It is a native service that comes pre-installed on all Mac-based devices. The main purpose of it is to optimize the proper display of graphical elements onto your screen. It uses the CPU power to carry out the image of what you see while interacting with apps, icons, or simply switching some tabs in Safari. This is why it is so essential and irreplaceable for owners of macOS. Although Mac is world-famous for its stability and flawless operation, sometimes users may stumble into a very unpleasant spot - high consumption of CPU resources by WindowServer. As a result, Mac starts becoming sluggish, laggy, or even hard-to-use normally due to the downgraded performance. The same scenario may happen with similar processes like nsurlsessiond, mdnsresponder, mds_stores, hidd, trustd, and syslogd as well. The abnormal behavior of WindowServer is likely to be related to one of the above-mentioned processes. You may see some of these processes standing in line with WindowServer eating a high number of resources. In case of a bug, one process can pull other related into a fault. The phenomenon of high CPU usage by one of these processes may range from basic to more complex causes. Many users can fix the issue by shrinking the number of graphical elements working on Mac at the same time. The reason can be a cluttered desktop or multiple screens (especially 4K) connected to a single machine. In rarer cases, the high CPU usage of WindowServer may also be caused by unwanted or malicious behavior running some stuff under a certain. This guide below will give an expert look at how to lower the usage of CPU by WindowServer and related processes on Mac. The solutions should not take much time to get the desirable result of rolling your Mac back to solid performance.
OriginType is known to be an unwanted program developed for Mac-based systems. After getting installed inside of a device, it changes browser settings to display additional ads and promote its fake search engine. Software granted with such capabilities is usually categorized as browser hijacker with adware traits. These changes have nothing to do with improving user experience, but rather with earning money for the developers. Various ads, banners, and pop-up tabs will be generated while surfing the web on different websites. Even if you have Adblock software installed, OriginType may have the necessary permissions to disable it and feature its content no matter what. Although browser hijackers claim to have their own search engine able of generating unique results, many of them are fake and non-existent. Instead, all search queries entered by users will be redirected through legitimate engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing. Cybercriminals exploit them to create traffic of visits and gain money on it. It is also worth mentioning that many unwanted programs have data-tracking abilities. This means OriginType can read and therefore gather your browsing data (passwords, IP-addresses, geolocations, etc.). Based on these threats, it becomes apparent that OriginType should be removed from your system. Do it as soon as possible with the help of our instructions below.
Being a dangerous ransomware virus, Rook targets data encryption and tries to blackmail users into paying the ransom. The virus is easy to distinguish from other versions as it assigns the .rook extension to all blocked data. This means a file like
1.pdfwill change to
1.pdf.rookand reset its original icon upon successful encryption. Right after this, Rook Ransomware creates a text note named HowToRestoreYourFiles.txt showing users how they can recover the data. The text note content says you can restore access to the entire data only by contacting swindlers and paying the money ransom. Communication should be established by e-mail (email@example.com; securityRook@onionmail.org) or TOR browser link attached to the note. While writing a message to cyber criminals, victims are offered to send up to 3 files (no more than 1Mb) and have them decrypted for free. This way cybercriminals prove decryption abilities along with their trustworthiness to some extent. Also, if you contact extortionists within the given 3 days, cybercriminals will provide a 50% discount for the price of decryption. Unless you fit in this deadline, Rook developers will start leaking your files to their network to abuse them on darknet pages afterward. They also say no third-party instruments will help you recover the files.
Although Go.mail.ru (
inline.go.mail.ru) is a legitimate search engine and news portal originating from Russia, it is often promoted using deceptive distribution techniques. Many users seek to avoid it due to the bad reputation that has accumulated over the years. The website provides a variety of easy-to-access services like e-mail, news, games, social media, and others promoted by the mail.ru group. In addition to that, this resource has its own searching algorithms for generating unique results upon users' queries. It is also able to analyze your geolocation to provide relevant news and better search results. Because of its wide popularity in the Russian community, many software developers put the mail.ru search as an offer to choose within third-party installers. You are likely to meet it when downloading pirated, cracked, or simply free programs from various pages. Such program setups offer users to replace their default search engine (or homepage) with Go.mail.ru. This search engine is also set by default when you have an Atom browser installed on your Windows, or comes along with the following extensions: Counter of letters Mail.ru, Homepage and search from Mail.Ru and Add Mail.Ru as homepage.
If you cannot open your files and they've got .rigj extension added at the end of the filenames, it means your PC is infected with Rigj Ransomware, the part of STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. This malware is tormenting its victims since 2017 and has already become the most widespread ransomware-type virus in history. It infects thousands of computers per day using various methods of distribution. It is using a complex combination of symmetric or asymmetric encryption algorithms, removes Windows restore points, Windows previous versions of files, shadow copies and basically leaves only 3 possibilities for recovery. The first is to pay the ransom, however, there is absolutely no guarantee, that malefactors will send the decryption key back. The second possibility is very unlikely, but worth trying - using a special decryption tool from Emsisoft, called STOP Djvu Decryptor. It works only under a number of conditions, that we describe in the next paragraph. The third one is using file-recovery programs, which often act as a workaround for ransomware infection problems. Let's observe the ransom note file (_readme.txt), that the virus places on the desktop and in the folders with encrypted files.
Abrupt errors along with no knowledge to fix them may turn your PC experience into a world of trouble and nightmare. The name of today's culprit is CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT - a very annoying and rare stop error denying access to normal and flawless usage. Usually, this type of error means something has caused your system to fault with hardware connected. In other words, the context of this error says there are incompatibility problems preventing some hardware components from establishing proper communication with Central Processing Unit (CPU). They can be encountered by the system while trying to launch some process. The Blue Screen of Death displaying the CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT error may interrupt your experience anytime while playing a videogame, running a program, or other daily activities often executed by users. While there are a couple of subtypes originating from CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT, the most popular reasons leading to malfunctioned communication between your CPU and hardware are usually corrupted files, bugged or outdated drivers, faulty updates, incompatible software, and other problems related to RAM, malware, and even BIOS settings. Such a variety of issues may seem too much to handle, but you should not be worrying that much since we are going to solve this error together. Just follow our instructions below and fix the abovementioned error once and for all.