HydraCrypt Ransomware Virus Removal

Welcome to our HydraCrypt ransomware removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove HydraCrypt from your system and is designed to work with all Windows versions.

If you are reading this article you are in serious trouble. Likely all of your files have obtained strange file extensions (Hydracrpt) and cannot be opened. It is also likely that HydraCrypt has revealed its presence on your machine and is demanding a hefty ransom in BitCoins.

HydraCrypt Virus
HydraCrypt Ransomware

HydraCrypt is nasty, but not all hope is lost

The first and most important thing to remember is not to panic. The creators of this ransomware rely on shock and awe tactics to rob people from their money. Because of this you are seeing a countdown timer – to put extra pressure on you and force you into a bad decision. Ransomware viruses like HydraCrypt like to claim that the only way to recover your encrypted files is to pay the demanded ransom, but this is not always the case. There are alternative methods we can employ in order to recover your files. However, before we get there it is important to talk about the virus itself. The ransomware can only be dealt with if one has at least some basic understanding of how it works.

Some quick facts about HydraCrypt

HydraCrypt is a ransomware virus from a long family of viruses started by Cryptowall and Cryptlocker back in 2013. This family follows a relatively simple scheme – once it infects the targeted computer it will make a list of all files important to the user and start encrypting them. Documents, photos, videos, archives – nothing that contains data is spared, although the virus will generally leave alone system and program operational files. The encryption process is generally slow – for big hard drives full with data it may take several hours or even days. During this period the ransomware remains invisible, but its drain on the CPU can be felt as general slowdown and lag of the whole system. Once all files are encrypted the virus will make itself known and demand the ransom money.

  • One should never pay the ransom asked by viruses like HydraCrypt until all other options are exhausted. Remember that you are dealing with criminals, who are under no obligation to keep their end of the bargain. They will also use the money to developer newer and more dangerous viruses. All techniques described in this guide are safe to use and will not put your files in any danger and the ransomware cannot know if you tried them first – despite what many ransomware viruses claim or threaten with.

Distribution methods used by HydraCrypt

Recently, thanks to the rising popularity of ransomware hackers began creating Trojan horse type of viruses designed specifically to install ransomware on computers infected by them. Once a Trojan infects a computer it is able to install the ransomware AND allow it to bypass all system defenses. The Trohan then remains dormant and it is possible to activate it in order to install future copies of the modified ransomware. For this reason, it is very important not only to deal with the ransomware itself, but also to find if it has been installed by a Trojan and remove the Trojan as well.

Of course, there is always the possibility that the ransomware has been installed in a more traditional, direct way. HydraCrypt is usually contained in the form of self-extracting ZIP or RAR archive. This archive can be dropped by a number of carries including, but not limited to:

  1. Attachments to email spam bombs – this is a very old trick, but it is constantly getting refreshed with new tricks. Usually the email will mention some form of a reward or business request and will contain a file to open. Downloading and running the file will install the ransomware.
  2. Direct installation from an infected link/site – hackers often maintain fakes sites designed to fool search engines. Anyone looking for something specific on the internet may end up on such an engine and download the infected file.
  3. Online Ads and corrupted links in forums and blogs – another popular method. It involves the usage of bot networks and spam engines that saturate forums, blogs and message boards with spam links.
Threat HydraCrypt
Classification Ransomware
Security Alert
High. A ransomware virus is as bad as it gets
Negative Effects Encryption of user’s files, ransom demands, computer slowdown. 

HydraCrypt Ransomware Virus Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 3

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with HydraCrypt. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 4

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

Step 5

Get Your Files Back!

The only way you can do that is by backpedaling to a moment when you were not infected. You can achieve this in one of two ways:

  • System Restore. Start Button => Search field => Type System Restore=>Enter.
    Choose a Restore Point.
    Restore Point
    Click Next until the process has been completed.
  • Google and Download a Program called ShadowExplorer. Install and open it => Choose the Drive letter (C:, D:, F:, etc.) and date you want to restore information from => Right click on the files you want restored => Export.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

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Ads by $Bname Removal

Welcome to our Ads by $Bname removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Ads by $Bname from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.

Ads by $Bname is a program recently flagged for exhibiting many traits similar to the computer viruses family known as Adware. If you are reading this they it probably means you have been infected with a variant of Ads by $Bname. In this article we will try to explain the main aspects of dealing with an Adware application, how you got it in the first place and of course how to remove it completely. It is advisable that you read carefully through the whole article before starting the removal process.

