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Mediazone[.]mobi redirect removal instructions

What is mediazone[.]mobi?

Mediazone[.]mobi is a rogue website that should not be visited, however, quite often people end up on it unwillingly. Some more examples of similar pages are toobotnews[.]biz, glagolinius[.]com and mayfootekvideo[.]com. Browsers usually open websites like mediazone[.]mobi when there is some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on them. When visited, they load questionable content or open other untrustworthy websites. It is worth mentioning that most PUAs not only open shady sites but also gather browsing data and/or display unwanted, intrusive advertisements.

   
Ako Ransomware

Ako ransomware removal instructions

What is Ako?

There are two variants of Ako ransomware, however, the only difference between them is the way victims supposed to contact cyber criminals/pay a ransom. Both variants of Ako create a text file (ransom note) named "ako-readme.txt". In one version of ransom note victims are instructed to contact cyber criminals via email, in another one - to pay a ransom through a Tor website. Both Ako variants create the "id.key" file and drop it in folders that contain encrypted files (they do the same with the ransom note) and rename all encrypted files by appending a random extension to their filenames. For example, a file named "1.jpg" gets renamed to "1.jpg.2mzWmb", and so on.

   
Clown Ransomware

Clown ransomware removal instructions

What is Clown?

Clown is a piece of malicious software, classified as ransomware. Credit for its discovery belongs to GrujaRS. This malware is designed to encrypt the data of infected systems and then demand payment for its decryption. As Clown encrypts, affected files are renamed completely using "[SupportClown@elude.in][id=1E857D00]ORIGINAL_FILENAME.clown+" pattern. For example, a file originally tiled "1.jpg" would appear as something like "[SupportClown@elude.in][id=1E857D00]1.jpg.clown+" following encryption. After this process, an HTML application - "!!! READ THIS !!!.hta" and a text file "HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.txt" are dropped onto the victim's desktop.

   
m461c14n Ransomware

m461c14n ransomware removal instructions

What is m461c14n?

m461c14n ransomware was discovered by MalwareHunterTeam. Like most malicious programs of this type, m461c14n is designed to encrypt victim's data and provide instructions on how to pay a ransom. It creates the "wp.jpg" file, places it on victim's Desktop and sets it as wallpaper. This ransomware appends the ".crypd" extension to a filename of every encrypted file. For example, it renames "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.crypd", and so on. Also, m461c14n displays a pop-up window which should be used to enter a decryption key and decrypt files.

   
Yourchances.net POP-UP Scam

Yourchances[.]net removal instructions

What is yourchances[.]net?

Yourchances[.]net is a scam website. It runs a scam, which claims that visitors' have been chosen to take place in a survey, which can earn them a prize in the shape if an Apple iPhone X. However, other scam models are also possible, for example ones pushing illegitimate software updates, fake anti-virus programs, etc. This deceptive site is designed to promote various untrustworthy and even malicious webpages. Most users enter yourchances[.]net inadvertently, via redirects caused by intrusive ads or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already infiltrated into the system.

   
WannaScream Ransomware

WannaScream ransomware removal instructions

What is WannaScream?

WannaScream was discovered by S!Ri. This ransomware encrypts files, changes their filenames, creates a ransom note and displays another one in a pop-up window. WannaScream renames all encrypted files by adding email address (filemgr@tutanota.com), victim's ID and appending the ".WannaScream" extension to their filenames. For example, it changes "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.[Filemgr@tutanota.com][1E857D00].WannaScream", and so on. WannaScream creates a ransom note, a text file named "README.txt" and displays another one in a pop-up window through the created "WannaScream.hta" file.

   
Coloquei Malware No Site Adulto Email Scam

"Coloquei malware no site adulto" email removal guide

What is "Coloquei malware no site adulto" email?

"Coloquei malware no site adulto" ("I put malware on the adult site") is an email scam targeting Portuguese users. The scheme uses the sextortion scam model, with the intent to scam recipients of their money, by blackmailing them with threats to expose their sexual activity. The letter claims that the user's device has been hacked and exploited to obtain compromising material (via the webcam). It warns victims that should they fail to pay a specified sum - this content will be publicized. "Coloquei malware no site adulto" is a scam and the alleged material (videos) - do not exist, the user's system has not been infected either.

   
Piolo.xyz Redirect

Piolo.xyz redirect removal instructions

What is piolo.xyz?

Piolo.xyz is an address of a fake search engine that is promoted through a potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), browser hijackers called CERX and Dorss APP. However, it is very likely that there are other apps of this type that promote this fake search engine too. It is worth mentioning that CERX is related to QIP (another browser hijackers). Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing certain browser's settings, also, most of them are designed to gather information related to user's browser habits.

   
Pashka Ransomware

Pashka ransomware removal instructions

What is Pashka?

Pashka is malicious program, categorized as ransomware. It is designed to encrypt the data of infected devices and demand payment for decryption tools. It is distributed via hacked YouTube account - Noted; YouTuber Noted has released a video, stating that his account account has been hacked. To be exact, it spreads through a link in the description of a video titled "Malwarebytes 4.0.4 Premium Key Cracked 2020 Protect Yourself". The link redirects to a cloud storage site, from which (an archived) malicious executable file can be downloaded. The "cracking" (illegal activation) instructions inform users that they must disable all anti-virus software. As Pashka encrypts, files are appended with the ".pashka" extension. For example, a file like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.pashka", and so on for all of the affected files. After this process is completed, a text file - "HELP_ME_RECOVER_MY_FILES.txt" is dropped onto the desktop.

   
Applecomsupport.com POP-UP Scam (Mac)

How to remove redirects to applecomsupport[.]com from Mac?

What is applecomsupport[.]com?

Identical to applesupportofficial.com, applecomsupport[.]com is a deceptive website that claims visitors' devices are infected and/or at risk. It recommends them to contact a fake Apple support service, behind which are the designers of this scam. Most visits to applecomsupport[.]com occur via redirects caused by intrusive adverts or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already infiltrated into the system. Unwanted apps have many heinous abilities, among which are force-opening of untrustworthy/malicious pages, deliver of intrusive ad campaigns and data tracking.

   

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