JohnAndLisaGiveBack Powerball Scam

JohnAndLisaGiveBack Powerball Scam

JohnAndLisaGiveBack is a scam. There is a website set up called JohnAndLisaGiveBack.com that claims confirmed Powerball winners John and Lisa Robinson will be giving back money through the website. However, this is entirely false. John and Lisa Robinson did not set this website up and you will not receive $10,000 by visiting the website or following any type of instructions.

JohnAndLisaGiveBack Powerball Scam

When you visit JohnAndLisaGiveBack.com you will notice a compelling “people remaining” counter. This is done to make a sense of urgency in order to persuade visitors to share links on the website to their social media friends and followers. If you follow instructions on the website or simply visit the website while logged into Facebook or another social media account your account will become compromised by what is technically called a manual share web attack, or Facebook manual share web attack.

A manual share web attack usually adds a rogue app or gains access to your social media account automatically by other means. Once this is done your social media account such as Facebook will begin to post links to the JohnAndLisaGiveBack.com website on your behalf. It will also tag your friends in the post. This is known as a Facebook tag-jacking scam and is very common with these types of social media scams.

When I was investigating the JohnAndLisaGiveBack scam I noticed that it had a few fake testimonials from obviously fake people. I actually recognized the images and names of these people from other Facebook scams including one last month that claimed you could get a free Six Flags season pass if you visit a website and share a link.

This finding leads me to conclude that the people who crafted the JohnAndLisaGiveBack scam have had their noses in various similar Facebook scams for quite some time.

  • The JohnAndLisaGiveBack scam has been debunked by various websites.
  • The people countdown timer is fake. This usually starts at around 97. As you’re on the website, reading the page, the countdown timer quickly runs down to say “People Remaining: 6.” If you clear your cache, including all your browser’s cookies, and refresh the page, the counter magically starts up at 97 all over again.
  • Testimonials are fake and have been used for other Facebook scams.
  • People who have tried the website said that it does not work. The website claims that if you invite 2 friends and after the 2 friends click your link that you will get your cash instantly. People on Facebook and Twitter reported that they never got the cash they were supposedly supposed to get.
  • There are many Powerball scams. Also see: Matthew Kimball and Rickstarr Ferragamo.

If your social media account has been affected by this scam or you visited the malicious website you will need to clean your computer and change your social media passwords, as well as remove any rogue social media apps that may have been installed.

  • To remove malware from your computer download Malwarebytes and scan your computer for any threats.
  • To change your Facebook password go to Settings and click Password. Make sure to log out of any devices when promoted to do so.
  • To remove rogue Facebook apps go to Settings and click Apps on the side menu. Hover over a rogue Facebook app with your mouse and click the “x” next to it to remove it.

Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball

Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball

There are many Powerball hoaxes and scams since the winning numbers were announced on January 13th. One of the recent Powerball hoaxes is by a man named Matthew Kimball from Florida. Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball but is claiming otherwise on Facebook. Matthew Kimball posted a message on Facebook that claims he will give away $15,000 to anyone who shares and likes his post. The post has an image of Matthew Kimball holding a Powerball ticket with the winning numbers; However, the date of the Powerball ticket in the image is covered with this finger. This suggests that Matthew Kimball printed out a new Powerball ticket with the old winning numbers.

Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball

The Matthew Kimball hoax can be debunked because all reputable news outlets have stated that the Florida winner has not been identified. In Matthew Kimball’s Facebook post he claims that he took the winning Powerball ticket back to the store and the woman there almost had a heart attack. This is actually did happen to the real winner and has been published in various news reports. Matthew Kimball took this information and used it in his post to make it seem more realistic.

Do not be fooled by the Matthew Kimball hoax. Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball. This is a common hoax/scam that has been spreading like wildfire. Recently a man named Rickstarr Ferragamo also claimed to win the Powerball and said he would give money away to people who shared his picture.

