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Windows Efficiency Master

What is Efficiency Master?

Windows Efficiency Master is a fake antivirus program, which imitates a legitimate security scanner and attempts to trick unsuspecting PC users into purchasing a 'full version'. This bogus program is created by cyber criminals who employ hacked websites and fake online security scanners to distribute their rogue antivirus program.

Commonly, Windows Efficiency Master is proliferated using a fake Microsoft Security Essentials alert message reporting non existent security threats and tricking PC users into downloading this rogue antivirus program.

Following successful infiltration, Windows, Efficiency Master modifies the registry entries of an infected operating system by disabling the Task Manager and blocking execution of installed programs.

   
BringStar Ads

What is BringStar?

BringStar is a potentially unwanted browser plugin claiming to improve users' browsing experience by enabling coupons and comparison shopping. Although such added functionality may seem legitimate, Internet users should be aware that this add-on is categorized as adware.

The plugin installs on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox without users' consent using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Following successful installation, this add-on generates various types of advertising, including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads.

In addition, BringStar tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other information.

   
Shopop Ads

What is Shopop?

The Shopop browser add-on was developed by My Pop Shop Ltd. and claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling comparison shopping and displaying special offers when users visit online shopping websites.

While such functionality may seem legitimate, Internet users should be aware that the Shopop add-on is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application.

Developers of this browser plugin use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', thus, most users install this browser add-on inadvertently without their consent. After successful infiltration, Shopop generates intrusive banner, shopping comparison, and special offers ads.

   
Site Finder Virus

What is Site Finder?

The Site Finder browser add-on claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by finding alternatives to regular sites visited.

While this functionality may seem legitimate, computer users should be aware that the Site Finder plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware since it installs on browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox) using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.

Internet users often inadvertently install this adware without their consent when downloading free software. After successful installation, Site Finder generates links to third party websites, which could lead to malware infections.

   
Webisgreat.info Virus

What is webisgreat.info?

The Websearch.webisgreat.info browser hijacker infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) through free software downloads. After successful infiltration, this adware modifies users' homepage and default search engine settings by assigning them to the websearch.webisgreat.info website.

Furthermore, this browser hijacker tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording web pages visited, impressions, information from social media websites, clicks, and search terms.

While redirects to this website do not appear to be a high-risk security threat, Internet users should be aware that developers of this bogus browser plugin are able to redirect the websearch.webisgreat.info website to malicious sites at any time.

   
Council of Europe Virus

What is Council of Europe?

The Council of Europe "Internet is temporarily blocked" message is a ransomware virus that should not be trusted. It is a scam created by cyber criminals to trick unsuspecting PC users into divulging their credit card information. This ransomware infection infiltrates users' operating systems through malicious websites and infected email messages.

After successful infiltration, the Council of Europe virus modifies the operating system registry entries and changes the DNS settings. Users are then redirected to the ransomware page whenever they browse the Internet. The fake message states that users must submit their personal information in order to allow access to the Internet.

   
Translate Genius Ads

What is Translate Genius?

Created by TGF Interactive, Translate Genius is a browser add-on promising to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling quick translation of selected text or entire paragraphs. Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, Internet users should be aware that this plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware.

It infiltrates Internet browsers (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and generates intrusive ads. Furthermore, this plugin is known to track users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, operating systems, browser versions, and web pages visited.

The presence of Translate Genius on your system can cause high-risk malware infections (when clicking on third party ads generated by this add-on) and can lead to serious privacy issues.

   
Yahoo Toolbar

What is Yahoo toolbar?

The Yahoo toolbar is a browser add-on claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by allowing quick searches and displaying quick links to Facebook, weather reports, email, etc. Whilst this is a legitimate browser plugin, many Internet users install it inadvertently without their consent when downloading and installing free software.

Today, most freeware download websites and many freeware developers employ 'download clients' and various 'installers' in order to monetize their free services.

Internet users should be aware that download clients offer installation of advertised browser plug-ins (including the Yahoo toolbar) and some hide the 'decline' button, which can otherwise be used to opt-out of such installations.

   
Boxore Virus

What is Boxore?

The boxore virus is a potentially unwanted application, which infiltrates Internet browsers (Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome) through free software downloads and generates intrusive ads. This browser plugin promises to enhance users' Internet browsing by displaying offers and recommendations matched to users' preferences (videos, games, or music).

Whilst such functionality may seem legitimate, Boxore is categorized as adware, since it infiltrates Internet browsers without users' consent and generates various intrusive third party ads. Computer users should be aware that clicking these ads can lead to serious malware infections.

Furthermore, Boxore tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, websites visited, operating systems, and browser information.

   
Windows Safety Master

What is Safety Master?

Windows Safety Master is a rogue antivirus program, which generates fake security warning messages and indicates fake security infections in order to scare PC users into purchasing the 'full version'. This program is created by cyber criminals who use infected email messages, malicious websites, and fake online security scanners to distribute this bogus software.

After successful infiltration, Windows Safety Master modifies the registry entries of an infected operating system by setting itself to start automatically on each system startup.

Furthermore, it blocks execution of installed software (including antivirus programs and Internet browsers) and disables the Windows Task Manager. This program holds no virus definition database or virus scan engine and indicates identical security infections on all PCs infiltrated.

   

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