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$1000 Bank of America Gift Card POP-UP Scam

Removal instructions for apps promoting scams like $1000 Bank of America Gift Card scam

What is $1000 Bank of America Gift Card scam?

This scam website is designed to trick visitors into providing some personal information so they could receive one of the offered prizes (such as Walmart, Bank of America and Visa Gift cards and iPhone 11). Websites of this kind should never be trusted. It is common that users do not visit them intentionally, in most cases they get opened either through deceptive advertisements, other untrustworthy pages or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

   
Zhen Ransomware

Zhen ransomware removal instructions

What is Zhen ransomware?

Zhen is a piece of malicious software, categorized as ransomware. This malware's discovery is credited to GrujaRS. Zhen ransomware is designed to encrypt data and demand payment for the decryption. During the encryption process, all of the compromised files are appended with the ".zhen" extension. For example, a file originally named something like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.zhen", "2.jpg" as "2.jpg.zhen", "3.jpg" as "3.jpg.zhen", and so forth. After this process is complete, ransom notes are created in a pop-up window and "read.ini".

   
ValidGeneration Adware (Mac)

How to remove ValidGeneration from Mac?

What is ValidGeneration?

ValidGeneration is classified as adware and a browser hijacker: this app serves advertisements and promotes z6airr.com, and adjustablesample.com addresses (fake search engines) by changing browser settings. Moreover, it can read sensitive information from browsers. As a rule, users download adware-type apps, browser hijackers unknowingly, unintentionally. Therefore, ValidGeneration and other apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

   
AssistiveFile Adware (Mac)

How to remove AssistiveFile adware from Mac?

What is AssistiveFile?

AssistiveFile is a rogue application, classified as adware and it also has browser hijacker traits. Following successful infiltration, it delivers intrusive advert campaigns and makes alterations to browser settings - in order to promote fake search engines. Adware and browser hijackers typically have data tracking abilities, which are used to spy on users' browsing activity. Due to the dubious techniques employed to distribute AssistiveFile, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

   
# (Xorist) Ransomware

# ransomware removal instructions

What is # (Xorist)?

# ransomware is a part of the Xorist ransomware family. This ransomware changes desktop wallpaper, displays a pop-up window with a ransom note in them. Also, it creates "ВЕРНУТЬ ИНФОРМАЦИЮ.txt" text files (other ransom notes) in folders that contain encrypted files. It is worthwhile to mention that victims who do not have the Russian language installed see the text in a pop-up window written in gibberish. Additionally, # ransomware renames all encrypted files by appending ".#" as their new extension. For example, it renames a file named "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.#", "2.jpg" to "2.jpg.#", and so on.

   
AdjustableProduct Adware (Mac)

How to remove AdjustableProduct from Mac?

What is AdjustableProduct?

AdjustableProduct is adware-type app which may be designed to function as a browser hijacker. It serves advertisements and could be capable of changing certain browser settings/promoting a fake search engine. Additionally, it may be designed to collect certain information. Typically, users download and/or install apps like AdjustableProduct unintentionally, therefore they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

   
Kolz Ransomware

Kolz ransomware removal instructions

What is Kolz?

Kolz belongs to the ransomware family called Djvu. It renames encrypted files by appending its extension and creates the "_readme.txt" text file/ransom note in all folders that contain encrypted files. Kolz renames files by appending the ".kolz" extension. For instance, it renames a file named "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.kolz", "2.jpg" to "2.jpg.kolz", and so forth.

   
Bl9c98vcvv Ransomware

Bl9c98vcvv ransomware removal instructions

What is the Bl9c98vcvv ransomware?

Bl9c98vcvv is a malicious program, belonging to the Xorist ransomware family. This malware encrypts files stored on infected systems - in order to demand payment for the decryption. During the encryption process, all of the affected files are appended with the ".Bl9c98vcvv" extension. For example, a file originally named something like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.Bl9c98vcvv" - following encryption. Once this process is complete, ransom notes are created in a pop-up window and "HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt" text files, which are dropped into compromised folders. The ransom-demanding messages are identical and written in both English and Portuguese languages.

   
Allsearch App Browser Hijacker

Allsearch App browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Allsearch App?

Allsearch App is a piece of rogue software, classified as a browser hijacker. Following successful installation, browser hijackers make modifications to browser settings in order to promote fake search engines. In some cases Allsearch App operates in this manner to promote tailsearch.com. This browser hijacker also has data tracking abilities, which are employed to spy on users' browsing activity. Due to the dubious techniques used to distribute Allsearch App, it is also deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

   
PowerSmash Browser Hijacker

PowerSmash browser hijacker removal instructions

What is PowerSmash?

PowerSmash browser hijacker is designed to change some of the browser settings to smashapps.net - a fake search engine. Also, it is designed to collect browsing-related information. Browser hijackers are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because in most cases users download and/or install them unknowingly.

   

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