Ads by $Bname Removal
Ads by $Bname Removal From Chrome

What is Ads by $Bname?

You may or may not have dealt with Adware before. If you have then it still might be a good idea to read this as it may contain some important information for future usage. Ads by $Bname is a typical adware application. This means that you will need to endure a steady and never wavering dose of advertisements. They may come in different formats – pop-ups, pop-unders, whole pages, different banners, toolbars and so forth. You might think this is not that much of a big deal and you would be right to an extent. After all there are far more dangerous computer viruses, so Ads by $Bname might seem like a true lightweight. Yet if you are not careful that might change quickly and for the worse.

You should avoid any possible interaction with the advertisements, no matter what you are offered. By avoiding any contact with the ads you will be limiting your possible exposure to other forms of malware, like Trojan Horses, Rootkits etc.

How is Ads by $Bname on your computer?

There are different ways and you are probably rightfully wondering how exactly you did end up with Ads by $Bname. That might have happened through the download and installation of compromised executable files, attached to phishing scam e-mails or downloaded from p2p networks like torrent websites or file-storage sites. These are both very viable and likely scenarios.

Yet there’s one even more likely. When you install software recently, probably a freeware of some sorts, you probably forgot to check the Advanced installation options. And that is how this malware has warmed its way inside your PC. This is known as software bundling and is in fact a completely legal if somewhat morally questionable practice. The creators of the free software in their quest to get some money, often allow additional software to be “bundled” inside with their program. Sometimes this is harmless and might result in installing useless but harmless piece of programming code. Yet sometimes you might end up with something more dangerous, just like in this case, with Ads by $Bname being a full-blown Adware.

Before starting with the actual removal of Ads by $Bname, it is a good idea to take the time for a little preparation. There are many different versions of this Adware and we simply can’t know exactly which stem of the virus has been plaguing you. In order to help as many people as possible we have prepared an extensive guide, designed to apply for a whole bunch of different alterations of the malware. It is possible that you might encounter some parts that do not resemble your particular problem and are therefore deemed redundant. Be remember, they very well might be of help to another affected user. But back to you, simply skip the irrelevant stuff and continue with the rest.

Remember to repeat Step 4 of our guide for each web browser that has been affected by the malicious software. It is an annoying task but it is certainly necessary. You need to make absolutely sure that every trace of the virus has been completely eradicated from your system.

If you have any questions, need advice or simply would like to make a suggestion or a simple thank you, do not hesitate to leave us a comment. We appreciate the feedback!

Threat Ads by $Bname
Classification Adware.
Security Alert
Medium.
Negative Effects  Undesired and intrusive Advertisements will be displayed, worse system performance.

Ads by $Bname Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

Locate the virus and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Ads by $Bname Removal from Chrome Browser Chrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Extensions in Chrome

Locate the virus and remove it.

Ads by $Bname Removal from Firefox Browser Firefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the virus and delete it.

Malware Removal from Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the virus and remove it.

Step 5

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Ads by $Bname. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

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Pass And Play Ads Removal

Welcome to our Pass and Play Ads removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Pass and Play Ads from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and all Windows versions.

Pass and Play Ads is a computer program, suspiciously resembling the behavior of the malicious applications known as Adware. If you are interested in this then you have probably encountered Pass and Play Ads on your computer. In this article we aim to provide valuable information about it and Adware viruses in general as well as comprehensive instructions and guidance on how to remove Pass and Play Ads completely from your system.

Pass and Play
Pass and Play Ads Removal

What to expect

Adware programs are particular in their insistence on popping up a variety of uncalled for advertisements. They may come in many forms – windows, banners, highlighted text or numbers turned into hyperlinks and others.

You can also expect a steady dose of browser redirects. In other words – when you try to open a website but instead you get redirected to a different one. Probably unknown to you and very likely malicious in its nature. It is thus not hard to imagine our advice in this situation – close the window or tab in which the unfamiliar websites did open up as quickly as possible. The more you stay on it the more likely it is that you will be attacked by other forms of malware.

The same applies for the fake advertisements. You should be disciplined enough to avoid any interaction with them. Apart from closing them down. Even that you should do with maximum cautious though, you do not want to click on the ads. This would represent a definite danger to your security as more malicious applications will try to weasel their way in.

How did you end up with Pass and Play Ads on your computer?

