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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Remove "Ads by Jabuticaba" Adware (Uninstall Guide)

The more time we spend online, whether at work or during our down time, the sad fact is that the more risk we are at of being attacked by an online predator. Cyber crime is increasing dramatically and despite the latest round of high profile attacks, the fact is that the people most at risk are individuals and small businesses – hackers and cyber criminals see us normal folk as 'low hanging fruit' – because we are a lot less likely to have impenetrable security in place to protect us.

In addition to this viruses and malware attacks are not just an issue for those of us who spend our leisure (or work!) time on illegal or slightly dubious websites, we are all in danger of being affected. Malware, and in particular Jabuticaba adware, comes hidden in spam emails, instant messages, compromised websites, peer to peer files and online apps. It is precisely because malware and adware are such great money spinners that they are so hard to avoid. These people are on to a good thing, after all.


But what is the deal with advertisements labeled "Ads by Jabuticaba"? Well of course it is a way to generate revenue; of course – it's marketing after all. But that's not all adware can be, as it can cause you some real issues too if you have it installed on your computer.

Exploring Jabuticaba adware

Basically, Jabuticaba, is a software program that shows adverts "Ads by Jabuticaba" or "Optimized by Jabuticaba" on the screen of your computer or device when you're online. The problem that many people have with the program, despite it not really being as dangerous as other types of malicious software, is that nearly all of the adverts that you are shown are almost identical matches for goods or services that you were recently looking at online. How does that work? It is because this adware has an inbuilt component that spies on you. Whichever website you visit will be monitored and the component will collect the information and then sends the adware's programmer information about which products or services you were looking at. This way, they know which adverts to show you.

How does a programmer make money from Jabuticaba adware?

Of course, if the programmer is able to show you Jabuticaba adverts that are tailored to your interests, you are more likely to click on them. That has the effect of driving more traffic to the website in question and even potential sales. These clicks earn the programmer money – it's their business model if you will.

Do I need to be worried about it?

While a lot of people do concede that Jabuticaba is just a necessary evil for being able to download free files, programs or apps, the issue lies in the fact that adware can weaken your system and leave your computer vulnerable to attack by more serious forms of malware, therefore it is recommended that you keep a close eye on your PCs performance at all times.

To conclude: ad-supported programs are not malware, but they are almost always definitely unwanted. If you keep getting annoying pop-up ads on your web browser and you don't know how yo stop them, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



Jabuticaba Adware Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.






2. Remove Jabuticaba related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Jabuticaba
  • GoSave
  • Active Discount
  • AdCoupon
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Jabuticaba related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Jabuticaba, AdCoupon, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove Jabuticaba related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Jabuticaba, AdCoupon, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Jabuticaba related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Encrypted Files (.zzz extension) Ransomware Removal Guide

A virus appended all files with .zzz extension? Unfortunately, your computer is infected with a variant of Alpha Crypt ransomware. Some users reported that they got a ransom note "restore_files_qfprl.txt" saying it's the CryptoWall 3.0 ransomware once their files were encrypted and extensions changed to .zzz. However, I don't think it's true simply because this particular ransom virus does not remove shadow copies whereas CryptoWall 3.0 does remove shadow copies and even takes the extra step by removing original files from mapped network drives. Whether you're an individual home user, a small business or running a large enterprise, none of us are immune to this ransomware attack. And the worrying part is that most hackers, attackers and malware users choose to target the easy option – so that means you or me on our home computers, and small or medium sized businesses.

A closer look at crypto-virus that adds a file extension .zzz to all files

Okay, I'm going to take a wild guess and assume that you are not at great risk of being kidnapped. Well, not personally that is - but what about your computer? Ransomware can, and will if you are unlucky enough to be infected, hijack your operating system and hold your files and documents to ransom. Let’s take a closer look at what it can do. One of the new kids on the malware block and a program that you do need to be aware of is something called ransomware. This thoroughly unpleasant software can have a not inconsiderable financial impact on you and can also result in a great deal of stress as well. This ransomware infects you during a drive-by installation, meaning that it downloads itself onto your PC instantly if you have visited a compromised website. This will set into motion a string of decidedly unfortunate events. Unbeknown to you, you've visited this infected website, you carry on browsing the web, and the next thing you know is that your computer has frozen. Most of the time, it comes packed with Trojan downloaders and Trojan droppers that are distributed via infected websites using various exploit kits. It also comes as an email attachment, so be very careful when opening attached files even from people you know.


