Also known as WickrMe, Hello Ransomware is a dangerous virus that encrypts personal data (photos, videos, documents, etc.). Alike other infections of this sort, it also demands a fee to be paid after encryption. However, before that Hello Ransomware changes your files with the new .hello extension. No extra symbols are included, so your files will look like this
1.mp4.helloand similarly. Then, once such changes are over, the virus creates a text note (Readme!!!.txt) containing ransom instructions. Within this document, users are instructed to contact cyber criminals via attached e-mails or Wickr Me (a private messenger). Therefore, they will receive a list of steps to perform the payment and recover the compromised data. Unfortunately, although ransomware developers are usually the only figures able to decrypt your data, we do not recommend implementing the required payment. Otherwise, it may appear to be a waste of cash since there is no guarantee you will get the promised decryption. Statistically, extortionists ignore users even after completing all of the steps. Thus, it is necessary to delete Hello Ransomware from your computer to prevent further data decryption.
Wbxd Ransomware is called so, because of .wbxd extension, added to affected files, modifying original extensions of various types of sensitive data. In fact, technically it is STOP Ransomware, that uses AES encryption algorithms to encrypt user's files. This suffix is one of the hundreds of different extensions used by this malware. Does it mean you lost your valuable data? Not necessarily. There are certain methods, that allow you to recover your files fully or partially. Also, there is free decryption utility called STOP Djvu Decryptor from EmsiSoft, that is constantly updated and is able to decrypt hundreds of types of this virus. After finishing its disastrous activity Wbxd Ransomware creates _readme.txt file (ransom note), where it informs users about the fact of encryption, amount of ransom, and payment conditions. The authors of the virus report that the victim’s files are encrypted and the only way to decrypt them is to buy a key and a decryptor, that is, to pay a ransom. Attackers demand $980, if the victim agrees to pay the ransom within 72 hours, then the ransom is reduced to $490. Criminals offer to decrypt one file for free and thus confirm that it is possible that the victim can return all his files. Of course, successful decryption of one file does not guarantee that after the ransom is paid in full, the victim will receive a key and a decryptor. We strongly recommend removing the STOP virus, using special anti-malware programs. Before proceeding with this, you need to know that when you start deleting a virus and attempting to independently recover files, you block the ability to decrypt files by paying the authors of the virus the amount they requested.
ExpertProjectSearch is an adware-type infection, which targets people using Mac systems. Applications of this type rarely make any beneficial impact on users' experience. Instead, they impose fake and low-quality content during online activity. Users experiencing ExpertProjectSearch installed on their PCs may see a number of coupons, banners, and other advertisements that contain unwanted or malicious redirects. Put differently, clicking on such may lead to potentially dangerous pages, which may damage your privacy. On top of that, this adware program has capabilities similar to browser hijackers. This is because it changes your search preferences with a new search engine, which is ostensibly meant to improve searching algorithms. Unfortunately, all of these alterations make no sense since they do not generate anything useful. It is also necessary to mention that ExpertProjectSearch is given certain permissions that might enable it to gather personal data (e.g. passwords, IP-addresses, geolocations, etc.).
Fast2captcha.com is a dubious website attempting to spread fake push-notifications. It does so by tricking users into clicking on the "Allow" button located in the top left corner. In case you implement such an action, the website will get permission to send various advertisements right to your desktop. All of the content like banners, coupons, and so forth is quite hard to ignore because it will distract your eyes and bang on the ears during activity. Also, such ads may put your privacy at risk as they can lead to suspicious or even dangerous websites. Note that receiving desktop advertisements will not stop until you lift the granted permission from the Fast2captcha.com website. Often times, even that may not be enough to get rid of redirects to Fast2captcha.com and similar pages. This is because such resources usually work with the help of additional software that might be installed on your system preventing attempts to delete annoying redirects. Luckily, we have prepared a guide that will help you run a set of necessary steps to delete Fast2captcha.com completely.
Coos Ransomware (sometimes called STOP Ransomware or DjVu Ransomware) is wide-spread encryption virus, that first appeared in December, 2017. Since then, lots of technical and design changes took place, and a few generations of malware changed. Ransomware uses the AES-256 (CFB-mode) encryption algorithm to encode user's files and after this last version appends .coos extensions. After encryption virus creates a text file _readme.txt, which is called "ransom note", where hackers disclose ransom amount, contact information, and instructions to pay it. STOP Ransomware with .coos file extensions use following e-mails: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors of STOP Ransomware demand $980 for decryption of your files (also 50% discount offered if the ransom is paid within 72 hours) and give users 6 hours to answer. Statistics show, that hackers may not reply after getting the payment. So you won't receive their decryption tool. We do not recommend transferring any funds to such people. However, files encrypted by Coos Ransomware can be decrypted with help of STOP Djvu Decryptor from EmsiSoft, free decryption utility, that is able to decode .coos files for free. Before that, you need to kill the active process and remove the executable of STOP Ransomware, get anti-malware or anti-ransomware protection.
StreaminSearchs is an unwanted piece categorized as a browser hijacker. Software within this category targets Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and other browsers to dictate new settings. These settings are vividly-seen in the change of a homepage and search engine to
streaminsearchs.com. Some additional widgets ostensibly meant to improve browsing are also added along with the change of the previously-mentioned. Whilst they can seem to be useful and alleviate the usage, there are significant drawbacks that can damage your privacy. Browser hijackers are capable of gathering personal data (e.g. passwords, IP-addresses, geolocations, etc.) and selling it to third-party ventures. Moreover, instead of using the new search engine for showing results, it simply redirects to legitimate Yahoo.com. This is another useless feature that does not give any browsing advantage over competitors. Thus, our recommendation is to delete StreaminSearchs from your PC to ensure further safety of data.