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Mie Player Adware

Mie Player adware removal instructions

What is Mie Player?

Adware refers to a type of unwanted software that displays advertisements. Mie Player (also known as Lumia Player) is classified as adware too. It is likely that this app not only generates advertisements but also collects browsing-related or other information. It is worthwhile to mention that most users download and install adware-type applications like Mie Player unintentionally. For this reason, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

   
cPanel Email Scam

"cPanel email scam" removal guide

What is the fake "cPanel" email?

"cPanel email scam" refers to a phishing spam campaign - large-scale operation during which thousands of deceptive emails are sent. These email letters are disguised as notifications from the cPanel company, developers of web hosting control panel software of the same name. At the time of research, there were two variants of this scam. One variant is a notification concerning privacy policy updates; the other - notifies recipients' that their website has been suspended. It must be emphasized that these emails are in no way associated with the genuine cPanel, LLC. This spam campaign aims to extract sensitive information (i.e., cPanel log-in credentials) via HTML file attached to the scam letters.

   
Monthly Email Validation Email Scam

"Monthly Email Validation" email scam removal guide

What is the fake "Monthly Email Validation" email?

"Monthly Email Validation" is the name of a phishing spam campaign. This term defines a large-scale operation during which thousands of deceptive emails are sent. These scam letters claim that certain functionalities of recipients' email accounts are unavailable due to it failing the "monthly validity check" test. The hoax emails urge recipients to perform the test manually - to restore the mailbox's supposedly restricted features. The aim of this spam campaign is to promote a phishing website, which is presented as a mail account log-in page. Information (i.e., email addresses and passwords) entered into this site are inadvertently exposed to the scammers behind the "Monthly Email Validation" letters, thereby allowing them to steal the corresponding accounts.

   
Empros Lines Email Virus

Empros Lines email virus removal guide

What is Empros Lines email virus?

In most cases, cybercriminals behind malspam attempt to trick recipients into providing sensitive information (e.g., credit card details or other banking-related information, login credentials), or installing malicious software on their computers via malicious link or attachment. It is important to remember that cybercriminals disguise their emails as urgent, official letters from legitimate, well-known companies. This particular phishing email is used to trick recipients into installing a Remote Administration Tool (RAT) called WebMonitor.

   
Crypter Ransomware

Crypter ransomware removal instructions

What is Crypter ransomware?

Belonging to the VoidCrypt ransomware family, Crypter is a malicious program designed to encrypt data and demand ransoms for the decryption. In simple terms, victims are unable to access/use files affected by this malware, and they are asked to pay to restore the data. As Crypter encrypts, files are retitled according to this pattern: original filename, cyber criminals' email address, unique ID assigned to the victims, and ".crypter" extension. For example, a file initially named "1.jpg" would appear as something similar to "1.jpg.[Ashibaj@Cock.li][7BRSYKEICN90WA5].crypter" - following encryption. After this process is complete, a ransom note is created/displayed in a pop-up window ("!INFO.HTA").

   
WebMonitor RAT

WebMonitor removal guide

What is WebMonitor?

Remote access/administration tool (RAT) is a type of software that allows users to control other computers (that have a RAT installed on them) remotely. Software of this type can be used legitimately (for example, to provide remote technical support). However, it is common that cybercriminals use RATs too. They use RATs to access sensitive information, install malware, and for other malicious purposes. WebMonitor is a RAT developed by a company named Revcode. It is advertised as a legitimate remote administration tool that allows users to remotely control computers via a web browser. Although, it is known that WebMonitor is classified as malicious software by a number of antivirus companies because it has features used mainly by cybercriminals. Also, it is known that WebMonitor advertised on hacker forums. This RAT is compatible with Windows and Android operating systems.

   
Firewall Spyware Alert POP-UP Scam

"Firewall Spyware Alert" scam removal instructions

What is the "Firewall Spyware Alert"?

"Firewall Spyware Alert" is the name of a technical support scam, which is promoted through various highly untrustworthy sites. There are several versions of this online scheme, yet thematically they are identical. The primary differences are visual, and there are slight variations on the fake messages. Essentially, these scams claim that users' devices have been infected with spyware and/or other viruses, and urge them to establish contact with the scammers by calling the provided telephone numbers. The "Firewall Spyware Alert" scam is disguised as an alert from Microsoft (or its products). It must be emphasized that none of the information provided by this scheme is true, and it is in no way associated with the real Microsoft Corporation. Tech support scams aim to gain and subsequently abuse victims' trust - to generate profit at their expense. These schemes pose a serious threat to device and user safety. Typically, users enter deceptive websites via mistyped URLs, or redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

   
Beaf Ransomware

Beaf ransomware removal instructions

What is Beaf ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware designed to encrypt files stored on a device. Typically, victims cannot use any of the encrypted files unless those files are decrypted with the right decryption tool. It is common that ransomware not only encrypts files, but it also renames them. Beaf appends the ".beaf" extension to their filenames. For example, it renames a file named "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.beaf", "2.jpg" to "2.jpg.beaf", and so on. It also creates a ransom note, the "DecryptGuide.txt" text file.

   
SearchMusicStream Browser Hijacker

SearchMusicStream browser hijacker removal instructions

What is SearchMusicStream?

SearchMusicStream is a browser hijacker because after its installation, this app changes some of the browser settings to searchmusicstream.com - the address of a fake search engine. Another problem with most apps of this type is that they collect various data (usually browsing-related details). It is worthwhile to mention that most users download and install apps like SearchMusicStream (browser hijackers) unintentionally. Apps that users download, install unknowingly are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

   
Quick App Browser Hijacker

Quick App browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Quick App?

Quick App is a piece of dubious software categorized as a browser hijacker. It operates by promoting the quicknewtab.com fake search engine through modification of browser settings. Additionally, Quick App spies on users' browsing habits and collects vulnerable data. Since most users download/install browser hijackers unintentionally, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

   

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