Global Malware Destruction!

Please read this if you want to live, lol j/k!

Global Malware Destruction! - Please read this if you want to live, lol j/k!

Savenewaappz Malware/Adware, Stay Away From It

Today we’re looking at a pain in the A** malware that people are calling “savenewappz”

It’s a fairly simple thing to get rid of, please read on.

savenewaappz virus

 

According to ITworldGuide, a company that has been in the business of providing pc users with a remedy for computer viruses, malware, and adware threats for ten years, SaveNewaAppz is an adware invader with malicious intentions.

 

It is generally accepted that this bugger becomes one with your computer as freeware is installed or when an unsuspecting person becomes interested in one of those flashing “You have won/been picked!” boxes and clicks on it. Sometimes it masquerades as an update to Adobe or Java encouraging the user to click on the pop up notice which leads to, you guessed it, not an update but an installation of this PUP (potentially unwanted program).

Once it plugs into the user’s web browser for IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc…it will begin to run as a background process. SaveNewaAppz then displays ads, web pages, and numerous pop ups at its own discretion. Since SaveNewaAppz is an ad supported program, it must generate pay per click revenue and web traffic for its third party investors or it ceases to produce the money necessary to exist. These ad producers are after as much information as possible related to the user’s online habits and personal information. They then use the gathered info in whatever way they deem profitable.

 

It stands to reason that the user should remove SavewNewAappz as it is realized that it has been downloaded and installed. There are three choices when considering the removal. The pc owner can take their computer to a professional who will perform the necessary extraction(s) and follow that with a scan for any other viruses, Trojans, or malware that might have been attracted to your computer while SaveNewaAppz was languishing within its confines. This is probably the most foolproof way, but the expense may be prohibitive. The second and third choices are to remove it automatically or manually.

 

To remove this problematic gem automatically you will need a trustworthy antimalware tool. Spyhunter, McAffee, and several other professional companies offer this at a reasonable cost. It is faster and may find other malware, viruses, etc…when it scans your operating system. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions that accompany the tool you choose.

 

The manual uninstall method will involve some more advanced understanding of your computer’s operating system. If you are not quite sure of what you are doing it is suggested that one of the other two choices is a better match up. If you are confident in your abilities then press on.

 

Start by pressing the Windows and R button simultaneously (Windows OS) to open the Run command. Type appwiz.cpl in the box and click ok. Locate the SaveNewaAppz program and uninstall it. For all intents and purposes, all unfamiliar programs should be removed. Your next step is to remove any unknown extensions from your browser. For Google Chrome go to the Main Menu and choose Tools->Extensions.

Delete any unrecognized extensions. Once this is done go to Settings->Add Person. here you will pick a new user name and then Delete your previous user name. This is important as it will remove anything that may have been left behind. For removal from Mozilla Firefox open the browser and then push Control+Shift+A. Remove any unknown addons. Open the Help Menu->Troubleshoot->Reset Firefox. To remove it from Internet Explorer open your browser and click on the Gear icon->Toolbars and Extensions. Disable suspicious extensions. Now go to Gear icon->Internet Options->Advanced->Reset.  Place a checkmark in the Delete Personal Settings box->Reset.

 

It is always a good idea to scan for hidden programs, etc…after performing uninstalls. In the future it behooves us all to be a little less quick to install or sign off on a new app’s installation page. This action alone can decrease the chances of your computer coming down with the latest “cold”, so to speak.

 

Tips to Protect Yourself From Malware

Malware can cause a lot of havoc on your computer and data. Many people have lost valuable information that has been eaten away or corrupted by computer viruses. Given that cybercrime is also on the rise, it is important to keep you PC protected. The following malware protection tips can help you achieve this and keep your data safe.

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Invest in Antivirus Software

There are very many antivirus software on the market today. These software are both free while some versions are paid. Unfortunately, many PCs still lack this critical software. This means your data is at risk since there is absolutely nothing protecting it. Remember, having an antivirus is not sufficient on its own. Ensure that it is regularly updated to detect evolving malware patterns. Your other applications too need to be updated to prevent hackers exploiting some shortcomings that they may have identified.

 

Scrutinize Those Email Links

Email is one of the most common forms of malware transmission. Since people usually open them to find out their content, hackers attach links which when clicked open doors to various types of malware. To avoid this, ensure that you only open links from senders that you know.

 

Enable Your Firewall

A good number of PC owners believe that they do not need to enable their firewalls because they have an antivirus software. Unfortunately, this is the wrong belief and turning off your firewall puts your computer at risk. Always ensure that your operating system’s default firewall is enabled at all times.

 

Try a Pop-up Blocker

Pop-up screens are also a common source of computer malware. For this reason, you need to install a pop-up blocker on your favorite browser to prevent such screens from opening. In case you come across these windows, do not click on links within these screens.

