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Online TV Streams Browser Hijacker

Online TV Streams browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Online TV Streams?

Online TV Streams is an app that is advertised as a tool which supposed to provide users with a quick access to various TV streaming websites. However, it is categorized as a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted application (PUA) because it promotes a fake search engine (search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com) by changing browser's settings and people usually do not download, and install apps of this type intentionally. Also, most browser hijackers are designed to collect browsing-related details. Additionally, this particular browser hijacker gets installed with another PUA called Hide My Searches.

   
Horsedeal Ransomware

Horsedeal ransomware removal instructions

What is Horsedeal?

Discovered by malware researcher S!Ri, Horsedeal is a malicious program, classified as ransomware. Systems infected with it have their data encrypted, followed by ransom demands for the decryption. During the encryption, all affected files are appended with the ".horsedeal" extension. For example, a file originally titled something like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.horsedeal". After this process is complete, a text file - "#Decryption#.txt" is dropped onto the desktop, the wallpaper of which is also changed by Horsedeal ransomware.

   
QuickBooks Email Virus

QuickBooks Email Virus removal guide

What is "QuickBooks Email Virus"?

QuickBooks is a legitimate accounting software developed by Intuit, however, this company has nothing to do with this email/spam campaign. It is very common for scammers to disguise their emails as emails from legitimate and/or well known companies, use their names (and/or names of their products, services), and so on. Cyber criminals behind this spam campaign spread it with a purpose to trick recipients into opening an attachment that is disguised as an invoice and is designed to install a malicious program called Dridex. We strongly recommend not to trust this email and leave its contents unopened.

   
ExploreSearchResults Adware (Mac)

How to remove ExploreSearchResults from Mac?

What is ExploreSearchResults?

ExploreSearchResults is a rogue application, belonging to the AdLoad adware family. It is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns (i.e. deliver various undesirable and harmful ads). Aside from operating as adware, it also has browser hijacker traits - which are defined by modification and access restriction of browser settings, as well as promotion of fake search engines. ExploreSearchResults promotes search.landslidesearch.com or home.searchpulse.net - illegitimate web searchers. This app infiltrates systems via fake Flash Player updater and due to such dubious proliferation methods, it is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Most apps within this class have data tracking abilities, which they employ to gather browsing-related information.

   
ReachChoice Adware (Mac)

How to remove ReachChoice from Mac?

What is ReachChoice?

ReachChoice supposed to improve browsing experience, however, this app is categorized as adware. It means that its users are being served with various intrusive advertisements. Apps like ReachChoice are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) because people tend to download and install them unknowingly, unintentionally. Additionally, adware is a type of software that is often designed to gather various information related to user's browsing habits.

   
Maps & Driving Directions browser hijacker

Maps & Driving Directions browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Maps & Driving Directions?

Maps & Driving Directions supposed to provide users with a quick access to various maps. However, this app is designed to promote search.mapsanddrivingdirectionstab.com (fake search engine) by changing browser's settings. Apps of this type are called browser hijackers, most of them not only change settings but also gather browsing data. Browser hijackers are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) because people often download and install them inadvertently. It is worth mentioning that Maps & Driving Directions gets installed together with Hide My Searches which is also a PUA.

   
iWebPlayer Unwanted Application (Mac)

How to remove iWebPlayer from Mac?

What is iWebPlayer?

iWebPlayer is a piece of software, supposedly capable of playing various video files. It is primarily promoted via deceptive scam/deceptive websites (e.g. bundled into fake Flash Player updaters). Due to such dubious proliferation methods, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Users should note that PUAs can force-open scam pages, alternatively redirects to such can occur through clicked intrusive advertisements.

   
Mychromesearch.com Redirect

Mychromesearch.com redirect removal instructions

What is mychromesearch.com?

Mychromesearch.com is a fake search engine. It bears a legitimate appearance and at first glance barely differs from genuine search engines. Mychromesearch.com even contains a Google logo. However, it has nothing to do with this company. Usually, fraudulent web searchers are promoted by a type of PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) classified as a browser hijacker. Users should note that these applications do not need their express permission to infiltrate devices.

   
Managervanilla.pw POP-UP Scam (Mac)

How to remove apps that open managervanilla[.]pw on Mac?

What is managervanilla[.]pw?

Managervanilla[.]pw is a deceptive website that offers to update Adobe Flash Player. However, it is designed to download an installer of some potentially unwanted application (PUA) called MediaDownloader. Typically, websites like managervanilla[.]pw have nothing to do with the actual Adobe Flash Player and are designed to trick people into installing browser hijackers, adware and other PUAs. In some cases they are used to proliferate malicious software like Trojans, ransomware, as well. Either way, managervanilla[.]pw and other similar websites should never be trusted.

   
Lifeimpressions.net Ads

Lifeimpressions[.]net redirect removal instructions

What is lifeimpressions[.]net?

Lifeimpressions[.]net is a rogue website, quite similar to lodder1.bizskolk.prohitnews.bizworldmylife.info and many others. It is designed to present visitors with dubious content and to generate redirects to other untrustworthy, even malicious pages. Most users access lifeimpressions[.]net inadvertently, they either get redirected by intrusive ads or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already present in the device. It must be emphasized that these applications do not need explicit user permission to infiltrate systems. Following installation, PUAs cause redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements and gather intel on users' browsing habits.

   

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