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Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated Scam

"Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated" virus removal guide

What is "Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated"?

Discovered by malware security researcher, Lawrence Abrams, "Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated" is a fake error similar to Product Key Has Expired, Windows Health Is Critical, and many others. These scams are often proliferated by malicious programs (such as software cracks, fake downloads, etc.) Once infiltrated, "Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated" locks the computer screen, thereby preventing any further actions.

   
My Decryptor Ransomware

My Decryptor ransomware removal instructions

What is My Decryptor?

My Decryptor (also knonw as Magniber) is a ransomware-type virus discovered by malware security researcher, Michael Gillespie. Once infiltrated, My Decryptor encrypts stored files and appends filenames with an extension comprising seven random characters. For instance, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "sample.jpg.gkelhoh". At this moment cyber criminals are using ".ihsdj" or ".kgpvwnr" extensions for encrypted files. After successfully encrypting files, My Decryptor creates a text file ("_HOW_TO_DECRYPT_MY_FILES_[random_characters]_.txt" or "READ_ME_FOR_DECRYPT_[victim’s id].txt"), placing it on the desktop.

   
Do Not Ignore This Windows Alert Scam

Do Not Ignore This Windows Alert removal instructions

What is Do Not Ignore This Windows Alert?

"Do Not Ignore This Windows Alert" is a fake pop-up error displayed by a malicious website. Users often visit this website inadvertently - they are redirected by rogue adware-type applications that infiltrate usually infiltrate systems without consent (bundling method). As well as causing unwanted redirects, these potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) collect various data types and deliver intrusive online advertisements.

   
Newtab.today Redirect

How to eliminate browser redirects to newtab.today?

What is newtab.today?

According to the developers, newtab.today is a "high-quality" Internet search engine that supposedly enhances the web browsing experience by generating improved results and providing quick access to various popular websites (Facebook, YouTube, eBay, Twitter, etc.) On initial inspection, newtab.today may seem legitimate and useful, however, this site is promoted using rogue download/installation set-ups that modify browser settings without consent. Furthermore, newtab.today continually records various information (mostly, relating to users' Internet browsing activity).

   
Your Windows Infected With Viruses Scam

Your Windows Infected With Viruses removal instructions

What is Your Windows Infected With Viruses?

"Your Windows Infected With Viruses" is a fake error message displayed by a malicious website. Research shows that users are redirected to this website by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that infiltrate systems without permission. Following successful installation, PUPs cause unwanted redirects and run various processes without consent. They also deliver intrusive ads, and gather various user-system information.

   
YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED Scam

"YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED" removal instructions

What is "YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED"?

The "YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED" message states that the computer has been infected with various viruses/malware and that private data (Facebook Login, Credit Card Details, Email Account Login, etc.) has been stolen. The message encourages users to contact technical support via a telephone number provided. Users are often tricked into believing that this message is legitimate, however, it is a scam. This virus is very similar to the previously-distributed scam, "Your Browser Has Been Blocked".

   
Searchdefence.com Redirect

Searchdefence.com redirect removal instructions

What is searchdefence.com?

Developers present searchdefence.com as a high-end Internet search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Initially, searchdefence.com may seem legitimate and useful, as its appearance barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other similar legitimate search engines. Be aware, however, that developers promote this site using browser-hijacking download/installation set-ups that modify browser options without consent. Furthermore, searchdefence.com records various data relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

   
MediaDownloader Adware (PC)

MediaDownloader removal instructions

What is MediaDownloader?

MediaDownloader is a rogue application that falsely claims to allow download and conversion of various media files. On initial inspection, MediaDownloader may appear legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as adware (advertising malware) and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without users' consent; 2) display of malvertising ads, and; 3) information recording.

   
Anubi Ransomware

Anubi ransomware removal instructions

What is Anubi?

Anubi is a ransomware-type virus discovered by malware security researcher, S!Ri. Once infiltrated, Anubi encrypts various data and appends filenames with the ".[anubi@cock.li].anubi" extension. For example, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.[anubi@cock.li].anubi". Following successful encryption, Anubi creates a text file ("__READ_ME__.txt"), placing it in all existing folders. Note also that Anubi is virtually identical to ransomware-type viruses originating from the BTCWare malware family. There are just two differences: 1) rather than displaying a pop-up window, Anubi opens the aforementioned text file, and; 2) Anubi continues to encrypt newly-created files.

   
Consertist.com Redirect

Consertist.com redirect removal instructions

What is consertist.com?

consertist.com is a rogue website identical to primosearch.com, deloton.com, aptitudemedia.co, and many others. This site redirects to various other suspicious websites. Furthermore, users often visit consertist.com inadvertently - they are redirected by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that infiltrate systems without permission. Research also shows that, as well as causing redirects, potentially unwanted programs deliver 'malvertising' ads, record user-system information, and stealthily run unwanted processes.

   

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