 

Use Strong Passwords

If someone can easily hack your password so can hackers. Therefore, avoiding using simple passwords. Common phrase and even names can easily be hacked. When creating a password, mix both lower case and upper case letters, special characters and numbers and ensure that it is long longer than eight characters.

 

No matter how vigilant you may be, it is still possible to fall prey to computer malware. These malware protection tips can help you keep your computer safe and even increase your privacy while on the internet and offline.

How to Get Rid of Trovi Search

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The Trovi Search is a browser that will hijack your searching capabilities. This Trovi Search virus, once you have downloaded it will change your browser homepage and it will change your default search engine as well.

It will change it to http://www.trovigo.com. If you have encountered this virus you are going to want to get rid of it as soon as you possibly can because this will bring more viruses into your computer. This virus will bring all sorts of advertisements and other links into your browser searches.

Even though the Trovi Search is not an actual virus, it acts enough like one that you do not want it on your computer. However, there is a way to get rid of this search browser by following some steps listed below.

Step #1: Get Rid of the Trovi Search with Adware Cleaner

The Adware Cleaner will scan your computer for files and programs that look malicious and that may be virus-like in nature. After the files and programs are detected you should click on the “clean” button. At this time if you have any documents open that you need to save you should do so right then because the computer will need to be restarted after the cleaning.

Step #2: Get Rid of the Trovi Search from Your Internet Browsers

You will need the Junkware Removal Tool Utility downloaded on your computer. Once you have this tool you will run it and once you have pushed any button it will scan your computer for viruses and malicious-like content.

This might take around 10 minutes to finish so make sure that you wait for it to complete. Once finished, a log of malicious-like content that was removed will be shown.

These are the two main actions that you will need to do in order to get rid of Trovi Search Virus from your computer. Once you have done these things you will be well on your way to a much better running computer.

Viruses and malicious-like content or programs are never a good thing to have on your computer so if you have this Trovi Search Virus it is important to get rid of it right away!

How to reset your internet browser settings, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox

Here’s some basic steps to how to reset your browsers to default settings. I tend to think its these easy things that sometime drive me crazy looking around the internet to figure out how to do them. Hope this helps!

Sometimes, when you install different programs, they tend to change the settings of your internet browser which can be very irritating. You might end up seeing different extensions and tool bars installed in your browser and even the homepage is changed in some cases. The best way to get rid of such problems is to reset your browser settings.

For Google chrome users, you can reset your internet browser settings to default by following a few simple steps. Firstly, in the right top corner of your browser, you will find the chrome menu button. After clicking the chrome menu button, a list of different options will appear on your screen and you can find the settings menu near the bottom.

In the settings menu, you will find a tab named Show advanced settings and after clicking that tab a reset settings option will appear in front of you where you can find the reset button. This simple process will reset all the modified settings of your browser back to its original state.

For internet explorer users, the procedure is even simpler. After opening the internet explorer browser, you will find a settings icon on the top right of your browser.

Click on that settings browser and a drop down menu will open with an internet options button.

When you click the internet options button, a new tab will open with a lot of internet options and at the top of this options menu you will find a tab named advanced. Open the advanced tab and you’ll find the option to reset internet explorer settings.

This button will reset all your internet explorer settings to default.

Similarly, for Mozilla Firefox users, you have to open the browser and you’ll find a menu bottom on the top right of the browser. Click the menu button and then choose the help option to open the help menu. In the help menu you’ll find Trouble shooting information.

Click on the trouble shooting information tab and you’ll find a reset Firefox settings button on the bottom. Clicking on this button will remove all kinds of malware and reset the settings of your browser back to default. After it’s done, you’ll find a finish option and clicking on the finish option will restart your browser with default settings.

Who makes computer viruses and why?

Computer viruses have become very popular over the last few years since a lot of people have started using computers nowadays and computer viruses are the best form of stealing sensitive information from somebody else’s computer.

As for who makes computer viruses, the simple answer would be criminals. Since taking any kind of unfair advantage from creating a computer virus is illegal hence the creators of such viruses can be termed as criminals. These kinds of criminals usually operate in the form of groups and hardly are only a single person.

These groups target certain based on the information stored in his computer and trick him into opening some sort of file and then attack his computer to steal all the information.

Why do they make Viruses?

The next question that arises is why these criminals make computer viruses? This question has a very simple answer and that is financial benefits.

Criminals usually create and spread viruses all over the world on different computers mainly to make money. Their viruses steal important information from people’s computers and in return for the information they demand huge sums of money from people and the criminals end up making lots and lots of money.

These criminal groups when get access to one computer, they send large number of emails to all the contacts of the owner of that computer and this is how they spread their virus.

Often people know about such scam emails and prefer not to open such emails but even if only 1 percent of people open the emails, the criminals make a lot of money as these emails are forwarded to millions of email addresses.

