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CleverSearch Image
Read 1,024 times | Last updated on July 3, 2015

CleverSearch is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and CleverSearch will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ads by CS, Ad by CS, Sponsored Ad by CS, Brought by CS, CS Advertisement, or CleverSearch Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The CleverSearch adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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Media Dashboard v2 Image
Read 3,089 times | Last updated on June 26, 2015

Media Dashboard v2, otherwise known as it's filename stdrt.exe, is a potentially unwanted program, or PUP, that is commonly bundled with other downloads. When installed, you will notice that your computer becomes slow, your hard drive is constantly active, and that you have less computer memory then normal. Task Manager will also display a program called stdrt.exe that is using up a great deal of CPU power. This is because the stdrt.exe is constantly running in the background while viewing videos from sites like dailymotion and others. These videos, though, are never displayed to the screen. Whether this process is being used to increase view counts on the videos or to generate ad revenue is currently unknown. What we do know, though, is that this program is using up valuable resources on your computer without permission, which causes your computer to become slower than normal and to use up your Internet bandwidth.

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QuickSurf Image
Read 4,528 times | Last updated on June 12, 2015

QuickSurf is a program from the family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and QuickSurf will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ads by QS, Ad by QS, Sponsored Ad by QS, Brought by QS, QS Advertisement, or QuickSurf Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The QuickSurf adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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TidyNetwork Image
Read 3,952 times | Last updated on June 11, 2015

TidyNetwork is an adware program that displays advertisements while you browse the web. When installed, this adware will configure itself to display TidyNetwork ads in the form of pop-ups, underlined words, and overlays on web pages that you visit. These ads are intrusive and are displayed over the content you are trying to read, which makes it very difficult to read the content of the web site or navigate it properly. TidyNetwork will also cause your browsers to act slow due to the constant loading and displaying of advertisements.

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Wordinator Image
Read 3,830 times | Last updated on June 10, 2015

Wordinator is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and Wordinator will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ads by WD, Ad by WD, Sponsored Ad by WD, Brought by WD, WD Advertisement, or Wordinator Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The Wordinator adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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SushiLeads Image
Read 2,922 times | Last updated on June 10, 2015

SushiLeads is an adware program that hijacks search results to display advertisements and lead generation forms based on your search keywords. When you search for a particular keyword, SushiLeads will underline various words in the search results that display an advertisement labeled Brought to you by SushiLeads when you hover over them. It will also display a lead generation form in the top right of the web browser that prompts you to fill in your contact information in order to have someone contact you regarding your search term. For example, if you searched for tech support, then the lead generation form would request your information in order to have a computer technician contact you. An example of a lead generation form for the tech support keyword can be seen below.

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The Results Hub Image
Read 1,979 times | Last updated on June 10, 2015

The Results Hub is an adware program that hijacks your browser's home page to search.results-hub.com and displays its own advertisements when using search engines and browsing the web. When this adware is installed, it displays advertisements labeled The Results Hub Ads in search results pages on sites such as Google or Bing. It will also inject ads into web pages that you are browsing that make overlay the content of the page and make it difficult to use the site. Due to its constant display of unwanted advertisements, your web browsing experience may become slow and possibly unusable.

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Linkey Image
Read 2,225 times | Last updated on June 8, 2015

Linkey is an adware program that displays advertisements and offers on web sites that you visit. When this is adware is installed, it will change your browser's home page to default-search.net and then display a bar of advertisements or offers at the bottom of your web browser. As part of the installation, this adware will also install browser toolbars and a desktop shortcut icon that opens the linkeyproject.com site. This program will also cause serious performance issues on your computer and when browsing the web. When Linkey is installed you will find that Internet Explorer commonly crashes and that browsing the web is sluggish and difficult.