These types of hoaxes are usually done in order to gain attention. It is relevant to a like-farming scam where Facebook scammers share dubious information in order to generate Facebook likes for their pages and create potential customers. Satire web publications also do this in order to acquire web traffic and generate revenue from advertisements. Some malicious websites do this to phish personal information or spread malware.

In conclusion, Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball. You will not get $15,000 for sharing his silly post. Do not be fooled!

Example

Matthew Kimball

OMG I CAN NOT BELIEVE I WON!!!!

I TOOK IT INTO THE STORE TO CONFIRM AND THE LADY ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK!!!

IM GIVING HER A MILLION DOLLARS!! TIME TO GIVE BACK TO MY COUNTRY!!!

ANYONE WHO SHARES AND LIKES THIS POST I WILL BE GIVING YOU $15,000 DOLLARS!!

Blpsearch.com (Virus Removal Guide)

Blpsearch.com (Virus Removal Guide)

Blpsearch.com is a browser hijacker that changes Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and other internet browser settings. When this occurs your homepage will reflect blpsearch.com and constant redirections to blpsearch.com when you open a new browser tab or search the web via the address bar.

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Programs and browser attachments associated with this webpage such as Movies Tab will hijack your existing internet browser settings once they have been installed. They will replace your homepage, new tab settings, and default search engine with blpsearch.com.

In order to remove blpsearch.com you will need to uninstall the associated program, remove the associated browser attachment, and perform other simple steps included in the blpsearch.com removal guide below. Since browser hijackers commonly bundle with or are contracted alongside potentially unwanted programs, viruses, and malware we recommend to scan your computer and remove additional threats with the reputable software we suggest in our guides. The software we discuss is completely free to use and as popular as they come.

Symptoms

  • Pop-up, pop-under, and in-text advertisements
  • Browser redirects to blpsearch.com and other webpages
  • Slow and sluggish computer
  • Decreased internet connectivity, functionality, and performance
  • Potentially bundles with or is advertised in close proximity of malware and other potentially unwanted programs

This infection is not a computer virus. Please be aware that some websites may describe this infection as the “blpsearch.com virus.” This is done in order to scare you to download and install affiliated software which they make commission from. When removing potential threats from your computer it is important to avoid faux malware removal blogs and websites that want to trick you into installing unnecessary programs such as rogue spyware-removal programs that can harm you and your computer and put your personal information at risk.

How to remove blpsearch.com


Call Virus Removal Helpline: 1-866-521-2427


Step 1: Uninstall potentially unwanted programs

The first step to remove this browser hijacker is to uninstall all potentially unwanted programs from your computer. If you cannot find a program to uninstall move onto the next step.

1. Go to the Control Panel on Windows Start Menu.

2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove a program) in the Programs section.

3. The Programs and Features window will open. This window contains a list of programs installed on your computer. Search for suspicious and unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once a program you want to remove is located, double click it to begin the uninstall process (or select the program and click Uninstall). To sort programs that were recently installed on your computer click the “Installed On” tab. This makes it easier to identify problematic programs that may have been contracted around the same time you started to notice symptoms of this infection.

Step 2: Remove browser add-ons and extensions

The second step to remove this browser hijacker is to remove browser add-ons and extensions that can change your browser settings. If you cannot locate any unwanted extensions move onto the next step.

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list and click the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons and click Remove next to each one.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons, select one individually with your mouse, and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for suspicious extensions in the list and click the Uninstall button next to each one.

Step 3: Remove Blpsearch.com search engine

The third step to remove this browser hijacker is to manually remove the search engine from your browser. In some cases, this will be unnecessary because uninstalling the associated program and/or removing the associated browser attachment may automatically disable this setting and change it back to how it was before.

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove Blpsearch.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove Blpsearch.com search engine from the list.
  • In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to Blpsearch.com search engine to remove it.