These emails basically try to trick you into providing your banking information like most of them would act like a letter from your bank and when you fill out the information asked for in the email thinking that you’re sending all this information to your bank, you’re actually forwarding all your banking details to a criminal group.

Criminals also tend to use random computers to do illegal activities. By hacking a computer they gain access to a completely random computer and this way they can do all their illegal activity from that computer and the police would never know who did it.

The take-away here is to always be very careful when opening emails and email attachments, don’t open anything from someone you don’t know! Also don’t open things that are suspicious, such as emails with attachments from friends who never email you attachments.

Damnit spns.rotatemyad.com! Go Away!

So the most recent development I’ve had in my newly started career of helping people deal with malware is a website called spns.rotatemyad.com.

remove spns adware

This website is considered a hijacker as well as adware. The reason I ran into this crappy little website is my roommate at school here and I were talking last night about my new blog and how I was writing about malware to go along with my computer science studies. She got all excited and decided to tell me about her little problem with her browser when she starts using the internet.

Just so happens that it goes directly to this page spns.rotatemyad.com, which then proceeds to shove ads in her face left and right as she’s using the internet.

Since I had just opened up about my new blog and how I helped my dad with cryptowall, see post here. She decided it was safe to ask me for my help to get rid of spns.rotatemyad.com.

We talked about it for a minute and I told her to show me her laptop.

It didn’t take long for me to verify her story as truth. Everytime the browser opened on her computer, no matter which one, internet explorer, chrome or firefox, it was redirecting straight to spns.rotatemyad.com.

I figured the least I could do is help her get rid of it since its a fairly straightforward process.

Step 1.

This guide is for the slightly computer literate, if you’re looking for something more thorough click the link above for “spns.rotatemyad.com” and you will get more detailed step by step directions.

*Navigate to the start menu, control panel, add/remove programs and uninstall the program rotatemyads.exe.

Step 2.

Restart your computer, then go into each of your browsers and reset the settings to default. This will cause you to lose all the passwords and logins you have saved in there so make sure you know what you’re losing before you do it.

Step 3.

Download and install malwarebytes antimalware software on your computer because thats going to protect you from having this infect you again. Its an easy and free piece of software and in fact only costs like 15$ if you want to buy the premium version which provides more protection.

Hopefully this helps people with their issues! I know my roommate was pretty psyched when she saw she wouldn’t have to deal with that *&%*@ redirecting here to its homepage all the time!

 

Cryptowall – The Silent Thief!

There has  been a lot of hubub lately, ladies and gentlemen of the online community, about CRYPTOWALL. This threat has recently surfaced in a 2.0 version as well and is back badder than ever to take users  money.

cryptowall virus

This is what the cryptowall virus looks like AFTER you have been infected and it is already demanding money from you!

Why do you want to start your blog with a post about the cryptowall virus Darlene?

Well peeps, we’re starting with cryptowall because my dad had it take over his computer and its a son of a gunnnn to get rid of.

The best way I’ve found to get rid of Cryptowall is at a site called precisesecurity.com, you can check out their in depth post about the cryptowall virus by clicking on the cryptowall link.

I followed their guide step by step to deal with my dads issue and I succesfully got rid of cryptowall.

However, I digress. I am here to tell you about what cryptowall is.

What is Cryptowall?

Cryptowall is ransomware.

Well what the heck is Ransomware Darlene?

Peeps, I’m telling you, settle down and you’ll get your answers.

Ransomware is a type of malware in which the virus takes over the unsuspecting users pc and locks up certain files on the users pc that could be very valuable, it encrypts them and locks it up with an RSA code, (click the link for more information) and it then requires you to pay money to the creators of the software or it will never unlock your files.

How do you get cryptowall?

These types of programs are maliciously delivered to you in a pay per install system in which the software creator pays to have his software added on to other legitimate software when it is installed on your computer. Other ways in which cryptowall is delivered to your pc is, for example, when your dad clicks on that link in that random email from someone he didnt know and all the sudden his computer is completely locked up and wants him to give it dinero! ugh! Dad! You could also end up with this virus from visiting certain websites that will infect you.

How can you protect yourself?

The easiest way to protect yourself is to unplug your computer from the internet and NEVER get online AGAIN! HAHA :)

Just kidding, you need to be more careful when opening emails, checking websites, and installing software. You must read everything carefully and especially with emails never open attachments from random strange emails that are sent to you. Also never click on links in emails, unless they are from people you trust. Also be aware that if an email seems suspicious, do not open it, emails can be hacked and malware creators can use your friends email and send you something, then you click on it and BOOM, its asking you for money again!

I like to also suggest to people that they get malwarebytes antimalware, or perhaps AVG security, both of which offer a free antivirus/antimalware program that can potentially protect you from these threats in the future.

I’ll write another post on the best antivirus software sometime in the future, for now I just had to vent about this little experience with CRYPTOWALL!

gracias!