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What is

The browser hijacker infiltrates users' Internet browsers through free software downloads. This website is created by Conduit Ltd (operated by ClientConnect Ltd) and distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.

Internet users commonly install this browser settings-changing adware (capable of modifying the homepage and default search engine fields) when downloading or installing freeware.

Computer users should be aware that, today, most free software download websites use 'download clients' to offer installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with free software chosen for download. Thus, reckless freeware downloading and installation can result in adware infections.

Lick Ransomware

What is Lick?

First discovered by malware researcher, Jakub Kroustek, Lick is a ransomware-type virus similar to Kirk. Once infiltrated, Lick encrypts various files and appends filenames with the ".Licked" extension. For example, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.Licked".

Lick then creates the following files: 1) "ERRORLOG.txt", containing a ransom-demand message; 2) "stats.txt", containing a list of encrypted files, and; 3) a pwd file, containing a decryption password, which unfortunately is also encrypted. Redirect

What is

Identical to,, and a number of other bogus sites, is a fake Internet search engine that falsely claims to enhance the web browsing experience by generating the most relevant search results. On initial inspection, may seem similar or identical to legitimate Internet search engines such as Yahoo, Bing, and Google.

Therefore, users often believe that is also trustworthy. In fact, developers promote this bogus site using dubious software 'installers' designed to modify Internet browser settings without users' permission. Furthermore, continually records various user/system information.

RocketTab Ads

What is RocketTab?

Rocket Tab is a browser add-on developed by Rich River Media. The software claim to make the Internet browsing experience more productive by enabling multiple site search capabilities and providing the convenience of searching popular local sites without having to open additional windows or tabs.

Although this functionality may seem legitimate, this plug-in is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Rocket Tab installs on browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.

ZinoCrypt Ransomware

What is ZinoCrypt?

ZinoCrypt is a ransomware-type virus discovered by malware researcher, MalwareHunterTeam. Once infiltrated, ZinoCrypt encrypts files and appends filenames with the ".ZINO" extension. For example, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to "sample.jpg.ZINO".

Following successful encryption, ZinoCrypt creates a text file ("ZINO_NOTE.txt") containing a ransom-demand message, and places it on the desktop. Redirect

What is is a deceptive website that claims to be an Internet search engine. The appearance of this site is identical to other websites such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, Users often believe that is legitimate, however, is promoted using bogus software 'installers' designed to modify web browser settings.

In addition, collects various information relating to Internet browsing activity.

Ads by Browser Shop

What is Browser Shop?

Browser Shop is an advertising platform used by many dubious websites that promote potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), questionable medicinal products, dating services, etc. This platform is implemented by various browser extension developers to monetize their free plug-ins. 

Browser Shop is not a stand-alone program, and therefore, users who observe Browser Shop advertisements when browsing the Internet should check any recently-installed browser add-ons - they are likely to be the cause of these intrusive ads. Note that these ads alone are not categorized as viruses or malware, however, clicking them can cause serious privacy and computer security issues. Redirect

What is

The DealWifi application supposedly allows users to turn their Windows PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot - "Deal WiFi, a product of RAFO TECHNOLOGY, is an easy-to-use software that turns your laptop/PC into a Wi-Fi wireless access point. Anyone nearby can surf the Internet through your sharing."

These fake promises are used to trick users into believing that DealWifi is a useful and legitimate application, however, this app is considered to be a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After stealthily infiltrating the most popular Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), DealWifi modifies the browser settings and collects system data without users' consent. Redirect

What is

The browser-hijacking application,, employs a deceptive free software marketing method called 'bundling' to infiltrate Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari).

Bundling is a way to distribute applications together with other software, and therefore, usually infiltrates systems during download of free software from freeware download websites. Once installed, this rogue application assigns the browser default search engine, new tab URL, and homepage settings to

Furthermore, several applications called 'helper objects' are installed together with this browser hijacker and prevent users from reverting these changes. Redirect

What is

According to the developers, generates improved search results and, therefore, enhances the Internet browsing experience.

These claims often trick users into believing that this site is legitimate and useful, however, developers promote by employing rogue download/installation set-ups that modify web browser settings without consent. Furthermore, this website continually gathers various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.


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