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ArcadeTwist Advertisements Image
Read 1,987 times | Last updated on June 5, 2015

ArcadeTwist is an adware program that injects advertisements in web sites that you are browsing. When this adware is installed, web sites that you visit will have text underlined that when you hover over them with your mouse, display an advertisement labeled Powered by ArcadeTwist. This adware will also display pop-up advertisements when you click on links and video ads that display over the content of a web site. As the ArcadeTwist advertisements overlay the site's content, it makes it so you are unable to read the web page or navigate it properly. Furthermore, you will find that your computer and web browsing will feel sluggish due to the processes that are running and how ArcadeTwister analyzes your network traffic in order to inject ads.

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GeniusBox Advertisements Image
Read 2,472 times | Last updated on June 4, 2015

GeniusBox is an adware program from the Adware.Salus family that displays advertisements, deals, coupons and offers when visiting web sites. These offers will be displayed as large rectangular ads labeled Ads by GeniusBox and will appear on the side and the top of a web browser overlaying a web pages content. As the GeniusBox advertisements overlay the site's content, it makes it so you are unable to read the web page or navigate it properly. Furthermore, this adware will make browsing the web slower as it sends all of your Internet requests through a proxy.

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Online Video Promoter Image
Read 2,649 times | Last updated on June 3, 2015

Online Video Promoter, otherwise known as WinPL.exe or Media Player by eLink Industry Inc, is a portentially unwanted program, or PUP, that is commonly bundled with other downloads. When installed, you will notice numerous instances of the winpl.exe process running in your task manager that are constantly making Internet connections to the funwithvids.com site. This winpl.exe process is in fact watching the videos, and the ads that go along with them, but is not displaying them to the screen. Whether this process is to increase view counts on the videos or to generate ad revenue is currently unknown. What is known, though, is that this PUP is utilizing a large amount of bandwidth and system resources in order to render the videos in the background. Due to this you would notice that the Internet or computer feels slower than normal as its resources are being used by this PUP.

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Crime Watch Image
Read 2,323 times | Last updated on June 2, 2015

Crime Watch is a potentially unwanted program program that displays coupons and advertisements related to sites or pages that you are currently browsing on the web. When this program is installed, it will display a little box labeled Crime Watch or Crime Watch News at the top right of pages you are visiting. If you click on this box it will display advertisements and crime news stories in the box. In general, while using this tool I did not see any worthwhile ads or coupons and rather only news stories related to crimes.

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Locker Ransomware Image
Read 8,470 times | Last updated on May 28, 2015

Locker is a file-encrypting ransomware program that targets all versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. On May 25 at Midnight local time, a Trojan.Downloader was issued the command to install Locker onto an infected computer. Once Locker was activated, it scanned all drive letters for specific file extensions and encrypted them using AES encryption. When it finished encrypting your data the infection displayed a screen titled Locker , where version number were random numbers such as 1.7, 2.62, 1.91, etc. This Locker screen provides information on how your files were encrypted and then demand .1 bitcoins to decrypt your files. If you do not pay the ransom within 72 hours your ransom price will increase to 1 bitcoin.

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AntiVirus Pro 2017 Image
Read 3,496 times | Last updated on May 26, 2015

AntiVirus Pro 2017 is a computer infection from the Rogue.WinPCDefender family of rogue anti-spyware programs. This program is classified as a rogue because it deliberately displays false scan results, fake security alerts, and prevents you from running any programs on your computer. This program is promoted through fake online antimalware scanners and as a program required to view online videos. Once installed, AntiVirus Pro 2017 will automatically scan your computer and then state that there are numerous infections on your computer. If you attempt to remove any of these so-called infections it will state that you first need to purchase the program in order to remove anything. As many of the detected files are actually legitimate, please do not manually delete anything that this rogue detects as it may affect the proper operating of Windows and your installed programs. Instead ignore the scan results and proceed with the rest of the removal guide.

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SuperClick Image
Read 4,826 times | Last updated on May 15, 2015

SuperClick is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and SuperClick will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ads by SC, Ad by SC, Sponsored Ad by SC, Brought by SC, SC Advertisement, or SuperClick Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The SuperClick adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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