HarpoonLocker is the name of a recent ransomware infection reported by users on malware forums. The virus runs encryption of data with AES-256 and RSA-1024 algorithms making all restricted data cryptographically secure. As a result of this configuration change, users will be no longer able to access their own data stored on infected devices. HarpoonLocker assigns the .locked extension, which is commonly used by many other ransomware infections. This makes it more generic and sometimes hard to differ from other infections like this. It also creates a text note (restore-files.txt) containing ransom instructions. Developers say all data has been encrypted and leaked to their servers. The only way to revert this and get files back safely is to agree on paying the ransom. Victims are instructed to download the qTOX messenger and contact extortionists there. There is also an option to try decryption of 3 blocked files for free. This is a guarantee given by cybercriminals to prove they can be trusted. Unfortunately, there are no other contacts apart from qTOX that victims could use to get into a discussion with cybercriminals. Many cyber researchers joked that HarpoonLocker should also be called Unnamed qTOX Ransomware since there is nobody victims can talk to. For this and many other reasons, it is highly advised against meeting the listed requirements and paying the ransom. Quite often cybercriminals fool their victims and do not send any decryption tools even after receiving the money.
Really Good Search is likely to be a browser hijacker that changes browser settings to promote its features. Although there is not a lot of information on this browser hijacker, we know it assigns the new
rgoodsearch.onlineURL address that is visible from the very homepage. It is also a fake search engine based on legitimate platforms like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other engines like these. Very often, browser hijackers are highly doubted in their abilities to provide a good and flawless browsing experience. Their presence promotes a bunch of suspicious features leading to various threats. New ads and other content can be spammed on various pages to bring additional profit for the developers. The same works with Really Good Search as it might analyze your IP location and show different coupons, offers, and sale banners from poor advertising networks to gain money. It may also distribute redirects to unwanted or malicious pages trying to impose fake programs designed to fix ostensibly existent errors. Browser hijackers are usually operated by Potentially Unwanted Programs that could be downloaded unwillingly from third-party websites.
Being part of the DJVU/STOP family, Robm is a new ransomware infection targeting data encryption. Just like other malware of this type, STOP Ransomware of this version appends its own .robm extension to encrypted files. To illustrate, an innocent file like
1.mp4will change to
1.pdf.robm, and similarly with other files. Developers of ransomware infections pursue monetary benefits - this is why there are providing paid instructions to decrypt your data. This information can be found in a text note (_readme.txt) created in each folder with the encrypted files. Inside of it, developers give a condensed summary of what happened to your PC. It is said that all of your pictures, databases, documents and other valuable data were encrypted with strong algorithms, but can be returned. To do this, victims should purchase the decryption tool along with a unique key held by cybercriminals. The original price equals 980$, however, it can be decreased by 50% if you contact swindlers during the first 72 hours. Before doing so, you can also get a video overview of the decryption tool and send 1 random file (that does not contain valuable intel) to test whether developers can decrypt your files for free. Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to decrypt files without the involvement of cybercriminals themselves. No other software provided by anti-malware companies can match the necessary ciphers to unlock data affected by Robm.
Wholeactualnewz.com is a social engineering trick that pervades your desktop with ads, forces redirects to untrustworthy websites, and gathers personal data. In fact, pages of this type are usually visited due to clicking on suspicious ads or buttons that overlay third-parties resources. However, sometimes, they can be set for a constant appearance at the browser startup because of Potentially Unwanted Programs that might have attacked your system. Remember that such pages force users into allowing push notifications to send malicious banners right to your desktop. This can, therefore, lead to potential security threats because your data may be tracked and sent to the server of cybercriminals. Applications that generate traffic by displaying advertisements are categorized as adware and have to be removed from your PC.
Some users reported they have too high CPU, Disk, or Memory usage due to the System and compressed memory process. In such a case, it is easy to see this process hanging around the top of resource monitors in Task Manager and consuming the biggest percent. Initially, the process you are having problems with is related to RAM function and compression of existing files and folders. While its function is important indeed, it should not be taking too many resources to run successfully. Usually, no background process takes so much memory and CPU to process the function. However, there are still some cases when process behavior goes off the road and starts acting up crazy. As a result, users hear their cooling system spin at its fastest to prevent excessive temperatures and save their PC from overheating. In addition to this, high CPU or memory usage means you are guaranteed to experience problems with system performance like lags or even forced termination of PC. Such a stability fault may be related to various factors like wrong configuration settings, compatibility conflicts, malicious presence, or even physical memory issues. Whether you have them or not, it is important to check and not go into solving the problem blindfolded. Manual attempts to fix the problem may give no fruits or even deteriorate the existing issue. This is why it is better to designate this task to guides with already established solutions that will get rid of the issue. If you are the victim of high CPU and memory usage coming from the "System and compressed memory" process, follow our tutorial below.
First found and researched by an independent expert named S!R!, NoCry is a ransomware program designed to run data encryption. It is a very popular scheme employed by ransomware developers to extort money from victims upon successful restriction of data. For now, there are two known versions of NoCry differing by extensions assigned to blocked data. It is either .Cry or .IHA extension that will be appended to encrypted files. For instance,
1.pdfwill change its look to
1.pdf.IHAand reset its shortcut icon to blank after getting affected by malware. Extortionists behind NoCry Ransomware demand payment for returning the data via an HTML file called How To Decrypt My Files.html. It also force-opens a pop-up window that victims can interact with to send the ransom and decrypt their data. The contents of both are identical and inform victims about the same. NoCry gives about 72 hours to send 100$ in BTC to the attached crypto address. If no money will be delivered within the allocated timeline, NoCry will delete your files forever. This is an intimidation strat meant to hurry up victims and pay the demanded ransom quicker.