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What is Fluffy-TAR?
Fluffy-TAR is a ransomware-type virus discovered by malware researcher, Lawrence Abrams. This malware is designed to encrypt files and append the ".lock75" extension to associated filenames (for example, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to "sample.jpg.lock75").
This software is still in development and, therefore, it currently does not perform these operations. This situation might, however, change in future. After infiltrating the system (and then encrypting files), Fluffy-TAR displays a pop-up window and places the "fluffy.png" (image of an animation) file on the desktop.
What is GX40?
GX40 is a ransomware-type virus discovered by Lawrence Abrams. Once infiltrated, GX40 encrypts various files and appends associated filenames with the ".encrypted" extension (for example, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.encrypted"). Following successful encryption, GX40 opens a pop-up window containing a ransom-demand message.
What is initialpage123.com?
According to the developers, initialpage123.com is an Internet search engine that generates improved search results and, therefore, enhances the Internet browsing experience. Judging on appearance alone, initialpage123.com barely differs from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other reputable search engines.
Therefore, many users believe that initialpage123.com is also legitimate and useful. Be aware, however, that this site gathers various data relating to users' Internet browsing activity. Furthermore, developers promote it by employing deceptive download/installation set-ups that hijack web browser settings and modify various options without permission.
What is AngryKite?
AngryKite is a ransomware-type virus discovered by malware researcher, Lawrence Abrams.
Once infiltrated, AngryKite encrypts various data and renames compromised files using the "[random_characters].NumberDot" pattern. For example, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to "G4ag0-3tga.NumberDont". Following successful encryption, AngryKite opens a pop-up window containing a fake error message.
What is scoutee.net?
Developers present scoutee.net as an Internet search engine that significantly enhances the Internet browsing experience by generating improved results.
These claims often trick users into believing that scoutee.net is legitimate and useful, however, this rogue site is promoted using fake download/installation set-ups that hijack web browsers and modify various options without consent. Furthermore, scoutee.net continually records various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.
What is palikan.com?
Palikan.com is a browser-hijacking application that employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers. This app infiltrates the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers, modifying the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings by assigning them to palikan.com.
Furthermore, several applications called 'helper objects', which prevent users from reverting these changes, install together with this browser hijacker. Bundling is used to distribute these applications together with other software, and consequently, many users inadvertently install palikan.com together with free software download downloadable from freeware download websites.
What is Hao123.com?
The Hao123.com website was created by Baidu (one of the largest web services companies in China). This is a legitimate website, which enhances Internet users' browsing experience by providing easy access to trending sites, quick Internet search access, etc.
While this site is not malicious, many computer users refer to it as the Hao123.com virus. These associations are made since the site is promoted using 'Hao123 client', a program provided as free software. This software modifies Internet browser settings and sets Hao123.com as the user's default search engine and homepage.
What is Jollywallet?
Jollywallet is a browser plug-in created by Radyoos Media Ltd. It promises to save users money whilst shopping online (by recouping a percentage of any money spent).
This browser add-on is not technically a computer virus or related to malware infections, however, computer users have recently reported that Jollywallet was installed on their computers without their consent. Many also complain that they feel annoyed by pop-ups ads generated by this browser add-on and prefer to shop online without the imposition of these offers.
Unwilling or inadvertent installations such as these may occur as a result of Jollywallet's use of a deceptive marketing method called bundling. Commonly, Internet users inadvertently install browser extensions such as these together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
What is SwytShop?
According to the developers, SwytShop saves time and money by finding the best deals available within online stores - "With Swytshop, you’ll always find the lowest price for any product you’re looking for online – all automatically, all while you’re shopping.
Gone are the days of wasting time comparing prices manually, leave it to Swytshop to save you expenses and trouble!" These fake promises often tempt users to install. Be aware, however, that SwytShop is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Following successful installation, SwytShop generates intrusive advertisements and collects information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.
What is DigiSaver?
The DigiSaver application claims to enhance Internet browsing by enabling comparison shopping, displaying coupons, and providing other similar features. On initial inspection, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, DigiSaver is considered to be adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
After stealthily infiltrating Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), DigiSaver tracks Internet browsing activity and displays intrusive online advertisements.
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