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Your Windows 10 Is Infected With 5 Viruses! POP-UP Scam

"Your Windows 10 is infected with 5 viruses!" removal instructions

What is "Your Windows 10 is infected with 5 viruses!"?

"Your Windows 10 is infected with 5 viruses!" is a sentence from a fake virus alert message suggesting that the user's operating system is infected with viruses. Typically, these notifications appear on deceptive websites designed by scammers who seek to trick visitors into downloading and installing dubious software, which supposedly removes the viruses. Note that scammers often encourage visitors to contact them by telephone. When contacted, however, they urge people to purchase dubious software or pay for their remote services. In any case, websites of this type can never be trusted and should be avoided.

   
FireBird RAT

FireBird virus removal guide

What is the FireBird RAT?

FireBird is a Remote Access Tool (alternatively, when used in malicious capacity - Remote Access Trojan). At first glance, it may seem as a legitimate piece of software, however its list of abilities/features (e.g. anti-detection, functionality without input or permission of the connected machine's user, etc.), make it obvious that FireBird was developed with malicious use in mind. This is furthered by the fact that this program is offered for purchase in cryptocurrency, the transactions of which, due to a lack of personal information involved - is difficult/impossible to trace. Hence, cyber criminals wishing to purchase it can remain anonymous. FireBird is designed to allow remote access and control over an infected device. It can be used in a variety of heinous ways that endanger both system integrity and user safety.

   
Happychoose Ransomware

Happychoose ransomware removal instructions

What is Happychoose?

Happychoose is a part of GlobeImposter ransomware family. Typically, software of this type encrypts files, changes their filenames and creates some ransom note. Happychoose renames files by appending the ".happychoose" extension to their filenames. For instance, it changes "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.happychoose", and so on. It also creates the "Decryption INFO.html" file (ransom note) and drops it in every folder that contains encrypted data.

   
Jope Ransomware

Jope ransomware removal instructions

What is Jope?

There are many ransomware-type programs that belong to the Djvu family, Jope is one of them. It encrypts victim's files, adds a new extension to their filenames and creates a ransom note. Jope renames encrypted files by appending the ".jope" extension to their filenames, for example, it renames "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.jope", "2.jpg" to "2.jpg.jope", etc. Instructions on how to contact cyber criminals, details like size of a ransom and other information are provided in a text file named "_readme.txt". Credits for discovering Jope ransomware belong to Michael Gillespie.

   
SearchYA Browser Hijacker

SearchYA browser hijacker removal instructions

What is SearchYA?

SearchYA is one of the many potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are categorized as browser hijackers. SearchYA supposed to improve web browsing experience, however, it is designed to promote feed.search-ya.com (fake search engine) by changing browser's settings and collect information related to user's browsing habits. It is worthwhile to mention that people usually do not download browser hijackers and other PUAs intentionally, knowingly.

   
SearchSystem Adware (Mac)

How to remove SearchSystem from Mac?

What is SearchSystem?

SearchSystem is an adware-type app. It runs intrusive advertisement campaigns and the ads it delivers - are undesirable, deceptive and possibly even malicious. This application also has qualities commonly assigned to browser hijackers, such as browser modification and fake search engine promotion. Since few users install it intentionally, SearchSystem is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) as well. It is noteworthy that most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) can track browsing-related data. SearchSystem has been proliferated using illegitimate Adobe Flash Player updaters/installers, which are not only used to distribute PUAs but ransomware, trojans and other malware.

   
PlusSpecial Adware (Mac)

How to remove PlusSpecial from Mac?

What is PlusSpecial?

PlusSpecial is a rogue app, classified as adware and possesses browser hijacker traits. This application enables the placement of intrusive advertisements on any visited website. It also makes modifications to browsers in other to promote fake search engines (Safe Finder via akamaihd.net). Practically all adware-types and browser hijackers spy on users' browsing activity. Since most users download/install PlusSpecial inadvertently, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

   
ZyNoXiOn Ransomware

ZyNoXiOn ransomware removal instructions

What is ZyNoXiOn?

ZyNoXiOn is a piece of malicious software, categorized as ransomware. Systems infected with this malware have their data encrypted and receive ransom demands for the decryption. During the encryption process, all compromised files are appended with the ".ZyNoXiOn" extension. For example, a file titled something like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.ZyNoXiOn" - following encryption. After this process is complete, a text file "HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt" is dropped into every affected folder and a pop-up window is displayed.

   
Tab Recovery Browser Hijacker

Tab Recovery browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Tab Recovery?

Tab Recovery (also known as Tab Recovery - Save & Organize Your Tabs) is a browser hijacker which is designed to change certain browsers settings to tabrecovery.com and explormatrix.com. In other words, it is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) which is designed to promote one fake and one questionable search engine. Apps like Tab Recovery are called PUAs because users tend to download and install them unknowingly. It is worthwhile to mention that most of them not only promote fake search engined but also gather various information.

   
Ada Covid Ransomware

Ada Covid ransomware removal instructions

What is Ada Covid?

Ransomware is a type of software that is designed to prevent victims from accessing their files by encrypting them. Usually it renames all encrypted files and creates and/or displays some ransom note (or notes) too. Ada Covid renames files by appending the ".pdf" extension to their filenames twice. For example, it renames "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.pdf.pdf", "2.jpg" to "2.jpg.pdf.pdf", etc. It creates a ransom note as a text file which is named "Name of your explain.txt". Ada Covid ransomware was discovered by MalwareHunterTeam.

   

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