Poteston is classified as a ransomware infection that runs encryption of databases, photos, documents, and other valuable data. The whole encryption process can be easily spotted by users looking at new extensions assigned to files. This virus involves the .poteston extension to rename the stored data. To illustrate, a file named
1.pdfwill change its look to
1.pdf.potestonas a result of encryption. As soon as these changes are seen, victims will no longer be able to access the data. As soon as these changes are seen, victims will no longer be able to access the data. To restore it, users are given instructions inside of the readme.txt note. Within the note, victims are greeted with bad news - all data we mentioned above has been encrypted. To redeem it back, victims are instructed to contact cyber criminals using their e-mail address (recovery_Potes@firemail.de). After establishing contact with them, you will be supposedly given the necessary details to perform a money transfer. Before doing so, you are also offered to send one of the blocked files for free decryption. This is a trick used by many extortionists to elevate the trust of victims. In addition to that, Poteston developers also inform against renaming encrypted data as you can potentially damage its configuration.
MANSORY is a ransomware infection that runs vigorous encryption on personal and business data. This process involves cryptographic algorithms along with the appendance of new extensions. MANSORY uses the .MANSORY extension to each file piece that has been restricted. For instance, a file like
1.pdfwill be changed to
1.pdf.mansory. After experiencing such changes, the blocked files will be no longer accessible. In order to regain access to them, victims have to pay a certain ransom in money. More information on that is presented inside a text note called MANSORY-MESSAGE.txt, which is created after the encryption is done. The first thing cybercriminals say is that gigabytes of valuable data have been downloaded to a secure location. Extortionists use it as collateral for intimidating users with the publication of data in case they refuse to pay money. Victims have a right to know how much data has been uploaded after contacting the cybercriminals via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org). Therefore, they can analyze the value of data that leaked into the hands of extortionists. As we already mentioned, not contacting cybercriminals will result in the gradual publication of data that has been hijacked from your network. To avoid it, victims are required to purchase the decryption software stored by cyber criminals themselves. This will also allow you to unlock all of the blocked data. Besides that, developers of MANSORY Ransomware offer to try free decryption by sending 2 random files from other computers to their e-mail.
PC Performer is considered to be a fake registry cleaner utility. There is a number of similar programs that promote performance-improving tools. Unfortunately, not all of them can brag about quality. This is the case with PC Performer as it is suspected of generating exaggerated results along with false positives. In other words, issues found by PC Performer can be fake and misleading. After locating registry problems, developers will try to impose a paid version of their software. This has to be purchased in order to solve the existing errors. However, it is likely that PC Performer will simply remove false errors and claim your PC to be clean. Thus, there is no benefit in using PC Performer, on the contrary, it may also collect your personal data and sell it to third-party figures. Applications like PC Performer are usually installed without users' consent. This is another trait making this program classified as Potentially Unwanted Software. Therefore, it should be removed from your system as soon as possible. To do this, follow our tutorial below.
Topnewsfeeds.net is an adware website that shows clickbait messages to trick users into allowing push notifications. There are millions of clones having traits similar to Topnewsfeeds.net. Once users end up on such websites, they are asked to click on the Allow button in order to skip ads, watch a video, download files, or other clickbait titles. Providing such permission will let Topnewsfeeds.net spam your desktop with low-quality ads and banners. The content displayed by Topnewsfeeds.net depends on your browsing habits and geolocation, which are analyzed by the unwanted page. Unfortunately, whilst some users end up on Topnewsfeeds.net only once after clicking on advertising banners, others may stumble into this redirect each time at browser startup. This might be due to unwanted software that can be installed on your PC. In this case, Topnewsfeeds.net will have broader access to your browser settings, which may allow it to collect personal data (e.g. passwords, IP-addresses, geolocations, credentials, etc.). Such websites are supported by rogue applications that are downloaded by users unintentionally. Trying to use traditional methods may not help you remove Topnewsfeeds.net completely. This is why it is worth reading our guidelines below to learn professional instructions on how to delete software causing Topnewsfeeds.net's presence.
Search.gg is the name of a browser hijacker that comes along with unwanted/rogue software. It tries its best to mimic legitimate engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and others known to many users. Inexperienced people might barely spot the difference between Google and Search.gg. Some may take it as a regular update change to their browser settings. In fact, the presence of Search.gg in your main homepage address suggests that your browser has been inflicted by unwanted software. This could potentially happen after installing bundled software from third-party resources. Users infected with Search.gg may see new ads and redirects popping whilst surfing the web. This might bother or even downgrade your system performance due to high resource usage. It is rare that people install browser hijackers or adware on purpose. Also with noting that browser hijackers can gather personal data. Because Search.gg has access to changing your browser settings, it may also keep track of your entire activity. Therefore, such data like passwords, IP addresses, or geolocations can be collected and sold to third-party figures. Thus, it is important to run the removal of Search.gg from your computer. To do it, follow our tutorial below.
Sspq has been classified as a ransomware-type virus, which encrypts personal data using cryptographic algorithms. Being yet another version of the Djvu/STOP family, Sspq can target both individuals and organizations to demand high amounts of ransom. Ransom is a so-called payment required by cybercriminals in exchange for the blocked data. Extortionists provide detailed information on that inside of a text note (_readme.txt) which is created after Sspq ends up file encryption. The encryption process can be easily spotted by new extensions that are assigned to each of the files. This virus appends the ".sspq" extension so that an encrypted piece ends up looking like this
1.pdf.sspq. As we already mentioned, Sspq creates a text note containing ransom instructions: