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Savings App

Savings App - how to remove this adware?

What is Savings App?

The Savings App browser add-on displays coupon ads when computer users visit online shopping websites. This browser extension is developed by 215 Apps (Excellent Apps) and can be downloaded from its homepage or may be installed on users' computers together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Whilst this browser plug-in is not technically a virus or malware, it is categorized as adware, since when installed, it hijacks the Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox) and displays deceptive ads from other websites. The add-on also generates coupon ad pop-ups whenever users visit online shopping websites.

System Repair Virus (2013)

System Repair - fake HDD scanner, how to remove?

What is System Repair?

System Repair is a fake hard drive scanner that displays fabricated hard disk drive errors with the purpose of scaring PC users into purchasing the full version. When this rogue infiltrates users' computers, it modifies the operating system settings and registry entries, configuring itself to start automatically on each system start-up. Moreover, System Repair hides users' desktop icons and Start menu entries. These tactics are employed to give the appearance that the system has acquired serious hard drive-related issues. Note that System Repair does not delete computer users' files - it simply hides them.

Coupon Buddy

Coupon Buddy - how to remove this unwanted browser extension?

What is Coupon Buddy?

Coupon Buddy is a browser extension developed by Social Growth Technologies Inc. This browser add-on displays coupon deal ads when computer users visit online shopping websites such as eBay and Amazon. Coupon Buddy is bundled with Conduit-powered toolbars known to cause unwanted redirects to or, and moreover, these toolbars install additional add-ons (such as Search Protect by Conduit), making it difficult to modify your homepage and default search engine.

The Firewall of the United States Virus

The Firewall of the United States Virus removal guide

What is The Firewall of the United States?

The Firewall of the United States message blocks computer users' screens and is a scam created by cyber criminals. In fact, this message is a virus (a ransomware infection), which infiltrates systems using Trojans and demands payment of a bogus $200 fine using MoneyPak. The message states that the fine is for alleged law violations such as downloading copyrighted audio, video, software, etc. This screen locker originates from a family of ransomware called Epubb. Previous variants of this scam exploit the name of the FBI in order to extort fake fines from unsuspecting PC users.

Ginyas Browser Companion

Ginyas Browser Companion - how to remove unwanted coupon ads?

What is Ginyas Browser Companion?

Ginyas Browser Companion is a browser add-on created by Blabbers Communications LTD., promising to save people time and money when shopping online. Essentially, this is a coupon plug-in that displays coupon ads when users visit eBay, Expedia, and other websites. This browser add-on is similar to other unwanted coupon-related extensions such as Drop Down Deals, Browse to Save, DealPly, and many others.

Metropolitan Police Total Policing Virus

Metropolitan Police Total Policing Virus "Your Computer has been Locked" removal guide

What is Metropolitan Police Total Policing?

The Metropolitan Police Total Policing message blocks computer users' screens, demanding payment of a £100 GBP fine to unlock the system. Be aware that this is a scam, a ransomware infection originating from a family of screen lockers called 'Rannoh'. This particular ransomware infection is especially harmful, since it not only locks users' computers, but also encrypts the files stored on the hard disks. The message states that the lock was applied due to the user downloading copyrighted videos, music files, etc. These assertions are false and delivered only to scare computer users into paying a bogus fine. Redirect - how to eliminate browser redirects to

What is

The website is promoted using various popular browser toolbars developed by Mindspark. Computer users who install toolbars such as this, without paying close enough attention to the installation steps, are frequently redirected to Browser extensions created by this company modify Internet browser settings including the homepage and default search engine. Some popular browser toolbars which cause these redirect issues include MapsGalaxy, Bring Me Sports, Cursor Mania, MyWebFace, and many others. Note that the or websites are not malicious and they use a customized Google search engine which returns legitimate search results.

MyStart by Incredimail

MyStart by Incredimail - how to remove this browser hijacker?

What is MyStart by Incredimail?

The website is promoted using a popular email client called Incredimail. Developers of this free software bundle their program with a toolbar which alters Internet browser settings and causes redirects to Note that the software alone is not technically considered a virus or malware, however, many computer users do not pay close enough attention to the installation steps and inadvertently install Incredibar toolbar, which displays unwanted ads (Coupon Buddy, etc.) and may cause significant security issues.

Smart Security (designed to protect) Virus

Smart Security - how to remove?

What is Smart Security?

Smart Security is not a typical antivirus program, it is a scam created by cyber criminals. This rogue security scanner infiltrates users' computers using malicious websites, drive-by downloads, and Trojans. When this bogus program self-installs on users' PCs, it imitates a legitimate security program and reports various security infections that are supposedly 'detected' on the system. Moreover, this misleading program generates security warning messages stating that the PC is at risk, and in order to eliminate the 'detected' security threats, Smart Security advises activation of the full version. Paying for the full version of Smart Security, however, is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals. This software is a scam - it mimics the detection of security infections, which in fact do not exist on the PC.

Guardia di Finanza Virus

Guardia di Finanza Virus removal guide

What is Guardia di Finanza?

The Guardia di Finanza message blocks computer users' screens and is a scam which should not be trusted. This ransomware infection originates from a family of screen lockers called Reveton. This particular infection predominantly targets computer users from Italy and exploits the name of a local authority: 'Guardia di Finanza'. This authority has no connection with this message - the screen locker was developed and distributed by cyber criminals. If computer users pay the bogus 100 Euro fine, the money is sent to cyber criminals.


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