While there are different approaches used, notable mentions here are the email attachments and infected files downloaded from p2p networks, we would like to emphasize on another method. Actually this is probably the most likely way in which you might have ended up with this virus. This method is called software bundling and you can easily prevent it if you are vigilant enough.

Here’s what it is – imagine that you are simply dying to install a new piece of software, let’s say something free and completely legit and legal. So you download this freeware and happily install it. The application as everything you imagined it would be but you begin to notice the typical Adware traits. And these traits are pop-up Advertisements, banners, toolbars, Browser redirects and so on. So what is the common thing between these two you might ask? Well it is very possible that Pass and Play Ads was “tucked in” inside the installer of the free program. That does not make your new favorite program malicious at all, this is just a way for its creators to make some money. Many times you are going to end up with some kind of PUP, but sometimes you might be unlucky enough to encounter a full blown malware application. This can all be avoided if you are careful and thoroughly review the Advanced install options before actually click on “Next”.

Now, before plunging into the actual removal head first, please take an additional minute to read this carefully. We would like to explain some parts of the guide that might make you question whether you should continue or not.

Creators of Malware applications similar to Pass and Play Ads are known to create different alterations of their software so that they can ensure a prolonged life cycles for their apps. These people are often monitoring blogs similar to ours and come up with ways to counter act to our efforts to help affected users. For this reason we have prepared a somewhat long but extensive guide with instructions how to remove Pass and Play Ads. In case you find some parts of it to bear no semblance to your particular issues with the virus – just skip them and continue on with the rest.

If you need further assistance, have some questions or simply would like to say a thank you (which we would rather appreciate), please do not be shy and leave us a comment!

Threat Pass and Play Ads
Classification Adware
Security Alert
Medium.
Negative Effects Undesired and intrusive pop-up Ads, Browser Redirects.

Pass and Play Ads Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

Locate the virus and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Pass and Play Ads Removal from Chrome Browser Chrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Extensions in Chrome

Locate the virus and remove it.

Pass and Play Ads Removal from Firefox Browser Firefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the virus and delete it.

Malware Removal from Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the virus and remove it.

Step 5

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Pass and Play Ads. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

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Facts Right Ads Removal From Chrome/Firefox

Welcome to our Facts Right Ads removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Facts Right Ads from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and all Windows versions.

Please read down the following article to help you comprehend what actually Facts Right Ads is, how it works, and of course how to remove it.

Facts Right Ads Virus
Facts Right Ads Removal

What Facts Right Ads is

Facts Right Ads is generally an Adware type of virus that entered your system as a fragment of a programming code installed without the user`s actual consent or knowledge. Its damage may grow in the long run and eventually leave your PC completely compromised. You should keep in mind that the more technology evolves so do the threats of your computer security. Please consider removing this type of malware quickly so that your data and the performance of your machine are fully protected.

How Harmful Facts Right Ads is

Some Adware programs or PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), even if not traditionally classified as harmful and malicious in nature, might be bundled with additional free software and may potentially cause personal information interference including fraud, theft, or inevitable crash of the system.

A PUP is an Adware program considered as an undesired program with no actual use. It is typically thought to be more annoying than harmful. They display pop-up advertisements on the websites you open that may possibly transform into malevolent threat. We will try to provide clear and detailed information why such programs could be also considered malware and how we can protect ourselves from its negative impact.

How I Have Got Infected and How to Avoid Facts Right Ads

Facts Right Ads most probably entered your PC along with a PUP. Malware designers use the technique of software bundling as they target the most widely used web browsers, i.e. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer and it is the most usual routine for Adware spreading. The pop-up ads mentioned above are usually search –related. This means that they are pop-up windows, or advertising banners with content related basically to your interests that are revealed in and obtained from your browsing history in terms of what you type, search, and visit. The virus may also cause browser redirects to totally different and undesired web pages. The bundled free software may appear in the form of false updates, audio or video plug-ins, additional deceptive optimization programs, etc. with the sole purpose to generate revenue for the creator. The user might be easily misled by such tricky messages and implications. Sometimes he can be lead astray by the extensive time-consuming and completely confusing steps of installation. Therefore one fails to have all additional malicious software marked off.

Beware of all e-mail attachments with uncertain origin and always have them scanned first. Social media might be also an instrument as malicious links are sent to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Every time an unwanted advertisement is displayed it reflects its negative feature on your system, especially with older computers. The damage grows from being truly frustrating to far more severe infiltration.

