MyStartSearch.com

Don’t you get bored when a computer infection comes back again and again with the same set of tools of trade? I mean, there’s nothing new or significant about MyStartSearch, and yet a lot of users have to suffer this browser hijacker on their computers. From what I gather, not everyone knows how to remove MyStartSearch.com from their browsers, and it is not some lousy adware app you could easily delete via Control Panel. Even so, there is nothing to be afraid of because MyStartSearch.com is not some extra malicious infection. It’s good to be on the cautious side, but you know, if you panic, you’re pretty much done for it.

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When users panic, they are bound to make rash decisions that lead to dire consequences. For example, when you get infected with MyStartSearch.com, this browser hijacker modifies your default browser settings (I mean, what else is new?), but at the same time, it provides you with a new search service, adorned with shortcuts to your most commonly-visited websites. How does MyStartSearch.com know what kind of shortcuts to display? Easy, the browser hijacker collects data on what websites you visit, and so it can more or less make a pretty decent guess of what you would want to have for your shortcuts. Continue reading

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Binkiland Search

When I wrote about Vosteran Search a few months back, I was foolishly hoping it would be the last I hear of this browser hijacker family. Alas, that really was too much of a foolish hope. Here we have another browser hijacker from the same family called Binkiland. It is just as resistant to removal as Vosteran Search, Astromenda, Taplika, and so on.

This new infection has a cute name, I can give it that. Maybe that’s why for a time being some users might be lulled into thinking that Binkiland is the real deal. But you know I wouldn’t be happy to find binkiland.com set as my homepage. I mean, just recently it had your own homepage, with your personal customizations, and then BAM – suddenly you see two palm trees and a hammock (vacation, anyone?) with a search box below.

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I sometimes find it disturbing how users disregard such modifications to their browser settings. Constant pop-ups, annoying ads, various redirections – they tend to take it for granted, as if that’s perfectly normal and one should be surprised to experience that. However, Binkiland and other annoying infections aren’t something you should tolerate! Trust me, this kind of browser settings modifications are nothing but bad news. It means that your computer’s security has been compromised and your web browsing habits are being monitored. Continue reading

iStartSurf.com

You might wonder why I am doing a piece of istartsurf.com, when there’s already an article on istart.webssearches.com down below. Well, yeah, you’ve got me. These two search engines are practically one and the same, but you know, it wouldn’t hurt just to be sure. So what is istartsurf.com? Well, a search engine, and most probably a browser hijacker. Which is obvious. Now, if you have this bugger on your browser, then it is quite clear that you need to remove istartsurf.com ASAP. I wouldn’t want to have it. No sir.iStartSurf

But wait! Someone might say. Why the hell not? It looks nice and sophisticated and for all we know it might work just fine. Well, to be honest, the same can be applied to all the other browser hijackers out there from the same family. Istartsurf.com looks nice. Yes. Istartsurf.com provides you with shortcuts to Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, eBay and other popular websites. Yes. Also true. But it also collects info on what sites you visit and it displays commercial ads. Although commercials are an inescapable part of our lives, these are the types of ads you might want to avoid. After all, istartsurf.com is not an application we can trust. Continue reading

Aartemis

Have any of you guys seen “Face Off”? Pretty freaky movie, but let’s just use for comparison’s sake – you peel off the skin, put on another one, and BAM – you’re a new person. Right? Well, definitely wrong, because you can never change what you are inside (I sound so philosophically romantic now). Anyways, that’s the main point with computer infections as well. And here now I bring you Aartemis, the new reliable search engine that will definitely improve your web browsing experience.

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NOT. You seriously couldn’t have believed that. Aartemis is one of those “Face-Off” cases, when it looks like a new and sleek software application on outside, but deep down inside is the same good (bad?) old Castor Troy. So here’s what we have with Aartemis as well. I mean, it looks like a search engine related to the Ancient Greek goddess (*cough*Artemis*cough*), but in reality it just a browser hijacker from the same group as Dosearches – an infection I’ve talk about previously. So much of a renewal. Still can’t hide your nasty nature. Continue reading

System Care Antivirus

Hey! Remember Disk Antivirus Professional? I wrote about it in February, and I think I mentioned that it’s not the last we’re seeing of WinWebSec rogues this year. Well, due to my busy schedule I actually missed one (AVASoft Antivirus Professional), and look at this – WinWebSec rogue for 2013 No. 3 – System Care Antivirus. What does this fake antivirus program do different from its predecessors? Nothing much. Just like other infections from the same group System Care Antivirus blocks exe files, performs a fake system scan, spams you with fake security notifications and blocks Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers.sca

However, System Care Antivirus leaves Internet Explorer be. Why is that? Well, simple – the rogue needs to have a way how to lure your money out of you, because this is the only reason why the rogue enters your computer. I know that System Care Antivirus looks like a decent computer security program, but you know, this is the main idea behind this entire scan – convince you that the program you see is a genuine one, and it really wants to protect your system from harm. Continue reading

ICSPA Virus

W00t! The first batch of Ukash Viruses for 2013 is here! Now aren’t they lovely?^^ Actually, absolutely not. And here I thought that perhaps ransomware infections would dwindle out of existence with the news that Spanish police arrested ransomware gang, icspabut of course not. Now we have things like ICSPA Virus ruining our mood, and the problem is that it’s the same old threat, with a new face, meaning – ABSOLUTELY ANNOYING.

So what do we know about ICSPA Virus? Well, we are sure of the fact that this ransomware infection is distributed by Urausy Trojan. Also, it’s not exactly the infection name, as much as an alias, because there are several new Ukash infections that have the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance logo plastered on their interfaces, and so it makes poor users think that (ack!) they are busted because their computers are locked by some huge international cyber security organization. Here’s a news flash for you – the original ICSPA has NOTHING to do with the infection. You have been FOOLED. Continue reading

Metropolitan Virus

Remember the last time I wrote about ransomware infection, back in September? Well, you know, they haven’t disappeared anywhere. There are still tons of ransomware infections around and Metropolitan Virus is just one of them. It is called Metropolitan Virus, because, you can see a message from the Metropolitan Police forces on its intmet_policeerface, when the fake notification is slapped across your screen. To be honest, I really hate these ransomware infections, because they are COUNTLESS and they are frustrating in a way that they lock you out of your desktop.

So imagine simply browsing the net one day, when you get infected with Reventon Trojan, that subsequently brings on Metropolitan Virus. The same Trojan is responsible for spreading Ukash Virus, FBI Moneypak Virus and other infections from the Ukash group. So there, once the Trojan is inside, it infects you with the ransomware program and POOF~! your desktop gets locked and all you see is a huge notification that – oh my gosh – your computer is locked because of illegal cyber activity: Continue reading