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Blocking Ransomware

Blocking ransomware removal instructions

What is Blocking?

Blocking is a variant of a ransomware-type virus called BTCWare. Once infiltrated, Blocking encrypts various data and appends filenames with the "[developers'_email].blocking" extension. For instance "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.[avalona.toga@aol.com].blocking". To see the full list of examples, click here. Following successful encryption, Blocking creates an HTA file ("!#_READ_ME_#!.hta"), placing it in each folder containing encrypted files.

   
Search.pogypon.com Redirect (Mac)

How to remove search.pogypon.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.pogypon.com?

According to the developers, search.pogypon.com is a "top-notch" Internet search engine that significantly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. On initial inspection, search.pogypon.com may seem similar to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.pogypon.com is also legitimate and useful. In fact, this site continually records information relating to web browsing activity. Furthermore, developers promote search.pogypon.com via rogue download/installation set-ups.

   
GlobeImposter Ransomware

GlobeImposter ransomware removal instructions

What is GlobeImposter?

GlobeImposter is a ransomware-type virus that mimics Purge (Globe) ransomware. Following infiltration, GlobeImposter encrypts various files and appends: ".granny" ".zuzya", ".UNLIS", ".LEGO", ".NIGGA", ".0402", ".trump", ".BONUM", ".rumblegoodboy", "..txt", ".ACTUM", “.492”, “.astra”, “.coded”, ".mtk118", ".cryptch", ".PLIN", ".sea", ".help", "..726", ".RECT", ".ocean", ".rose", ".GLAD", ".725", ".[tramkal@protonmail.ch]cryptall", ".write_me_[btc2017@india.com]", ".BRT92", "p1crypt", ".MAKB", ".skunk", ".au1crypt", ".GOTHAM", ".s1crypt", ".GORO", ".707", ".3ncrypt3d", .626, .blcrypt, .blscrypt, .nopasaran, ".xyrpottim228@ya.ru", ".VAPE", ".crypt", ".pscrypt", ".oni", ".pizdosik", ".[File-Help1@Ya.Ru]",".[aezakmi@india.com]", ".GRAF", ".fix", ".virginprotection", ".WRITE_US", ".MIXI", ".HAPP", ".troy", ".write_us_on_email", ".PRIAPOS", ".515", ".nCrypt", ".hNcrypt", ".medal", ".paycyka", ".2cXpCihgsVxB3", ".vdul", ".keepcalm", ".legally", ".crypt", ".wallet" or ".pizdec" extension to the name of each encrypted file. For example, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.crypt". Following successful encryption, GlobeImposter creates an HTA file ("HOW_OPEN_FILES.hta"), placing it in each folder containing encrypted files. Some newer variants of this ransomware store their ransom demanding message in !SOS!.html, here_your_files!.html, !back_files!.html, #DECRYPT_FILES#.html or !your_files!.html files. In addition, GlobeImposter opens a pop-up window.

   
Symbiom Ransomware

Symbiom ransomware removal instructions

What is Symbiom?

Symbiom is a ransomware-type virus discovered by malware security researcher, Karsten Hahn. Symbiom is based on an open-source ransomware project called Hidden Tear. Once infiltrated, Symbiom encrypts various files using the AES encryption algorithm. In addition, it appends filenames with the ".symbiom_locked" extension. For instance, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.symbiom_locked". Following successful encryption, Symbiom creates a text file ("README_Symbiom.txt"), placing it on the desktop wallpaper.

   
CryptoMix Ransomware [Updated]

CryptoMix ransomware removal instructions

What is CryptoMix?

CryptoMix is a dubious ransomware-type virus that encrypts various data stored on the infected computer. During encryption, this ransomware appends the name of each encrypted file with the .ERROR, .OGONIA, .CNC, .PIRATE, .ZERO, .DG, .code, .rscl, .rmd or .lesli (first discovered by xXToffeeXx) extension. For example, after encryption, sample.jpg appears as sample.jpg.code, sample.jpg.id_4dfb70f41e857d00_email_rscl@dr.com_.rscl or sample.jpg.id_4dfb70f41e857d00_email_enc10@dr.com_.rmd. Newer variants of this ransomware use .[SHIELD0@USA.COM].ID.wallet, .[crysis@life.com].ID.WALLET, .[admin@hoist.desi].ID.WALLET​, .EXTE, [webmafia@acia.com].AZER, .NOOB, .CK or .ZAYKA extensions. This makes it straightforward to determine which files are compromised. Furthermore, CryptoMix creates two files (HELP_YOUR_FILES.TXT and HELP_YOUR_FILES.HTML) and places them in each folder containing the encrypted files. The updated variant of this ransomware stores the ransom demand message in _INTERESTING_INFORMACION_FOR_DECRYPT.TXT, _HELP_INSTRUCTION.TXT or #_RESTORING_FILES_#.TXT files. Both files contain a message informing users of the encryption. The newest variant of this ransomware presents its ransom demand message in the INSTRUCTION RESTORE FILE.txt file - encrypted files are renamed using the following pattern: sample.jpg.email[supls@post.com]_id[victim’s ID].rdmk.

   
Search.societycake.com Redirect (Mac)

How to remove search.societycake.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.societycake.com?

According to the developers, search.societycake.com is a "high-quality" Internet search engine that generates improved results, thereby enhancing the web browsing experience. On initial inspection, this site may seem similar to Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.societycake.com is also legitimate and useful. In fact, it records various user-system information. In addition, developers promote search.societycake.com by employing rogue download/installation set-ups that modify browser options without consent.

   
Search Awesome Adware

Search Awesome removal instructions

What is Search Awesome?

Search Awesome is an updated version of adware-type applications Wajam and Social2Search. By offering 'improved search results' (including content shared by users' friends on social networks), Search Awesome attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) installation without consent; 2) display of intrusive advertisements, and; 3) tracking of users' Internet browsing activity.

   
Buzzadexchange.com Redirect

Buzzadexchange.com redirect removal instructions

What is buzzadexchange.com?

Identical to tradedoubler.com, mobileofferplace.site, mobytize.mobi, and many others, buzzadexchange.com is a rogue site designed to redirect to other suspicious websites. Research shows that users are often redirected to buzzadexchange.com by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). These programs commonly infiltrate systems during installation of other software (the "bundling" method). In addition, they continually deliver intrusive online advertisements and record various user-system information.

   
Oxar Ransomware

Oxar ransomware removal instructions

What is Oxar?

Discovered by malware security researcher, Marcelo Rivero, Oxar is a ransomware-type virus based on an open-source ransomware project called Hidden Tear. Once infiltrated, Oxar encrypts various data. During encryption, this virus appends filenames with the ".OXR" extension. For example, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.OXR". Newer variants of this ransomware use .FDP, .PEDO and .ULOZ extensions for encrypted files. Following successful encryption, Oxar opens a pop-up window containing a ransom-demand message.

   
Search.mykotlerino.com Redirect (Mac)

How to remove search.mykotlerino.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.mykotlerino.com?

search.mykotlerino.com is presented as a "top-notch" Internet search engine that significantly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Initially, search.mykotlerino.com may seem legitimate and useful, however, developers promote this site by employing rogue download/installation set-ups that hijack browsers and stealthily modify options. Furthermore, search.mykotlerino.com records various user-system information relating to browsing activity.

   

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