The virus causes constant displays of a pop-up window, difficulties to uninstall, further system errors, additional stream of viruses, irritating freezes, and of course your searches are being stalled. Facts Right Ads may further exploit your privacy as it interacts with your stored data and cookies. Be extraordinarily cautious if you use online banking services. Your saved passwords and usernames might be seriously endangered by the malicious software. So please create or use an alternative password to substitute your previous one.

Before you proceed with the removal guide, please read this paragraph as an answer to some queries that may come to mind while following the process.  We need to give notice to the existence of various versions of this virus. This is usually done to generate difficulties to remove it with a single solution. However, the instructions provided below are compiled as detailed and comprehensive as possible to help you remove Facts Right Ads successfully. If you find some parts irrelevant down the steps, just go on and proceed with the next part of the guide.

Feedback is important, so please share your thoughts, ideas, or queries in the comment section.

Threat Facts Right Ads
Classification Adware.
Security Alert
Medium.
Negative Effects Slowed down system performance, undesired advertisements, browser redirects, questions about your online security.

Facts Right Ads Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press and hold the  Start Button button on your keyboard and R. Type appwiz.cpl and click on Ok.

appwiz.cpl

Look for suspicious programs and uninstall them.

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Facts Right Ads Removal from Chrome Browser Chrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Facts Right Ads in Chrome

Locate the virus and remove it.

Facts Right Ads Removal from Firefox Browser Firefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the virus and delete it.

Malware Removal from Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the virus and remove it.

Step 5

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to  Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Facts Right Ads. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

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Customer Promos Ads Removal

Welcome to our Customer Promos Ads removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Customer Promos Ads from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.

Fundamental information is given in the following article that will help you understand what really Customer Promos Ads is, how it performs, where it comes from, as well as how to remove it.

Customer Promos
Customer Promos Ads Removal

Customer Promos Ads Information

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer are probably the most common web browsers used, therefore often targeted by malware creators. They use Adware programs bundled with other unwanted additional programs that may potentially lead to serious, even fatal consequences.

Adware software is principally designed to exhibit advertising content on your PC. The widely known techniques include the so called flash ads, pop-up windows, or links to new web pages. They are usually considered harmless in nature. However, some of them are categorized as malware or a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) and of course, of no practical use. When the user agrees to download an Adware program or a PUP that is presumably thought as innocent, he may also allow the interference of additional malicious free software usually during the software installation process.  It is typically of completely unknown origin or it is extremely difficult to detect in those long perplexing set-up steps. Sometimes the user may fail to track down what extra programs are being placed and allow a virus on his system. Customer Promos Ads is identified as such.

How Harmful is Customer Promos Ads?

Not only is this type of malware defined as privacy-invasive, but it may potentially cause the most relentless and intractable consequences. The process of dealing with it should be carefully observed and precisely followed.
The damage may start with frustrating inability to uninstall, freezes of your computer, different errors or frequent pop-up ads displays. Also extremely high CPU usage and browser redirects to unwanted pages. Sometimes even more viruses invade the system, also, the performance of the PC generally and evidently slows down, all of which may lead to total downfall of your computer.
Customer Promos Ads might be placed on your system and gain access to your stored passwords and usernames causing even the most severe damage. These may include your banking service details if you have them saved. We advise you to consider changing your banking details as quickly as you possibly can, but only after you have dealt with Customer Promos Ads.

How Did I Get Infected?

The upper mentioned pop-up ads are usually shown on the websites you visit. Their content generally depends on your browsing history, i.e. the information they contain is based on what you have typed, or on what kind of web pages you have opened. They are the so called search-based advertisements in the form of pop-up ads, advertising banners revealed as boxes that tend to promote a supplementary dubious content. Often providing coupons, false optimization programs like free updates, audio or video plug-ins, etc. All presented so that pay-per-click revenue is made. We strongly advise you to have Customer Promos Ads removed as soon as possible.

You can get infected through some extra e-mail attachments of uncertain line that sometimes you tend to open without a scan first.  Another evident reason for the virus to be a threat is its spreading through your social platforms, i.e. Facebook, Skype, etc. as it spams a contact list with messages of corrupted links.

How to Avoid Installing Customer Promos Ads

Beware and avoid any interaction with such ads. Hundreds, even thousands of misleading banner ads and pop-ups are designed to spread, and appear much more attractive than they really are. They solely intend to make you click on them. Any engagement with these ads leaves your system vulnerable and exposed to corruptions and crash. Not only is Customer Promos Ads going to be simply irritating, but also extremely unpleasant danger to your computer data. 
You should undoubtedly keep yourself away from installing programs recommended by the malicious advertisements. You may like to have your browser configured to obstruct pop-up ads, or at least, if you happen to click on something of unknown origin, remember that custom install is always preferable as you read every step carefully with awareness. Otherwise, you may eventually install malware.  You may also want to ensure your browser is configured to block pop-up ads.