Once installed, it will search your computer for all data files and encrypt them using RSA-2048 crypto algorithm. It's a very strong algorithm which can't be brute forced or braked in any other way unless you have a super computer at home. What makes this ransom virus unique is that it adds a file extension .zzz to all encrypted files. For example, if your original file is resume.doc it becomes resume.doc.zzz. Encrypted files can not be decrypted or opened by any other program than the decryptor tool created by cyber criminals who created this virus. In order to get the decryptor you need to pay the ransom, usually $300 or even more.

How to react to .zzz ransomware

It can be tempting to throw money at the problem to make it go away and to unlock your PC. But that's the wrong move – whether you've accessed sites of a disreputable nature or not. For a start, no law enforcement agency would act in this way – so do not even think that you should pay anything. If you do you are simply creating a snowball effect by buying into a fraudulent operation and showing these people that crime does pay. Seek help from a professional repair person or use the removal guide below.

How to get my files back?

If you have a recent backup, wipe your hard disk and reinstall your files. If you don't, try Shadow Explorer program or search your computer for previous versions of files. If you are lucky enough you may find files that were not encrypted and renamed to .zzz. But before restoring your files, please remove the ransomware and related malware files from your computer. To do so, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Step 1: Removing .zzz extension ransomware and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure the ransomware is not running. You have to remove this malware permanently. Thankfully, there are a couple of anti-malware programs that will effectively detect and remove this malware from your computer.

1. First of all, download and install recommended anti-malware scanner. Run a full system scan and remove detected malware.





Important! If you can't download or run it, please restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking or Safe Mode and try again.

2. Then, download ESET Online Scanner and run a second scan to make sure there are no other malware running on your computer.

That's it! Your computer should be clean now and you can safely restore your files. Proceed to Step 2.


Step 2: Restoring files encrypted by .zzz extension virus:


Method 1: The first and best method is to restore your files from a recent backup. If you have been regularly performing backups, then you should use your backups to restore your files.

Method 2: Try to restore previous versions of files using Windows folder tools. To learn more, please read Previous versions of files.

Method 3: Using the Shadow Volume Copies:

1. Download and install Shadow Explorer. Note, this tool is available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

2. Open Shadow Explorer. From the drop down list you can select from one of the available point-in-time Shadow Copies. Select drive and the latest date that you wish to restore from.



3. Righ-click any encrypted file or entire folder and Export it. You will then be prompted as to where you would like to restore the contents of the folder to.



Hopefully, this will help you to restore all encrypted files or at least some of them.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Remove HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt Virus and Restore Encrypted Files

It doesn't matter whether you only use your home computer for doing the weekly grocery shop online or you're running a thriving business that employs one hundred or more computer users, if you are connected to the internet, you are at risk of being infected by malware or a virus, or falling victim to some type of online phishing or social engineering scam.

After all, cyber crime is big money and disreputable people and programmers have realized that they can use their so-called talents to attack us in increasingly sophisticated ways. And no sooner has the latest version of a malicious software program been released and an antidote in the form of a new anti-virus patch been issued to combat it, then the malware will up its game and subject us to an even more advanced method of attack.


Unfortunately because there are so many different types of malware out which have all been created to act in different ways there is no cookie cutter solution to defending ourselves. So what do the likes of you and me need to know in order to outsmart the attackers? Staying alert is a good start, and reading as much as you can to know how to best protect yourself is another must do in the war on cyber crime. With that end goal in mind, here we are going to be looking at Win32/Filecoder aka Win32/Gpcode - Encoder - Win32/Xorist.bl ransomware that encrypts files and leaves the "HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt" ransom note on infected computers.

So tell me, what is HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt ransom virus?

Ransomware is definitely at the more unpleasant end of the malware scale. It has been designed to defraud you and get you to hand over money and it can cause some deadly damage to your files and computer's operating system too. And let's not forget the worry and upset that it inflicts during this whole process. All said and done, it is definitely something that it is worth taking a few minutes of your time to find out a little more about.

Like many types of malware, the clue is in the name when it comes to guessing what ransomware is and does. It works by holding you – or rather your files, documents, and programs – hostage. And if you take a minute to think about how much vital, and personal, stuff you have stored on your computer that is actually a terrifying thought. Your bank details, your correspondence, those sensitive work files, your family vacation photos – the list goes on. The makers of HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt ransom virus know this only too well, which is why they are fairly confident that they can get you to pay a ransom in order to have your computer released.

What should I do if I have been attacked by this ransomware?

Your kidnapper will make their demands pretty clear by displaying an on-screen message or leaving a ransom note stating their price. The ransom note reads:

Attention!!! Your broke the law!! All your files are encrypted!!
To restore your files visit http://plc.licter.com if the site is not working please write to email stoppiracy@email.su.

