May 20

Remove PriceMinus adware add-on from Chrome, Chrome and IE

Address the incursion of the browser infection called PriceMinus, which definitely overacts in its advertising activity, by removing the adware in a few steps.

The things that transpire as soon as PriceMinus app ends up inside one’s computer are frustrating, intrusive and potentially privacy-endangering. It’s not unexpected that this piece of software is claimed to provide the best deals and discounts as the user is browsing, but the campaign’s marketers either indulge in wishful thinking or tell the lies to their would-be clients. It’s more likely that the latter assumption is correct, though. What this tool does is it delivers an inconceivable volume of sponsored content to the end user, even though this state of things was never agreed upon. The innumerable popup ads, banners, links above the fold in search engine pages, interstitial ads and auto-generated hyperlinks in web page text – these unauthorized items make it problematic to surf the web in a regular fashion and might likely pose privacy caveats that are not to be underestimated as a threat.

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May 15

Remove Crypt0L0cker virus ransomware and recover encrypted files

Crypt0L0cker, a recent update to the nasty ransomware that encrypts one’s files, is dissected in this post so that the infected users can resolve their issue.

The latest variant of ransomware, which inherited a name assonant with that of the now defunct CryptoLocker virus, has got a handful of features that do damage to users’ personal information. In fact, in the course of the so-called Operation Tovar held in summer 2014 several agencies took down the Gameover ZeuS botnet, which had been involved in spreading the original malware mentioned above. As it turned out, though, the joy was premature. A number of clones of the malware started to appear a few months later, one of which was TorrentLocker. The ransomware program to be analyzed in the present entry is believed to be a successor of said clone that goes by the name of Crypt0L0cker.

The prevalent attack vector used by this nasty infection is spear phishing. A malicious mass mailing service sends fake emails to potential victims, pretending to be some sort of government notifications or salary-related reports from an employer. Enclosed in these messages are files that look like ZIP attachments which, once opened, trigger a contamination routine that gets deployed in the background.

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May 07

Remove Oursurfing.com search engine from Firefox, Chrome and IE

Learn how to get rid of the noxious browser infection permanently driving one’s web traffic over to oursurfing.com, so go ahead and fix the bug in a few steps.

The seemingly harmless website parked at oursurfing.com proves that malicious software can take various forms and shapes these days. The fact of the matter is that the URL mentioned above does not pose direct risk to a computer, but it conventionally denotes an adware applet which does the whole dirty part of the job. The respective root infection appears on a PC through a sequence of intricately tailored transactions, one of which relies on bundling with other software that appears to be absolutely unrelated to the extra payload. In other words, you stumble upon an application that meets some of your current needs – be it a media player, a file download client, whatnot – and you decide to install it, especially considering that it’s free to use. Many of these open source tools, though, exist and thrive owing to a distribution scheme where third-party programs are incorporated in their setup as a result of some behind-the-scenes covenant. Sometimes users can opt out of the unnecessary junk, but that will not always be the case. Ultimately, via the trick based on uninformed user approval, the adware is also installed.

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May 03

Remove CrossBrowser adware (Ads by CrossBrowse) from Firefox, Chrome and IE

Get instructed on the removal of CrossBrowser which displays noxious ads and learn what this adware is, how it acts and what risks it may pose to a PC.

A situation where an application is not exactly what it claims to be is a widespread story. Some computer programs, malicious ones in particular, promise a better experience for free but in fact pursue goals that are mercantile to the bone. As an illustration, CrossBrowser is a piece of web browsing software that mimics Google Chrome in many ways, including the logo and interface design, but impacts one’s PC in an adverse fashion by displaying advertisements which would otherwise not be there. By the way, no one has ever cancelled copyright, so it’s pretty odd that this app is still live and infects computers on a growing pattern.

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May 03

Remove Dragon Branch Ads virus from Firefox, Chrome and IE

Computer users frustrated because of numerous Ads by Dragon Branch on web pages will be able to fix this problem by following the steps covered in this guide.

The Internet can be a hypocritical place at times. There are websites promoting tools that are claimed to be a cure-all for a variety of problems or posing as some useful enhancement, but these programs turn out to be a scam or malware at the end of the day. That’s what happens when you deal with Dragon Branch, an application that purportedly improves some components of web searching activity. Its official page online hints that you’ll get one level up in browsing experience, but what you actually end up getting is issues with extraordinarily annoying popup ads, coupons and other sponsored stuff that begins to appear where it doesn’t belong.

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Apr 26

Remove Ads by CloudScout and CloudScout Parental Control adware

Find out about the adverse influence of the CloudScout Parental Control application, including the nagging issue of ads being displayed on websites.

