Virus and Spyware Removal Guides, uninstall instructions
ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ Virus "Ο ΥΠΟΛΟΓΙΣΤΗΣ ΣΑΣ ΕΧΕΙ ΜΠΛΟΚΑΡΙΣΤΕΙ" - how to remove?
What is Greek Police Virus?
This message (supposedly delivered from the Greek Cyber Crime Unit), blocks computer screens and demands payment of a 100 Euro fine by using Ukash or PaySafeCard. This is a scam. The message is not sent by Greek authorities - it is a deceptive message developed by cyber criminals in order to scare unsuspecting PC users into paying the bogus fine. Note that paying this fine is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals. No international authorities (including the Greek Cyber Crime Unit) use screen blocking messages to collect fines for any law infringements. Messages such as these are called ransomware. Cyber criminals responsible for creating these scams, target different countries and the ransomware infections are designed with the capability to determine the IP addresses of computers they infiltrate.
POLITIE Belgique Police Fédérale Virus "Votre ordinateur est bloqué" removal instructions
What is POLITIE Belgique Police Fédérale?
The POLITIE Belgique Police Fédérale message blocks computer screens ordering payment of a 100 Euro fine to unblock it. This is a scam, a virus (ransomware infection) created by cyber criminals targeting PC users predominantly from Belgium. The deceptive message displayed by this ransomware states that the user is required to pay a fine for watching pornography or downloading and distributing copyrighted content such as music, videos, etc. No international authorities or other organizations use such methods (blocking computer screens) to collect fines for any law violations. This message is developed and distributed by cyber criminals in the hope that unsuspecting PC users fall for their trickery and pay the bogus fine.
Policia Nacional de Uruguay Virus removal guide
What is Policia Nacional de Uruguay?
The Policia Nacional de Uruguay message locks computer screens, demanding payment of a US$100 or 2000 Peso fine. This is a scam. The message is created by cyber criminals who make money from unsuspecting PC users who falls for their trickery and pay the bogus fine. Accusations of watching pornography and downloading or sharing copyrighted content are false - these are displayed to scare computer users into believing that they have committed a crime and required to pay a fine. In fact, neither the Policia Nacional de Uruguay nor any other international authority or organization, use desktop locking messages to collect fines for law violations.
Savings Explorer - how to eliminate unwanted ads from Internet browsers?
What is Savings Explorer?
Savings Explorer is a browser add-on promising to deliver relevant coupon ads when users visit online shopping websites. This browser extension is developed by 215 Apps and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox. The functionality of this software allows users to save time and money when shopping online. This may seem legitimate, however, the developers of this browser plug-in are known to use a deceptive promotion method called 'bundling'. The majority of Savings Explorer users claim that they did not willingly install this browser add-on and have no idea how it came to be present on their Internet browsers.
Shopping Sidekick - how to remove unwanted coupon ads?
What is Shopping Sidekick?
Shopping Sidekick is an unwanted browser extension developed by 215 Apps. This browser add-on promises to display relevant coupon ads when users visit online shopping websites such as Expedia, Target, Walmart, GameStop, etc. Unfortunately, the developers use a deceptive marketing method for distribution of this software called 'bundling'. Many computer users report that Shopping Sidekick was installed on their computers without their consent. Such unwilling installation may be caused by reckless free software installation habits. Freeware download websites and free software developers often bundle their free software downloads with browser add-ons in order to monetize their programs or downloads. Internet users should be aware of these monetization methods and always carefully inspect each installation step.
REloadit virus removal instructions
What is REloadit?
This message locks computer users' screens demanding payment of a fine using the REloadit prepaid card service. This is a scam and should not be trusted. Commonly, these messages exploit the names of various international authorities (such as the FBI, Europol, United Kingdom Police, etc.) and order payment of a fine for alleged law violations including copyright and child pornography. Messages such as these are called ransomware and created by cyber criminals to scare unsuspecting PC users into paying bogus fines. In fact, paying the fine is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals, and with no guarantee that your computer will be unlocked.
Solid Savings - how to remove?
What is Solid Savings?
The Solid Savings browser add-on promises to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying coupon ads when visiting online shopping websites. This browser plug-in is created by 215Apps (Innovative Apps) and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox. On initial inspection this browser extension may appear legitimate, however, many computer users report that they have installed Solid Savings unwillingly and are annoyed by coupon ads displayed when browsing the Internet. Moreover, many complaints indicate that the Solid Savings browser add-on is difficult to remove. Unwilling installation of this browser plug-in may occur during download and installation of free software - developers of this add-on use a deceptive marketing method of software distribution called 'bundling'. Thus, many computer users feel that Solid Savings was installed on their Internet browsers without their consent.
GetSavin - how to remove unwanted coupon ads?
What is GetSavin?
The GetSavin browser add-on is developed by Adpeak Inc. and promises to enhance computer users' Internet browsing experience by providing notifications of available coupons and deals when shopping online. This functionality may seem useful, however, the GetSavin browser add-on is known to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox) without users' consent. Computer users report that they observe GetSavin coupon ads even though they did not install this browser plug-in. This situation may occur if users download and install free software from the Internet. GetSavin uses a deceptive marketing method called 'bundling', and thus, many users install this browser add-on unwillingly.
Malta Police Association Virus (Polizija ta' Malta) "PC Blocked" removal instructions
What is Malta Police Association?
The Malta Police Association message blocks the computer screen, demanding payment of a 100 Euro fine for alleged illegal use or distribution of copyrighted material, viewing prohibited pornographic content, or possession of a malware-infected PC. This is a scam. In fact, the Malta Police Association has no connection with this message - it is a ransomware infection created by cyber criminals. The message originates from a family called Urasy and is known to target various countries. This particular screen locker targets PC users from Malta. When this ransomware infects users' systems, it blocks the desktop and orders payment of a fine to unblock it. Note that paying this fine using PaySafeCard or Ukash is equivalent to sending your money directly to cyber criminals.
Deals Plugin - how to eliminate unwanted coupon ads?
What is Deals Plugin?
Deals Plugin is a browser extension developed by Amazing Apps (215 Apps) and promises to save time and money when shopping online. This browser add-on displays coupon and deal ads when Internet users visit online shopping websites. Whilst such functionality may seem legitimate, many computer users report that Deals Plugin was installed on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent. Unwilling installation such as this may be caused by a deceptive marketing method called 'bundling'. Potentially unwanted programs such as Deals Plugin often self-install together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
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