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Hndry POP-UP Scam (Mac)

How to remove Hndry from Mac?

What is Hndry?

Hndry is a family of deceptive websites that encourage visitors to remove a virus that was detected by them. These pages offer to download and install some questionable application that supposed to find and eliminate that virus. In this case one of the Hndry pages promotes an app called Smart Mac Booster. Such websites should never be trusted, the same applies to software that is advertised on them. Typically, browsers open shady, deceptive pages because there is some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on them. In other words, users do not visit those websites by themselves.

Hj8gjh POP-Up Scam (Mac)

How to remove "Hj8gjh" from Mac?

What is "Hj8gjh"?

Hj8gjh is a family of scam websites, which are designed to endorse dubious applications. This variation promotes Smart Mac Booster. These deceptive sites use scare-tactics to push visitors into installation of said app. They warn users of an a supposed virus detected on their MacOS (Mac Operating System) and offer Smart Mac Booster for its removal. It must be mentioned that no webpage can detect issues/threats on devices; any that claim to do so are fraudulent and are not to be trusted. Additionally, any software advertised on such websites is highly likely to be illegitimate and nonfunctional. Typically, access to these kinds of sites is unintentional. Most visitors to Hj8gjh enter it through redirects caused by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already present on the systems.

Search Selector Browser Hijacker

Search Selector browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Search Selector?

Search Selector is an app that helps users to search the web by providing search results through the search engine. Typically, apps that promote search engines by changing browser's settings are categorized as browser hijackers. Also, they are known as potentially unwanted applications because users usually download and install them unintentionally. It is possible that Search Selector is one of those apps. Besides, most apps of this type are designed to collect various browsing-related information.

.James (Ouroboros) Ransomware

.James ransomware removal instructions

What is .James ransomware?

Discovered by Alex Svirid, .James is a piece of malicious software, belonging to the Ouroboros ransomware family. It operates by encrypting data and demanding a ransom for its decryption. During the encryption process, all files are appended with this ransomware's developers' email address, victims' unique ID number and ".James" extension (".Email=[]ID=[victim's_ID].James"). For example, a file titled "1.jpg" would appear similar to "1.jpg.Email=[]ID=[ALEohfnsVHCbRp8].James", and so on for all compromised files. After this process is finished, .James drops a text file - "Read-Me-Now.txt" and displays a pop-up window.

MyTelevisionHQ Toolbar redirect removal instructions

What is

MyTelevisionHQ is one of the many applications that are designed by Mindspark. This one supposed to provide a quick access to various TV shows. However, this app is categorized as a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted application (PUA). It is because MyTelevisionHQ changes browser's settings to promote, a fake search engine, and collects information related to user's web browsing activities. Also, most people download (and install) applications of this type unwillingly/unintentionally.

Hakbit Ransomware

Hakbit ransomware removal instructions

What is Hakbit?

Hakbit ransomware was discovered by GrujaRS. Like most software of this type, Hakbit encrypts files so that victims could not use them unless they decrypt them with a decryption tool that can be purchased from cyber criminals who designed this ransomware. It changes filenames of all encrypted files by adding the ".crypted" extension. For instance, it renames "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.crypted", and so on. Also, Hakbit changes victim's wallpaper and creates a ransom note, the "HELP_ME_RECOVER_MY_FILES.txt" text file.

IS Ransomware

IS ransomware removal instructions

What is IS ransomware?

IS (also known as Ordinypt) ransomware was discovered by dnwls0719 and is a malicious program that prevents victims from accessing their files by encoding them with a strong encryption algorithm. To recover their files, victims are encouraged to pay a ransom to the cyber criminals. IS adds a random extension to the filenames of all encrypted files. For example, "1.jpg" might become "1.jpg.KRk5p". Instructions about how to pay the ransom are provided in the "KRk5p_how_to_decrypt.txt" text file. The name of this file is associated with the extension of encrypted files. Ads

Ckk[.]ai redirect removal instructions

What is ckk[.]ai?

Ckk[.]ai is yet another rogue website, sharing many similarities with and thousands of others. It operates by presenting visitors with unreliable content and generates redirects to various untrustworthy and malicious webpages. Few users enter ckk[.]ai intentionally, most access it via redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). Users should note that these applications do not need express permission to infiltrate devices. After successful installation, PUAs generate redirects, deliver intrusive ads and gather intel on users' browsing habits.

ExtraList Adware (Mac)

How to remove ExtraList from Mac?

What is ExtraList?

ExtraList is an adware-type app. It supposedly improves browsing quality, by providing accurate search results, fast searches and similar. Instead, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns; delivers undesirable and even harmful ads. Often, adware also possesses data tracking abilities, which are employed to spy on users' browsing activity. Due to ExtraList's highly dubious proliferation methods, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

SimplePackageFinder Toolbar redirect removal instructions

What is

As its name suggests SimplePackageFinder is an app that supposed to help users to easily track incoming and outgoing shipments, manage online purchases and organize receipts. However, it is just one of the many browser hijackers developed by Mindspark. SimplePackageFinder is designed to gather data related to user's browsing habits and promote (a fake search engine) by modifying browser's settings. Typically, people download and install browser hijackers accidentally, for this reason they are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).


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