Your feedback will be highly appreciated, please feel free to leave your thoughts and queries in the comments section.

Threat Customer Promos Ads
Classification Adware
Security Alert
Medium.
Negative Effects Unwanted Advertisements, Browser Redirects, Compromised safety of your personal information.

Customer Promos Ads Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

Locate the virus and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

Look for suspicious programs and uninstall them.

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Customer Promos Ads Removal from Chrome Browser Chrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Customer Promos Ads in Chrome

Locate the virus and remove it.

Customer Promos Ads Removal from Firefox Browser Firefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the virus and delete it.

Malware Removal from Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the virus and remove it.

Step 5

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to  Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Customer Promos Ads. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

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Help Recover Instructions Virus Removal

Welcome to our Help Recover Instructions Virus removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Help Recover Instructions Virus from your system and is designed to work for all Windows versions.

Help Recover Instructions Virus has been flagged as a computer virus of the most dangerous type – Ransomware. If you are reading this then you have found yourself in a pretty bad spot. Help Recover Instructions Virus has for all intents and purposes encrypted your files making them useless for the time being. You may notice some strange extensions after the files’ names and a ransom note with instructions how to make the payment so you can get your files back.

help_recover_instructions
Help Recover Instructions Virus

In this article we intend to explain in some detail what Help Recover Instructions Virus actually is and help you make an important decision – whether you should pay to get a decryption key.

Help Recover Instructions Virus – how does it work?

As mentioned already and needlessly so as you have undoubtedly already discovered that on your own – you are dealing with a full-blown ransomware application. Help Recover Instructions Virus works in a very particular and straightforward way. First it needs to infiltrate your defenses. In order to do that it needs other forms of malicious content to act as a backdoor through which the ransomware will eventually find its way to your PC. Most often the malware in question would be represented in the form of a Trojan horse. That’s definitely something that you should keep an eye out for, after you remove the ransomware beast.

Once inside Help Recover Instructions Virus will schedule and begin a scan of your hard drives. The reason – to ascertain and compile a list of your most oft used files and applications. An important note here – only your personal files will be affected by this, all important system files will be left intact. Once the list has been completed, the actual encryption would take place and soon all your files will be inaccessible and the unmistakable message with ransom instructions will be posted to your desktop.

Should you pay the ransom?

This is a question that is not easy to answer and if we are honest no one can take this decision but you. There are serious implications whatever decision you decide to make, so we can only hope to be of help to you in offering our honest opinion on the matter.

We can imagine certain situations where paying the ransom would be a justifiable decision. And let’s be real here – some people are actually getting their files back that way. Yet we are strongly opposed to advocating this as a viable solution. We will explain this in more detail as we feel this is a very important decision and not just because of the monetary considerations.

As we mentioned some people really get what they are paying for – their own files. Notice the usage of the word “some” though. Many people don’t get their files back, instead they waste their money in futile attempts to negotiate with experienced cyber criminals. Let’s not kid ourselves, this is what you will be dealing with in reality. People who have made a career of extorting people online. Needless to say there are no guarantees for a positive outcome in such a transaction, so you will be taking a huge gamble with your money. Not only that, you will be associating yourselves with the criminals, however involuntarily that might be. This is never a good thing.

You have some alternatives – you can hope that the online community that never stops trying to break such encryption will find a way to do so at some point in the future. Or you can try our way and not lose anything in the process.

Threat Help Recover Instructions Virus
Classification Ransomware
Security Alert
High. There’s nothing more dangerous for an end-user. 
Negative Effects The encryption of your most often used personal files and the demand for a payment of Ransom. 

Help Recover Instructions Virus Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 3

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to  Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Help Recover Instructions Virus. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 4

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

Step 5

Get Your Files Back!

The only way you can do that is by backpedaling to a moment when you were not infected. You can achieve this in one of two ways:

  • System Restore. Start Button => Search field=> Type System Restore=>Enter.
    Choose a Restore Point.
    Restore Point
    Click Next until the process has been completed.
  • Google and Download a Program called ShadowExplorer. Install and open it => Choose the Drive letter (C:, D:, F:, etc.) and date you want to restore information from => Right click on the files you want restored => Export.

