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Guardia di Finanza Virus

What is Guardia di Finanza?

The Guardia di Finanza message blocks computer users' screens and is a scam which should not be trusted. This ransomware infection originates from a family of screen lockers called Reveton. This particular infection predominantly targets computer users from Italy and exploits the name of a local authority: 'Guardia di Finanza'.

This authority has no connection with this message - the screen locker was developed and distributed by cyber criminals. If computer users pay the bogus 100 Euro fine, the money is sent to cyber criminals.

   
2YourFace Adware

What is 2YourFace?

2YourFace is a browser extension adding video and audio calls functionality to users' FaceBook chat. This browser add-on is developed by Outbrowse Ltd. and employs some deceptive monetization methods, such as displaying unwanted ads in search engine results pages and displaying deals pop-ups within online shopping websites.

This browser add-on alone is not technically a virus or malware, however it is categorized as being adware for two reasons:

1) it installs on users' computers without their consent, since it is bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet, and; 2) 2YourFace displays unwanted ads and diminishes Internet browser performance (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox).

   
Smart Suggestor Adware

What is Smart Suggestor?

The Smart Suggestor browser extension, developed by Think Tank Labs, promises to save users time when searching the Internet. Moreover, this browser add-on displays coupon deals when visiting online shopping websites. Whilst this browser add-on may appear legitimate, its developers use a deceptive distribution channel - bundling with free software.

The result of this promotional method is that many computer users install the browser add-on inadvertently without their consent.

Users report that they have installed Smart Suggestor unwillingly and feel annoyed by unwanted pop-ups and unwanted ads imposed by Smart Shopping Buddy. Commonly, Smart Suggestor is installed together with free software downloaded from the Internet (such as xlplayer or software from various download clients).

   
ZoomEx Adware

What is ZoomEx?

The ZoomEx browser extension enhances users' Internet browsing experience by enlarging Facebook photos (when the user hovers over them).

Whilst on first inspection this browser plug-in appears legitimate, it has a downside: this extension displays unwanted ads (pop-ups and text link ads). ZoomEx is one of a number of adware-related browser add-ons used by free software developers to monetize their free programs.

   
Search Enhance Adware

What is Search Enhance

The Search Enhance browser add-on is developed by 215 Apps and promises to save computer users time when searching the Internet. In fact, this browser add-on overrides search bars found on various websites and displays its own search results - sponsored third party links.

This browser extension commonly self-installs on users' computers together with free software downloaded from the Internet. The problem with these promotion methods (bundling) is that computer users often install browser extensions without their consent.

Furthermore, this add-on tracks computer users' Internet browsing habits and the creators may sell this collated information to third-parties.

   
SuperFish Ads

What is SuperFish?

SuperFish ads are caused by an api, which various browser extension developers apply to their add-ons. These ads appear when Internet users visit online shopping websites such as eBay, Amazon, Shopping.com, etc.

Although these ads are not directly related to virus or spyware infections, many computer users report that they do not know why these pop-ups appear or what causes them. Users should be aware that SuperFish ads are caused by free add-ons installed on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome).

   
Security Defender (2013)

What is Security Defender?

Security Defender is fake antivirus software developed by Cyber criminals - it is a scam and it should not be trusted. This rogue security scanner originates from a family of bogus antivirus programs called Braviax. Its main goal is to trick unsuspecting PC users into 'activating' a full version of the software.

This software has no connection with legitimate antivirus programs - Security Defender relies on fake security warning messages and 'detection' of bogus security infections in order to coerce PC users into buying this worthless product.

   
Searchamong.com Redirect

What is Searchamong.com?

The Searchamong.com website presents users with a search bar - a customized Google search engine with search results that appear to be legitimate. Whilst this website is not directly related to computer virus infections, its developers use deceptive promotional methods - Internet users are redirected to this website without their consent.

These unwanted redirect issues may occur when users inadvertently install the Searchamong toolbar on their computers. This is often a consequence installing free software downloaded from the Internet (such as vioplayer, optimum installer, etc.)

   
SearchYa.com Redirect

What is SearchYa.com?

The SearchYa.com website is promoted by the SearchYa toolbar. While this browser toolbar is not directly related to virus or malware infections, many computer users report that this browser add-on was installed on their computers without their consent, and thus visit SearchYa.com forcibly.

Furthermore, full elimination of this extension from all Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox) is problematic.

The SearchYa toolbar is often distributed using free software. If you feel that you have not willingly installed this add-on, and yet it appeared on your system regardless, this is likely to have been caused by installation of free software downloaded from the Internet.

   
Protectedsearch.com Virus

What is Protectedsearch.com?

The Protectedsearch.com website is promoted using various browser toolbars. While this website is not related to malware or virus infections, it is promoted using deceptive methods - many computer users report that they are redirected to this site without their consent. This redirect issue is closely related to installation of browser toolbars that use the igeared Api.

Using this website for your daily Internet searches adds no real value, since protectedsearch.com merely uses a custom Google search engine.

The main reason for applying this redirect is monetization - many free software developers bundle their free programs with browser plug-ins, which cause redirect issues or unwanted adds (and thus generate revenue via impressions or clicks).

   

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