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Lucky Savings

What is Lucky Savings?

Lucky Savings is a browser extension developed by 215 Apps (Excellent Apps), who claim that the add-on helps users save time and money whilst shopping online. While some Internet users see this extension as useful, many report that Lucky Savings was installed on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox) without their consent.

Note that this browser extension is not related to malware or virus infections, however, the developers use deceptive methods to promote Lucky Savings. Commonly, this browser add-on is installed together with free software downloaded from the Internet.

   
United Kingdom Police Virus

What is United Kingdom Police?

The United Kingdom Police message blocks computer users' screens, demanding payment of a £100 GBP fine for alleged copyright law violations. This message is a scam created by Cyber criminals who make money from PC users who fall for their trickery and pay the bogus fine.

Note that genuine authorities from the United Kingdom do not use messages such as this to collect fines for any law violations. The names of the Cheshire Police Authority, PCeU, Metropolitan Police, and ICSPA are exploited by cyber criminals to make their fake message appear authentic.

   
FBI Cybercrime Division Virus - Your computer has been blocked

What is FBI Cybercrime Division?

The FBI Cybercrime Division message blocks computer users' screens, stating that the block was applied for alleged illegal download of music and video files. This is a scam - a ransomware infection developed by cyber criminals. In fact, neither the FBI nor the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance has any connection with this message.

No international authorities use screen-blocking messages such as this to collect fines for any law violations. The FBI Cybercrime Division ransomware demands payment of a $300 fine in order to unlock the user's PC, but note that paying this fine is equivalent to sending your money to Cyber criminals - with no guarantee that the computer will be unlocked.

   
Smiley Bar for Facebook

What is Smiley Bar for Facebook?

The Smiley Bar for Facebook browser add-on is developed by Status Winks and adds emoticons to users' Facebook Chat. Whilst this browser add-on may appear useful and harmless, it is categorized as spyware, since when installed, it tracks users' Internet surfing habits and the collated information is sold to third parties.

Commonly, this browser add-on is installed on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet.

   
Savings App

What is Savings App?

The Savings App browser add-on displays coupon ads when computer users visit online shopping websites. This browser extension is developed by 215 Apps (Excellent Apps) and can be downloaded from its homepage or may be installed on users' computers together with free software downloaded from the Internet.

Whilst this browser plug-in is not technically a virus or malware, it is categorized as adware, since when installed, it hijacks the Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox) and displays deceptive ads from other websites. The add-on also generates coupon ad pop-ups whenever users visit online shopping websites.

   
System Repair Virus (2013)

What is System Repair?

System Repair is a fake hard drive scanner that displays fabricated hard disk drive errors with the purpose of scaring PC users into purchasing the full version. When this rogue infiltrates users' computers, it modifies the operating system settings and registry entries, configuring itself to start automatically on each system start-up.

Moreover, System Repair hides users' desktop icons and Start menu entries. These tactics are employed to give the appearance that the system has acquired serious hard drive-related issues. Note that System Repair does not delete computer users' files - it simply hides them.

   
Coupon Buddy

What is Coupon Buddy?

Coupon Buddy is a browser extension developed by Social Growth Technologies Inc. This browser add-on displays coupon deal ads when computer users visit online shopping websites such as eBay and Amazon.

Coupon Buddy is bundled with Conduit-powered toolbars known to cause unwanted redirects to search.conduit.com or trovi.com, and moreover, these toolbars install additional add-ons (such as Search Protect by Conduit), making it difficult to modify your homepage and default search engine.

   
The Firewall of the United States Virus

What is The Firewall of the United States?

The Firewall of the United States message blocks computer users' screens and is a scam created by cyber criminals. In fact, this message is a virus (a ransomware infection), which infiltrates systems using Trojans and demands payment of a bogus $200 fine using MoneyPak.

The message states that the fine is for alleged law violations such as downloading copyrighted audio, video, software, etc. This screen locker originates from a family of ransomware called Epubb. Previous variants of this scam exploit the name of the FBI in order to extort fake fines from unsuspecting PC users.

   
Ginyas Browser Companion

What is Ginyas Browser Companion?

Ginyas Browser Companion is a browser add-on created by Blabbers Communications LTD., promising to save people time and money when shopping online. Essentially, this is a coupon plug-in that displays coupon ads when users visit eBay, Expedia, and other websites.

This browser add-on is similar to other unwanted coupon-related extensions such as Drop Down Deals, Browse to Save, DealPly, and many others.

   
Metropolitan Police Total Policing Virus

What is Metropolitan Police Total Policing?

The Metropolitan Police Total Policing message blocks computer users' screens, demanding payment of a £100 GBP fine to unlock the system. Be aware that this is a scam, a ransomware infection originating from a family of screen lockers called 'Rannoh'.

This particular ransomware infection is especially harmful, since it not only locks users' computers, but also encrypts the files stored on the hard disks. The message states that the lock was applied due to the user downloading copyrighted videos, music files, etc. These assertions are false and delivered only to scare computer users into paying a bogus fine.

   

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