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Easy Search Removal from Chrome/Firefox

Welcome to our Easy Search remover instructions. This article intends to help you remove Easy Search from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.

Easy Search is considered a computer virus by a number of security experts and we would like to show you how to deal with the eminent dangers associated with this type of malware – a Browser Hijacker. As evidenced by the requests for “como remover easy search” and “como desinstalar easy search” this is definitely a global problem. So we feel this is of vital importance for you to understand and learn not only how to avoid similar malicious applications in the future, but also how not to worsen your immediate situation. So bear with us and read carefully through this article before moving on to our extensive removal instructions. This will help you answer a lot of questions like “como desinstalar easy search” or “como remover easy search”.

Easy Search in Chrome
Easy Search Remover

What is a Browser Hijacker?

This is the commonly used name to mark the malicious software which, as the name suggests, hijacks your browser and replaces your default search engine with another one. The new search engine is much more likely to redirect you to shady or downright malicious websites. It will also display compromised search results in order to promote websites that have paid the creators of the malware to boost their rankings. You might also encounter some strange and previously uncommon toolbars that have appeared in your browser, as if out of nowhere.

We mentioned the browser redirects, didn’t we? This is the annoying process that in addition to or sometimes even instead of the website you were trying to access another tab or window opens up, with a completely different website loaded up. Very often these redirects are not only irritating but also dangerous, as they might be filled with malware of many different forms.

You are also likely to encounter pop-up Ads in many different variations. They might be downright advertisements of a product. Or they might be more subtle and try to make you a software download and installation of an audio or video codec, a program update, an anti-virus software or something else. You should always remember not to install any sort of executable files suggested by similar questionable advertisements. It is more than likely that you will end up with some nasty viruses in addition to the one you are currently battling.

How did you end up with a Browser Hijacker?

There are many different clever ways used by experienced con artists to spread malware like Easy Search. By far the most common one and probably the way in which you were infected is through a software bundle. In other words this malicious software was “hidden” in the installer of another program, mist likely some form of freeware that you have recently installed. Notice that we used the word hidden with a caveat – it is only hidden if you do not click on Advanced installation options and carefully check if some additional software is not being prepared to be installed on your hard drive in addition to the one you originally intended to install.

We would like to take an additional minute of your time and clarify some details about our removal instructions. We feel this is important as it will most likely answer some questions that might pop-up during this process. Creators of virus applications like Easy Search do their best to make it as harder as possible for blogs and removal guides just like ours to work equally for all affected users. They manage to accomplish this by creating many different versions of their “software”. This makes it impossible to create a single method that is going to work in the same way for all infected users. That’s why our guide might contain some parts that are irrelevant to your specific problem. If this is the case then do not be instantly alarmed but continue with the rest of the guide. Feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions or just a simple thank you.

Threat Easy Search
Classification Browser Hijacker
Security Alert
Medium.
Negative Effects Your Browser has been Hijacked. Unwanted Browser Redirects, Pop-up Ads.

Easy Search Removal from Chrome/Firefox

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press and hold the  Start Button button on your keyboard and R. Type appwiz.cpl and click on Ok.

appwiz.cpl

Look for suspicious programs and uninstall them.

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Easy Search Removal from Chrome Browser Chrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Easy Search in Chrome

Locate the virus and remove it.

Easy Search Removal from Firefox Browser Firefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the virus and delete it.

Malware Removal from Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the virus and remove it.

Step 5

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to  Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Easy Search. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

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Smart New Tab Virus Removal

Welcome to our Smart New Tab Virus removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Smart New Tab Virus from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.

Smart New Tab has been identified as a probable computer virus by a number of online databases. To be more precise – as an Adware type of virus. You may or may not know about this subclass of malicious software but since it is our intent to not only help you remove it effectively but also to provide as much information about it as possible, we will discuss it in some depth. This is important so that you can avoid ending up in a similar position in the future. And what position that would be exactly – you might ask.

Smart New Tab Virus

Smart New Tab Virus – how does it work?

As a typical representative of the Adware family (the name deriving from the words Advertisements and Malware), you have undoubtedly come face to face with the seemingly never ending array of Ads. They may come in a variety of forms – pop-ups, pop-unders, banners or even whole pages filled with nothing but irritating ads. These ads could be quite intrusive at times and accompanied by flashing effects and sounds. If that was not bad enough already you should also be prepared for the possible Browser redirects associated with Smart New Tab Virus. And by Browser redirects we mean this sort of thing – you try to open a specific web address but in addition to it or even instead of it another websites opens up in a new tab or window. This and the annoying ads will not only become a nuisance quite quickly but may also represent some very real and immediate dangers to your online security.

