Virus and Spyware Removal Guides, uninstall instructions

GoogleFix.exe Virus

GoogleFix.exe virus removal guide

What is GoogleFix.exe?

GoogleFix.exe is a deceptive virus designed to modify system settings so that users are not able to properly browse the web. This virus typically disguises itself as a type of application installer. The one we tested was called "Amazon AMS". In fact, Amazon AMS is a legitimate advertising service provided by Amazon and not a Windows application. The legitimate Amazon AMS tool helps developers monetize their websites, however, cyber criminals use this name to deceive users.

   
Vulston Ransomware

Vulston ransomware removal instructions

What is Vulston?

The Vulston computer infection was discovered by Michael Gillespie. It is a high-risk ransomware-type program that encrypts data and blocks access to files unless a ransom is paid. Vulston changes the name of each encrypted file by adding the ".vulston" extension. For example, "1.jpg" becomes "1.jpg.vulston". It also generates a ransom message within a text file called "mensagem.txt", which can be found in every folder that contains encrypted files.

   
Recovery_email Ransomware

Recovery_email ransomware removal instructions

What is Recovery_email?

Recovery_email is a ransomware-type malicious program that was discovered by MalwareHunterTeam. Its purpose is to infect computers and encrypt data. Note that Recovery_email does not provide victims with ransom-demand messages but renames each encrypted file by adding the ".recovery_email_[retmydata@protonmail.com]_ID_[FCFABBBE].aes256" extension. For example, "1.jpg", becomes "1.jpg.recovery_email_[retmydata@protonmail.com]_ID_[FCFABBBE].aes256" after encryption. The extension contains an email address and ID (the ID might vary).

   
Your System Is Infected With 3 Viruses POP-UP Scam (Mac)

How to remove "Your System Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" from Mac?

What is "Your System Is Infected With 3 Viruses!"?

"Your System Is Infected With 3 Viruses!" is a fake alert stating that a Mac computer is infected with some viruses. This (and other) fake messages are often displayed on untrustworthy, deceptive websites that trick people into purchasing software or services. People do not generally visit these websites intentionally - they are redirected to them by potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). These are installed inadvertently without users' knowledge. Furthermore, once installed, PUAs feed users with intrusive advertisements and gather data relating to browsing habits.

   
Clean-macbook-system-fix.live POP-UP Scam (Mac)

How to remove "Clean-macbook-system-fix.live" from Mac?

What is "Clean-macbook-system-fix.live"?

"Clean-macbook-system-fix.live" is a deceptive website that scammers use to trick people into believing that their Mac computers are infected with viruses and to promote an app that can supposedly remove them. These fake virus alerts are usually displayed on untrustworthy websites that users visit inadvertently. Typically, potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) force users to visit such websites. Furthermore, installed PUAs not only cause redirects to deceptive websites but also deliver intrusive ads and collect browsing-related data.

   
Baysearch.co Redirect (Mac)

How to remove baysearch.co browser hijacker from Mac?

What is baysearch.co?

baysearch.co is a fake search engine that developers promote using the BaySearch Video application. This app supposedly allows users to access various movies and online videos directly from their browsers. Therefore, BaySearch Video may seem to be a legitimate and useful tool, however, it is categorized as a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Typically, users are tricked into installing these apps unintentionally. Avoid apps such as BaySearch Video, since they record data relating to browsing activity and also make changes to browser settings.

   
Phobos Ransomware

Phobos ransomware removal instructions

What is Phobos?

Phobos is a ransomware-type malicious program that (like most programs of this type) encrypts data/locks files stored and keeps them in this state until a ransom is paid. Phobos renames all encrypted files by adding the ".phobos" extension plus the victim's unique ID and an email address. For example, "1.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "1.jpg.ID-63857777. [Job2019@tutanota.com] .phobos", "1.jpg.ID-63857777. [Cadillac.407@aol.com] .phobos", ".[beltoro905073@aol.com].phobos" or ".[matrixBTC@keemail.me].phobos". The email presented in the assigned extension varies. The virus encrypts data using AES cryptography and, after encryption, generates an HTML application ("Phobos.hta") and opens it. This app displays a pop-up window that contains a ransom-demand message.

   
Spirationsstrated.club POP-UP Redirect

Spirationsstrated.club redirect removal instructions

What is spirationsstrated.club?

spirationsstrated.club is another rogue site that is very similar to other sites of this type. Some examples include clicktated.com, speed-open2-com.replyalert.net, and hesthenhepattont.club. The website redirects users to other untrustworthy, deceptive, or even potentially malicious websites. In most cases, users visit spirationsstrated.club inadvertently - they are redirected by intrusive ads displayed on other rogue sites or by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Typically, PUAs infiltrate systems without permission, cause unwanted redirects, record information, and feed users with intrusive ads.

   
Search.searchipdf2.com Redirect

Search.searchipdf2.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.searchipdf2.com?

search.searchipdf2.com is one of many fake search engines promoted using a potentially unwanted application (PUA). In this case, a browser hijacker and PUA called PDF Convert. According to the developers, this app converts files (documents) directly from the browser and allows quick access to popular websites. In fact, users often install apps such as PDF Convert inadvertently. Once installed, this app modifies browser settings and gathers various data.

   
Search.hwatchtvnow.co Redirect

Search.hwatchtvnow.co redirect removal instructions

What is search.hwatchtvnow.co?

search.hwatchtvnow.co is classified as a fake search engine that is promoted through a browser-hijacking potentially unwanted application (PUA) called Watch TV Now. Developers claim that Watch TV Now saves time finding TV shows by providing quick access to popular TV-related websites. Generally, users install these apps unintentionally. Once installed, browser hijackers modify settings and record information relating to browsing habits.

   

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