You have 5 attempts to enter the code. Above this limit, all the data irreversibly deteriorate.

It's a short ransom note and doesn't really explain a lot about what has happened. The given email address has the .su top-level domain which is rather popular among Russians because it was originally assigned as the country code top-level domain for the Soviet Union. We could probably take a wild guess who is behind this HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt ransom virus. The ransom virus encrypts different types of files and changes their extensions to some random ones, for example .i8xmgq. Obviously, you can't open such files even with notepad because they are encrypted.


It's easy to say, but once your computer is infected try not to panic. And whatever you do, don't pay the ransom unless the encrypted files are very important and you can't afford to lose them. If the encrypted files are not very important or you don't have money to pay the ransom, you can remove try to restore your files (at least some of them) using Shadow Explorer, Recuva and some other specialized tools listed below. Please note that even of you decide to pay the ransom there's really no guarantee that cyber crooks will recover your files. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Last, but not least, if there's anything you think I should add or correct, please let me know. It might be a pain but the issue needs to be dealt with – and the way to do it is by not giving in, not paying up and not letting the attackers win. Good luck and keep safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



Step 1: Removing HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt and related malware:


Before restoring your files from shadow copies, make sure the ransom virus is not running. You have to remove this malware permanently. Thankfully, there are a couple of anti-malware programs that will effectively detect and remove this malware from your computer.

1. First of all, download and install recommended anti-malware scanner. Run a full system scan and remove detected malware.





2. Then, download ESET Online Scanner and run a second scan to make sure there are no other malware running on your computer.

That's it! Your computer should be clean now and you can safely restore your files. Proceed to Step 2.


Step 2: Restoring files encrypted by HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt virus:


Method 1: The first and best method is to restore your files from a recent backup. If you have been regularly performing backups, then you should use your backups to restore your files.

Method 2: Try to restore previous versions of files using Windows folder tools. To learn more, please read Previous versions of files.

Method 3: Using the Shadow Volume Copies:

1. Download and install Shadow Explorer. Note, this tool is available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

2. Open Shadow Explorer. From the drop down list you can select from one of the available point-in-time Shadow Copies. Select drive and the latest date that you wish to restore from.



3. Righ-click any encrypted file or entire folder and Export it. You will then be prompted as to where you would like to restore the contents of the folder to.



Hopefully, this will help you to restore all encrypted files or at least some of them.

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Remove "Ads by RightTabs" Adware (Uninstall Guide)

There are any number of different strains of malicious software hiding in the murkiest corners of the internet, waiting to pounce on our PCs and data, and possible even our finances, but often mentioned in the same breath as malware is something called RightTabs adware. The question often arises as to whether this is actually a type of malware or not. A programmer who creates adware will tell you with absolute certainly that "Ads by RightTabs" are not harmful and are in fact useful, while many other people beg to differ.

What is RightTabs?

RightTabs is adware that displays RightTabs ads and pop-ups with misleading information, for example that your computer is infected and that you should call for help. Such adware programs are a sort of software program that download themselves in rather a sneaky way onto your PC orlaptop. The issue of what category they actually fall into comes into questions mainly because adware programs DO tell you when they are going to be installed, however, on the other hand they do not make this particularly clear.


Obviously this may get you wondering just why the adware is behaving in such a surreptitious manner and if you instantly put your guard is up, you have every right to do so. But just because adware is installed in a somewhat underhand fashion, if it is albeit it not clearly, stating its intention to install itself, does that mean it is malware?

Are Ads by RightTabs dangerous?

In actual fact, the majority of those adverts don't do you any harm. The adware itself doesn't log your keystrokes, doesn't hijack your files and hold them to ransom, it doesn't intend to plunder your bank account and it doesn't disseminate itself via your contact list, unlike viruses. And that means that technically speaking, it not malware. So what's the deal with RightTabs adware?

What is the purpose of adware?

Despite NOT being malware, RightTabs is still potentially unwanted and that's because although it does have a use it also does have an ulterior motive hiding behind its veneer of functionality. For a start, you did not make the conscious choice to install this adware program and secondly, its main reason for existing is to display pop-up adverts labeled "Ads by RightTabs" or "brought by RightTab" and to redirect your internet searches away from the site or URL you have typed into your browser, and to a website the programmer wants to you look at.

