain changes in browser settings and read browsing-related data. In most cases users download and install browser hijackers unintentionally, therefore, MyPlayCity (and other apps of this type) is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA).
UnfriendApp removal guide
What is UnfriendApp?
The UnfriendApp browser add-on enables Facebook users to see who 'unfriended' them. This is a popular browser extension created by GenTechnologies Apps LLC. Internet users should be aware that, although the added Facebook functionality may appear legitimate, many computer users report that after installing UnfriendApp they observe many unwanted ads and experience diminished Internet browser performance. Moreover, some computer users report that UnfriendApp was installed on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla FireFox) without their consent. Note that this browser plug-in may be 'bundled' with free software downloaded from the Internet.
Securebit Free Antivirus - how to remove?
What is Securebit Free?
The Securebit Technologies Free Antivirus fake antivirus program attempts to coerce computer users into calling Securebit support for assistance. When installed on users' computers this program mimics a scan of the system for security infections. It then states that the user's 'PC Health Status' is poor and requires attention. In fact, this program has none of the features required to run legitimate security scans - Securebit Free Antivirus reports non existent security threats in the hope that computer users fall for the scam and call the '24/7 Virus Removal Helpline'. PC users should be aware that none of the security infections 'identified' by this program are genuine, and moreover, using the virus removal helpline could result in the loss of $49.99 for bogus malware removal services.
State of Qatar Ministry of Interior Virus (Computer Locked) removal instructions
What is State of Qatar Ministry of Interior Virus?
The State of Qatar Ministry of Interior message blocks computer users' screens and demands payment of a $300 (300 Euro or 1500 QAR) fine using the cashU payment service provider. This is a scam. The message is not sent by legitimate authorities from Qatar, it is a virus created by cyber criminals in the hope that unsuspecting PC users will fall for their deceptive message and pay the bogus fine. Screen-locking messages such as these are called ransomware viruses, and cyber criminals responsible for creating these security infections make deceptive statements within the messages (such as claiming that PC users must pay a fine for alleged law violations such as using pirated video, music, software, or watching pornography). In fact, no authorities or organizations use desktop screen-blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations. Paying this fine, as demanded by the State of Qatar Ministry of Interior ransomware virus, is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals.
Computer blocked by Palestinian Civil Police Force Virus (cashU scam) removal instructions
What is Palestinian Civil Police Force?
The Palestinian Civil Police Force message blocks users' computer screens and demands payment of a fine for alleged law violations. This is not a legitimate message, it is a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals to extort money from unsuspecting Palestinian PC users. This fake message makes bogus claims that the computer was blocked due to the user watching pornography or using pirated music and video files. Note that paying the $100 (100 Euro or 500 NIS) fine is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals responsible for creating this scam. This particular ransomware virus originates from a family called Urausy and predominantly targets Palestinian PC users.
Jordan Public Security Directorate virus removal instructions
What is Jordan Public Security Directorate?
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Public Security Directorate message blocks computer users' screens, demanding payment of a $300 (300 Euro or 300 JOD) fine using cashU. This is a scam, a message created by cyber criminals and categorized as a ransomware virus. It aims to trick unsuspecting Jordanian PC users into paying a bogus fine for alleged law violations such as watching pornography, using copyrighted video, music files, etc. This message is a scam and should not be trusted. Computer users should be aware that neither the Jordan Public Security Directorate nor any other international authority or organization use computer screen-blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations.
Spamhaus virus "You have 48 hours left to enter your payment" removal guide
What is SPAMHAUS?
The Spamhaus message reports the following: "You have lost control over your computer. Your system and all your files have been blocked and encrypted because you were spreading the Malware (viruses, Trojans, worms). You are breaking numerous International and USA laws". This is a scam, a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals with the purpose to scare unsuspecting PC users into paying a bogus $300 fine for alleged law violations. This deceptive message demands that PC users pay a fine for watching child pornography, using unlicensed software, or being in possession of pirated audio and video files. Computer users should be aware that no international authorities or organizations (including Spamhaus) use screen-blocking messages such as this to collect fines for any law violations.
"Your website access has been restricted for downloading pirated software" virus removal guide
What is Website access has been restricted?
The online message, 'Access Restricted!', appears when trying to access popular websites (such as Facebook, YouTube, Google, Bing, etc.) This is a Hosts file hijacker virus, a redirect virus created to coerce unsuspecting PCs users into completing online surveys. Cyber criminals responsible for creating this scam receive commission each time users complete these deceptive online surveys. Internet users should be aware that completing these surveys can lead to serious privacy issues and considerable phone charges.
Searchiu.com redirect virus removal guide
What is Searchiu.com?
The Searchiu.com website is promoted using free software. This site is closely related to Internet browser hijackers, and thus using this site for daily Internet searches, is not recommended. Computer users often visit this site unwillingly by redirection. These redirect issues are invariably a consequence of not paying close enough attention to the installation steps of free software downloaded from the Internet. Browser redirects to Searchiu.com are caused by free software, some of which uses a deceptive software or website promotion method called 'bundling'.
Systemcare-antivirus.org - Malicious website spreading fake antivirus software
What is Systemcare-antivirus.org?
Systemcare-antivirus.org is a malicious website created by cyber criminals also responsible for releasing a rogue antivirus program called System Care Antivirus. Whilst this website may appear legitimate, in fact it was created to clone a previous deceptive business model. This model infected Internet users' computers with a fake security program, which attempted to scare them into purchasing a useless 'full version'. System Care Antivirus originates from a family of fake antivirus programs called WinWebSec. This program reports non existent security infections in the hope that unsuspecting PC users fall for the deception and buy the license key.
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