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What is RevenueHits?
RevenueHits is an advertising platform used by various third-party advertising agencies to serve pop-up, in-text, and other types of advertising. Many Internet users refer to these ads as a virus or malware since they are intrusive and appear on various websites whilst surfing the Internet.
Technically, these ads are not related to viruses, however, they are caused by various potentially unwanted applications, which use RevenueHits to monetize their free software.
For example, Internet users observe these deceptive advertisements after installing the Softonic toolbar. Such negative associations are made since Internet users often install this adware inadvertently without their consent.
What is WebSparkle?
WebSparkle is a potentially unwanted application, which installs on users' Internet browsers without their consent causing various unwanted ads. This plugin is developed by Super Web LLC and is promoted using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.
Commonly, Internet users install WebSparkle together with free software downloaded from popular freeware download websites. After successful installation, this add-on generates ads within search engines, coupon ads (when users visit online shopping websites), and pop-ups.
Technically, WebSparkle is not a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as adware and clicking on ads generated by this browser extension can lead to computer security and privacy issues.
What is USA Cyber Crime Investigations?
The USA Cyber Crime Investigations, Cyber Command of [State name] message, "ATTENTION! Your computer has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below", blocks computer screens and demands payment of a $300 fine (using MoneyPak or MoneyGram) for alleged law violations.
This is a scam. These messages are not sent by any legitimate authorities from the USA - they are caused by a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals.
The virus originates from a family called Urausy and targets PC users from the USA - specifically, various states including California, Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Texas, Utah, Maryland, Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Indiana, Hawaii, Georgia, and Florida.
This targeting is possible since ransomware viruses are capable of detecting the IP addresses of computers infiltrated. This information allows cyber criminals to serve localized variants of their fake messages.
What is gqs.donedrive.net?
The gqs.donedrive.net website is used by deceptive advertising networks to serve pop-up ads. When clicked, these ads commonly redirect to deceptive websites offering installation of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), attempt to trick Internet users into completing online surveys, or lead to malware infections.
gqs.donedrive.net pop-up ads are generated by adware, which installs on users' computers together with free software using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Internet users who observe these pop-up ads when browsing the Internet have browsers infected with adware.
A common source of free browser add-ons are free software download websites, which use 'download clients' to manage the download process of the freeware offered.
What is Ttessab?
The Ttessab browser add-on generates unwanted ads when users' browse the Internet. This plugin is developed by Super Web LLC and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
It claims to enhance users' Internet surfing experience by enabling multi-site searching and displaying website ratings, however, it is distributed using free software downloads (and a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'). Commonly, Internet users feel that Ttesssab was installed on their Internet browsers without their consent.
Moreover, this browser plugin causes various unwanted ads (including pop-up, in-text, and coupon advertisements), diminishes Internet browser performance, and can cause privacy issues.
What is LinkSicle?
The LinkSicle browser add-on claims to make Internet searching and text translation tasks faster and easier by displaying in-page translation and search results (using the Bing search engine) of any selected text. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, many Internet users refer to LinkSicle as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since this plugin is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - the add-on installs on users' Internet browsers together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
Moreover, LinkSicle generates various banner, search, and pop-up ads when users surf the Internet. This behavior is typical of adware or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
What is Lamilov?
Lamilov is a browser extension claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling multi-site search capabilities and displaying website ratings. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
While this added functionality may seem legitimate, Lamilov is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application, since it commonly installs on users' Internet browsers without their consent and causes various unwanted advertisements (search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads).
What is PlurPush?
PlurPush is a potentially unwanted application developed by Super Web LLC. Creators of this plugin claim that PlurPush enhances users' Internet browsing experience by adding multi-site search functionality and displaying website reviews, however, many Internet users refer to this browser add-on as a virus or malware.
These negative associations are made since this extension is distributed via free software downloads (using 'download clients'), and many users feel that it was installed on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent.
Moreover, this plugin causes intrusive ads whilst browsing the Internet including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads.
What is Ministerio Del Interior?
The Ministerio Del Interior (Gobierno de España) message, "El ordenador de ha bloqueado", demands payment of a 100 EUR fine (using Ukash or paysafecard) in order to unlock your computer. This is a scam. The message, which blocks the computer screen, is called a ransomware virus and created by cyber criminals to trick unsuspecting PC users into paying a bogus fine.
Commonly, ransomware viruses are distributed using 'exploit kits', which infiltrate users' systems via security vulnerabilities detected within outdated software.
After successful infiltration, the ransomware blocks the desktop and delivers a message reporting that a fine for alleged law violations (watching pornography, distributing copyrighted software, etc.) must be paid within 48 hours to avoid a criminal case.
What is Proven Antivirus Protectiont?
Antimalware (Proven Antivirus Protection) is a fake antivirus program originating from a family of rogue security programs called "WinWebSec". This program infiltrates users' operating systems using 'exploit kits', which are distributed using malicious websites, drive-by downloads, and infected email messages.
Exploit kits rely on security vulnerabilities detected within outdated software in order to infect users' computers. After successful infiltration, exploit kits execute the Antimalware "Proven Antivirus Protection" fake antivirus program, which then attempts to trick PC users into purchasing a useless 'full version'.
This rogue antivirus program is an imitation of legitimate antivirus software - it performs fake computer security scans and reports non-existent security infections to scare PC users into believing that their operating systems are infected with high-risk malware and viruses.
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