It is basically a money spinner for the programmer. Once it has changed your default settings and redirected your search, it is already at work. The methods used by hackers, spammers, phishers and cyber criminals are increasingly sophisticated – after all, this is one area of the economy that is seeing signs of great success! And adware programs are no different. When your searches are manipulated to visit sites that you weren't intending to go to, the programmer is increasing the chances of a sale being made and, just as crucially, driving traffic towards that site to help it climb up the internet search engine rankings.

To conclude: ad-supported programs are not malware, but they are almost always definitely unwanted. If you keep getting RightTabs ads on your web browser and you don't know how yo stop them, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



RightTabs Adware Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove RightTabs related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • RightTabs
  • GoSave
  • Active Discount
  • AdCoupon
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove RightTabs related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove RightTabs, AdCoupon, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove RightTabs related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove RightTabs, AdCoupon, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove RightTabs related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Remove "Ads by shopperz22072015" Adware (Uninstall Guide)

Being too naive when you're online can ultimately result in any number of problems, issues or nightmare scenarios. So if something is trying its best to tempt you into downloading it, stop for a moment and wonder whether you really need this program, game or application, and ask yourself why it is so desperate for you to accept it onto your machine. If you keep getting ads or popups saying "Ads by shopperz22072015" then you should definitely scan your computer for malware.


Of course, the million dollar question is 'how much harm can shopperz22072015 adware do?' Sadly the answer to this is rather a significant amount. Time and effort has gone into creating a convincing looking adware and so the effect they can have is quite drastic. From causing instabilities in your operating system to displaying intrusive advertisements, such adware programs have one aim in mind, and that is to cause as much distress and disruption for you as possible. The conclusion: don't fall prey to something which is trying to sucker you into downloading it if you don't know what it is or where it has come from.

How to avoid shopperz2207201 adware when downloading freeware or shareware

You've discovered the latest must-have application that really will help you embark on that new fitness regime (really!) or the latest episode of your favorite TV show is now available for download. You eagerly rush through the installation, skipping through the wording in the End User License Agreement (boring!) Well that's your first mistake right there because if the file or application is also bundled with adware, you have automatically allowed it to install itself on your PC.

The point is that you actually need to read the licensing agreement. Yes, we know they're often long, and always tedious, but most of them do tell you if they are also going to install that extra program on your machine too. The declaration will probably be confusingly worded and you may also find that check boxes are pre-configured and checked or unchecked in the favor of the shopperz2207201 adware installation.

Is it really worth the hassle of reading the End User License Agreement?

Well we think so and that is because the majority of advertising supported software comes with a tricky little component that installs itself on your PC so that it can track which websites you visit. This data is recorded and sent back (using your internet connection!) to the adware's owner or programmer so that they are able to show you advertising that matches the products or services that you were looking at on those websites.

So to answer our own question, if you are downloading freeware or software, YES, we do think that it is worth spending a few minutes to read the End User License Agreement a little more closely. After all, this is your privacy we are talking about! Now, if your computer is already infected, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. It shouldn't be very difficult to remove shopperz2207201 adware. And next time, pay close attention to programs you install, especially freeware. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



Shopperz22072015 Ads Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Shopperz22072015 related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Shopperz22072015
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • eDeals
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Shopperz22072015 related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Shopperz22072015, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove Shopperz22072015 related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Shopperz22072015, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Shopperz22072015 related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Remove "brought by Daugava" Pop-up Ads (Uninstall Guide)

The advertisements "brought by Daugava" and "Ads by Daugava" are produced by adware called Daugava and usually in the form of a pop-up. So, if such ads just recently started popping up on pretty much every website you visit, especially shopping sites, then your computer is infected with adware and very likely some other malware as well. Most of the time this adware comes packed with other malware. Therefore if you're still flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to protecting yourself when you're online, you are certainly playing an extremely risky game. There is huge money in the malware and hacking business, as these high profile attacks demonstrate. But the majority of data breaches are far more low key and happen to small businesses and individuals. And that is why you should take all the steps you can to protect your computer, data and even your identity against attacks from unknown and unscrupulous predators.


And if you're wondering why I'm talking about security measures in the same article as we are talking about Daugava adware, then that is because, despite what many people think, it can put you at risk of even more serious infection.

If you have Daugava adware lurking on your computer it can cause real instability with any of the other programs that you have installed. And that can include your security programs. And when this destabilization causes your security to let its guard down that means that malware can exploit these loopholes and slip in far more easily.

How to stop yourself from being exploited by adware and other threats

There are a number of ways that you can prevent an infestation of Daugava and similar adware – and in turn stop your PC's defense from being left vulnerable to further attack. Adware can hide in the code used by some websites, and it can also infect sites too. However in the majority of cases it is downloaded in conjunction with another program, app or file. You probably won't realize you've downloaded Daugava either – until you log back into your machine or complete your download and find that you are being bombarded with numerous "brought by Daugava" pop-up adverts.

