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5 Compelling Reasons Not to Pay Ransom to Hackers

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 November 11, 2016
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would know what a ransomware is and why are computer security folks constantly speaking about it. To put things into context, ransomware is a malicious software that locks your computer or encrypts the files stored in it. It then demands a ransom...

Security Alert! Stay Away from Pirated Software

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 November 7, 2016

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Pirated, cracked, unauthorized or unlicensed software may be dirt cheap or come for free, but they may cost you your digital security. With unknown publishers and no standard testing procedures in place, such software contain several security flaws which can be used by hackers to gain access to your computer....

Ransomware Alert! ODIN – A new variant of Locky Ransomware

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 September 30, 2016
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A new variant of the infamous Locky Ransomware has been observed in the wild. It’s called Odin. This variant appends the extension .odin to the files it encrypts with new ransom note filenames. This ransomware is being spread via spam emails that carry a malicious WSF Script attachment. How Odin...

Alert! Ransomware is Being Spread through the Ammyy Admin Website

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 September 14, 2016

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This is a precautionary advisory for users who frequently visit the website of the popular remote desktop sharing software called Ammyy Admin. Quick Heal Labs has observed that a new variant of the Cerber3 Ransomware is being spread through the Ammyy Admin software on the official Ammyy Admin website. This...

Be Careful of the KMSPico Activator – It could be a Ransomware!

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 September 12, 2016

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If you are using KMSPico Activator for activating your Windows or MS Office, then you could be risking yourself to a ransomware infection. Quick Heal Threat Research Labs has recently observed a new variant of ransomware called Domino that is using this activator as a carrier. The malware encrypts the...

New Variant of Zepto Ransomware Detected in the Wild

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 August 30, 2016

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We have come across a new variant of the Zepto ransomware family. It is spreading rampantly through malspam (malicious spam) and other vectors such as exploit kits. The new variant has a few minor changes in it; the most apparent one is a change in the payload file type. The...

How to Recover Files After a Ransomware Attack?

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 August 17, 2016
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What if you know your data is securely backed up when a ransomware strikes and you don’t have to worry about recovering your files? The Backup and Restore feature of Quick Heal helps you achieve this. What is a Ransomware? Ransomware is a malware that either locks an infected computer...

Troldesh Ransomware brute-forcing its way into systems

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 August 11, 2016

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Ransomware creators deploy more than just one way to trap their victims. These include malicious email attachments, infected links, malvertising, and exploit kits. However, over the past few weeks, we have been observing criminals using a new carrier to deliver the ransomware malware. It mainly affects Windows Server Operating Systems....

7 Important Ransomware FAQs that you must know

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 August 5, 2016

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There can be no two way to the fact that Ransomware has easily become one of the biggest banes of digital security for individual users and enterprises alike. Ransomware is a malware that locks an infected computer or encrypts its files (converts the files into an unreadable form). It then...

Phishing emails just got more dangerous! 93% of them contain ransomware

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 June 13, 2016
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If you thought phishing emails are less dangerous, then you would be terribly wrong. According to a recent report, almost 93% of phishing emails now carry the ransomware malware. First, what is phishing? Phishing is an age-old trick used by scammers and hackers to trick people into revealing their personal...