  • You should avoid interacting with the Ads and the websites you might be redirected to at all costs. If you do interact – it is a pretty sure way to get infected with additional malware and more often than not even more dangerous than Smart New Tab Virus – Trojan Horses, Ransomware and Rootkits.
  • You may notice that the ads displayed on your screen would have one thing in common – they are specifically targeting things you were interested in. That might not seem like much of an issue at first, and understandably so as many companies like Google, Facebook and other use similar targeted ads. But if you think about it – it turns out Smart New Tab Virus has privileged access to your browser’s cookies and cache. That is quite alarming because it leads to even more questions, for instance are your stored user names and passwords exposed as well? Especially if you are using any type of online banking, you might be alarmed and rightfully so. We advise changing your passwords after you have dealt with the removal of Smart New Tab Virus.
  • Do not be fooled by various misleading messages generated by the Ads like missing plug-ins, audio or video codecs, “important” software updates and the like. They will be all accompanied by useful download links, but if you fall for this you will be downloading compromised executable files. Which is a sure-fire way to end up with nasty malware on your device. You should never download any software from unconfirmed or unofficial source locations.

A bit of an explanation before you dive into our removal instructions. The creators of Smart New Tab Virus and other similar applications have deliberately created and made sure to spread around a lot of slightly differing versions of their malicious software. All this with the specific purpose to make it harder for removal guides and blogs, just like our own to come up with universal solutions. As a result you might find that parts of our removal guide might seem irrelevant or not corresponding to your specific needs. If that is indeed the case do not be alarmed, simply skip the parts that you deem irrelevant and continue with the rest of the instructions. If you have any questions or would like help with anything – just ask us in the comments.

Threat Smart New Tab Virus
Classification Adware/Browser Hijacker
Security Alert
High. Unlike most malicious software of this type, Smart New Tab Virus is quite dangerous and potentially damaging.
Negative Effects Undesired Ads, Browser Redirects, Compromised Personal Information.

Smart New Tab Virus Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

Locate the virus and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

 

Additional:

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Smart New Tab Virus Removal from Chrome Browser Chrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Extensions in Chrome

Locate the virus and remove it.

Smart New Tab Virus Removal from Firefox Browser Firefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the virus and delete it.

Malware Removal from Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the virus and remove it.

Step 5

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Smart New Tab Virus. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!

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Center for Internet Security Shares Tips for Staying Safe on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday (News – Alert) is just a few days away, and according to American Express, more people are expected to shop online that day than visit brick and mortar stores on Black Friday (News – Alert).

 

Whether you’ll be conducting transactions from your desktop, laptop or mobile device, there are steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of identify theft, malware or other cyber crime.

The threat of cyber crimes is very real and can have significant financial and personal impact. In order to save yourself from online holiday shopping pitfalls, use the following tips to protect your personal information. By applying these basic strategies you will go a long way toward improving cyber preparedness.

