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Search.hfastrecipefinder.com redirect removal instructions
What is search.hfastrecipefinder.com?
Fast Recipe Finder is a deceptive application that supposedly provides access to thousands of food recipes. Judging on appearance alone, Fast Recipe Finder may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without consent; 2) promotion of a fake search engine [search.hfastrecipefinder.com], and; 3) tracking of users' Internet browsing activity.
System Activation Key Has Expired removal instructions
What is System Activation Key Has Expired?
"System Activation Key Has Expired" is another fake error message similar to Spyware Detected On Your Computer!, Zeus Virus Detected In Your Computer, and many others. It is displayed by various deceptive websites that users often visit inadvertently (they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs [PUPs] or intrusive ads delivered by other malicious sites). Research shows that potentially unwanted programs typically infiltrate systems without consent and, as well as causing redirects, generate intrusive advertisements, gather sensitive information and, sometimes, run unwanted background processes.
My-search.com redirect removal instructions
What is my-search.com?
my-search.com is a fake web search engine that, as usual, claims to enhance the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, my-search.com may seem legitimate and useful, however, do not be deceived. Research shows that this site is promoted using a browser-hijacking application called my-search.com, which modifies browser options without permission. Furthermore, my-search.com and FullTab are designed to record information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.
PSCrypt ransomware removal instructions
What is PSCrypt?
PSCrypt is a ransomware-type virus based on another malware infection called GlobeImposter. Immediately after infiltration, PSCrypt encrypts most stored files. In addition, it adds the ".docs" extension to the name of each encrypted file (for instance, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.docs"). Once files are encrypted, using them becomes impossible. Immediately after compromising data, PSCrypt creates an HTML file (".docs document.html") and places a copy in every existing folder.
Unwanted redirect removal instructions
What is Redirecting Rogue Extension??
The Internet is full of applications/browser extensions that modify web browser settings without consent. These potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and add-ons are categorized as browser hijackers. In most cases, these so-called browser hijackers infiltrate systems without users' consent - developers proliferate them using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods.
Relieve Stress Paint removal instructions
What is Relieve Stress Paint?
Developers present Relieve Stress Paint as legitimate software that helps people to calm down in stressful situations. On initial inspection, Relieve Stress Paint may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is categorized as a trojan. Furthermore, Relieve Stress Paint is distributed via a rogue website (that claims to be Aol.net) and with various adware-type programs.
Horsia ransomware removal instructions
What is Horsia?
Horsia is newly-discovered ransomware that originates from another high-risk malware infection called Scarab. Immediately after infiltration, Horsia encrypts most stored data and appends the developer's email address ("email@example.com") as an extension to the name of each compromised file. For instance, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "firstname.lastname@example.org". Encrypted data becomes unusable. Once encryption is complete, Horsia changes the desktop wallpaper and generates a text file ("HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT"), placing a copy in each existing folder.
M.smartsrch.com redirect removal instructions
What is m.smartsrch.com?
m.smartsrch.com is a fake web search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, m.smartsrch.com may seem legitimate, however, this site is promoted using a browser-hijacking application called SearchFunctions. Furthermore, it continually gathers various information relating to web browsing activity.
GANDCRAB 3 ransomware removal instructions
What is GANDCRAB 3?
Recently discovered by malware security researcher, Marcelo Rivero, GANDCRAB 3 is a new variant of high-risk ransomware called GANDCRAB V2.0. After successful system infiltration, GANDCRAB 3 encrypts most stored files and appends filenames with the ".CRAB" extension. For example, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.CRAB". Compromised data becomes unusable. Once encryption is complete, GANDCRAB 3 creates a text file ("CRAB-DECRYPT.txt") and places a copy in each existing folder. These features are inherited from a previous GANDCRAB 3 version. Unlike past versions, however, GANDCRAB 3 also changes the desktop wallpaper.
BLOCK due to Suspicious Activities removal instructions
What is BLOCK due to Suspicious Activities?
"BLOCK due to Suspicious Activities" is a fake pop-up error message displayed by a website that users are redirected to by potentially unwanted adware-type programs. Adware often infiltrates systems without users' consent - developers distribute these applications using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". As well as causing unwanted browser redirects, adware also collects various user/system information and delivers intrusive online advertisements.
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