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Zxcvc POP-UP Scam (Mac)

How to remove "Zxcvc" from Mac?

What is "Zxcvc"?

Zxcvc is a family of scam sites, designed to endorse untrustworthy applications. This variant promotes the Smart Mac Booster. It operates by warning users of a virus it has allegedly detected and offers said software for its removal. Users should note that no website can find threats/issues present on their devices; all such claims are fake and must not be trusted. Any apps deceptive webpages advertise are highly likely to be fraudulent and nonfunctional; therefore, strongly advised against installation. Most visitors to Zxcvc access these pages unintentionally, they get redirected by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already present on their Mac Operating Systems.

.VIRUS Ransomware

.VIRUS ransomware removal instructions

What is .VIRUS?

Credit for discovering .VIRUS belongs to Jakub Kroustek. It is a piece of malicious software, categorized as ransomware. This program operates by encrypting data and demanding a ransom (i.e. payment for decryption software/tools). As .VIRUS encrypts, it renames all files with victim's unique ID number, its developers email address and ".VIRUS" extension. Therefore, a file like "1.jpg" would appear as something similar to "[].VIRUS", and so forth. After this process is complete, a text file ("FILES ENCRYPTED.txt") is created on the desktop and a pop-up widow is displayed. This infection belongs to Dharma ransomware family.

Get Breaking News Browser Hijacker

Get Breaking News browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Get Breaking News?

Get Breaking News is an app that supposed to provide quick access to various popular news websites. However, it promotes a fake search engine ( by changing browser's settings and gathers information related to user's browsing activities. Apps that operate this way are called browser hijackers, potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that most people download and install unintentionally. Besides, Get Breaking News gets installed together with another PUA called Hide My Searches. POP-UP Scam (Mac)

How to stop redirects to[.]live on Mac?

What is[.]live?[.]live is an address of a deceptive website which is scammers use to trick its visitors into downloading and installing a questionable app called Cleanup My Mac. This page informs visitors that their computers are infected with a virus and they should remove it with the aforementioned application as soon as possible. Websites like[.]live should never be trusted, the same applies to apps that are being advertised on them. It is worth mentioning that very often such pages get opened by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are already installed on computers and/or browsers.

CYBORG Ransomware

CYBORG ransomware removal instructions

What is CYBORG?

CYBORG is a piece of malicious software, discovered by GrujaRS. This malware is classified as ransomware. It is designed to encrypt data and demand a ransom (payment for the decryption tools/software). During the encryption process, files are retitled with the ".petra" extension. For example, a file named something like "1.jpg" would look like "1.jpg.petra", and so on for all of the compromised files. Once this is completed, CYBORG drops a text file - "Cyborg_DECRYPT.txt" on the desktop and changes the wallpaper.

Meka Ransomware

Meka ransomware removal instructions

What is Meka?

Meka ransomware is designed to encrypt files and keep them inaccessible unless a victim decrypts them with a decryption tool and key that can be purchased from cyber criminals who created this malware. Meka is a part of Djvu ransomware family. Like most programs of this type, it renames encrypted files and created a ransom note. Meka renames files by adding the ".meka" extension to their filenames, for example, it renames "1.jpg" file to "1.jpg.meka", and so on. Instructions on how to pay for a decryption are provided in the "_readme.txt" text file.

On This Day I Hacked Your OS Email Scam

"On this day I hacked your OS" removal guide

What is "On this day I hacked your OS"?

"On this day I hacked your OS" is an email scam. It uses a scam/blackmail tactic called "sextortion"), which extorts money from users via threats to expose evidence of their sexual activity. This scam claims to have audio and visual content obtained via the device's camera and microphone. It informs users that this evidence will be sent to all of their contacts, unless a certain sum in transferred to the account of cyber criminals behind "On this day I hacked your OS". Users should note that all these claims are false and no such compromising material exists. Emails of this type should be ignored.

Toec Ransomware

Toec ransomware removal instructions

What is Toec?

Toec is ransomware that belongs to Djvu ransomware family. Typically, people who have their computers infected with malware like Toec cannot access/use their files, programs of this type encrypt data with strong encryption algorithms. In most cases the only way to decrypt files is to use decryption tools and/or keys that can be purchased from cyber criminals who designed ransomware. In other words, victims are forced to pay a ransom. Toec renames encrypted files by appending the ".toec" extension, for example, it renames a file named "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.toec", etc. It also creates a ransom note, the "_readme.txt" text file.

Neshta Malware

Neshta virus removal guide

What is Neshta?

Neshta is a malicious software that is designed to infect executable (.exe) system files and use them to collect system information. It might target removable storage devices and network shares too. Neshta sends collected information to a web server that is controlled by cyber criminals. Research shows that this malware was mainly used to attack companies that specialize in finances, consumer goods, energy. Also, it was used to attack manufacturing industry. Either way, Neshta should be removed from the operating systems as soon as possible.

True PC Booster Master Unwanted Application

True PC Booster Master removal instructions

What is True PC Booster Master?

True PC Booster Master is a program, identical to PC Power Plus. It promoted as a computer performance enhancing tool, supposedly capable of detecting and removing malware, spyware, adware and various types of undesirable files. This piece of software has a promotional website, from which it can be downloaded for free or purchased. However, that is not the only way it is installed onto devices; True PC Booster Master can also infiltrate systems through download/installation setups of other programs. This marketing method ("bundling") is deemed to be dubious; therefore, True PC Booster Master is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).


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