With this in mind, you need to be careful when you are downloading software or torrents. This adware will be mentioned in the license agreement so read them properly and ensure that you are not agreeing to an additional add-on program.

Of course you also need to make sure that you have a good anti-malware program installed on your computer and that it is always up to date. And this is where it becomes so crucial you make sure that you are always running all of your programs, not just your security software, on the latest versions. If you are not, you will be missing out on vital updates and patches. And that means that you are even more vulnerable to attack from not only old malware and viruses, but the very latest, and even more dangerous, ones too.

Needless to say, this adware is a real pain, so protect yourself by installing a decent anti-malware program today. If it's already too late and your computer is infected with this adware and its relentless "brought by Daugava" advertisements, please follow the steps on the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



Daugava Adware Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove Daugava related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Daugavas
  • GoSave
  • Active Discount
  • AdCoupon
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Daugava related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Daugava, AdCoupon, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove Daugava related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Daugava, AdCoupon, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Daugava related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

Read more

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Remove 1-866-436-9418 YOUR COMPUTER MAY HAVE ADWARE / SPYWARE VIRUS Pop-up (Uninstall Guide)

If you are one of the many PC users who have opened their web browsers only to be faced with a fake virus warning YOUR COMPUTER MAY HAVE ADWARE / SPYWARE VIRUS from solvemypc1.net or similar websites saying that you must call 1-866-436-9418 for tech support then you may be well acquainted with browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs. These are software programs that download themselves onto your PC, without making their intention to do so particularly obvious. Once installed, this browser hijacker will modify your web browser and display fake virus warning just like the one show below. It says that your computer is infected with spyware and adware. Scammers want to trick you into thinking that your computer is indeed infected and thus make you call 1-866-436-9418 for immediate assistance. They can even use your IP address and location to make it look more genuine and as if it was a real Windows firewall warning. However, the truth is that it's just a fake pop-up window that obviously can not steal your credit card details, passwords and other sensitive information. On the other hand, it indicates that your computer is infected with a browser hijacker that displays these pop-up windows hoping that you will call for help and then pay for online tech support and malware removal (usually $200 and more).


There are three methods that lead to a browser hijacker installation, all of them frustratingly almost unavoidable. The first method is something called a 'drive by installation' which is when a website has been compromised by a potentially unwanted program or a browser hijacker that in turn infects visitors to the site. The second, and most common route to getting infected by a browser hijacker is via downloads. The majority of installations are caused by a browser hijacker being bundled with another program, file or application. That means if you download anything ranging from a movie to an instant chat app, you can wind up with a browser hijacker that displays fake virus warnings and scam phone numbers such as 1-866-436-9418 installed on your PC. Thirdly, it may even come pre-installed when you buy a new PC.

So let's assume the crisis has already happened and you have a browser hijacker installed. So, if you've woken up one morning only to find that your computer is infected with a browser hijacker then you no doubt would like to know how to remove it.

Many browser hijackers can be simple to delete and here's how to do just that if you are running on the Microsoft Windows operating system:
  • Go to the Windows Start button in the left hand corner of your screen
  • Next go to the Control Panel option
  • Click on Programs and then Uninstall or Change a Program
  • Take a look at the list of programs you have installed, locate the unwanted one and click on it to highlight it and then hit the uninstall button at the top of the list. If you can't find anything suspicious then list all programs by installation date. One of the most recently installed programs will likely be the culprit. In may case it was called AdFreeApp. Quite ironic, isn't it?
If you're not sure if you have identified the right program and are worried about deleting something that you need or that will affect the running of your PC, take the time to conduct an internet search and learn what the unknown programs you have installed are, what they do, and whether or not you need them. It should not be hard to quickly spot the imposter.

Now that you have removed your unwanted program you should shut your PC down and restart it. Double check that you have actually got rid of it as some browser hijackers can be a bit sticky and will leave a component on your computer. Therefore if the offending virus warning is still very much in residence you can try running your security software program before rebooting again.

If it's already too late and your computer has been infected by a browser hijacker then please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com



1-866-436-9418 Pop-ups Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Remove 1-866-436-9418 pop-up related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • AdFreeApp
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application


Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove 1-866-436-9418 pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove AdFreeApp, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.



If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.




Remove 1-866-436-9418 pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove AdFreeApp, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.




Remove 1-866-436-9418 pop-ups from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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