  • Secure your computer and mobile devices.  Be sure your computer and mobile devices are current with all operating system and application software updates. Anti-virus and anti-spyware software should be installed, running, and receiving automatic updates. Ensure you use a strong password, and one that is not used for any other accounts. Set a timeout that requires authentication after a period of inactivity. CIS offers many free configuration guides (benchmarks) to help secure the most commonly used systems and technologies—including those for mobile devices. The new CIS Apple iOS 7 Benchmark provides specific, step-by-step recommendations for securing numerous settings on millions of devices running iOS 7, including theiPhone (News – Alert), iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
  • Use mobile applications with caution. As devices such as smartphones and tablets continue to gain popularity for online shopping, so too will the volume of attacks against them. Every time you download an app you open yourself to potential vulnerabilities, so research those you plan to download to verify their legitimacy. Update all apps when notified and disable Bluetooth and Near Field Communications when not in use to reduce the risk of your data, such as a credit card number, being intercepted by a nearby device.
  • Know your online merchants.  Limit online shopping to merchants you know and trust. Only go to sites by directly typing the URL in the address bar. If you are unsure about a merchant, check with the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission to ensure its legitimacy. Confirm the online seller’s contact information in case you have questions or problems.
  • Use a credit card, not a debit card. Credit cards are protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act and may reduce your liability if your information is used improperly.
  • Look for “https” before you click “Purchase.” Before you submit your online transaction, make sure that the webpage address begins with “https.” The “s” stands for secure, and indicates that communication with the webpage is encrypted.  A padlock or key icon in the browser’s status bar is another indicator.  Also, make sure your browser is current and up-to-date.
  • Do not respond to pop-ups.  When a window pops up promising you cash, bargains, or gift cards in exchange for your response to a survey or other questions, close it by pressing Control + F4 on Windows devices, or Command + W for Macs. The pop-up may be a link leading you to malicious malware.
  • Do not use public computers or public wireless access for your online shopping. Criminals may be intercepting traffic on public wireless networks to steal credit card numbers and other sensitive information. Make sure the settings on your computer or device prevent it from automatically connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Secure your home Wi-Fi.  Make sure you control who has administrative access, and that any users on your network authenticate with a strong password. Encryption settings should be enabled and strong – using WPA2 is recommended.
  • Be alert for potential charity donation scams. Cyber criminals try to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holiday season and can use fake charity requests as a means to gain access to your information or computer/device. Think before clicking on emails requesting donations. Don’t give your financial or personal information over email or text.  If you are looking to contribute to a charity, navigate to a trusted address of the organization, never through a link in an email.  To check if an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions visit the IRS website.
  • Keep a record. Keep a record of your online transactions, including the product description and price, the online receipt, and copies of every email you send or receive from the seller. Review your credit card and bank statements for unauthorized charges.
  • Review privacy policies. Review the privacy policy for the website/merchant you are visiting. Also, learn what information the merchant is collecting about you, how it will be stored, how it will be used, and if it will be shared or sold to others.

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Trustlook announces its Cloud-based Sandbox Technology, the First APT Mobile Security Solution

There is a new security company being recognized for its expertise in the next generation of mobile security solutions, penetration testing and the detection of sophisticated vulnerabilities and exploits. It’s Trustlook, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company established this year that is an innovator in behavior-based analysis of Android applications and a pioneer in providing the first APT (advanced persistent threat) resolution to protect smartphones and tablets from zero-day and advanced malware threats.

On July 16th, the private company announced its deep mobile application analysis platform: a cloud-based app-control solution, which consists of advanced detection and policy control services.

The security platform is revolutionary. It is a signature-based malware identification system that deals with APT and delivers fast malware response, but also provides four more key features that will take “mobile application security to the next level,” said Larry Li, founding managing partner of zPark Venture.

The app provides 100 percent signature-less malware screening—thanks to its detection engine that addresses and filters out high-risk applications before being deployed into corporate environments. Trustlook’s malware signature database can spot and mitigate malicious software before it disrupts the victim’s computer operations—again, due to the detection engine that provides application static and behavior data.

It addresses zero-day exploits (much like the FireEye platform) and helps discover any vulnerabilities in advance before a malicious computer attack takes advantage of a security hole, causes serious damage to a system, or corrupts or deletes files. This is something often missed in many cloud-based endpoint security services.

The app also offers a fully-automated deep application analysis platform through the use of its proprietary cloud sandbox technology. In essence, it is a framework for behavior-based malware analysis in the cloud. It is said to be the only solution in the market to detect unknown mobile malware and “constantly analyze application behaviors to build complete application profiles.”

It also supports REST-based application analysis services for mobile cloud computing (MCC); a fully integrated cloud platform that simplifies mobile device management (MDM) and provides seamless mobile enterprise integration with mobile application management (MAM) vendors. Ideally, this is a solution to control, manage and secure mobile devices and apps through its platform from the central admin console.

Unlike traditional on-premises solutions or other mobile security products on the market and services found online, this is a signature- and behavior-based analysis engine integrated with a back-end, easy-to-use data mining system: It is able to “catch zero-days immediately and on-the-fly as they’re released,” said Trustlook in an admin post on its website.

As Mike Murray, Managing Partner of MAD Security, said, “Trustlook’s [cloud-based sandbox technology] is the first to allow [its] users to breathe easily when it comes to trusting their sensitive data to Android devices.”

With malware on the rise, according to last year’s annual Mobile Threats Report from Juniper Networks, and having seen “mobile security products continue to fail to keep up to the threat environment,” said Trustlook, it is believed that this next-gen technology mentioned is what businesses will need to have as an effective APT mobile security solution, which is on a platform that controls malware threats.

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