The BrotherSoft Toolbar virus or also referred to as the BrotherSoft virus or BrotherSoft redirect are terms for a malicious browser attachment (BHO, add-on, extension), categorized as malware, in particular a browser hijacker that changes browser settings including the home page, default search engine, browser shortcut, and other settings of popular internet browsers, as well as causes further privacy issues for computer and internet users. BrotherSoft Toolbar malware changes internet settings in order to causes unwanted redirections to search.brothersoft.com (freeware, mobile, games, etc. engine) and other domain names and search engines related to the brothersoft.com download site, which alike CNET’s download.com, distrubutes privacy invading malware and software that may entrap computer users in order to generate affiliated revenue via bundled items. Redirects to search.brothersoft.com often occur when using the browser’s address bar to search the web or while voluntarily submitting to the BrotherSoft Toolbar and third-party browser attachments.
The Google redirect virus is a very broad term to describe 1. unwarranted redirects to the Google search engine, 2. general browser redirections, often caused by malware categorized as a browser hijacker (may occur when attemping to visit Google.com or use the browser’s address bar) and/or 3. browser redirects that occur when using the Google Chrome internet browser, but please note that the Google redirect virus is a problem for many computer users who may use any internet browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera). The Google redirect virus may direct internet users to search engine results pages that may not relate to the user’s search query, as well as dangerous websites that host malware and unethical websites, such as websites that designed to “trick” or ultimately entrap unsuspecting victims to destructive terms. The Google redirect virus may also refer to common browser hijackers and DNS changers that alter system and internet browser settings with or without consent, including the home pages, default, managed, and provided search engines, as well as browser shortcuts and Windows hosts files.
The Win32.downloader.gen trojan is a generic trojan or generic description from Antivirus companies such as Microsoft, Avira, and ESET of unknown Trojans which are detected by their Antivirus heuristic engine. In other words, Win32.downloader.gen is either a generic trojan or unidentified trojan horse. You may have noticed a quarantined file that says “win32.downloader.gen” after a scan or as a notification from your software. If so, it is recommended to quarantine the infection (by selecting “Move to quarantine“), and following the below removal guide further below to ensure deletion.
Coupon virus (in plural Coupon viruses), is a term we introduced used to describe malware or potentially unwanted programs categorized as adware that primarily serve coupon, deal, offer, and reward-based advertisements. Coupon viruses may display in-text advertisements, pop-up advertisements, “drop down tab” type advertisements, and/or scrolling-menu type advertisements on a variety of websites, especially eCommerce and retail websites such as Amazon and Sears or “deal” based websites such as Kayak.com, as well as advertisements that appear on and offline. Coupon virus advertisements often claim to contain “discounted offers,” coupons, and deals for products relative to what the internet user is currently searching for or viewing on the internet. When viewing a specific item online an advertisement may appear claiming to have a better deal or a coupon code for said item. Sometimes these advertisements display similar items, for example if hovering your mouse over the Microsoft surface tablet, coupon advertisements pop out that may display similar tablets such as ipads, as well as competing prices for the original item.
The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section virus, also referred to as the Computer Crime and/or simply the Intellectual Property virus is a very dangerous form of malware called ransomware, that locks computers, or in this case “blocks your PC” with a full screen page or window claiming to be from the Department of Justice and/or FBI, or other governing organization. The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section page contains fraudulent details that claim the computer user violated the law (copyright, illegal pornography, Illegal access) and must pay a fine using MoneyPak cards and other payment services to unlock the computer again. The usual fine for the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section is set to $300 but fines relating to FBI viruses often fluctuate from $100 to $500. Please note, this is a dangerous computer virus that is in no way associated with any government department and paying the “Computer Crime” fine or using a number to activate the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section virus will only cause further issues.
The YOU SHALL NOT PASS virus, also referred to as the What is You lookin here? virus is malware categorized as a browser hijacker that utilizes trojan horses, because the You Shall Not Pass virus changes internet browser settings and system files, including home pages and default search engines, as well as Windows hosts files, overall causing internet browsers to redirect to unwanted websites when attempting to visit popular websites such as Facebook, PayPal, and even Botcrawl, as well a page that displays a picture of a wizard (Gandalf) hold a sword that says “You Shall Not Pass.” The You Shall Not Pass virus and associated third-parties may also display unwanted advertisements.
The SwagBucks virus, also referred to as the Swag Bucks virus, or SwagBucks Toolbar virus, are mistakenly used terms for a legitimate but potentially unethical search engine and browser add-on and extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet explorer. Though SwagBucks is not primarily malicious, SwagBucks is categorized as malware, in particular a browser hijacker because SwagBucks.com has been reported to change internet browser settings including the home page and default search engine without permission, causing browsers to redirect to search.swagbucks.com as well as other web pages and domain names. SwagBucks also causes internet browser searches to target and ultimetly start up on search.swagbucks.com (pictured below).
The Toparcade Hits virus, also referred to as the Toparcadehits or Top Arcade Hits virus, are all terms for a potentially unwanted program or combination of malware, categorized as adware and browser hijacker, that often installs to computer systems without consent, alongside software downloaded from download.com and other monetized freeware and shareware distrubution websites. The Toparcade Hits virus, or Toparcade Hits malware changes internet browser settings, including the home page and default search engine, causing unwanted browser redirections and start ups, as well as assists in displaying unwanted advertisements and collecting information alongside third-party software, which may be used to include users to marketing list without direct consent. In other terms, Toparcade Hits and third-parties may target and entrap unsuspecting victims to terms they would never agree with if presented in a proper manner, which may allow Top Arcade Hits adware and third-parties to display advertisements, change browser settings (redirections, startup, shortcuts), and send users excessive email spam, junk mail, and more as unethical as it is.
What is the MySearchDial virus (malware)? The MySearchDial virus, also referred to as the My Search Dial, or Start.MySearchDial virus is malware categorized as a browser hijacker that promotes itself as an internet browser add-on and extension called the MySearchDial Toolbar, allegedly used to “improve your search experience” but instead is known to change internet browser settings [...]
What is the BrowserProtect virus? The BrowserProtect virus also referred to as the BrowserProtect.org virus, or BrowserProtect scam, is unwanted software that priomises to protect against browser hijackers, but is actually malware, categorized as a browser hijacker and scareware that changes intenret browser settings without consent, causing unwanted redirections, but the BrowserProtect virus also hijacks Facebook accounts in order to [...]