Free software and the term “ad-supported” appear to be adjacent components of a complex whole. On the one hand, this cooperation makes it possible for the developers of open source programs to stay afloat; on the other, it often causes user experience problems. The unfortunate part here is that the actual application can be useful and enjoy quite a bit of popularity with customers. The tool known as CloudScout, for instance, is primarily intended to block inappropriate pages on the Internet through the use of a cloud-powered reputational database. The people who start using it, however, typically do not know about the side effects emanating from the aggressive advertising vector accompanying its operation. A fact that makes this utility yet more reminiscent of adware is that it is distributed in an unethical way for the most part.

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Apr 23

Remove Ads by Miss Sunshine from Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer

Immensely irritating ads displayed by Miss Sunshine add-on can be easily removed using the instructions included in this article along with adware description.

Ironically, the piece of software that generates Ads by Miss Sunshine is very likely to make one’s computing ‘weather’ gloomy. Setting figurative expressions aside, this program is not welcome on a PC because of the intrusive features it exhibits and privacy concerns that are likely to occur. It’s problematic to bust this adware red-handed on the setup phase of its lifecycle. The hurdle in this case is about furtiveness of the installation workflow – it relies on bundling for the most part. When an affiliated product is being installed, there is no direct and clear notification that an additional item or items are being also dragged inside. This is a model cherished by adware distributors, and at the same time it is beneficial for the developers of freeware which is used for hosting the shady payload. Perhaps the main advice in this context is to peruse every setup dialog screen and avoid thoughtlessly opting into the suggested default options, in particular with apps like open source media players, format converting utilities and PDF or Java updates on untrusted sites. It’s preferable to customize the installation or reject it altogether if there is a suspicion about potentially unwanted things being pushed.

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Apr 17

Remove adultube.info popup malware from Firefox, Chrome and IE

A workaround to get rid of nagging popups and web browser redirects to adultube.info site is the number one subject highlighted in this post.

When a computer virus executes some harmful code in the background of the compromised system, it’s probably not as frustrating a situation as an X-rated site being triggered off and on against one’s will. The huge portion of embarrassment enclosed in adultube.info web page is going to possibly even affect your private life if someone else walks by your PC, sees the discreditable stuff on the screen and probably thinks you should be ashamed about watching it. In the meantime, it’s a piece of malware to blame. There is an adware application currently spreading at a rapid pace, which arranges Internet traffic to the above-mentioned domain in an ultimately malicious way. There is hardly any room for the user’s prospect of detecting this bug when it’s infiltrating the machine. It comes with other downloads most of the time, appearing to be wrapped up into associate free software installation wizards. This tactic ensures that the bad drive-by ends up on the computer without the user being aware. What the victim will certainly not fail to notice is the follow-up activity deployed by the virus.

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Apr 06

Remove Ads by Name virus (luu.lightquartrate.com) from Chrome, Firefox and IE

This post comprehensively describes the malware problem of Ads by Name popping up during one’s browsing and provides instructions to solve the issue.

As far as online advertising is concerned, it’s a mixed blessing. On the one hand, that’s a fundamental thing that keeps lots of Internet services afloat and actually provides end users with product information of potential interest. On the other, it can be fairly difficult to draw the line between legit e-commerce and its fraudulent counterpart. The application powered by luu.lightquartrate.com service is undoubtedly on the shady side, generating annoying “Ads by Name” all over web pages.

So, what are some of the attributes making it obvious that arbitrary ads are displayed where they are not supposed to be? First off, they show up in amazingly large quantities. Secondly, they appear on all sites regardless of the type thereof: news pages, social networks, weather forecasts, online shopping portals, whatnot – all are going to be affected. And most importantly, from a tech perspective, those objects are generated by a piece of software on the PC rather than a script allowed by the webmaster. The Ads by Name mentioned above meet all of these criteria, moreover they originate from an app that bypasses user interaction when being installed.

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Apr 03

Remove Fix My PC aka A1 PC Cleaner rogue software

Learn the grounds for flagging the Fix My PC utility as a fake system optimizer and follow the instructions to remove this hoax from attacked computer.

There are PC programs out there which mimic certain features rather than provide the genuine declared functionality. The underground malware industry indulging in this type of misdemeanor is nearly as old as the Internet itself since it became pervasive, which is natural because there is a huge lure to design an application that looks like it does something that’s in demand, but in fact only pretends to. What’s the motivation? No one has cancelled license purchasing, and the scammers are trying to scare people into registering their counterfeit products – hence the name “scareware”. This is precisely how the tool called Fix My PC works.

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