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Wrui Ransomware

Wrui ransomware removal instructions

What is Wrui?

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files to prevent victims from accessing, using them unless they decrypt them using a tool purchased from the attackers. It is common that malware of this type renames encrypted files by appending its extension to their filenames. Wrui appends the ".wrui" extension, for example, it renames a file named "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.wrui", "2.jpg" to "2.jpg.wrui", and so on. Like most ransomware variants, Wrui generates a ransom note, it creates the "_readme.txt" file. It is noteworthy that Wrui is part of the Djvu ransomware family.

   
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Informistio[.]com pop-up ads removal instructions

What is informistio[.]com?

Sharing many similarities with news-hot.xyz, ro01.biz, appzery.com, finddealsdaily.com, and thousands of others, informistio[.]com is a rogue website. This page presents visitors with questionable material and/or redirects them to other untrustworthy and possibly malicious sites. Usually, users access such websites inadvertently. Most get redirected to them by intrusive ads or PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) already infiltrated into their devices. These apps can have heinous functionalities, including - causing redirects, running intrusive advertisement campaigns, and collecting browsing-related information.

   
YoutubeDownloader Adware

YoutubeDownloader adware removal instructions

What is YoutubeDownloader?

YoutubeDownloader is a piece of rogue software, endorsed as a tool capable of downloading audio and video content from YouTube and Facebook. The application operates by converting provided YouTube/Facebook video URLs (links) into various audio/video files, e.g., MP3, MP4, WMA, M4A, FLV, WebM, and other formats. The downloads are stated to be unlimited and free. In addition to infringing on copyright laws, the YoutubeDownloader app is also classified as adware. Following successful installation, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, this adware delivers undesirable, misleading, and even malicious ads. Since most users install YoutubeDownloader unintentionally, it is categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) as well.

   
IncognitoSearchBox Browser Hijacker

IncognitoSearchBox browser hijacker removal instructions

What is IncognitoSearchBox?

Browser hijackers are potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are designed to promote fake search engines. Usually, applications of this type promote their search engines by changing browser settings. IncognitoSearchBox promotes the incognitosearchbox.com address. Additionally, most browser hijackers are designed to gather data related to Internet browsing activities or other details. Apps like IncognitoSearchBox are called potentially unwanted applications because it is uncommon for them to be downloaded and installed by users on purpose.

   
CRYSTAL Ransomware

CRYSTAL ransomware removal instructions

What is CRYSTAL?

Ransomware is a form of malicious software that prevents victims from using their files by encrypting them. Typically, malware of this type encrypts files, renames them, and generates a ransom note. CRYSTAL renames files by appending the victim's ID, black_privat@tuta.io email address, and ".CRYSTAL" as the file extension. For instance, it renames a file named "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.[ID-C279F237].[black_privat@tuta.io].CRYSTAL", "2.jpg" to "2.jpg.[ID-C279F237].[black_privat@tuta.io].CRYSTAL". CRYSTAL creates the "RESTORE_FILES_INFO.txt" text file as its ransom note. It places this file in each folder that contains encrypted files. This ransomware variants is part of the Hakbit family.

   
Hydra (VoidCrypt) Ransomware

Hydra (VoidCrypt) ransomware removal instructions

What is Hydra (VoidCrypt) ransomware?

Belonging to the VoidCrypt ransomware family, Hydra is a malicious program that operates by encrypting data and demanding ransoms for the decryption. In other words, victims cannot access the files affected by Hydra (VoidCrypt) ransomware, and they are asked to pay to restore their data. During the encryption process, files are retitled following this pattern: original filename, cyber criminals' email address, unique ID assigned to the victims, and the ".hydra" extension. For example, a file initially named "1.jpg" would appear as something similar to "1.jpg.[wyooy@tutanota.com][MJ-PV8479036215].hydra" - after encryption. Once this process is complete, ransom notes - "Decrypt-me.txt" - are dropped into compromised folders.

   
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Topgirlsdating[.]com pop-up ads removal instructions

What is topgirlsdating[.]com?

Topgirlsdating[.]com is a rogue website designed to deliver questionable material and/or redirect visitors to other untrustworthy/malicious pages. There are countless sites of this type on the Web; wsoyourwi.fun, ourbestnews.comrevercecaptcha.com - are but a few examples. Users seldom access such webpages intentionally. Most get redirected to them by intrusive advertisements or PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) already installed onto their systems. This software does not require explicit user permission to infiltrate devices. PUAs operate by causing redirects, running intrusive advert campaigns, and collecting browsing-related information.

   
Debt Settlement Email Scam

"Debt Settlement email scam" removal guide

What is the "Debt Settlement" scam email?

"Debt Settlement email scam" refers to a spam campaign - a large-scale operation during which thousands of deceptive emails are sent. The letters sent through this campaign - notify recipients of a paid debt. It must be emphasized that the information provided by these scam emails - is false. The spam campaign's aim is to promote a phishing website, which requests users to validate their email accounts by providing their log-in credentials (i.e., email addresses and passwords). Phishing sites operate by recording data entered into them. Therefore, by trusting the "Debt Settlement" letters, recipients can have their email accounts stolen.

   
Vpnservice.me POP-UP Scam (Mac)

How to stop a browser from opening pages like vpnservice[.]me?

What is vpnservice[.]me?

Usually, the main purpose of websites like vpnservice[.]me is to trick their visitors into downloading and installing some potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Most of them use scare tactics to promote PUAs, for example, they display fake virus or error messages claiming that visitors need to remove viruses, fix errors or solve other issues as soon as possible. Otherwise, a device will be damaged even more. It is important to mention that it is very uncommon for pages like vpnservice[.]me to be visited by users on purpose. Most popular ways to promote such pages are through other shady websites, deceptive advertisements, or PUAs.

   
Zwbowhtlni Ransomware

Zwbowhtlni ransomware removal instructions

What is Zwbowhtlni ransomware?

Zwbowhtlni is a piece of malicious software classified as ransomware. Systems infected with this malware experience data encryption and receive ransom demands for the decryption. In other words, files affected by Zwbowhtlni are rendered inaccessible and renamed; to recover access to their data - victims are asked to pay. During the encryption process, files are appended with the ".zwbowhtlni" extension. For example, a file originally titled something like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.zwbowhtlni", "2.jpg" as "2.jpg.zwbowhtlni", "3.jpg" as "3.jpg.zwbowhtlni", etc. After this process is complete, ransom notes - "HOW TO RESTORE YOUR FILES.TXT" - are created and dropped into compromised folders. Zwbowhtlni malicious program belongs to the Snatch ransomware group.

   

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