Step 4: Remove Blpsearch.com homepage

The fourth step to remove this browser hijacker is to manually remove the search engine from  your homepage. This also could be unnecessary because uninstalling the associated program and/or removing the associated browser attachment may automatically disable this setting and change it back to how it was before.

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove Blpsearch.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove Blpsearch.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
  • In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove Blpsearch.com and replace it with your preferred homepage URL.

Step 5: Scan your computer for malware

The fifth step to remove this browser hijacker is to scan your computer and remove detections with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software. This will locate and eradicate any existing malicious and potentially malicious files from your computer.

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

Step 6: Clean up and repair settings

The sixth step to remove this browser hijacker is to cleanup and repair settings on your computer and browser with CCleaner by Piriform. This will help get rid of junk files, registry entries, and disable features set by this hijacker and potential threats it may bundle with.

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.


If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to remove leftover files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Kat.cr is down

Kat.cr is down

Update: KickassTorrents seized by feds and owner arrested

Popular torrent website kat.cr (KickassTorrents) is currently down. If you visit kat.cr you will be directed to a blank webpage that says “This webpage is not available” and shows a ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED error. There is no specified reason as to why kat.cr is down. Websites that contain torrents and streaming videos are commonly down for various reasons.

kat.cr is down

A ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED error is usually associated with client side DNS errors; However, many internet users are experiencing issues accessing kat.cr which suggest that the website has moved, been removed, or is experiencing server issues.

More information will be added to this post when available.

UPDATE: Kat.cr is back up and accessible to some. Reports indicate that the website may load very slowly and will only show HTML text.

BlueStacks Review

BlueStacks Review

This BlueStacks review covers all versions of BlueStacks including the newest edition titled BlueStacks 2.

Pros:

  • Safer to use than alternatives
  • Inexpensive compared to YouWave
  • Mac version works great!

Cons:

  • Very Slow
  • Setup is a hassle
  • Automatically installs apps at random which will disconnect you
  • Disconnects at random times for no reason
  • Third-party download managers spread malware and potentially unwanted programs
  • Not compatible to use alongside open internet browser windows

What is BlueStacks?

BlueStacks the name of an American tech company and Android emulator for Windows PC and Mac operating systems. The company was founded in 2009 by Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf and Rosen Sharma. BlueStacks is backed my many reputable investors including Samsung and Intel.

bluestacks review

BlueStacks App Player allows you to download and install Android apps on your computer. It is very popular for games like Clash of Clans, Angry Birds, and Candy Crush. Other popular apps for this Android emulator include Facebook and Instagram.

Is BlueStacks free?

BlueStacks is not free to use. BlueStacks allows you to download the product for free but in order to continue use you must pay a monthly subscription fee or download sponsored third-party apps.

Is BlueStacks safe?

BlueStacks is safe to use if you download the Android emulator from the company’s website: bluestacks.com. Other locations on the web will bundle malware, unwanted programs, and adware with their BlueStacks download manager.

Where can I download BlueStacks?

It is recommended to download BlueStacks on the company’s website: bluestacks.com. Other locations on the web will bundle malware, unwanted programs, and adware with their BlueStacks download manager.

bluestacks install

Conclusion

I do not like BlueStacks for Windows PC and I do not recommend it. If I had a physical version of BlueStacks for Windows PC I would run it over with a steam roller and light it on fire inside a dumpster. It is not stable enough to function properly. The Android emulator is too slow, lags far too much, takes too long to setup, and will randomly disconnect you from apps you are currently using. For example, the emulator has disconnected in the middle of a Clash of Clans war raid which resulted in a loss.

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However, there are no current alternatives to BlueStacks for Windows PC that are considered safe to use. Known free alternatives such as YouWave are advertisement supported and will display advertisements in your web browser from programs that are recognized as malicious by reputable sources including OpenCandy adware. The full version of YouWave is safe to use, but too overpriced to be considered an alternative to BlueStacks.