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Guardia Civil Virus

Guardia Civil virus removal instructions

What is Guardia Civil?

The Guardia Civil message, "Su ordenador ha sido bloqueada debido a la sospecha de descarga y distribución de contenido ilegal", demands payment of a 100 Euro fine using Ukash or paysafecard in order to unblock your computer. This is a scam. The message is not sent by any legitimate authorities from Spain, it is a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals. The virus originates from a family of related rogue programs called Kovter and targets PC users from Spain. This ransomware virus infiltrates users' operating systems using various 'exploit kits', which rely on outdated software in order to infect users' PCs. After successful infiltration, the Guardia Civil virus blocks the desktop, demanding payment of a fine for allegedly watching and distributing child pornography.

   
Illoxum Virus

Illoxum removal instructions

What is Illoxum?

Illoxum is a potentially unwanted application, which installs on users' Internet browsers together with free software downloaded from the Internet. This add-on is created by Super Web LLC and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Developers of this browser add-on claim that Illoxum enhances users' Internet browsing experience by displaying website ratings and enabling multiple site search capabilities. Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, this browser extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application since it installs on users' computers without their consent and tracks Internet browsing habits (recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other software and hardware information). Furthermore, Illoxum causes various unwanted advertisements, including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads.

   
Bomlabio Ads and Deals

Bomlabio removal instructions

What is Bomlabio?

The Bomlabio browser extension is developed by Super Web LLC and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. This plugin claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling multi-site search capabilities and displaying website ratings. Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, many Internet users refer to Bomlabio as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since this browser extension installs on users' Internet browsers without their consent (together with free software downloaded from the Internet), and furthermore, causes various unwanted ads (search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads).

   
DoSearches Virus

DoSearches virus removal instructions

What is dosearches.com?

The DoSearches.com website is promoted using browser hijackers, which infiltrate users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) using free software downloads. Many Internet users refer to dosearches.com as a virus or malware since this website is assigned as their homepage and default search engine without their consent. Furthermore, computer users are unable to revert these settings to their preferred ones. At time of research, this website used the Yahoo! search engine to provide visitors with results for the entered Internet search queries, and whilst legitimate search results are returned, developers of this rogue website are likely to change the search engine to a more dubious version or redirect dosearches.com to a malicious website. If your Internet browsers redirect you to this website, your computer is infected with adware, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s. Using this website for your daily Internet searches may lead to privacy and computer security issues.

   
Fanhoosh Ads and Deals

Fanhoosh removal instructions

What is Fanhoosh?

Fanhoosh is a potentially unwanted application, which causes unwanted ads (search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads) whilst users surf the Internet. Moreover, it tracks users' Internet browsing habits, recording the IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, plus other software and hardware information. Note that while the developers (Super Web LLC) state that the application enhances the Internet browsing experience by enabling multi-site search capabilities and displaying website ratings, in fact, it causes more problems than any perceived value added. Fanhoosh diminishes Internet browser performance, and clicking the ads may lead to serious malware or virus infections.

   
AVG Search Redirect

AVG search redirect removal instructions

What is is AVG search?

AVG Search redirect is a term used by Internet users who have installed AVG antivirus software, and thus, experience browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) redirects to mysearch.avg.com or isearch.avg.com These browser redirects are caused by AVG toolbar, which installs on users' computers together with AVG antivirus. Note that users have an option to opt-out of installation of these toolbars by unchecking several options when installing the software. Unfortunately, however, the majority of Internet users do not pay close enough attention during the installation phase, thus inadvertently install various toolbars, which modify the Internet browser settings (specifically, the homepage and default search engine).

   
RevenueHits Ads

RevenueHits Pop-up ads removal instructions

What is RevenueHits?

RevenueHits is an advertising platform used by various third-party advertising agencies to serve pop-up, in-text, and other types of advertising. Many Internet users refer to these ads as a virus or malware since they are intrusive and appear on various websites whilst surfing the Internet. Technically, these ads are not related to viruses, however, they are caused by various potentially unwanted applications, which use RevenueHits to monetize their free software. For example, Internet users observe these deceptive advertisements after installing the Softonic toolbar. Such negative associations are made since Internet users often install this adware inadvertently without their consent.

   
WebSparkle Ads and Deals

WebSparkle removal instructions

What is WebSparkle?

WebSparkle is a potentially unwanted application, which installs on users' Internet browsers without their consent causing various unwanted ads. This plugin is developed by Super Web LLC and is promoted using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Commonly, Internet users install WebSparkle together with free software downloaded from popular freeware download websites. After successful installation, this add-on generates ads within search engines, coupon ads (when users visit online shopping websites), and pop-ups. Technically, WebSparkle is not a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as adware and clicking on ads generated by this browser extension can lead to computer security and privacy issues.

   
USA Cyber Crime Investigations Virus

USA Cyber Crime Investigations, Cyber Command of [State name] virus removal instructions

What is USA Cyber Crime Investigations?

The USA Cyber Crime Investigations, Cyber Command of [State name] message, "ATTENTION! Your computer has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below", blocks computer screens and demands payment of a $300 fine (using MoneyPak or MoneyGram) for alleged law violations. This is a scam. These messages are not sent by any legitimate authorities from the USA - they are caused by a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals. The virus originates from a family called Urausy and targets PC users from the USA - specifically, various states including California, Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Texas, Utah, Maryland, Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Indiana, Hawaii, Georgia, and Florida. This targeting is possible since ransomware viruses are capable of detecting the IP addresses of computers infiltrated. This information allows cyber criminals to serve localized variants of their fake messages.

   
gqs.donedrive.net Virus

gqs.donedrive.net pop-up ads removal instructions

What is gqs.donedrive.net?

The gqs.donedrive.net website is used by deceptive advertising networks to serve pop-up ads. When clicked, these ads commonly redirect to deceptive websites offering installation of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), attempt to trick Internet users into completing online surveys, or lead to malware infections.

gqs.donedrive.net pop-up ads are generated by adware, which installs on users' computers together with free software using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Internet users who observe these pop-up ads when browsing the Internet have browsers infected with adware. A common source of free browser add-ons are free software download websites, which use 'download clients' to manage the download process of the freeware offered.

   

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