Fhkf Ransomware (that is a part of a large family of STOP/Djvu Ransomware) is an obnoxious virus, that encrypts files on computers using the AES encryption algorithm, makes them unavailable, and demands money in exchange for so-called "decryptor". Files processed by the latest version of STOP Ransomware, in particular, can be distinguished by .fhkf extensions. The analysis showed that the cryptographic installer loaded with the "crack" or adware is installed under an arbitrary name in the
%LocalAppData%\folder. When executed, it loads four executable files there: 1.exe, 2.exe, 3.exe and updatewin.exe. The first of them is responsible for neutralizing Windows Defender, the second is for blocking access to information security sites. After the malware is launched, a fake message appears on the screen that says about installing the update for Windows. In fact, at this moment, almost all user files on the computer are encrypted. In each folder containing encrypted documents, a text file (_readme.txt) appears in which attackers explain the operation of the virus. They offer to pay them a ransom for decryption, urging them not to use third-party programs, as this can lead to the deletion of all documents.
Error 10 is quite a popular issue encountered by many iPhone users. It appears when trying to restore or update a device through Mac or Itunes on Windows. The error force-stops the process saying "The iPhone 'Device Name' could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (10).". Usually, the most common reasons for errors with resetting/updating an iPhone are software-related. This means users can solve it by updating some outdated software (often macOS or iTunes) that prevents initiating the process. In other cases, the issue may cover connection or even problems with hardware. Below, we will discuss everything you need to get rid of the error and have your iPhone restored or updated eventually.
Searchie is categorized as a browser hijacker. This means it can access your browser settings to change the default search engine and promote deceptive content like ads. This, therefore, may lead to a diminished browsing experience due to increased data and CPU usage. It is also likely to raise a number of privacy and malware threats. Users affected by this browser hijacker usually have their homepage address replaced with
searchie.net. Some users reported the hijacker redirects their queries through
search.strtpoint.com- a suspicious search engine providing insecure results. As a rule, the promoted content may be linked with potentially unwanted or even dangerous resources (e.g. adult pages, casinos, scam pages, web games, etc.) which can be designed to spread other infections. Searchie usually has its own extension mainly targeting Windows users. However, such type of software may be developed for Mac systems as well. It may also be backed with some unwanted program functioning on a victim's PC to harden the process of manual deletion. There is no doubt Searchie must be removed from your system to stave off numerous threats we mentioned above. You can do it by following our tutorial below.
Eeyee is a dangerous virus that executes data encryption using cryptographic ciphers to restrict victims from accessing it. Such type of infection is classified as ransomware and aims to pull its victims into sending money for the decryption. In order to show that files stored on a PC have been encrypted, the virus assigns its own .eeyee extension with strings of random symbols generated uniquely for each encrypted sample. For instance, a file like
1.pdfwill face a change to
1.pdf._9kS79wzVPITFK7aqOYOceNkL7HXF2abMSeeTutfPGP_I8Rqxs2yWeo0.eeyeeor similarly with other symbols. Encrypted files will be blocked from any access and also reset their icons to blank. Almost immediately after encryption, Eeyee creates the 6pZZ_HOW_TO_DECRYPT.txt text note with ransom instructions. The note is meant to inform victims about the changes and guide them through the recovery process. Cybercriminals say it is mandatory to purchase special decryption software to return the files and prevent leaks of the compromised data. Victims are instructed to contact the swindlers using the onion link in Tor Browser. After completing these steps, victims will get in touch with the developers and learn further details on buying the tools. The note also contains some messages advising to not modify data or ask for help from third parties (FBI, Police, Recovery companies, etc.).
ConnectionOptimizer is the name of a browser hijacker that infects machines working on macOS. It may be installed on your system as an extension, separate program, or even both after downloading some freeware software. Browser hijackers are software designed to change browser settings to set up fake search engines and spread promotional content. ConnectionOptimizer does exactly the same on various popular browsers like Google Chrome or Safari. The new search engine assigned by it is fake and redirects users through legal Yahoo or Bing. It is also capable of generating additional content like ads to gather clicks and gain some money for the developers. Although ConnectionOptimizer may sound helpful, its functions are totally useless and can be unsafe. Furthermore, browser hijackers tend to have full control of a browser making it difficult to reset the changes via traditional means. You can see the "Managed by your organization" message somewhere in settings meaning your browser is controlled by the unwanted app. Browser hijackers may also have access to reading personal data and stealing sensitive data like passwords or geolocations for revenue goals. ConnectionOptimizer is definitely worth being removed unless you want to face serious threats. Do not worry that much, we will help you do this fast and completely in the instructions below.
Goodcaptchastyle.top is a hazardous site, that displays ads, pop-ups, and notifications in Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Edge. If you see advertisements from Goodcaptchastyle.top while browsing certain sites, it means those sites use bad-quality advertising or they are hacked. This can be fixed by installing ad-blocking software, like AdGuard (see description below). If you see notifications from Goodcaptchastyle.top, it means the website is allowed to show them in browser settings. In this situation, you need to check your PC for viruses and follow the instructions below. Ads promotion like this one appeared recently and uses user habits and standard browser features to create social-engineering attacks and deliver unwanted ads. Learn how to stop ads and block notifications in your browsers by removing Goodcaptchastyle.top.